How To Get Rid of Dry Hair Quick and Easy
Dry hair is one of the most common hair problems. Dry hair occurs when hair is unable to retain moisture and loses its vitality and shine. Dry hair appears dull and is a clear sign of unhealthy hair internally. This could be a result of an array of factors including environmental conditions, hair care and the individual’s physical health.
Environmental conditions such as dry and humid climates, exposure to sun or wind, or frequent swimming in salty or chlorinated water could be the cause of dry hair. It could also be from washing hair too frequently, overuse of hot water, using harsh products in the hair, dyeing or chemically treating hair or using hot-styling tools regularly like blow dryers, curling irons and hair straighteners.
There are numerous ways to repair dry hair and restore the hair’s vitality. These include some natural remedies you can use alongside some products designed specifically to nourish dry hair.
Natural Ingredients for Dry Hair
1. Argan Oil
Argan Oil is known for its richness in Vitamin E and content of unsaturated fatty acids which help repair hair damage. It is also effective at combatting split ends and making hair smoother and more manageable.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is one of the most effective conditioners for hair as it helps rejuvenate damaged hair and encourages hair regrowth. Its chain of fatty acids nourishes the hair from inside and leaves it feeling moisturised. It also prevents hair breakages and split ends.
3. Almond Oil
Almond Oil is also rich in Vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acids, phospholipids and magnesium. It is optimal for treating damaged hair as it both nourishes and strengthens hair at the same time.
4. Jojoba Oil
Jojoba Oil is rich in important vitamins and minerals including vitamin E and B-complex, zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and iodine. The oil smoothens the hair cuticle and tames dry, frizzy and dull hair. It helps seal moisture in the hair shaft and adds lustre and shine to hair.
5. Olive Oil
Olive Oil is a spectacular hair conditioner that will keep your hair hydrated and conditioned. It is a rich source of antioxidants which promotes scalp health and protects it from free radicals. Its moisturising properties help seal the hair cuticle by forming a protective barrier over the hair shaft and controls frizz. Also strengthening hair by improving elasticity, it prevents issues such as breakage and split-ends.
6. Avocado Oil
Avocado Oil is rich in oleic acid and monosaturated fats making it effective at penetrating the hair shaft and moisturising hair. The fats strengthen the hair shaft, preventing breakage.
7. Sandalwood Oil
Sandalwood Oil contains antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, astringent, cicatrisant, carminative, diuretic, disinfectant, expectorant, and hypotensive properties. Its antiseptic properties are beneficial for stimulating blood circulation on the scalp and preventing hair dryness.
8. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera has long been used as a herbal remedy. With its combination of amino acids, vitamins and minerals that can improve dry hair and dandruff, it restores sheen and volume to the hair.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that help combat scalp infection, dryness, itchiness and dandruff. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar removes residue from product build-up and creates shiny, lustrous locks.
10. Linseed Oil
Flaxseed Oil, also known as Linseed Oil, comes from one of the richest plant-based sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Its vitamin E content provides excellent nourishment for hair follicles and moisturises the strands.
Natural Remedies to fix Dry Hair
Hot Oil Treatment
Create a hot oil treatment by combining a few of the oils from the above list to create an effective hot oil treatment. Simply bring a cup of water (250ml) to boil. Place 2 tablespoons (30ml) of coconut oil in a small bowl or mug. Put the bowl or mug into the water on the stove. Then add 1 tablespoon (15ml) of Olive Oil and 1 tablespoon (15ml) of Jojoba Oil to the mix. Allow the oil to sit until it is warm and then remove it from the stove using oven mitts. Make sure the mix isn’t too hot to avoid burning the hair and scalp. After washing hair and towel drying, massage the formula into scalp from roots to ends. Use a warm towel to wrap over the hair and allow it to sit for 20 minutes. Wash and rinse hair for more nourished and hydrated hair.
Use a humidifier at night
Especially in winter, heating appliances can cause hair to become dry. A humidifier will help return moisture to the hair and prevent hair from becoming drier and more damaged.
Eat your omega-3s
Omega-3 fatty acids like gamma-linolenic acid are great for keeping hair moisturised. Take one to three 250 milligram capsules of borage oil, evening primrose oil or linseed oil one to three times a day.
Let your hair down
Hair can be suffocated if worn in a ponytail constantly. Try advising clients to let their hair down and not pulling it back too tightly. Sometimes the hair just needs a break.
Shampoos, Conditioners and Masks to Get Rid Of Dry Hair
Fanola’s Nutricare range is fabulous for treating dry hair. Enriched with Milk Proteins, Casein and Whey Proteins, this range is extremely effective in keeping hair hydrated and nourished:
- Milk Proteins are rich in amino acids and proteins essential for healthy hair
- Milk Proteins increases hydration and elasticity to the hair, carrying restructuring and healing properties
- Casein stimulates the hair follicle growth cycle
- Whey Proteins provide proper nourishment by keeping hair moisturised and hydrated
The Leave-In Restructuring Conditioner in this range is especially beneficial for dry hair, with its addition of Linseed Oil:
- Linseed Oil is abundant in omega-3 fatty acids and promotes healthy hair growth
- Skin revitalising and anti-inflammatory properties of Linseed Oil assist with hair problems created by psoriasis and eczema
Also, in this range is a Restructuring Cream for Split Ends that helps repair and prevent split ends. Not only is this line deeply hydrating, it also smells delectable like milky baby powder.
18 in 1 Nourishing Shampoo, Conditioner and Moisturising Crème
The 18 in 1 range works wonders for dry hair as it is enriched with the goodness of Argan Oil, Keratin, Panthenol and Vitamin E which perform the following benefits:
- Keratin strengthens from within the cortex of your hair, improving elasticity
- Argan Oil makes your hair softer, silkier and shiner by conditioning and treating split ends
- Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and prevents hair damage from free radicals
- Panthenol moisturises and hydrates hair
The moisturising crème in this range locks all the moisture in the hair. Also incredibly fragrant coconut crème scent.
L’Oreal Nutrifier Glycerol + Coconut Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Mask
Constructed with Glycerol and Coconut Oil, these are the two key ingredients of L’Oreal Nutrifier Shampoo, Conditioner and Mask that are active in replenishing and nourishing dry hair. Glycerol hydrates and nourishes, while coconut oil adds shine.