Do you have dry, brittle hair that breaks? Say goodbye to dry hair with these natural remedies!
Having oily hair is terrible, but having dry hair isn’t easy, either. Dried out hair gets old, and it looks worse when washed. Dry hair could be due to external factors, such as exposure to chemical products; or due to internal issues, such as an illness. But luckily, you can finally say goodbye to dry hair with these natural remedies!
Be careful with shampoo
Shampoo is one of the most common causes of dry hair. Many people think that clean hair is healthy hair. Shampoos, however, contain varying cleaning agents that can be aggressive on your hair, stripping it of its natural oils which help keep it healthy. On the other hand, the right shampoo can stimulate the oil glands, which is why you shouldn’t go more than 3 days without shampooing again. Shampoos ideal for dry hair will contain a pH level between 4.5 and 6.7.
Treat your hair right
Dry hair is the most fragile, so you should treat it with care. When washing, lather it softly. Avoid leaving your hair down, don’t comb through it with your fingers (this breaks the hair). Use 2 fingers to lather up, and this alone will help stimulate those oil glands.
Dry hair needs conditioner. Look for products that have little or no alcohol, which can dry out the hair more. Conditioners with little or no fragrance tend to be low in alcohol content. If your hair is very dry, consider using conditioner at night, as well as in the morning; apply it before you go to bed, then when you wake up in the morning.
Hair care professionals recommend oil treatments to repair damaged, dry hair. There are products that use hot oil, which is heated and applied to the hair for 5-20 minutes (according to the packaged instructions). Use a plastic bag or shower cap while the oil sets, then wash hair as normal with a non-abrasive shampoo.
Despite what you may have heard, excessive hair brushing can actually break the hair and make it fall out. Fragile, dry hair is more vulnerable to brushing. Always brush or comb softly and slowly, and never do it when you hair is dry (carefully use a comb on wet or damp hair). The type of brush you use is important, too. Bristle brushes or wide brushes are good options, since they don’t break off excess hair.
Vinegar based treatment
There are many ways to help your hair with vinegar. Vinegar is a great conditioner and can aid in cleansing and shine. You only need to add 1 tablespoon of vinegar as a rinse. Keep a bottle of vinegar in the shower to be at your disposal. This will help ease dandruff, too. Massage the non-diluted vinegar onto the scalp several times per week before shampooing.
Add 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar in a small container and cover your hair with it. As an alternative, you can also place it in a spray bottle to spray over your hair. A conditioner can help control dandruff and give a healthy shine to your hair; mix 2 cups water and 1/2 cup vinegar. Apply this homemade conditioner after shampooing, leave on for a few minutes then rinse. If you need a stronger dandruff treatment, keep it on for 1 hour with a shower cap on.