Six Tips For Dry and Brittle Hair

October 24, 2009

Black Hair Care

The most common reasons for dry and brittle hair can usually be found within your hair care regimen. Overprocessing with chemicals, excessive use of heat, lack of moisture, and using the wrong hair products are just a few. So what can you do to solve it?

1. Increase your deep conditioning sessions. Opt for at least once a week.

2. Moisturize your hair and ends daily.

3. Cut back on the heat. If you’re using heat daily, try to at least reduce it to once a week.

4. Protect your hair with satin/silk scarves and pillowcases at night.

5. Let go of the dead weight. If your hair is damaged, just cut it and get it over with.

6. Try protective hairstyling. Buns, braids, wigs or anything that will shield your hair and ends from the elements.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Destinie November 12, 2009 at 12:38 pm

I am going to try some of these tips as well as the two that Slinky gave in the comments. I am 13 years old and I am transitioning into natural hair after relaxing for many years. My hair is tangled and curly at the roots, in the mid-section it is straight, strong and shiny and when I get to the ends of the hair it is brittle, split ends and dry. Lastly, on the edges of the hair…or hairline, the hair is short tangled almost to the fact that they shape into circles of knots. I hate it. I only use heat once a week to straighten (to manage my hair better because it is soooo THICK like a horse tail!) and air dry my hair. Any more tips anyone? Please help me. I am trying to convince my mom that natural hair is the way to go, so I want good results. I have three months to convince her and if I don’t I have to go back to relaxing which I don’t want to do. HELP PLEASE!

Destinie November 12, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Also I am african american, just thought I would mention it so I could get the best advice for my hair type. I am NOT mix or anything like that…..And my hair ISN’T naturally curly. It is actually pretty striaght. It doesn’t even curl when it gets wet. BUT when the hair dries, the roots begin to curl and the mid-section and ends stay straight. But the ends become brittle and break off and whenever I brush my hair, a BUNCH falls out and I’m left with a huuuge mess in the sink. I cant cut all my hair off (my mother would never allow it) so I am just going to try and rapair it. I can only get my ends trimmed and evened out. Thank you for any advice that you may have :) .

Gods daughter November 13, 2009 at 4:22 pm

These are great tips, this site should be referenced on a new site
Love natural women, I happen to really like the confidence and pride they have embracing their own hair.

Vissa November 24, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Would this help for all seasons? Black hair in my opinion seems to change its quality during the winter and then again in the summer.

Cyn December 19, 2009 at 6:21 pm

I need to try some of these tips. My hair is suppper dry right about now

bella December 28, 2009 at 5:16 pm

hair is a crown for a woman. And let it strong, shine and beautiful always. Nice writing.

Jen January 9, 2010 at 8:51 pm

All of these tips are great and many of them can be used year round.

Dani January 19, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Thanks Ladies! Destinie, My response was a little too long for a comment so I forwarded you a list of resources and websites to your email. Good luck with your transition!

ronni February 21, 2010 at 4:20 pm

I’m 59yrs. old and my hair is extremly dry, brittle due to I guess years of perms. I perspire at night so I’ve been perming my hair for as long as I can remember. What does a woman at my age due to improve the condition of her hair? Right now I’m wearing a wig because I don’t know what to do! HELP!!!!

Sinead April 21, 2010 at 11:51 pm

My scalp is always dry, what should i use on it?

Marry August 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I just got my first head of braids removed and oh how I regreat putting braids in my hair. I now have lots of thinning & breakage form the removal of the braids. I also have about 1 inch of new growth, which is a different texture from the ends of my hair. My Scalp is sore from all of the activity from the removal and ……I’m LOST ! Church is in 2 days & I have NO idea what to do to my hair. I have nappy, thin , short & long hair. I am just sick & I don’t know who to trust. The hair dressers suggest I get a touch up, which I don’t think that I am ready for (my hair is weak and in need of rest) but I can’t leave my home looking just any kind of way.
I need a hair miricle before Sunday….Please help me if you can. By the way, I live in Austin texas, if you know of a good stylist.

ashley October 20, 2010 at 12:13 pm

this mostly to mary. i use heated mayo. No Lie! I do some crazy things to my hair. I mean i die almost every 3 weeks. just for sh*ts and giggles. lol. But get enough to cover ur head put it in the micro-wave and heat it up. put it on ur head and leave it in there for 30 mins. (be warned it does smell and it prolly will turn u off of mayo but its so worth it.) But when you wash it, just wash it normal and style it regular but i normally let my hair “rest” i wrap it or something. it feels amazing for a month then i repeat. i live by this. Hope this helps Hun <3 Good luck!

Alecia December 21, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I definitely agree with your article. I do all of the above and now my once bald head is growing back and healthy. I was told to avoid brushing my hair or use boar’s hair brush. I moisturize my hair ends daily with my shea mixture or castor oil. My hair is thanking me so far for this TLC;-)

shirley January 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Please help: my hair is dry and brittle and I don’t know what to do with it. I do not want to use perms any more I want to recondition my natural hair, what products do I use? I brought some WEN shampoo but how often should I use it?

BG February 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm

This is great information. Coconut oil is really good for moisture as well on top of a conditioner. For anyone who is looking for more moisture, from my experience these products have been good with delivering moisture:

Spiral Solutions Deeply Decadent Moisturizing Treatment

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner

Curly Q’s Moist Curls Moisturizer

Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Pomade

tahishia May 1, 2011 at 2:17 pm

i just want to tell to all the sisters on this journey the simplest way of conditioning our hair. my regimen that i now live by after many months of frustration on how to keep my hair well conditioned. first of all i am a 4b texture i am now 20 months relaxer free. i have experimented with alot of products and checked out numerous videos on youtube about our hair. i found that everyone is different. what worked for me finally was the minimum amounts of shampoos the better my locks. i only shampoo maybe once every 2 weeks and when i do i dilute it only using a dime size amount in an empty container about 10 oz. mix with water, shake up and pour on scalp only to cleanse the scalp . theres not much lather. then i put my conditioner in along with my favorite oil for 5 min. and rinse with warm cool water and wow. combs beautifully . you have to find what conditioner works for you. i co wash during the week with just a conditioner and oil. when deep conditioning i use the same method with additives such as avocodo and store bought products and sit under a dryer 20 th 30 min. my hair never fails me. when its dirty i bun my hair til the weekend. my product favorites are cantu shea butter and a mixture of unrefined shea butter in a bowl melted down with 3 or 4 favorite oils melt in microwave. apply cantu first as the leave in conditioner detangle then apply hot melt oils and twist or braid let dry and wow. i prefer two strand twists fingered out to a curly fro. it works all the time ladys remember i am a 4 b texture. good luck.

Le Wilson July 22, 2011 at 9:42 pm

What products can be used to help gray hair shine?

Dominique August 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm

how do you know wat hair texture you have and wat conditioners/products work for wat textures i’ve been transitioning for about 6 months i have lots of new growth but my ends are really straight and brittle i’ve completely decided against cutting more than my ends off so i need to find a product that will make my hair do wat is natural.

real_girl May 5, 2012 at 11:43 am

Take prenatal vitamins (biotin) internally for hair/skin/nail support.
Pineapple enzymes help too (bromelain).
Cosmetically as you wait for new growth use organic (unrefined) coconut oil (Omega fatty acid) on ends and frizz – just a little goes a long way.
Periodically deep condition with mayonaise – that’s right, mayonnaise. After wet shampoo, comb several tablespoons through, lightly shampoo just at root and rinse. It has oil, egg yolk and vinegar – all great for your hair. If you’re keen on that soft silky deep condition test, make your own: one egg yolk, 2 tsp. vinegar in a blender until light and creamy the add olive oil in a thin stream while processing until thick. Refrigerate unused portion.

MB May 14, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Can I relax my hair today and have a color rinse put in on Wednesday?

She May 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Can someone please tell me what to do about very dry hair and scalp. I get terrible flakes in less than a week of washing. My edges are very short, dry, and brittle. I’m afraid the breakage will continue into the rest of my hair. I normally wash once per week, blow dry and flat iron to style after washing, then wrap my hair for the rest of the week. I sleep with a silk scarf. I’m sure the blow drying and flat ironing is not the best, but I only do it once per week. Please give advice for stronger, healthier hair.

tlh May 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

this message is for She ( I’m not a “professional” although i have started over 20 people on their lock journeys including myself ( 14years now) and i have the most brittle hard to grow hair)
You may have something called seborrheic dermatitis.check out website:
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My daughter seemed to have reg. dandruff that only got worse so i looked it up and it is SD . Fret not! there are Treatments that work and my advise is to see a dermatologist if you can . And even if you have simple run of the mill dry scalp you need to find a product that adds moisture back to your hair- a Humectant

invest in humectants , shampoos that will actually improve your scalp and drink lots of water ( life long journey) and apply water to your hair (light misting daily – generally until the moisture improves, then as needed)

If You Are Natural:
1. wash with a gentle anti dandruff shampoo (or co-wash )and pure olive oil
2. rinse with COLD water (seals moisture in your hair).
3.then towel dry and use a light rosewater and glycerin spray (available at any health food store)

If your hair is chemically treated ( ie. relaxer):
i would shampoo it something like Denorex and pure olive oil in your hair ( same time) then rinse with COLD water. ( you can use the rosewater w/ glycerin if you like but it may feel a little sticky on straight hair)

you are going to have to keep you hair moisturized. Water is elemental. Oil will seal moisture in the hair BUT if there is no moisture in it , you are basically investing in a vault that is empty so yeah , your hair is going to break.
good luck!

josie garcia July 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm

i have an 11 year old with horrible dry brittle black hair nothing works help help 832 890 6106

Laura July 6, 2012 at 10:10 pm

The best natural solution is ARGAN OIL. Seriously, you guys have to try this. But make sure there’s no silicone in it, that will ruin the argan oil and weigh hair down. I got Pro Naturals moroccan argan oil and it’s the best one I’ve used so far, I had to order it online from some site called “” but the wait was worth it. My hair is really smooth and healthy, has been since I started with argan oil! :D

Alyssia October 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I relax my hair a lot. It seems to grow fast but the ends always break off. One week I’ll have nice hair then the next its all gone. I sweat a lot at work so I tend to use the hot comb more than I should. My hair is dry and brittle and I’m to the point of wanting to cut it off. Please help. What will help my growth stop breaking off?

Marissa May 27, 2013 at 6:15 pm

I just wanted to say you have some really good tips. Keep up the good work.

Lauren November 7, 2013 at 4:22 pm

I have strongly suffered from seasonal hair loss. Did not want to go to the doctors, tried different shampoos, conditioners, misc hair nutrition products – with almost no results whatsoever. Then, I’ve read on the hair support forum that there could be a lot of internal reasons for hair loss, and the basic nutrition has to be done from inside out. I started to take vitamins and supplements. Recently, I’ve read about Hair Gain Formula by Military Grade and tried also this supplement product. I’ve been taking it from September and fortunate for me I no longer have seasonal hair loss. I am happy I don’t have to take dozens of pills – all necessary vitamins are contained in this supplement. And it really works! Will definitely take it until spring at least, to check the second ‘dangerous’ season.

Shanice brown December 22, 2013 at 12:45 am

Thanks much ..I’m 17 and I wnt to start taking better care of my relaxed hair but nt sure hw to start

angela October 16, 2016 at 3:17 pm

I am Angela 48 yrs old my hair is real dry I can grease my scalp the next day it look like I didn’t put nothing in it or try to wash my hair with detangle shampoo an conditioner it work for a while then my hair dry real quick I also have thyroid cancer an the medicine I am on seems to make my hair really dry help…

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