Dry Frizzy Hair: Here Today . . . Gone Tomorrow
Have you let your hair down by subjecting it to chemical processes such as colouring, bleaching, highlights, or perms? Perhaps you use straighteners or other heated appliances when you style your hair. Alternatively, maybe your hair is sun-damaged or affected by air pollution and unavoidable everyday wear and tear. Is it lifeless and limp, frizzy and dry or just thoroughly unmanageable? Do your tresses require shimmer, strength, and lustre? With most people, it is a combination of these things, but any single one of them can ruin your hair and spoil your look. Do not despair…take heart! Your hair needs some special loving care! With meticulous care using a few tried and tested home remedies, you can regain the lost sheen and bounce back into your hair bringing it to a naturally healthy state. Let us see how…but before that let us have a look at the structure of hair.
Human hair made from a combination of a complex natural protein called keratin, amounts to about 90%. This is mainly responsible for the hair’s intensity and the challenging everyday wear and tear. The remaining 10% consists of moisture, which keeps hair soft supple and glossy. The right proportion of both keratin and moisture is vital for healthy lustrous locks. Unfortunately, hair keratin is damaged and moisture can be depleted by use of colours, perms, curling rods, straightening, excessive blow drying, pollution, heat and other chlorinated chemicals, and even withstand the worst of everyday wear and tear, like brushing too hard. The damage can make the hair feel frizzy looking out of condition thus becoming unmanageable. Under an electron microscope, this damage is visible in the form of craters splits, and cracks in the hair, as can be seen in this highly magnified hair strand.
HOME REMEDIES FOR MANAGING DRY FRIZZY HAIR
Natural Oils for Dry Hair
One of the best home remedies to repair dry damaged hair is by way of hot oil treatment. Corn oil, lanolin, almond, castor, olive or our very own coconut oil helps regain the lost moisture, improve blood circulation, imparting a natural sheen to its texture, enabling healthy hair growth and preventing any kind of damage. You can use these oils in combination or alone for excellent results. Warm a few teaspoons of oil and when cool massage all over the scalp gently using your fingertips. Cover with a towel dipped in warm water and leave it for half an hour. Then wash your hair using a mild shampoo.
Essential Oils for Dry Hair
There are certain glands in the scalp that play the role of a natural conditioner secretes sebum thus providing hair the natural gloss and shine playing the role of a natural conditioner. However, when there is insufficient secretion of sebaceous oil in the scalp, there is a marked reduction in frizz giving your hair lustre and plenty of gloss. Nevertheless for improved effects, use along with regular hair oil, a few drops of essential oils like yarrow, rosewood, parsley leaf, palmarosa, sage, carrot, birch, geranium, chamomile, lemon, rosemary or lavender.
Eggs for Dry Hair
Lecithin and protein, two healthy components present in raw egg add strength and help regain the lost sheen of your hair.
Whip an egg, apply it on the hair roots, and scalp. Leave it for a few minutes before cleansing.
Mix two eggs to half a cup of milk. Apply on wet hair over the scalp and massage. After 10 minutes of massage cover with a shower cap and finally rinse with a gentle shampoo plus conditioner.
Whip a couple of eggs along with a few drops of almond oil and half a cup of yogurt. Mix thoroughly to form a creamy like consistency, massage on your roots, and scalp. Cover with a shower cap and after half an hour a tepid water rinse will do fine.
Mayonnaise for Dry Hair
Apply a coating of thick full fat mayonnaise onto wet hair. Massage using fingertips and allow it to dry for about half an hour before shampooing and conditioning hair.
Cocoa Butter for Dry Hair
Apply cocoa butter from the hair roots to the tip along the length of the hair. Cover with a towel and leave it for about fifteen minutes. Give a finally rinse with a mild gentle shampoo.
Banana and Avocado for Dry Hair
The healthy nutrients in avocado and bananas add moisture and protein to reinstate your hair’s natural balance and provide it with new strength, softness and a beautiful shine. Therefore, to attain healthy hair add one teaspoon of almond oil, a mashed banana and avocado to the scalp and then after an hour’s time wash with warm water.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Hair
Mix two parts of water to one part of Apple cider vinegar. Fill the concoction in a sterile squirt bottle. Spurt the concoction on the hair avoiding the scalp. Allow the mixture to stay on your hair for sometime before using shampoo followed by a conditioner.
Beer makes an excellent hair tonic as it enhances volume, lustre vitality and strength to your lovely tresses. Complete with proteins and B vitamins beer help recover parched, damaged and dry locks, at the same time offering the required nutrition to hair follicles. Spray a small amount of beer all over your hair after a wash for that fabulous shine.
Aloe Vera Gel for Hair
Aloe Vera is an excellent remedy for dry hair. Mix about four tablespoons of Aloe Vera gel with one and a half tablespoons of coconut oil and three tablespoons of yogurt. Apply the mixture to the hair and leave it on for twenty minutes before a wash.
Yogurt for Dry Hair
Mix half a cup of unflavoured yogurt along with a few drops of essential oil meant for hydrating dull lifeless hair, and a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Apply to shampooed hair, cover with a shower cap or plastic bag, and allow the yogurt mix to stay for 15 to 20 minutes. Bathe well with warm water. Repeat this process twice or thrice a week to notice a marked difference.
PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE…
Frequent shampooing is one of the most widespread reasons for dry hair. Shampoos contain harsh chemicals that tend to strip your hair off moisture and natural oils. On the other hand, a mild gentle shampoo enables healthy stimulation of the oil glands, which only requires shampooing hair thrice a week. Choose a shampoo consisting of a pH somewhere between 4.5 and 6.7.Or if you are of those people who believe in naturally available products try a mixture of fenugreek and soap nuts ground with little water. Although this may not give as much lather as the gentlest of shampoos, this sure helps nurture your hair from within.
Regular conditioning of your hair will prevent split ends, help nurture, and moisturize. For extremely dry frizzy hair, leave the conditioner overnight. However, ensure that the conditioner is fragrance-free, containing just a minimal or zero percentage of alcohol as alcohol has a tendency to dry hair.
Fragile- hence brush with care… Be gentle with your hair and brush it cautiously and tactfully. Fragile dry hair is easily prone to breakage, and rough brushing/ combing can only cause hair fall and damage hair keratin. Avoid brushing your hair when it is damp or wet and always use a wide toothed comb/brush with natural bristles, since they do not pull hair and cause breakage. Also read the tips to grow hair faster naturally
Reduce exposure to heat and other harsh chemicals. Instead of using heat in the form of blow dryers, the best option would be to air-dry hair naturally. Remember using dryers, curling and straightening rods will only further dry your hair making it weak. Think of styling hair using foam rollers instead of a curling iron, and leave some gaps between chemical treatments.
Wear a Wide Brimmed Hat
Cover your head during summer wearing a wide brimmed hat to avoid exposure to the suns harsh ultraviolet rays.
Wear a Swimming Cap
Remember; always swim wearing a protective headgear to prevent dryness caused by the detrimental effects of salted chlorinated water. If you do not prefer wearing a cap, rub a spoonful of olive oil into your hair while going for a swim.
Take a diet rich in omega3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamin E, vitamin C, biotin and zinc. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water as it helps your body expel various harmful substances and toxins that can cause your hair to become limp and lifeless. Besides, water tends to add hydration to otherwise dry hair.
These natural hair enhancing treatments would surely answer all your hair care worries, turning back time and reinstating your hair to its former glory!