Stop Dry Hair With These 5 Tricks
It’s very easy to let hair dry out if you’re not paying attention to it. Even if you use a regular conditioner daily, hair can become dry, dull and frizzy before you know it. Your regular conditioner may not be enough to stop the effects of dry winter weather, harsh heat treatments, the drying effects of high-lather shampoos or any other harsh abuse we give to our hair on a daily basis. So when hair gets to be too dry to manage, there are several tricks for both preventing and fixing dry hair.
1. The root shampoo method
If you douse your hair in shampoo and lather everything on a daily basis, it turns out you’re technically doing it wrong. The ends of the hair tend to be the oldest, driest and most brittle portion of the hair, since the length of the hair is already dead. Therefore, your hair needs the utmost care to not damage it permanently. And shampooing it up every day strips the length of the hair of the natural oils it needs to stay healthy and smooth.
This method will actually save you shampoo and money in the long run. Because you are only shampooing the roots, use a quarter-sized dollop of shampoo. Work it into your roots, and while rinsing, let the shampoo run down the lengths. If your hair is getting particularly dirty from outdoor work, sweating or what have you, rub the shampoo down the lengths, scrubbing only briefly and lightly. Try to not scrub at the tips of the hair.
2. DIY hot oil treatments
Hot oil treatments are a classic way to nourish, strengthen and moisturize the hair, as well as adding shine and body. You can get away with only doing it once a month, too.
Simply heat some virgin coconut or olive oil in a saucepan until it is warm, but not hot. Apply the oil to the hair in sections. You can use a dye applicator brush or your hands. If you have a dry scalp, apply the oil to the scalp and rub in the oil. Once the oil is applied, wrap up your hair in a shower cap and leave for 30 minutes. After the time is up, rinse the oil out and shampoo until the oil is reduced but not stripped out.
3. Homemade deep treatments
You can also raid your kitchen for some deep treatments. A popular method is to use two egg yolks, a splash of olive oil and about an eighth cup of water. You put in the mixture after shampooing while the hair is damp, and then let it sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse with warm water. You can also do the same with mayo or plain yogurt, which also add shine and moisture to the hair.
4. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a great additive to any hair care regimen. It’s antibacterial and antifungal. It has also long been used as a scalp treatment for dry scalps and is a great hair moisturizer. This method is easy: buy some tea tree essential oil and add about a tablespoon or so to your conditioner.
5. Avoid harsh chemicals and treatments
The best way to keep hair moisturized is to not strip or damage it in the first place. If you are able, try to let hair dry naturally instead of using a blow dryer. Consider a natural look instead of heat styling with a flat iron or curler. Also look for natural shampoo and conditioner products free of harsh ingredients, like sulfates, that strip hair’s natural moisture.
Michelle Lovrine Honeyager is a freelance writer living in Southeastern Wisconsin. You can find out more about her at https://www.clippings.me/michellelovrine.