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 at least as many expensive products that promise luster and shine. Though some pricey treatments can mask the damage, many contain ingredients that can actually 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.
KNOW THE CAUSES
Before you try one of the following remedies for dry hair, you should 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 wintry 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. Make sure to give your hair a break once in awhile by spacing out salon treatments such as dyes or perms, washing less frequently and protecting your hair from hot tools.
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE EATING
As you look about your kitchen to grab one of the following ingredients, take a moment to evaluate what youâ??re eating while you’re at it. Your diet affects your hair just as much as your body, so make sure you are getting plenty of healthy fats and oils from food such as avocados, salmon and nuts. Drinking lots of water can keep your hair hydrated, too. Healthy hair often starts from the inside out.
One or more of the following items in your kitchen might also be able to help.
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You can easily fake a hot oil salon treatment at home with oil you might use for cooking, such as olive oil or coconut, or aroma-therapeutic oils such as lavender or sandalwood. Applying oil to your hair is one of the best ways to add moisture to your tresses. In addition to nourishing your hair, 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 to vegetable oil while heating it up in a pan and applying it to your hair in the same way. 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.
Hair stylists and grandmothers alike swear by eggs for adding moisture to depleted 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, and works best one the most brittle strands. Egg whites can help get rid of unwanted oils because they contain enzymes that get rid of 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, make sure to 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 together 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.