The first step to combating dry hair is proper grooming. A good hair cut can remove split or damaged ends, and put a new bounce in an otherwise drab look.
Shampoo your hair regularly, as needed, but keep in mind that exceedingly dry hair may need to be shampooed less, or simply shampoo the roots.
Condition dry hair each time you shampoo and consider using a weekly oil treatment. Olive oil is wonderful for dry hair.
Many salons and fancy brands of conditioner advertise deep conditioning, but you can deep condition dry hair simply by putting your favorite conditioner on your hair, covering it with a plastic cap, and leaving it in for at least 30 minutes.
Dry hair is often caused by too much time in the sun, chlorine, salt water, overshampooing, permanents, heat styling or neglect. Protection from the elements is the next step in treating dry hair. Consider using a conditioner with an SPF of at least 15, or even better, wear a hat when out in the sun.
Use a swimming cap while in pools or salt water, and always rinse hair thoroughly after swimming. Heat styling such as hair dryers, curling tongs, and hot curlers all cause dry hair. Perms, bleaching and color treatments cause dry hair as well. Although we like our curls and colors, going natural is one of the best ways to avoid dry hair.
Lastly, consider what goes on with the rest of your body. Many times dry hair indicates a poor diet or even mild dehydration. Always drink plenty of water, eat a balanced diet of good proteins, fats and carbohydrates, and consider vitamin and mineral supplements. Vitamins A, C, E, and calcium are all good for treating dry hair.
Exercise and a good nights rest are good for the rest of your body, but they also help treat dry hair. Exercise contributes to proper blood flow and sleep will give you better health overall. Just like anything else that is important to you and requires care, give your dry hair the care it needs and you should, with a little thought and attention, have sleek and glossy hair all summer.