Top 10 Home Remedies For Dry Hair: Dry, Damaged Hair Treatment
We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips and tricks to teach you the best home remedies for dry and damaged hair, no matter what the cause.
Give Your Hair What It Needs
1) Feed Your Hair from the Inside
A balanced diet is not only good for your body, but also for your hair. It can take some time to notice the effect changes in your diet have on your hair. If you skip a balanced nutritional diet, your hair may pay the price. Many people don’t get the most nutritional value out of their diets; a vitamin supplement may be beneficial. Hairfinity Hair Vitamins nourish hair from the inside out providing just what your hair needs to be its healthiest. Vitamins aren’t a quick fix, you need a multi-tiered action plan to get to healthy hair and these 10 remedies for dry hair are a great place to start.
Here are some power foods your hair will love:
Walnuts – With a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids, biotin, and vitamin E, (which helps protect your cells from DNA damage), this is the nut of choice to protect your hair from the sun and keep your hair’s natural color rich and lustrous.
Sweet Potatoes – A great source of the antioxidant beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A. Sweet potatoes also help protect and produce the oils that sustain your scalp.
Salmon – Besides being rich in protein and vitamin D (both are key to strong hair) the omega-3 fatty acids found in this tasty cold-water fish are the true superstar. Your body needs those fatty acids to grow hair.
Greek yogurt – New research links vitamin D and hair follicle health, which Greek yogurt has plenty of. It also contains hair-friendly protein and vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid — an ingredient you’ll often see on hair care product labels.
2) Add an Egg
Mix one egg with a small amount of shampoo, then apply to your hair for five minutes and rinse well. This treatment helps to enhance the protein in your hair. Eggs are rich in protein, vitamins and fat—perfect for nursing dry hair back to health. Egg yolks nourish, moisturize, and lubricate dry damaged hair. For damaged hair, egg yolk will strengthen hair follicles and roots. A powerhouse for deep conditioning, egg yolk softens hair, revitalizes it, and transforms it back into silky smooth locks.
3) Get in the Swim
Swimming is great for your body but hard on your hair. All of the chlorine in traditional swimming pools can make your hair feel dry and brittle. If you don’t wear a bathing cap, make sure you treat your hair right after a dip in the pool. Wash the chlorine out right away – The quicker you get the chlorine and chemicals out of your hair the more moisture you’ll retain. Use a clarifying shampoo for even better results. Deep condition – Use a deep, nourishing conditioner, comb through with a wide toothed comb, and let sit on your hair for at least two minutes before rinsing.
4) Let You Hair Down Gently
Any time you put your hair in a situation where the hair is under constant tension, you run the risk of damaging your hair. Pony tails and hair clips can tug and break your hair. The hair can become stretched and the cuticle layer can become distorted. In severe cases, you develop frizzy hair and breakage. In addition, some ponytail elastics can cause damage on their own, and only snag-free elastic bands, sans metal connectors, should be used. Give your hair a break sometimes by leaving it down. If you need to keep your hair pulled back, try to make sure it’s not pulled too tightly. Don’t wear hair accessories in your sleep.
5) Add a Little Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil works as a natural conditioner and the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil help in fighting against itchy scalp and dry hair. Just add a few drops of tea tree oil to your regular conditioner and apply it on your hair. You can also pour a few drops of tea tree oil in your shampoo or massage your hair with tea tree oil. Just don’t overdo it if you have thin or fine hair or your hair will end up oily and limp.
6) Hydrate with a Hair Mask
Most of our 10 home remedies for dry and damaged hair can be made by just stepping into your kitchen. DIY hair mask recipes can moisturize dry hair in fifteen minutes or less. There are all kinds of recipes for every type of hair. Here is a list of just some of the ingredients you can use for moisturizing or strengthening your hair:
- Agave nectar
- Olive oil
- Almond oil
- Flax oil
- Castor oil (great for dandruff)
- Cottage cheese
- Whole milk
Many people believe using a conditioner every day or every other day is enough to keep their hair in good shape. Not true. Daily conditioners only work on the surface of the hair, while deep conditioning treatments such as hair masks are designed to go to work on the internal structure of the hair. Deep conditioning is essential to good scalp and hair health, especially dry, damaged, or chemically processed hair. A hair mask delivers powerful nourishment to your follicles, scalp and hair. Any of the recipes below are awesome companions to a natural chemical free hair care system. HAIRFINITY Haircare is a pH balanced aloe vera based product line that is formulated to restore and maintain healthy hair.
Here’s one recipe to get you started:
Avocado and Mayonnaise Mask for Super Dry Hair
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 banana
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 ripe avocado
In a bowl, mash avocado and banana until no large chunks remain. Add olive oil and mayonnaise and mix well.
Apply to hair and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
Shampoo and condition hair as normal. Finish off by rinsing hair with apple-cider vinegar. (1 teaspoon vinegar: 1 cup water.) This final step is optional, but keep in mind that the vinegar adds shine and balances hair’s Ph.
7) The Apple of Your Eye
Apple cider vinegar is perhaps one of the oldest natural conditioning agents that has been used for centuries. Romans used it as early as 19th century. Apple cider vinegar works on the cuticle or the outer layer of your hair. Cuticle can be understood as a closely knit, unbroken overlapping layers of long scales that cover the whole surface of your hair and give it smooth shining appearance. When you shampoo your hair, this cuticle opens up. If you don’t take steps to restore cuticle then your hair will look dry and rough after washing.
Thanks to your shampoo, conditioner, and other styling products, your hair can also become dull and dry because there is a buildup and residue that get stuck in your hair shaft lying close to cuticle. Apple cider vinegar not only restores your hair’s protective cuticle layer but also cleans the buildup and residue present in your hair shafts. There’s a bonus to this too! As apple cider vinegar restores natural pH levels, it will take care of any itchy scalp problems you might have.
Here’s a simple recipe for an apple cider vinegar rinse:
1 cup apple cider vinegar
3-4 cups water
In a bowl or jar, mix the vinegar and water.
Shampoo hair and condition hair as normal, and then apply the vinegar rinse.
Massage gently into your hair and scalp. Leave on for 2-3 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly with water and towel dry hair gently.
Warning: While vinegar is good for dry hair, too much vinegar on hair may actually dry out your hair. It’s best to use a vinegar rinse for your hair only once a week or once every two weeks.
When your scalp doesn’t produce enough natural oil, or sebum, your hair becomes dry, brittle, split and prone to breakage. This is where essential oils can step in to give nature a boost. Some essential oils have the capacity to stimulate the sebaceous glands in the scalp, and thereby reduce dryness and give your hair a beautiful glow. A few of the best essential oils for dry hair include: chamomile, geranium, sandalwood, lavender, bay, rosemary, lemon, rosewood, carrot, palmarosa, birch, parsley leaf, and yarrow essential oil. A great home remedy for dry hair is to mix 4 drops of any of the essential oils listed above with 6 tablespoons of carrier oil, such as wheat germ, coconut, almond, castor, sesame, jojoba or avocado oil. You should then warm up the oil mixture and gently massage it into your scalp and hair with small circular motions, using your fingertips. For best results, it is good to do it for at least 10 minutes and then cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the treatment on for 1 hour or overnight. * To minimize the risk of burning do not warm oils in the microwave.
9) Cut It Out
Regular trims will not only take off all the damaged ends, but it’ll also reshape your hair so your style looks fresh, not frazzled. A trim quickly eliminates split ends. While trimming split ends will not spur hair growth, it will make your hair look more polished.
10) Protect It From The Sun
Your hair is just a vulnerable to the sun’s rays as your skin. If your hair has prolonged exposure to the sun, UVA and UVB rays can damage the outside cover of the hair strand, called the cuticle. Your hair is particularly vulnerable to sun damage if it’s fine or light-colored. You’re also more at risk for hair damage from the sun if you are African-American due to the possibility of excessive drying of the hair. Signs of sun damage to your hair include discoloration, dry and brittle strands, broken or split ends, thinning and frizziness. Damaged hair has a dry look and feel. Damaged hair also is unmanageable and won’t hold a curl or style. Usually, damaged hair dries quickly.
Leaving your head unprotected in the sun can damage your scalp as well as your hair. Rubbing sunscreen into your hair’s part can protect it from sunburn, but a hat provides the most complete protection against the sun’s damaging rays. If you plan to spend more than a few hours in the sun, it’s best to wear a wide brimmed hat, which can also shield your face from sun damage and reduce your risk of skin cancer. If you choose not to wear a hat, use hairsprays and leave-in conditioners with a UV protector to defend your locks against the damaging rays of the sun. There are many easy and inexpensive dry hair remedies out there that you can make right at home. In order to maintain the benefits of any natural hair treatment you should find other products that will help keep hair shiny, moisturized and healthy.
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