When your hair is healthy, its cells (called cuticles) that make up the outer strands are arranged to overlap, just like shingles on a roof. That is why healthy hair looks shiny since these cells reflect natural light. But when these cells get roughed up or split, hair starts looking dry and frizzy and doesn’t reflect as much light as it should. The frizzy effect is even more enhanced after washing hair or post straightening or heat styling. Thankfully, a few routine changes along with some home remedies can help you give a salon-like look and feel to otherwise dry hair. Below are the best and most effective home remedies for dry frizzy hair:
Pick a shampoo containing moisturizing elements like honey, aloe, avocado, glycerin, etc., as these products moisturize the hair. Look for a product without SLS/SLES (sodium laurel sulfate) and parabens. Avoid shampoos that ‘promise’ to condition and clean your hair as they will do neither job properly.
Many of us are guilty of not conditioning our hair post shampooing. However, this is the worst thing one could do, especially if one’s hair is dry and frizzy. Always use a good quality conditioner and let it sit on wet hair for at least 5 minutes. You can also use a detangling conditioner but try and avoid products containing silicones or heavy waxy ingredients. After applying the detangler, run a wide toothed comb through the hair to spread it evenly throughout. Leave it on for 2-5 minutes before rinsing.
You can also use a whisked egg or a tablespoon of mayonnaise post shampooing to condition hair naturally and reduce the dryness and frizz. Apply the egg/mayo all over the hair and cover with a shower cap. Wash off after 5-10 minutes: first with warm water and then with cool water. Use this remedy once a week for healthy, frizz-free hair. (Note: don’t forget to add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to whisked egg or mayo to prevent your hair from smelling like egg).
If you do not like commercial conditioners, you can always make your own using essential oils like sandalwood, lavender or rosemary. Add a few drops of chosen essential oil to 6 ounces of warm sesame, coconut or soybean oil. Mix well and apply the blend to the strands and ends of hair. Wrap your hair in a shower cap or towel and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Wash off with mild shampoo and warm water. Use once or twice a week to make hair shinier, softer and smoother.
A good deep conditioning treatment will fill your hair shaft with protein so that it can retain moisture better. Look for a deep conditioner containing wheat germ or soybean protein. Apply it to the hair for 2-3 hours or as per instructions on the product. If you color your hair, avoid using heat based or oil based deep conditioning treatment for at least 10 days post coloring. Otherwise your hair color will fade.
As a final rinse after washing your hair, use a mixture of organic, raw apple cider vinegar and water in a 50:50 ratio. Pour the solution over wet hair and let your hair air dry. The smell of vinegar will go away as your hair dries, leaving it shinier, healthier and more manageable. This remedy is not suitable for color treated hair.
Use this hair mask as a natural, dry damaged hair treatment:
Mix the ingredients and apply to dry hair. Leave it on for 8 hours or overnight (protect your pillow with an old sheet or cover up your hair with a shower cap.) Wash away the next morning with a mild herbal shampoo. Use once a week to eliminate frizz and dryness.
A licensed cosmetologist suggests the use of avocado as one of the best home remedies for dry, curly or straight hair.
In a bowl, mash the avocado until there are no lumps. Add the olive oil and essential oils and mash again. Now add honey and blend the mixture until creamy and smooth. Divide the hair into sections and apply from roots to tips, covering the entire hair. Cover with a shower cap and use a hair dryer over it or sit in the warm sun for 15-20 minutes. Remove the cap and wash hair thoroughly.
A hair spray helps reduce frizz and dryness and makes hair more manageable. Store brought sprays tend to be expensive and they also contain a lot of chemicals. Here is a recipe for making your own DIY natural hair spray:
Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle. Gently spray over dry hair and style as usual. Not only is this a cheaper version of store brought sprays; it also is a lot more eco-friendly and does not contain any hair damaging chemicals.
One of the best home remedies to moisturize dry hair is coconut oil. Warm up a few tablespoons of coconut oil and put a few drops on your fingertips. Rub your palms together and run your fingers throughout the ends of the hair. This will give an instant shine to dry, lifeless hair. This is also a great home remedy for dry hair and split ends. A mixture of castor oil, coconut oil and rosemary essential oil also works great as a pre-shampoo conditioner.
Combine borax and baking soda and add a few drops of water to make a paste. Rub the paste gently through the wet hair and scalp. You can use this ‘natural shampoo’ instead of store bought ones that strip hair off natural oils. Wash off with warm water and use distilled vinegar as a final rinse on clean hair. Let your hair air-dry and style it as usual. With regular use of this natural shampoo, your hair will be lot more manageable.
This remedy for dry hair treatment was discussed on Dr.Oz’s hit show recently. Mash up an overripe banana and add a few tablespoons of olive oil/coconut oil and water to it. You can also add one small egg to this mask. Make sure there are no lumps as you whisk the mask thoroughly. Apply the mask to dry hair and cover up with a towel or shower cap. Wash off after 30 minutes to leave hair smoother, shinier and more manageable. You will have to shampoo twice to remove the oil. Use this dry, frizzy hair natural treatment once a week to make your hair healthier.
What sorts of remedies or recipes have you tried that are useful for managing dry or frizzy hair? Please share in the comments below!
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