Remedies For Dry Damaged Hair

Just about every woman wants those beautiful, silky, luxurious locks portrayed in all the shampoo and conditioner ads, but for women saddled with dry, damaged hair, reality is far different from the airbrushed fiction of the advertising world.  Numerous factors can lead to dry damaged hair, including thyroid disease, malnutrition, and environmental factors such as too much fun in the sun and over-use of heat or styling products. Before diving deep into your wallet to fork over a small fortune for salon products to treat dry, damaged hair, try a few low-cost home remedies for dry hair to restore luster to those locks.

Raid Your Kitchen

Save yourself a trip to the store and reach into your pantry or refrigerator for some effective dry hair treatments.

  • Grab some plain mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip or other salad dressing types) and coat your hair from root to tip. Cover with a shower cap, let sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing and washing with your normal shampoo.
  • Rinse your hair with a can of beer to restore shine.
  • Mash up some avocados or bananas for a hair mask, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse.
  • Olive oil for hair is fantastic.  Mix a tablespoon of olive oil, a few slices of cucumber and an egg together in a blender, smooth the mixture over your hair and leave in for 10 minutes.

A Tropical Solution

Take a cue from our friends in tropical climates and grab yourself some coconut oil. Not only is it a great dry hair treatment and conditioner that adds essential proteins to nourish those dry locks, it is also relatively inexpensive. A 16-ounce jar averages about $6, and a little bit goes a long way. You can use coconut oil to make a dry hair treatment simply by taking a scoop of solid coconut oil and melting it in the microwave until it turns to liquid or, you can add curry leaves and boil it for two to three minutes.  Apply the liquid to your hair while it’s still warm and massage it into your hair and scalp.  Pile your hair on your head, put a shower cap over it, and let it sit for at least 20 minutes, even longer if you have the time.  Shampoo well to thoroughly remove the coconut oil and then condition as normal. Coconut oil is available in health food stores, supermarkets and online retailers.

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