With so much stress and workload, none of us can pamper either ourselves or our hair. A bad hair day is just as common as getting stuck in the traffic. Days are gone when people used to take care of their hair as well. Today, people are so busy that they do not have enough time to sit in the salons to get a hair treatment. And it is this pollution also that is killing us and our hair as well.
Dry hair looks dull and lifeless. How to tame frizzy and super dry hair is one big question for which the answer is not known to many. We all want those shinier, straight, smooth and silky hairs that not only shine and look healthy but are actually strong and healthy. But the biggest question is what to do to get that perfect hair – strong, long, shiny and healthy.
Dull, rough, dry hair are damaged easily, but if proper care is done, hair can turn soft and shiny again. Let’s take a quick glance at the remedies for hair.
Tips to Turn Dry Hair to Healthy Hair
1. Start Implying Healthy Habits
- Gently handle your hair when you wash and dry it
If you have dry and fragile hair, you need to treat them gently else it will result in split ends or even breakage. While washing as well as drying, think your hair as delicate fabric, hence needed to be treated with extra care. It means no pulling, scrubbing or wringing.
- While shampooing your hair, instead of roughly scrubbing it, use your fingertips to pull shampoo from your hair.
- Rinse the shampoo with lukewarm or cool water. Hot water can even damage your hair. After conditioning, rinse with cold water, it will seal the cuticle.
- Gently squeeze the excess water from your hair without wringing or twisting. Pat it dry with a towel.
- Use Shampoo Less Often
If your hair is rough and dry, the most important thing to remember is not to shampoo them regularly. Shampooing only once a week is perfect – but certainly not more than twice a week. Regular usage of shampoo will apparently make your hair dull, dry and brittle too.
In case you think your roots are a little oily, you can use dry shampoo, and you won’t have to wash your hair.
- Let Your Hair Dry Normally
Using a hair dryer will not keep your hair healthy. The heat can damage your hair, causing split ends or breakage.
In case you have to style your hair using a dryer, use the settings and keep your it a few inches away from the head. Make sure you use a heat protectant product which will minimize the damage.
- No Brushing, Instead Try Comb
Hair brushes not detangle your hair, rather rip through the tangles, leaving them damaged. Dry hair is easy to break, leaving them rough and frizzy. So, use a wide-toothed comb while your hair is wet, it won’t cause any breakage.
In case you have any tangles, try to detangle them near the tips and then move gradually towards the roots. If you start from the roots, you might break your hair.
You can even use your fingers to work on the tangles. You can even use conditioner and massage the tangles till they are untangled.
- Avoid Damaging Treatments
Dyeing, curling, straightening or even processing your hair can cause long-term damage. Avoid using heat styling tools such as hot rollers, curling irons or straighteners. Also do not go for highlighting, bleaching or dyeing.
- Avoid Such Hairstyles Which Pull Your Hair
Do not try those hairstyles which involve pulling your hair like dreads, weaves, etc. It can damage your dry hair.
2. Condition Your Dry Hair
- Use a Good Conditioner Every Time You Shampoo
Condition them after every wash, use the amount as per the length of your hair. Conditioning smoothens and evens your hair texture. Each time you shampoo, use a conditioner made with natural oils to nourish your hair.
Apply the conditioner on your hair, gently massage it focusing on its tips and rinse with cool or lukewarm water. In case the hair is highly dry, you can use a leave-in conditioner, it will keep it hydrated all day long. It’s great for curly hair.
- Go for Deep Conditioning Treatments
Giving life to damaged hair might need more than just regular conditioning. To get back the shine and hair texture, go for deep conditioning once a week.
Dampen your hair and then apply 1-2 tablespoons of the conditioner. Coat all the strands well with the conditioner using your fingers or a wide-toothed comb from roots to tips. Cover your hair with a plastic wrap or shower cap. Let it sit for 1 hour to overnight. Apply heat gently with a blow dryer on a low setting; it will help the product to penetrate well in the hair. Shampoo your hair to get rid of all the conditioner.
- Try Homemade Hair Masks
Home remedies are the best options. If your hair is dull and severely dry, the best options are your grand moms’ age-old home recipes. These work wonders for your lifeless and brittle hair.
Wet your hair and apply the mask, in the end, shampoo it out. You can make the mask by:
- Taking 2 tablespoons of honey
- One mashed avocado or banana
- 1 beaten egg
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
You can make a mask by mixing any of the above.
- Use Finishing Oil To Protect Your Hair
You can apply finishing oil to keep your hair frizz-free, in case of extra dry hair. Just need a little amount of finishing oil, use your fingers to apply it on the tips and avoid the roots. You can use any of the oils:
- Olive oil
- Jojoba oil
- Argan oil
- Coconut oil
- Use Boar Bristle Brush
Handle your hair gently while you are combing. Do not be too strong on your hair while combing. This will lead to hair breakage as dry hairs are always very fragile and weak. Also, combing your hair roughly will lead the hair to break from the center thus your split ends will be seen.
3. Grow Healthy Hair
- Opt For A Scalp Massage
A scalp massage will boost your circulation near the hair roots, resulting in its growth. Try doing this every time you wash your hair. Use your fingers to rub your scalp in a circular motion. It will also reduce your stress and headaches. You can even go for an oil massage. You can use olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil for massage. Wash it out entirely once you are done with the massage.
- Use Natural Products
It might happen that the shampoo, conditioner and other styling products which you use are making your hair dry and brittle. You need to switch to such products which are made up of natural ingredients, without having any harmful ingredients like sulfates, silicone’s, alcohols, etc.
- Nourish Your Hair Thoroughly
Our diet plays a significant role in our hair appearance. To get healthy hair, you need proper nourishment. Eat a lot of nutritious foods which will be beneficial for your hair like omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and protein. You can also eat nuts, salmon, avocados, and flax seeds.
You have to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated; it will prevent your hair from drying out.
Avoid smoking; it can damage your hair.
- Protect Your Hair From Sun
You need to protect your hair from the sun; else it will fry your hair. Just like your skin, you need to protect your hair. You can wear a sun hat to keep your hair shaded. While going into the pool, wear a swim cap to protect your hair from harmful chemicals. During cold weathers, protect your hair from dry, cold air by wearing a warm hat.
- Regular Trims Will Be Useful
Go for trimming in every 2-3 months, to get rid of the damaged, dry ends and to grow new, healthy hair.
Keep doing that, and after months your damaged hair will be gone and you will have beautiful, healthy hair.