Dry hair is a very common hair condition that tends to become more pronounced as people age, as the scalp produces less oil as people age, leading to drier hair. Here, you will learn about some of the most popular home remedies for dry hair that are safe, cost effective, and above all work.
Perhaps the easiest way to deal with dry hair is to shampoo less often. Not only will this save you more money in the long run, but shampooing once every 3 or 4 days can help reduce dry hair problems. In fact, studies have shown that the average person only needs to wash their hair twice a week. Furthermore, when you do shampoo, ensure that you use a gentle shampoo that does not contain sodium lauryl sulphates (SLS). SLS in a highly abrasive detergent that strips away the natural oils found on hair. Instead of using shampoos with SLS you should use natural agents such as sodium coco-sulphate, which is derived from the oil found in coconuts.
You may also wish to use a cleansing conditioner instead of a shampoo. A cleansing conditioner can help you “co-wash” your hair by hydrating your hair via conditioning and also remove dirt and grime from your hair using natural oils. Simply apply the product from your hair’s roots to the ends and let it soak in while you shower. Then, simply rinse and you’re done.
Heat styling should also be avoided altogether as heat dries out hair. Flat irons and blow dryers should especially be avoided during the winter, and a heat protection spray is highly recommended for people who regularly style their hair. Heat protection sprays work by moisturizing hair, allowing the heat to help the moisturizing ingredients reach each individual hair strand. Still, if possible, air dry your hair instead of heat styling for healthier hair.
Moreover, if you are still struggling from dry hair then deep conditioners are highly recommended. Simply apply a hair mask or deep conditioner from the mid-lengths of your hair to the ends, and let the product soak in for 15 minutes before you rinse your hair. The reason why we recommend hair masks or deep conditioners for severe dry hair cases is because they contain copious amounts of moisturizing ingredients when compared to standard/regular conditioners. Just remember to choose a deep conditioner that is specially formulated for your hair, as deep conditioners can bog down finer hair textures.
DIY Home Remedies
If cutting costs are a priority then you can put together a do-it-yourself treatment for your dry hair. For instance, you can create a hair mask using mashed up avocado. Avocados are rich in omega fatty acids and natural oils that will leave your hair feeling silky and moisturized. Other potent moisturizers include coconut and olive oil. Simply apply either oil to your hair and wrap your head in a hot towel for approximately 20 minutes. Next, simply shampoo and condition your hair to remove excess residue.
Another thing you can do to help moisturize your hair is make a few modifications to your diet. In fact, certain foods, including nuts, dark green vegetables, and salmon, can help your body produce more natural oils to moisturize your hair-as they are rich in zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A and C.
Those who enjoy coloring their hair should be wary of permanent hair color products, as most will dry out hair. If your hair looks or feels “crispy” then we suggest a gentle hair coloring treatment that incorporates an oil based color and is ammonia free.