Dry Hair

Oily hair is a drag, but dry hair is no picnic, either. Dry hair is dull hair, and it looks the same after you wash it as it did before. Everyone has bad hair days, but with dry hair you may have those days more often than not.

Along with dry hair, you may also have a dandruff problem. Although it’s more often a condition associated with oily hair, people with dry hair get dandruff, too. Common dandruff is simply a layer of skin shedding from your scalp. When the skin cells get trapped on your scalp by your hair and clump together, you have dandruff. And dandruff can make your hair look dull.

Dry hair can result from external factors, such as exposure to harsh chemicals, or from internal causes, such as an illness. These are the primary external factors for those lackluster locks:

  • Harsh shampoo
  • Shampooing too often
  • Hair dye
  • Hair perms
  • Chlorine in swimming pools and hot tubs
  • Overuse of the blow dryer or curling iron
  • Too much exposure to sun and wind
  • High mineral content in local water supplies

External factors are easy to remedy. You just need to be careful about how you treat your hair, cutting back on activities that cause it to become dry. Switch products. Sleep on a pillowcase of 100%silk or wrap your hair at night with a scarf. Wear a cap when swimming. Cover your head when you’re outside in the sun for prolonged periods. And use the kitchen cures in this profile.

Internal factors, though, don’t have quite such a quick fix. Internal factors that cause dry hair include:

  • Cancer treatment
  • Certain medications
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Prolonged illness

Before you start to panic, go to the next page and read all the simple home remedies for dry hair. Chances are you’ll find something that will put the luster back in your locks.

Did you know what you rinse your hair with is just as important as what you wash it with?

If you’ve ever suffered from dry hair that was shedding all over the place and had little to no shine, then you better listen up. Hair rinses might just be your new best friend, because with continued use, they do a great job of providing your hair with many nutrients it needs.

I’m sure if you looked in your cupboard, pantry or fridge, you could pull out a few great items that would make a great rinse for your hair.

Tea Time

The tannins in caffeinated tea help thicken the hair shaft and make hair appear fuller. If you’re a tea connoisseur and you’re wondering why your hair hasn’t “appeared” thicker at all, it’s probably because you aren’t pouring your favorite blends over your head. Well start. Seriously.

Rinsing your hair with black tea will leave your scalp clean and flake free, because black tea is a natural astringent that penetrates the pores of the scalp and dissolves excess sebum. Rinsing your hair with green tea can also soothe and reduce inflammation of the scalp affected by dandruff and psoriasis.

In general, tea hair rinses promote shine and clean hair. Brew a tea bag for a few minutes and allow the tea to steep for about 30 minutes. Then, shampoo and condition. Pour tea onto your hair and massage into your scalp. Do not rinse. Your hair will be smooth and soft.

Beer in your hair

Rinsing your hair in one cup of flat (or non-alcoholic) beer will give your hair body and shine. In some less extreme cases, beer can even repair damaged hair. Some experts say it’s the proteins from the malt and hops found in beer that coat, rebuild and repair damaged hair.

To rinse with beer, simply shampoo and rinse your hair as usual. Pour the flat, warm beer on your hair and work it through. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Got Buildup? 

You can get rid of it with an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse. An ACV rinse will help to rejuvenate your hair and get it back to looking healthy and full of life because it removes the gunk left behind from daily product use. It will also restore the sheen back in your hair.

Mix 1/3 cup ACV with 1 quart water in a spray bottle. You can use the ACV in place of a shampoo or you can shampoo first and follow up with the ACV mixture. Spray onto hair until water bottle is empty. Allow mixture to marinate on your hair for about 30 minutes and rinse with cold water.

Be strong!

Get your hands on some lemongrass if you’re looking for something to strengthen your weak hair.

Make a lemongrass hair rinse using 2-3 teaspoons of dried lemongrass (or 3 times as much fresh herbs) with 1 cup of boiling water.

Let it steep for 15 minutes, strain out the herbs and use it as a hair wash or rinse (before conditioning unless you have oily hair) when it has cooled. Add a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin as a humectant, if you like.

If you’re a mixtress in the kitchen, try out some of these other lovely hair rinses.

 

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