Having dry hair is a common problem for all types of hair texture, especially curly hair. Here are some dry hair remedies you can use to help ensure your hair doesn’t get dry and brittle.
Dry hair is a problem because it looks dull, lifeless, and crisp, breaks easily, and feels rough. Fortunately, even the driest hair can be improved. If you use all of these methods, you’ll get the best results, but even just one or two should help your hair regain moisture.
Remedies For Your Dry Hair
Heat is a big culprit of dry hair. Hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons, curlers, and even the sun can all contribute to dry hair.
If possible, eliminate use of all heating hair tools. These tools have likely already done some permanent damage, but eliminating them from your routine will prevent further damage.
If you can’t get rid of your hair dryer or flat iron completely, cut back on your use and turn down the heat. Stay out of the sun when possible and wear a hat when you’re outside. Not only can the sun fry your hair, the UVA/UVB rays can damage it just the same as your skin.
Avoid Hair Dye
Dyeing your hair is another practice that can dry it out. That’s why they usually include a deep conditioner. If possible, stop dyeing your hair altogether. If you can’t stop, try to use natural or moisturizing dyes. Use root touch up kits to minimize the frequency of hair dying.
Conditioner is one of the best ways to keep your hair moist and shiny. In fact, it’s the main purpose of conditioner. It restores the moisture it loses and helps close the cuticle to seal the moisture in.
If you have dry hair, use conditioner every time you wash your hair. If you get an oily scalp, don’t put conditioner on the first 3 inches of your scalp. This will help keep the scalp from getting as oily. Use a conditioner that is designed specifically to moisturize.
Use a deep conditioner at least once a week. You can either get a deep treatment made for this purpose, or leave your regular conditioner in your hair for at least 20 minutes. A deep conditioning treatment will help repair regular damage.
When you’re styling your hair, add some leave-in conditioner to add more moisture. This will help keep your hair from drying out throughout the day.
Better Shampoo Habits
Shampoo is another big culprit of dry hair. It can be very damaging to your hair because of harsh sulfates. If possible, find a shampoo that doesn’t have sulfates. Baby shampoo will work well.
Cut back on shampooing. Start by using it only every other time you wash your hair. Only apply it to your scalp where it gets most oily and dirty. The length of your hair is older and will dry out more easily.
Sometimes hair is too far gone. If you’re hair is so damaged that even the most amount of conditioner won’t make it look better, it might be time for a trim. You should trim your hair on a regular basis anyway. Cut off all the damage. If that would make it too short, cut off as much as possible and continue cutting periodically until all the damaged hair is gone. Of course, make sure you treat the new, fresh hair coming in well to avoid further damage.
Improve your Diet
When the hair leaves you’re scalp, it’s dead. You can’t heal hair, all you can do is make it look better. By improving the quality of your hair before it sprouts from your scalp, you will have stronger, healthier hair that will stand up better to damage.
Improve your diet by eating plenty of protein (it’s good for hair because hair is made from protein), lots of fruits and vegetables packed with nutrients, and plenty of water. Add some B vitamins as well. Biotin is great for your hair.
Improving your health will also help to improve the condition of your scalp. If you have a dry scalp, better health will improve the balance of your scalp and keep it more moist which will help secrete more sebum that protects the hair follicles.
Pools and Filters
Swimming pools are a great way to dry out your hair. If you swim frequently, wear a swim cap. If you can’t do this, or you hate the idea of wearing one, pre-soak your hair before a swim with clean water. This way your hair will absorb less of the chlorine water. Better yet, apply conditioner to your hair and braid it, if possible.
Sometimes the water from the tap can also be full of chemicals. If you’re concerned about this, or your water is particularly full of chemicals, consider getting a shower filter or a whole house filter. It’s better for your skin, too.
Natural Remedies for Dry Hair
- Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse – Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Pour over hair after shampoo and conditioner, let sit for 2 minutes, and rinse with cold water.
- Avocado Mask – Mix a mashed avocado with olive oil and a half banana for a natural deep treatment. Apply to your hair, leave for 30 minutes, and rinse. Add coconut milk for extra moisture.
- Oils – Oils are great for your hair as deep treatments or leave-in treatments. Try olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil, jojoba oil, and/or coconut oil.