Do you dream of glossy hair but only see dry, brittle strands when you look in the mirror? There are plenty of ways for hair to get dried out and damaged, and as many expensive products that promise luster and shine. Though some pricey treatments can mask the damage, many contain ingredients that can make dry hair worse—and they can take money out of your wallet much like they take the moisture out of your hair. Luckily, healthy hair can be achieved with items that might already be in your refrigerator or pantry. Skip the salon and try one of these natural home remedies to achieve the shiny, bouncy, and healthy mane you’ve always wanted.
Why is my hair dry?
Before you try one of the following remedies for dry hair, know why your hair is dry so you can make lifestyle choices that may help your locks in the future. A wide range of environmental conditions can wreak havoc on your hair, from dry weather to winter cold. The way you care for your hair also factors in—shampooing too often or using heat styling tools too much can strip your hair of its natural moisture. Give your hair a break once in a while by spacing out salon treatments such as dyes or perms, washing less frequently, and protecting your hair from hot tools.
Your diet affects your hair
As you look around your kitchen to grab some of the ingredients, take a moment to evaluate what you’re eating. Your diet affects your hair just as much as your body. Eat plenty of healthy fats and oils from foods such as avocados, salmon, and nuts. Drinking lots of water can keep your hair hydrated, too. Healthy hair often starts from the inside out.
Home Remedies for Dry Hair
One or more of the following items in your kitchen might also be able to help. Want to know these kitchen items? Read ahead!
You can easily fake a hot oil salon treatment at home with the oil you use for cooking, such as olive oil or coconut. If you have aromatherapy oils such as lavender or sandalwood, you can use them too. Applying oil to your hair is one of the best ways to add moisture to your tresses. In addition to nourishing your hair, the oil helps prevent breakage in the future.
For Best Results: In a saucepan, gently warm up a few teaspoons of coconut, olive or almond oil until it is warm to the touch but not too hot. When you massage it into your hair, avoid the scalp to keep your hair from getting greasy. Leave the hot oil treatment on your hair for about 20 minutes while using a shower cap. You could then wrap the cap in a hot towel to help the oil penetrate hair strands. Rinse it out with shampoo, but you likely won’t need to use conditioner as your hair should be full of moisture right after the hot oil treatment.
If you’re using aromatherapy oils such as bay, sandalwood or lavender, add a few drops of vegetable oil while heating it in a pan. Apply it to your hair You can create a mixture of different oils of your choosing or use oils alone. You can treat your hair with oil every two weeks.
Hairstylists and grandmothers alike swear by eggs for adding moisture to dry hair. The protein and lecithin in raw eggs help strengthen hair and give it a glossy shine. Different parts of the egg provide different benefits to your hair. The yolk contains fat and proteins that naturally moisturize tresses. It works best on the most brittle strands. Egg whites can help get rid of unwanted oils because they contain enzymes that remove grease or product buildup at the scalp. You can use the whole egg, yolks-only and whites-only depending on your preference. Whatever you choose to do, use cool water to rinse out an egg treatment to avoid cooking it and making a mess in your hair.
How to use: Mix the egg, yolks or egg white with a few tablespoons of cold water or oil. Massage into damp hair and leave on for a half-hour before washing it with shampoo as usual. You can protect your hair during the treatment with a shower cap. You can adjust how many eggs you use depending on the length of your hair; about two or three eggs works for most lengths. You can also mix the egg treatment with a bit of honey or yogurt to make a creamier mixture before you apply.
Beer is great for treating your hair and reviving it. It will give your hair a boost of shine, strength and treat it for the dryness and damages. It contains a certain protein that repairs the hair.
How it works: It does not work if you drink it—it only works if you put it on the hair directly. It is better to use yellow-colored beer so that it does not affect the color of your hair in any way.
Take a spray bottle and fill it with beer. After washing your hair with your normal shampoo, apply the beer all over the hair using the spray bottle. Your hair should be wet to damp. This is like a conditioner application and thus you no longer need any conditioner, and then dry your hair. Once it is dried, the hair will no longer smell of beer.
This is a great fruit for different health conditions as it is full of good fats. It contains vitamin A and E and various saturated fats and minerals that help nurture dry and damaged hair.
How it works: It is best used as a paste. For the paste, you need a peeled avocado and one egg, mix them together, and apply the mixture on clean, wet hair. Leave it for about 20 minutes and then rinse the hair properly.
You can also mix half an avocado with two drops of peppermint oil. This time, leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse well. Your hair will turn out very soft and pleasant to the touch.
Another avocado mix for you is the 1 banana and 1 avocado with half a tablespoon of almond oil. Make a good mix out of them and massage the mask well on the head. Leave it for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on how much time you have to spend. Rinse the hair well.
You know your hair better. You can gauge how many times you need to do it. If your hair is very dry and brittle, repeat once a week. If it is healthy, once a month is enough to make it stay strong and healthy.
5. Olive Oil
This is something that everyone has around the house so taking a little bit and using it for your hair should be no problem.
How it works: Warm up a 200 ml of olive oil, without boiling it. Just make it warm, and then rub it into the hair. This time, the hair should be dry. Cover it with a plastic bag and then with a towel. Leave it for 45 minutes so it does its magic. Shampoo and rinse very well.
Have a great healthy hair day!