Dry Hair is Not Your Enemy
You just need to arm yourself with quick-dry hair remedies you can do at home!
If you’re like most women (including me), then you’ve spent a lot of time resenting your hair. For instance, if you have naturally curly hair, then you’ve likely tried everything to straighten your hair. And vice versa!
Or if you’re a brunette, how many times have you gone blonde?
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Here’s the thing
Going from one hair color to the next involves some harsh chemicals, to say the least. And making your curly hair straight or your straight hair curly generally requires regular use of hot tools.
Not to mention simply blow drying your hair too often or at high temperatures can cause dry hair!
Needless to say, everyday styling can put your hair scalp under a lot of stress. Leaving you with a mess of dry, weak, dull hair and an itchy, flaky scalp.
Don’t let these be the characteristics of your hair anymore. Follow these six simple dry hair remedies to keep your hair and scalp healthy. Each will help to improve the appearance and health of dry, lackluster hair using only natural ingredients, giving you damage control!
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Natural Dry Hair Remedies
To Shampoo or Not to Shampoo?
That is the question many of us are asking. Most of us have this idea that our hair needs to be squeaky clean all the time.
However, as a general rule, we should only wash our hair when needed. Because, truth be told, over-shampooing strips hair of its natural and protective oils. It’s the heavy detergents and sudsing agents in shampoo that lead to dry hair. And with all the damage daily styling can cause to our hair, we certainly don’t need to add to the issue.
While shampooing your hair less sounds so simple, learning to understand when your hair needs shampooing and when it doesn’t can take a lot of trial and error.
Is Dry Shampoo Your Friend?
Maybe you’ve heard that overusing dry shampoo can coat hair follicles, causing build-up over time. Thus weakening the hair follicles and leading to inflammation of the scalp.
Well, that is true if you are using typical dry shampoo from an aerosol can. Instead, make your own dry shampoo spray to stretch out the days between shampooing.
Alternating with dry shampoo helps keep your hair and scalp moisturized, making it a great friend to have when you want to keep dry hair away.
Are You Conditioning?
Many people seem to skip conditioner altogether. There’s a reason why shampoo and conditioner are sold in pairs…
As we discussed earlier, shampooing strips hair of its natural oils. Therefore it needs to be supplemented with a moisturizer after. That being said, it’s important to apply it correctly. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when conditioning your hair.
- Most often too much conditioner is applied. A dime to nickel size amount works best for most hair types.
- When applying conditioner, start with the ends and slowly work your way up.
- Avoid the scalp, it already does a great job of producing oil. Applying conditioner to your roots can weigh your hair down making it flat or worse – greasy.
Additionally, you may want to apply a moisturizing hair mask up to twice a week if your hair is very dry. As your hair gets healthier, you’ll only need to apply a mask once or twice a month.
And truth be told, no matter how much conditioner you apply to your ends, they will eventually become dry, especially if you regularly use hot tools. Therefore, you should have your hair trimmed regularly.
Is a Dry Scalp the Culprit?
Maybe we should have talked about this first because –
A Healthy Scalp Equals Healthy Hair!
You can do all the steps above, but you won’t see the results you deserve if you ignore the source.
Clean hair follicles are key to maintaining healthy hair. When the follicles are clogged, the natural oil our glands produce can’t reach our hair, resulting in dull, dry locks.
Use this two-step scalp detox with a clarifying scalp massage to exfoliate dead skin cells and remove build-up allowing your scalp to breathe. This is followed by a mask to detoxify your hair roots, oil glands, and follicles for noticeable healthy, shiny hair.
Dealing with Dandruff?
If hair problems had a grading scale, I’d give dandruff an A+ for being the most annoying and irritating hair issue one can have! Like most problems, this one begins at the root.
The roots of our hair lie under the skin in our scalp. And if you’re scalp becomes too dry, it is prone to start peeling and shedding, just like extremely dry skin. And if you’ve ever experienced dandruff, you know it can be irritatingly itchy.
Leave it to essential oils to calm your irritated scalp and help stop the itching with a dandruff relief oil.
DIY Dandruff Relief Oil Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
- 8 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 two-ounce dropper bottle
- Using a funnel pour two tablespoons of jojoba oil into a dropper bottle.
- Remove the funnel, then add eight drops of tea tree essential oil and ten drops of lavender essential oil.
- Place the lid and the bottle and gently shake to combine.
Apply one teaspoon of dandruff relief oil to your scalp before hopping in the shower. Massage the oil into your scalp and let sit for five minutes before washing hair.
Is Frizz a Problem?
Often related to humidity, frizziness is more likely to occur when you have dry hair.
First, start with a homemade hair detangler. Dry hair is prone to breakage, which sometimes looks like frizz.
Next, uncover more ways to tame frizzy hair naturally with easy natural frizzy hair home remedies, including several hair masks and hot oil treatments made with ingredients from your kitchen.
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Need a Recap?
How to stop hair from being dry:
- Don’t overheat with straighteners, curling irons, and blow dryers
- Shampoo less often: alternate with a hair rinse
- Use dry shampoo to extend clean hair
- Always apply conditioner after shampooing
- Exfoliate your scalp, try a scalp detox
- Trim your hair regularly
- Use a detangler, dry hair is prone to breakage
If dry hair has been your enemy, may these quick-dry hair remedies you can do at home help end the war! Each tip will save you money without a trip to the salon and the frustration that comes with dry hair.
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