Amazing Home Remedies for Dry Hair, Using Ingredients Straight from your Kitchen
Everyone wants to feel like they just stepped off of a set of a shampoo and conditioner commercial. The dream of long silky hair that effortlessly flows with the wind is a common shared goal. However, the secret behind perfect hair is a lot more complicated than just a simple wash and style. This is especially true if you suffer from dry hair.
Dry hair can stand in your way between hair utopia and being confined to wearing a top knot for the rest of your days. But, did you know that there are plenty of treatments that can be done right at home in order to give you that perfect wave? Best of all, most of them use items that can be found right in your kitchen. So let your locks down and grab some gloves!
Why does dry hair happen?
There are many different reasons why you may be suffering from the dreaded dry hair. Most commonly is genetics. Our hair is made that way because it’s in our blood and there is little that can be done about it. However, learning how to deal with dry hair that you were born with can give you some great tools for managing your dry hair each day.
If you find that your hair is dryer than usual, consider the weather! Colder seasons not only draw moisture out of the air, but the cold weather can draw it out of your hair as well. One tip to help you keep the dry hair at bay during the winter months is to give yourself a break when it comes to heat styling. Heat styling pulls out that precious moisture that your hair needs to be silky smooth and when used in the winter time, you have two forces working against your at once.
Another common reason why you may have dry hair is because of over-styling or consistent dying. While dying your hair is a fun way to express yourself, the more you do it the more damaged your hair will get. This is because most dyes and packed full of alcohol and parabens that strip your hair of their natural oils, leaving your strands dull and dry. The same can be said for overuse of treatments. Too many heavy hair treatments can cause build up in your hair overtime, which can cause it to dry out. That is why it is important to use box treatments sparingly and to always make sure to rinse them out completely.
Whether you were born into a family of dry hair or brought it on yourself with too many box dye jobs, there is hope for you too. The secret is to introduce healthy proteins back into your thirsty hair, which will help to re-build your locks from the roots down. Here are some of the best tips and treatments for your beautiful locks….
Home remedies for dry hair that will get you back on your way to hair heaven:
Hot Oil Treatment
Hot oil treatments are a great way to revitalize your scalp, while also building up proteins in your hair, which will strengthen them over time. While you can buy pricy box oil treatments at any beauty supply store, it is much easier, and better, to make your own right at home. Our favorite oil to use is coconut oil. This is also a great option for you if you have dyed hair because coconut oil never pulls dyes out! This treatment is simple and all you need is:
- 2 Tablespoons organic coconut oil
- Shower cap
- Clean towel
Start by melting your coconut oil. Coconut oil works best when it is not put in the microwave, so melt it using the double boiler method. Next, get your hair good and hot, by running your hair under a hot shower or faucet until damp, try not to get your hair soaking wet. Once your hair is nice and warm, the follicles will open up allowing the oil to penetrate deeper for softer results. Spread the melted oil evenly through your hair focusing on the ends (make sure you use comfortable to touch temperatures, not to hurt yourself); try to avoid putting the oil directly on your roots. Pile your hair on top and spread the oil to the length, then cover with a shower cap or towel to help trap the heat in. Depending on how dry your hair is, you can leave the treatment in up to a whole day. Make sure to rinse well! We like to do this treatment once or twice a month.
Sometimes getting silky hair is as simple as removing product build up that can be hidden deep in your scalp. If you find that you use a lot of styling products and leave in conditioners, chances are that the build-up is what is causing your hair to dry out and frizz with each touch. Luckily for you, removing this product build up is really quite simple. This is what you’ll need:
- 2 Tablespoons Baking soda
- ½ Cup of water
Combine the two ingredients until the mixture is smooth enough to spread. Next, apply the mixture to damp hair making sure to use your fingers to work it into your scalp. Throw your hair up in a top knot and wait for 15-20 minutes before rinsing your hair with a clarifying shampoo. Follow up with a deep conditioning treatment for best results. Baking soda is a great way to gently remove dirt and impurities that can be left over in your hair.
Olive Oil Pack
We’re sure by now you’ve heard the story about your mother using mayonnaise to keep their luscious locks in check. While you may laugh, this treatment works wonders on your hair! This is what you will need for the updated version of this classic treatment:
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- ½ Cup of plain Mayo
Start by placing your mayo into a bowl and then slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking the mixture. You should be left with mayo that is a little bit runny. There is no delicate way to do this, you just have to get in there with your hands and work the pack through your hair focusing on your dry and thirsty ends. This treatment can be left in for a couple hours before rinsing. Mayonnaise is full of fats and proteins as well as amino acids that help damaged frizzy hair become stronger and softer.
Egg White Treatment
Nothing can wake up your mornings better than a fluffy egg white omelet. But, did you know that the same eggs you use to slay your breakfast can also give your thirsty locks some TLC. Here is all you will need to get your locks back to their luscious beginnings:
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon Vegetable oil
Start by separating the yolks from the eggs and set aside for a tasty dish. Next, slowly add in some oil to the egg whites while whisking. You want to mix it enough to incorporate the eggs but not too much that you make a meringue. Apply the mixture liberally to dampened hair and let sit for up to an hour. The proteins will help to rebuild you dry hair while the oil will leave it silky. Shampoo and condition after the treatment is done.
Avocados are another one of those super foods that will feed much more than just your body. The trick to this hair treatment is to find avocado that is ultra ripe because this will make it easier to mash. Here is what you will need to grab:
- 1 Large avocado
- 1 Banana
- Olive oil
Start by mashing your avocado until you have a smooth paste and then mash in a ripened banana as well. Add just a touch of olive oil to make the mixture smooth enough to spread evenly through your hair. The hair mask works best if you use an old comb to spread in your hair. Rinse out with warm water and a gentle shampoo after 30 minutes.
Oils are great way to bring some much needed health back to your hair. However, finding the right oil combination can make you feel a little like a mad scientist. This oil combo is perfect for all hair types but tends to work best on naturally frizzy hair. This is what you need to grab to get started:
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
- Jojoba oil
- Peppermint essential oil (just a couple of drops)
Start by melting your coconut oil and then mix the rest of the oils together. Damped your hair with warm water and then lather the oil in your hair targeting damaged ends. Leave this mixture in for up to an hour and then rinse with clarifying shampoo.
Strawberry Hair Pack
Strawberries can do much more than add some zest to your summer salads. Strawberries are full of antioxidants that can strengthen and soften even the roughest hair. To get your strawberry shine on, this is what you will need:
- ¼ cup of strawberries
- Olive oil
Using a food processor or even a pestle, start to slowly pulse the strawberries until you have a lumpy mixture. Slowly start incorporating olive oil until your strawberry mixture has some structure. Run the mixture through your hair and then wrap up with a towel to keep the heat in. Rinse after 30 minutes to reveal ultra soft hair.
Yummy Yogurt Hair Mask
Proteins are the star ingredient when it comes to repairing dry and damages hair. When it comes to healthy hair proteins, yogurt is at the top of the list! Here is what you will need to get started:
- ¼ Cup of plain Greek yogurt
- ½ Lemon
- 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Mix together the yogurt and the vinegar in a bowl and then squeeze in the juice of half a lemon. Apply the mixture to dry hair and comb through for even coverage. Rinse after an hour for stronger and longer hair. This mask works best when done once a month.
Coconut Milk Wash
This next hair treatment can be done right in your shower. While coconut oil tends to get all the glory when it comes to beauty treatments, coconut milk is also full of healthy nutrients to treat your locks. Grab yourself a glass of coconut milk and add in a couple drops of lavender essential oils. Once in the shower, shampoo your hair as normal and then rinse completely.
Soak your wet locks in your coconut milk and oil mixture and let sit in your hair for around 10 minutes. Once time is up, rinse out your hair and follow up with a deep conditioning treatment. This wash is so gentle that is can be done once a week.
Your face isn’t the only part of your body that can use a nice exfoliating scrub from time to time. Your hair is also in need of a serious scrubbing. Your scalp is full of dry and dead skin cells that can cause some harmful hair build up over time. In order to keep the dry skin at bay, try this simple scrubbing trick! Here is what you will need:
- ½ Cup brown sugar
- Peppermint essential oil
Take your brown sugar and add in a couple drops of the peppermint oil. The brown sugar has some grit to help scrub away dead skin cells while the peppermint will calm your anger scalp. Scrub the mixture directly on your scalp and work in small circular motions. Follow up with a good hair wash and you’re ready to go!
Butter it up!
Butter is packed full of rich fats that you may be trying avoid this summer season. However, these heavy fats do an amazing job of adding some bounce and shine to your dry and brittle hair. To make this amazing butter treatment, all you need it a little bit of room temperature butter and a strong stomach.
Lather the butter in your hair making sure to work it into the ends and try to avoid your roots. Cover your hair with a shower cap that you don’t mind parting with and wait an hour. Make sure to completely wash your hair because left over traces of butter will only make your hair greasy! Dry and style as usual for amazingly soft and shiny hair that looks like it came right off a movie set.
Tea will not only add some moisture to your thirsty hair but will also help your color to appear brighter and sharper. If you have blonde or a light brown toned hair use a white tea and for the darker haired ladies, stick with a rich black tea.
Seep a few tea bags in a cup of hot water and leave to cool to room temperature. Gently pour the tea over your hair while holding your head over the sink or the bathtub to avoid making a mess. Pile your tresses on top of your head and wrap up with a towel. Rinse out after an hour and style as usual.
Almond Oil Treatment
Almonds are one of our favorite nuts to use when it comes to beauty treatments. This is because the natural oils found in almonds will not only repair dry hair but will also add some serious shine and body to weighed down locks.
You can find almond oil at any health food store and it can add some serious flavor to your cakes while also treating your hair right. We like to use this as a daily treatment by just adding a few drops of almond oil directly to the ends of our hair each night before bed. Not only will you wake up with super soft ends, but your pillow will smelly nutty and sweet all night long.
Raw apple cider vinegar with the “mother” right in the bottle is liquid gold for any beauty fan. This vinegar can do anything from make and amazing toner to help soften cuticles. But, did you know that apple cider vinegar can also work as an amazing clarifying shampoo? If you’re like us, you only wash your hair up to three times a week. So, why not make one of those washes count?
Keep a bottle of apple cider vinegar in your shower and add a quarter size amount to your shampoo once a week. The vinegar will work to remove impurities that can cause your hair to dry out while also helping to keep your tresses smooth and soft.
Sometimes the secret to healthy and strong hair starts right at the roots. Your scalp is the most important part of your hair growing experience so it is important to treat it right! This scalp treatment is so easy and best of all, gently enough to do every night. All you need is some tea tree oil and a couple extra minutes at bedtime. Beauty fans say that applying a few drops of tea tree oil to their scalp each night before bed has helped their hair continue to grow strong and soft. For extra measure you can even add a couple of drops to your pillow case before bed!
Oatmeal is a great kitchen item to have that also works wonders when it comes to the health of your hair. And when combined with protein packed milk, the soft results are endless. Here is what you will need to grab:
- ½ Cup oatmeal
- ¼ Cup cold milk
This trick to the scalp treatment is to move quickly before the oats soften up too much. You need the oatmeal to have a bit of weight to it so that it can remove build up completely. Quickly mix together your two ingredients and then scrubs the oats into your scalp. Oatmeal not only does an amazing job of scrubbing away dead skin cells, it also calms down irritated skin.
Chamomile Tea Rinse
This is one of our favorite hair treatments to do it at home because not only is calming to irritated scalps but it also calms the body as well. The best way to do this rinse is to do it right in the shower to avoid any extra clean up. Start by brewing a strong cup of Chamomile Tea and then hop in the shower. Use a gentle clarifying shampoo to remove all excess build up and then gently pour the tea over your hair. It is also important to remember to let the tea cool before this! Rinse after 10 minutes for shiny and healthy hair.
Argan Oil Overnight Treatment
One of our favorite tools in our beauty arsenal is argan oil. Argan oil has so many amazing uses, from making lashes grow fuller to give rough dry skin a much need hydration boost. However, our favorite way to use argan oil is in our luscious locks. The benefits of using this oil nightly will blow your mind. Each night before bed, treat your damaged and dry ends to a little argan oil massage. For extra measure, sleep with a shower cap on to trap in the heat!
Shea Butter Pack
This creamy hair mask is best if used on hair that is super thirsty. Those dry and crunchy ends will thank you after just one round of this fancy treatment. Here is what you need to get started:
- 2 Tablespoons Shea butter
- 1 Tbs melted coconut oil
- Peppermint essential oil
Mix together your ingredients until you have a spreadable paste. Massage gently onto your hair starting mid shaft and working your way up. Wrap your hair tightly with plastic wrap and cover with a towel and lie back for an hour and let the pack do its work. Rinse vigorously because this mask can leave your hair a little greasy if not rinsed completely. Dry and style as usually for some of the softest hair you’ve ever felt.
Topping the list of nuts that’s will nurture your body and hair are macadamia nuts. At the heart of this treatment is the rich macadamia oil. This oil is lightweight enough to add some moisture to your dry hair without killing your volume. This is good news for dry hair suffers who want to treat their damaged ends without losing their sense of style. Simply warm up the oil with your fingers and then run it through your hair throughout the day for an extra boost of hydration. This treatment even works wonders on clean damp hair as a leave in conditioner.
Nothing beats an ice cold smoothie on a hot day. The same science can also be helpful when it comes to treating extra dry hair. When it comes to making the best hair smoothie, look for ingredients that are full of antioxidants and moisture. Our favorite hair smoothie to make is a mango coconut water smoothie which works wonders on thirsty hair. Here is what you will need to grab:
- ½ Ripe mango
- ½ Cup coconut water
- Mint leaves
Blend all of your ingredients in a blender until smooth and then lather liberally onto towel dried hair. This mask works best if the smoothie is blended without any lumps or chunks! After an hour, rinse out the mask and follow up with a gentle shampoo and conditioner.
Sometimes nothing beats cracking up a cold one at the end of night, and that is exactly what dry haired ladies have set out to do! Grab a beer that is high in hops and proteins and take it in the shower with you. Before shampooing your hair, pour the cold bear over your thirsty locks and let the beer do its work!
The bubbles from the beer will help to break up some build up on your scalp while the rich proteins work to rebuild hair follicles. You will find that after drying and styling your hair, your hair will be softer and much shinier. This treatment works so well that people even dilute beer with purified water and keep it in a spray bottle for a quick shine spray after styling. Just beware; you will have to explain to your friends why your hair smells like a brewery.
Sometimes the best treatments are the simplest! This next dry hair treatment only takes on simple step with one simple product making this your easiest morning ever! All you need is a bottle of sparkling water. Next, hop in the shower and continue your showering routine like normal, after working shampoo through your hair, turn the water off and use the sparking water to rinse away instead.
The bubbles from the water will help to catch shampoo and rinse it well so that there is not residue left over. Residue can build up over time leaving your hair dry and lifeless. By treating the problem right at the source you will find that your hair will be softer, healthier and full of shine.
Rose Water Spray
Fancy hair sprays can run you a pretty penny. Why throw your hard earned cash at products that you don’t if they will work when you can simply make your own? This rose water spray is our favorite way to refresh our hair while feeding our dry ends some much needed nutrients. This is what you will need to grab:
- 1 Cup rose water
- Lavender essential oil
- ½ Cup purified water
- Clean spray bottle
Mix together your waters and then add in a few drops of lavender oil into your spray bottle and shake well. After your wash your hair, spray this mixture liberally into your hair and comb through to the ends. Dry and style as normal. Not only will your hair feel softer and healthier, it will also smell really lovely!
Sea Salt Scrub
Sea salt is really great when it comes to revitalizing skin cells and increasing blood flow. Using a salt scrub on your scalp once a week will help your hair to rebuild itself while also encouraging healthy hair to grow right from the roots! All you need to do is grab a palm full of sea salt with a little drizzle of olive oil directly in your pain and work through your scalp. After five minutes of gentle scrubbing, rinse your hair and style as usual.
How To Prevent Dry Hair?
Preventing dry hair is one of the best things you can do to help you achieve that dream hair you have always wanted. Here are some things you can do to keep your tresses silky smooth:
Silk pillowcases can keep your locks from getting dry and tangled while you sleep.
Switch out your towel drying routine by using an old cotton t-shirt. The cotton will be much gentler on your hair to help prevent breakage.
Work out knots in your hair using a tangle free brush after your shower. Your hair is most likely to break off when wet so treat it with kitten gloves.
The trick to getting longer and healthier hair starts from the inside out. So don’t forget to drink lots of water.
Cool Water Rinse
The best way to trap in much needed moisture is to give your hair a cold water blast in the shower. After conditioning your hair, rinse it with cold water before jumping out of the shower.
Whether you have been suffering with dry hair your whole life or found yourself using too many hair damaging products over time, trying out some of these amazing hair treating hacks can be a serious life saver. So next time you mindlessly open you fridge, take a closer look. You can find some incredible hair quenching ingredients that will not only help your hair get its health back but will also help you get your hair flipping confidence back.