Dry hair can be a hassle. It doesn’t feel good, it doesn’t look good and it is almost impossible to do anything good with your hair. Luckily for you, there are some great ways to treat dry hair naturally, which will work to treat the brittle and fragile state of your damaged and dry hair.
Dry hair is caused by many reasons including nutritional deficiencies. Using harsh products on your hair can also cause dry hair. Even simple things such as exposing yourself too much to the sun or excessively washing your hair or using chlorinated water can all cause dry hair.
There are some noteworthy home remedies that you can try to resolve the issue and bring strength and beauty back to your hair. Here is our list of 25 remedies that you can try at home to resolve dry hair.
1. Oil Massages
Oil is a great way to treat dry hair and is probably the best means to care for your hair. If you aren’t using oil, chances are your hair will become brittle and dry.
There are a variety of oils that you can use on your hair. Olive oil is one of the most popular remedies when it comes to dry hair. It works to treat your hair and give it a lustrous glow.
Further to olive oil, you can also consider using coconut oil, almond oil, castor oil, jojoba oil or even corn oil. All these oils provide good results on dry hair. They all contain good amounts of vitamin E and antioxidants which work to seal the outer hair layer with moisture, which repairs the damage caused by dryness.
Simply warm the oil of choice; about a half cup based on the length of hair. Use the oil to gently massage your hair and scalp for a few minutes. You want to then cover your hair with a warm towel and allow it to sit for about 30 to 45 minutes. After that, you can go about using a gentle shampoo and rinsing your hair.
Oil treatments work to strengthen hair and gives it a nice and healthy shine. If you suffer from dry hair, oil treatments would be the best way to treat it.
2. Try Using Beer as a Conditioner
Unorthodox as it may be, beer can work to repair the hair cuticles, making your hair smooth and shiny. This is because beer contains a protein that works to repair damaged hair and restore its moisture.
You don’t want to wash your hair with beer. Simply wash your hair as you normally do using your shampoo of choice (preferably something that doesn’t cause dryness). Then spray a few drops of beer on your hair and allow it to naturally dry.
Beer works as an excellent conditioner and works to restore moisture to dry hair, which repairs the damage caused by dryness. Don’t worry, you are only using a few drops and it doesn’t really leave any smell on your hair.
3. Try Using a Coconut Oil Mask
As mentioned earlier, coconut oil is a great option when you are trying to treat dry hair. Apart from using it to massage your hair, you can also try using coconut oil as a simple hair mask.
In order to prepare a hair mask, you have to boil some curry leaves with coconut oil for 2 to 3 minutes and leave it to rest in a cool place for a few days. The mixture will thicken as it cools and can be gently rubbed on your hair and scalp. Apply it with your fingertips and cover your hair with a warm towel. You want to allow the mask to sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off.
Coconut oil is a great way to soothe your hair and moisturise it. It will leave behind nourished and stronger strands of hair and will work to repair the damage caused by dryness.
4. Try Using Gelatin
Plain gelatin works really well as a protein source to treat and nourish your hair. It works to coat your hair strands and moisturise them. This works to repair your damaged hair, leaving behind smooth, shiny and stronger strands of hair.
In order to use gelatin, you want to mix 1 tablespoon of gelatin with 1 cup of warm water. Once mixed, you want to leave the mixture aside for it to cool and set. This usually takes about 5 minutes. You want to then add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of essential oils. Simply stir the mixture well and use it to clean your hair.
You want to ensure to leave the mixture on your hair for about 10 minutes and allow it to be properly absorbed by all strands of hair. You can then rinse your hair off with water.
Eggs contain a good amount of protein which can work to fortify and strengthen your hair. The protein in eggs works to restore the moisture of your hair, which enables the repairing of brittle and very dry hair. This remedy is great if you have excessively dry and damaged hair.
In order to use eggs, you first have to prepare the egg. Simply whip an egg white with 2 tablespoons of water. You can use this mixture on your hair and leave it on your hair for a few minutes before rinsing it off. Let’s call that option 1.
Option 2 uses the whole egg. You want to mix about three eggs in a bowl and add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of honey. You can then apply the mixture on your hair and scalp and cover your hair with something like a shower cap for about 30 minutes. You can then proceed to rinse it off with water and shampoo.
Mayonnaise also contains a good amount of protein that can work to treat your brittle hair and provide them with new strength and shine. It can work to restore the moisture of your hair and could work really well to restore any damage caused by dryness.
Simply wet your hair first and then apply a thick layer of mayonnaise and massage your hair and scalp making sure to work through all the strands of hair from root to tip. You want to then cover your hair with a shower cap and allow the nutrients to be absorbed by your hair for about 30 minutes to an hour. You can rinse with water and shampoo afterwards.
Though unorthodox, mayonnaise can be a great way to treat dry hair. It can work to restore the strength of your hair and give it a better look.
7. Use a Yoghurt and Oil Mask
Yoghurt and oil together works really well to restore damaged and dry hair and can be an effective treatment for naturally dry hair.
In order to prepare the mixture, you want to use about half a cup of plain yoghurt and about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. You can also add a few drops of essential oil. Mix and stir the preparation thoroughly and apply it to shampooed hair. You want to cover your hair with a shower cap and allow it to work on your hair for about 15 to 20 minutes. You can then proceed to thoroughly rinse your hair with warm water.
Yoghurt contains proteins that gives hair strength and resolves issues of brittle and damaged hair. Oil works to provide your hair with a nice shine and helps moisturise it.
8. Use Avocado
Avocado is a fruit that is rich in vitamins A and E. It also contains a good amount of saturated fats which will work to nourish damaged and dry hair. Vitamin A and E are essential parts of healthy hair.
In order to use the avocado, you want to make it into a paste. Simply mash a ripe and peeled avocado and mix it with one egg. Use the mixture to apply on wet hair and allow it to sit for about 20 minutes. The nutrients will get absorbed into your hair and scalp and will provide your hair with added strength and shine. You can then proceed to rinse your hair a few times.
Avocado is a great way to moisturise your hair from root to tip and will work to resolve dryness. The minerals in avocado will work on damaged hair, giving it added strength and shine.
9. Try a Banana
Bananas have a high moisture content which is great when you are trying to treat dry hair. It also contains high amounts of potassium, which works to nourish your hair.
Simply mash a banana and spread it on your hair from root to tip. Leave the banana on your hair for about an hour before washing it off with warm water.
Bananas have various beneficial properties and can work to prevent split ends. It can also soften your hair and improve elasticity which will prevent your hair from breakage.
10. Use Essential Oils
Argan oil is one of the more popular home remedies to treat dry hair. Though we don’t know how effective argan oil is on dry hair, it is easy enough to try.
Using a few drops of argan oil may work to give your hair a more finished and thick appearance. Essential oils all have various properties which are good for your hair. Peppermint oil and lavender oil can work to help reduce hair loss and prevent breakage.
The best way to use essential oils is to make a mixture. Simply mix argan oil with peppermint oil, lavender oil and some coconut oil and use it as a hair perfume. This can work to make your hair feel less dry over time.
11. Try Using Butter
Butter is essentially fat and contains proteins that can work to nourish and strengthen hair. If you have dry hair, simply using some butter on it can work to resolve dryness and treat your hair.
Simply apply some butter on dry hair and massage it well. You should then cover your hair using a shower cap and allow it to sit for about half an hour and then wash it off with shampoo.
The butter washes off easy and doesn’t leave behind any smell. It can work to nourish your hair, giving it a nice shine. It also works to strengthen brittle strands of hair, improving elasticity.
12. Try Using Tea
Tea can be a great way to give your hair a nice shine. However, you should note, that the colour of tea could work to change the colour of your hair too. Hence, those who are blonde may want to avoid using black tea and use chamomile tea instead. Brunettes can use black tea.
Tea works to strengthen the hair at the root which prevents hair loss. It also works to repair damaged and brittle hair caused by dryness.
After you have shampooed your hair, take some tea and make sure it is lukewarm and rinse your hair with it. You don’t have to rinse the tea off. Simply allow it to naturally dry.
13. Use a Honey and Vegetable Oil Mask
As you may know, oil is great for dry hair and adding honey to the mix only makes the preparation stronger. The combination of honey and vegetable oil will work to nourish your hair while conditioning it.
In order to prepare the mask, simply mix two tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of vegetable oil to make a sticky paste. You want to then apply the paste on your hair and cover it with a shower cap and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. After you have provides sufficient time for the mask to be properly absorbed by your scalp and hair, you can remove the cap and shampoo your hair.
This combination works to strengthen brittle hair and repair the damage caused by dryness.
14. Rice Milk and Honey
This combination works really well on dull and dry hair and can work to restore the shine and nourish your hair. Honey is a great natural emollient that works to seal the moisture in your hair shafts. This is what works against dryness.
In order to prepare the mixture, simply take a cup of rice milk and add two teaspoons of honey. You can mix the two components in a bowl until it has a good amount of consistency. You want to then spread the mixture over your hair and allow it to sit for about 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off.
This combination provides results in minutes and leaves your hair with a beautiful smell once it’s dry.
15. Try Adding Vinegar
Vinegar is acidic and can work to restore the balance of pH of your scalp. This will work to normalise the production of oil in your scalp which will naturally work to resolve dry hair. It is best used in combination with a conditioning hair pack which will work to nourish your hair properly and give it strength.
You want to use vinegar in combination with the shampoo that you are using. Simply dilute the shampoo with vinegar and use that to wash your hair. The added vinegar will work to restore the pH of your scalp, which will work to naturally treat dry hair over time.
16. Use an Aloe Vera Mask
Aloe vera is one of the best ingredients for your skin and hair. It works to repair the damage caused by dryness of your hair and helps boost scalp health. It even works to encourage hair growth.
In order to make the mask, simply mix 3 tablespoons of yoghurt and 4 tablespoons of aloe vera and 2 tables spoons of olive oil in a bowl. Mix the ingredients until you have a consistent mixture. Section your hair and apply it as a hair pack from the root to tip. Leave the pack on your hair for about half an hour and then rinse it off with water and shampoo.
The aloe vera will work to nourish your hair and will boost the production of natural oils in your scalp.
17. Use Baking Soda
Baking soda is a great way to remove impurities and excess product build up in your hair. Since it is alkaline in nature, it works to close the hair cuticles.
Simply combine 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 1/2 cup of water. You want to then wash your hair and condition it. Once ready, you can then pour the diluted baking soda as a final rinse and allow it to flow through your hair.
An alternative way to use baking soda is to use it with shampoo. You can combine it with water and shampoo to make a smooth paste and comb the mixture through your hair. You can then rinse and wash your hair as you normally would.
Dry hair attracts a lot of dirt and using baking soda allows you to properly clean your hair and better maintain the health of your hair.
18. Use a Gram Flour Pack
Gram flour is yet another ingredient that you can use to properly clean your hair. It is one of the most common ingredients in skin and hair care.
To make the pack, simply mix 1 cup of coconut milk with 3 tablespoons of gram flour. Combine the mixture together and ensure that there are no lumps. You want to then apply the mixture on your hair from root to tip and leave your hair in a bun for about 15 to 20 minutes. You can then wash it off with water and a gentle shampoo.
The pack works really well to remove impurities which could work to make your hair brittle. It can work to restore the damage of dry hair and provide your hair with added strength.
19. Amla Powder and Lime Juice
Indian gooseberry or amla is a wonderous fruit that is great for dry hair. It works to both condition your hair and nourish it from root to tip.
Simply mix 2 tablespoons of amla powder with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice until you have a consistent paste. Apply the paste on your hair from root to tip and leave it on for about 10 minutes. You can then rinse it off with water.
This mask works to cleanse your hair and leaves it with a nice shine.
20. Use a Strawberry Paste
Strawberry can be an effective means to condition your hair and give it a rich and glossy effect. It can work to nourish your hair and give it added strength.
To make the paste, you want to combine 4 to 5 strawberries with 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise. Simply blend the two ingredients in a food processor until you have a consistent paste. Apply the paste on your hair from root to tip and cover your hair with a shower cap. Allow it to sit on your hair and scalp for about 15 to 20 minutes and wash it off with warm water and shampoo.
Though typically, strawberries are used on oily hair, the combination of mayonnaise makes it great for conditioning dry hair. They remove excess oils from the scalp and makes your hair look silky and condition and nourishes the hair shaft.
21. Use a Fenugreek Seeds Paste
Fenugreek is a great ingredient to use if you are suffering from dandruff. It also works to treat dry hair and is a perfect ingredient to resolve dry and brittle hair.
Simply take about 4 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds and soak them in water overnight. In the morning, you want to blend the seeds into a fine paste and apply the paste to your hair. You should leave the paste on your hair for about 30 minutes. You can then proceed to wash your hair with a mild shampoo.
Fenugreek seeds work to nourish your hair and treat brittle hair. Your hair will be less susceptible to breakage and will be stronger in the process.
22. Try Using a Bottle Gourd Juice
Bottle gourd is a great way to refresh your hair and give it a moisturising treatment. It is easy enough to prepare and use and conditions your hair extremely well.
All you need is 1 peeled and chopped bottle gourd. Simply blend the bottle gourd until you have a smooth juice and use a cheesecloth to extract the juice from the blend. You can then apply the juice to your hair and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. You can then proceed to wash it off with a mild shampoo and then condition your hair.
Bottle gourd contains nutrients that work to resolve brittle hair and give your hair strength. Your hair will be less prone to breakage and will look and feel healthier.
23. Lemon Juice Massage
Lemon juice is acidic and works to restore and balance the pH of your scalp. This enables the natural secretion of oils which works to naturally moisturise your hair.
Simply combine 2 tablespoons of lemon juice with 2 cups of water. You want to shampoo and condition your hair to prepare it for the lemon juice massage. Once your hair is ready, you can use the diluted lemon juice as a final rinse and let your hair air dry.
Lemon juice works to calm frizz and can be a great way to add some nice shine to your hair.
24. Use a Shea Butter Mask
A shea butter mask can be a great way to treat and nourish your hair and scalp. It works to provide your hair with moisture and works to prevent breakage by repairing brittle and damaged hair.
Simply melt 1 tablespoon of shea butter with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Allow the mixture to cool and add 1 tablespoon of argan oil. Whip the mixture thoroughly and apply the mask on your hair from root to tip. Allow the mask to sit on your hair for about 30 minutes and shampoo as usual. You should repeat this treatment once a week for the best results.
25. Coconut Milk
Much like coconut oil, coconut milk contains some helpful nutrients which work to aid the health of your hair and nourish it. It contains a good amount of vitamin E and folate which stimulate the circulation in the scalp and naturally nourishes your dry hair. It also acts as a detangle, which is great if you are trying to prevent breakage.
In order to use coconut milk, simply mix 6 tablespoons of coconut milk with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of honey. Coat your hair in the paste and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. You can then proceed to shampoo as usual.
Coconut contains all the essential nutrients that are important for healthy hair. Using coconut milk can be a great way to both strengthen your hair and give it a nice shine.
Things to Remember
When it comes to dry hair, there are a few things that you have to keep in mind. First and foremost, you want to ensure that you are using hair products specific to the type of hair that you have. Don’t use shampoo for fizzy hair unless you have fizzy hair.
When it comes to shampoo, you don’t want to shampoo too often. The detergents in shampoo work against the natural oils that your scalp produces and can lead to dryness and damage. When you are washing your hair, you want to ensure to use cool water or lukewarm water. This enables you to seal the cuticles and minimise moisture loss which is important when working with dry hair.
Remember to use a mild and gentle shampoo that is sulfate-free and drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. You don’t have to wash your hair too often. Washing your hair too often can actually cause dryness and can lead to more brittle and damaged hair.
Lastly, watch your diet. You want to ensure that you are getting the right nutrients to battle dry hair. This means getting a good dose of foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids. If you are unable to source omega-3 fatty acids sufficiently from your meals, we recommend you take a supplement.
Dry hair is a hassle and is something nobody likes having. It leads to breakage and you have unhealthy hair which looks unnourished. We have provided you with 25 great ways to resolve dry hair and treat it at home. These are all home remedies that you can try and find the one that works best for your hair.
Dry hair can be resolved and treated, just so long as you are doing what you have to do to treat and nourish your hair. We hope reading this word to word has helped you understand the various ways that you can go about treating your dry hair and hope that it was a valuable read for you.
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