Remedies For Dry Hair
- Gentle Shampoo
Regular shampoos that are sold in stores are way too harsh for our hair and they are very drying. My personal rule of thumb is the cheaper the shampoo, the more damaging it is for hair, and I seem to be proven right every time. Ideally, shampoo should have a pH of between 5 and 6.7. For those persons who are not too familiar with the term pH, it is a measure of the acidity or basicity of an aqueous (the solvent is water) solution. Pure water is said to be neutral, with a pH close to 7.0 at 25 °C (77 °F). Solutions with a pH less than 7 are said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. Acidic shampoos are best for dry hair and for hair in general. Sometimes, the simplest thing to do, to counteract hair dryness is to wash your hair with shampoos that won’t strip the hair of natural oils.
2. Conditioner is Your Friend
Not all conditioners are perfect, like shampoos some of them contain harsh substances that are really bad for dry hair. Look for a conditioner that contains no alcohol. The best conditioners are those that tend to have no fragrance or contain no alcohol. For really dry hair, use a deep conditioner after every shampoo wash or consider using ordinary conditioner to wash your hair instead of using shampoo. A rinse with apple cider vinegar after every wash will do wonders for the pH balance of your hair.
Next to conditioner, hot oil is very important for dry hair, so much so that, various hair-care professionals often recommend a hot-oil treatment before they do any processes on dry, damaged hair. There are several oils that are very useful for dry hair, use the most penetrative oils (like coconut and olive oil and mix them with other stimulating oils for growth) Wear a plastic bag or shower cap over your hair while the hot oil is on, then wash the hair thoroughly with a gentle shampoo.
4. No brushes or Fine tooth combs
There should be a warning sign placed on brushes (except for the boar-bristles brushes or brushes with rubberized tips that do not pull on hair excessively) because brushes as innocent as they look, are quite damaging to hair. Brushing can actually fracture the hair, tearing bits and pieces off the hair shaft and cause the hair to eventually fall out. Picture your hair screaming no, when it sees a brush approaching.
5. No Heat
Heat is never good for dry hair; it seems to make the condition worse. A teeny, tiny exception would be using an overhead dryer to deep condition the hair. The heat opens up the hair cuticles and absorbs the product so it does not just sit on the hair. Apart from that, hot combs, hot rollers, and blow-dryers is asking for dry hair. If you must use artificial heat, keep your blow-dryer on a low setting and avoid pulling or stretching the hair while drying.
7. Try Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar is a great conditioner and can improve the look of your hair and gives it a soft and silky feel. Just add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to two parts water to your hair as the last rinse after you condition your hair. It is a great dandruff killer. So if your scalp is shedding try this low cost remedy first. Check out the process in the typical hair regimen for dry hair.
8. Pre-Shampoo (Pre-Poo)
Before shampooing hair, dry tresses need a little TLC and one of the best ingredients to do this is the egg. Yes, your ordinary chicken egg. The key thing to note with pre-shampooing is that the process adds well needed moisture to the hair shaft and gives it super shine and manageability before shampooing. A favorite tested and tried combo for pre-pooing dry hair is eggs, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Check out the recipe in our recipe section- Pre-Shampoo Egg Treatment. It works like a charm for dry thirsty hair.
There are several foods that are especially good for dry hair both internally and externally. Chief food for dry hair is avocado, it can be used both internally and externally for great looking hair, the avocado is extremely good to use. Other master foods for dry hair include: olive oil and coconut oil, do an overnight hot oil treatment and rinse it out in the morning. You can also incorporate more of these oils in your diet. Nuts and seeds are another dry hair master food; they contain essential fatty acids that can put back the sheen to your hair. Mayonnaise is a master food for hair because it contains egg and vinegar. Just try the raw ingredients for yourself in your hair and it will work just as well. Store bought mayonnaise usually contains white vinegar and this is extremely drying for hair. My grandmother, told me about the use of beer for dry hair. After shampooing just rinse the hair with beer and it is supposed to restore sheen to dry hair.
There are a variety of medications that rob the body of key supplements and this in turn robs the hair of moisture and sheen. Usually, you can tell the condition of a person’s health by the state of their hair. If you are stressed, it shows in your hair, worrying your hair is the first to go, overworked and fatigued, there goes the hair. It is a constant battle with the hair. Likewise when medications are taken that deplete the body of certain mineral and calcium deposits or reduces your protein or iron absorption the hair gets dry and lifeless and starts to break. In these cases if these issues are not addressed by the food you take in then you may need supplements to boost your deficiency and counteract hair dryness.