Has your hair been feeling extra dry lately? You know, less shiny, & more brittle.

There could be a number of causes: There are tons of little bad habits and mistakes we make with our hair that we're not even aware of. Luckily, there are many ways to fix these issues. So, without further ado, here are a few reasons why your hair might be dry... and what to do about them.

You're using too much heat

Using hot styling tools like blow dryers, flat irons and curling irons can damage your hair quite a lot. To combat this, use a shampoo and conditioner that contain moisturizing oils. You should also start doing deep conditioning treatments weekly. 

You're using too much shampoo

Washing your hair too often can strip your hair of it’s natural oils, which can dry it out faster. Instead, try washing your hair less often and when you do, don't shampoo more than once. We also recommend looking at what's in your shampoo to see if it contains sulfates, parabens or fragrance that can further dry out your hair.

You're not conditioning enough

Your hair loses moisture when it's shampooed, so it's important to replenish it with a good conditioner. If you use a lot of heat styling products, or have your hair colored regularly, then you also need to make sure you get a great regular conditioner (as well as a deep conditioner) to really hydrate your hair.

You need to cut back on the dye jobs

The longer you wait between getting your hair touched up, the better. The ammonia in hair dye dries out your hair and too-frequent touch-ups will really damage your strands.

You're not trimming your hair enough

You're trying to grow out your hair, so you've been skipping your trims, right? This actually isn't such a good idea, since hair can fray and start to break around six weeks after its last cut, leaving it looking frizzy and dry. Also, make sure to use a good hair serum to protect and make your ends stronger.

Your diet could be the problem

If you're not getting enough nutrients or vitamins, then it will reflect in the rest of your body. For example, a lack of vitamin B7 can cause brittle hair and nails. Foods rich in B7 include egg yolks, organ meats, fish, meat, dairy, nuts, seeds, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, yeast, whole grains and bananas.