Dull Hair 101: What Causes It, How To Treat It And Ways To Prevent It From Happening Again

August 21, 2015 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

There are times when it’s difficult to define what has gone wrong with your hair. It may not have split ends or be overly damaged, but you know something is off. More often than not, this is what we call dull hair; it’s lifeless hair that hangs from your head like a sad, droopy curtain. Sound familiar? Yep, we’ve all been there.

As it turns out, dull hair is often the result of a combination of the products you’re using and the foods you’re eating (or not eating), which means there are plenty of easy fixes that don’t involve wearing a hat everywhere you go.

“Typically, hair that has been over-processed with products that have alcohol or silicones begins to look very dull and lackluster over time because the hair becomes very dehydrated,” says Carla Rivas, hairstylist and co-founder of Hair La Vie Vitamins. “Products that contain chemicals and synthetic fillers might make your hair look great for the day, but in the long run, they’re adding damage that eventually could become irreversible.”

Of course, this means we should all be very selective with the products we put (or allow to be put) onto our strands. When shopping for shampoos, conditioners and leave-in hair products, always read labels and stay far away from anything that contains phthalates and parabens (found in hairsprays), DEA, MEA, TEA, sodium lauryl sulfate, and sodium laureth sulfate. Not only are these chemicals linked to cancer and other health issues, but they can also wreak havoc on your hair.

Rivas reminds us that getting the proper nutrients in our diet is also crucial to achieving shiny, health hair. “You need the right natural oils, minerals and antioxidants to help revitalize your hair and keep it healthy,” she says, recommending a supplement like Hair La Vie, which contains 20 herbal ingredients, 1370mg proprietary active ingredient blend, and 5000mcg of biotin, otherwise known as a hair health guru supplement.

As far as your actual diet goes, Rivas says salty foods like chips and canned or frozen meals will dry out your hair and leave it weak, lifeless and more prone to breakage. And adding more protein to each meal is key. “Low protein, filler foods–think starches like pasta and a lot of cereals–should be avoided,” she says. “Your hair is actually made of a protein called keratin. Diets with low amounts of protein will leave your hair limp and unhealthy and the bounce and shine you want is not possible without a healthy dose of it.”

So, you’ve agreed to read labels, throw out products that can make you sick and ruin your appearance and add more eggs and chicken to your diet. What do you do while you wait for your hair to get on board and repair itself? Equip yourself with a fantastic, effective hair mask and help bring your locks back from the dead. It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask softens de-frizzes, and hydrates your hair instantly.  Don’t have time to allow a mask to penetrate your hair for 15 minutes? Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector gives your hair a boost of shine while you sleep.

For more beauty tips, check out what your hair color says about you and how often should you really trim your hair? 


Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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