Home Remedies to Brighten Dull, Dry Hair

Brutal winter weather and the forced air that comes from central heating systems can result in hair looking lifeless and dull. To help combat the wintertime effects, make sure you're shampooing your hair with a product that is rich in linseed oil, safflower oil, Vitamin E and other natural moisturizers. Avoid any products that contain lanolin or silicone. After shampooing, rinse hair in cool water to seal the cuticle and protect it from frizzing when you blow dry later. When you step out of the shower, pat hair dry with a towel rather than rubbing at it vigorously. If your blow dryer has a cold air blast on it, be sure to use that to help seal the cuticle. Here are some additional home remedies you can try to infuse your hair with new life.

Beer

Beer is a great natural remedy for dull, dry hair. Unfortunately, you can't drink it--you have to pour it on. There is a protein in beer that fills in any spaces that are lagging between damaged cuticles. Cuticle repair makes hair smoother and shinier.

How to use: Arm yourself with a bottle of beer (I prefer Guinness) and step into the shower. Douse hair in beer, from roots to ends, and let it sit for a minute or two. Rinse thoroughly with cool water afterwards to get rid of the smell.

Apple-cider vinegar

Rinsing hair with apple-cider vinegar is a great way to reduce product build-up near the scalp and along the hair shaft. It's acidic nature removes any traces of product residue without causing further damage.

How to use: Douse hair in apple-cider while in the shower and rinse with cool water. Afterwards, apply a deep-conditioning treatment. The hair will take better to deep conditioning now that it is clean and fresh.

Baking soda

Baking soda is another effective way of removing all product build-up from your hair by removing chemicals and washing away water impurities.

How to use: Mix ¼ cup water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda until you have a thin paste. In the shower, smooth the mixture onto wet hair and use a wide-toothed comb to spread it through. Rinse with cool water and shampoo as usual. Another option is to just add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to your normal shampoo treatment, lather them together and wash as usual.

Eggs

Eggs are great for cleaning your hair of any build-up and giving it a shine. Eggs are very nutritious. They contain 11 essential nutrients including Vitamins A and D.

How to use: Whip one egg into tepid water and then lather it into your hair. Rinse afterwards with tepid water. You want to keep the water temperatures cool to keep the egg from actually cooking on your head. Another option is to mix together 3 eggs, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of vinegar. This creates a hair treatment that can left on for 30 minutes, rinse out, and then shampooed as usual.

Coconut oil and avocado

Coconut oil with avocado is great for restoring luster to dry hair and eliminating flaking. It also protects the hair from harmful UV rays caused by exposure to the sun.

How to use: Mix 1 tablespoon coconut oil with 1 mashed avocado. Place coconut oil by itself in the microwave for 10 seconds, then massage into hair from roots to ends. Take the mashed avocado and apply it to the ends of hair only. After 10-15 minutes, rinse with cool water and then shampoo as usual.

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The Phantom Blot 8 years ago

Odd, and yet they somehow make sense.


simron 8 years ago

thanks for such ideas


ASG 7 years ago

Thank you. I likey.


Hala Osman 7 years ago

Thank you very much for these great ideas!


Home Remedies 6 years ago

Excellent and very nice hub here, and i agree that this an effective home remedy.


Crystal 6 years ago

Knew about some of the remedies already, but the additional info was informative Thanks


Bhavna Patel 6 years ago

thank u so much for these ideas. its worked


Soad Moghrabi 6 years ago

heyyyyy that sounds greatt can u plz help me with somethingg ive been trying out baking soda treaments as an alternative for normal shampoo

but i have dry hairrr so will tht really workkk

with out an other shampoo just only this treatment ?????


marina 6 years ago

suh a great tips you r yhe best thanks aiot


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ptosis 6 years ago from Arizona

Mayo, what about Mayo? it has oil and eggs. Tried it yesterday and it helped. Ordered a $5 bottle of Neem oil online and awaiting that package.

I don't think I can afford buying Phyto or keratine products.

But Flax seed oil has highest in Phytos.

BTW - I try to get rid of that beer smell out of my hair every morning. Gross thought of the day: How about those hair- splattering protein 'money shots'? - Just kidding. But really - they use placentas in hair conditioners. Could be the next home business for a guy.

http://hubpages.com/hub/DryHairFix


shalini 6 years ago

these are relly nice remedies..i am surly gonna try ny one these..n let everyionen know


Amy 5 years ago

Excellent hair tips.


Adelina 5 years ago

Thank you for all of the great tips! :)


GH 5 years ago

Three eggs!!!! You got be kidding. 1 large egg is more than enough for medium length hair.


namrata jar 4 years ago

really such great tips will surely help me out


muskam 4 years ago

awesome tips i m surly try this


puja 4 years ago

all tips i know &i use this fandas but my hair till dry


Annake 4 years ago

what do you mean by product build- up? does it mean getting rid of chemicals- therefore relaxed hair would be restored to natural state?


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Jane Conner 4 years ago from New York

I also read that flat beer helps your volume and shine for you hair. It has to do with the vitamin B levels being very high in B combined with the sugar.

I talk about how to make your beer mix, applying it and than making sure to use the right conditioner at: http://www.grandmashomeremedies.com/home-remedies-...

Thought I share, as it has helped me increase the thickness and health of my hair recently. Good luck girls :)


Jo 4 years ago

Fanastic - has made such a difference to my hair! Thank you


lauryn cathyryn 4 years ago

awesome! i have build up from all these years of torturing my hair with gel mousse and other products ! surely this'll help! :)


Laura Wolfhart 4 years ago

For deep conditioning I recommend using Argan oil. It has SO many benefits for all hair types and there is no other oil with more benefits. Try Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan oil, it's the best I've used so far!


Agnieszka 3 years ago

Hey, on this website you have a lot of information about dull hair:

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Menahil 3 years ago

These are really good, I'll try them. Thanks :)


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cselab 3 years ago

To remove the residue left by styling products, wash your hair with a mixture of coarse sea salt with a little shampoo. Massage the mixture well through the hair and rinse as usual.

http://www.enigmashairstudio.com/


Giulia 3 years ago

Next time you wash your hair, Shampoo everything above your arpimts.That includes your whole Head, Face Neck, Shoulders and as much of your back as possible..Buy some Selsun Shampoo' for Dandruff. . This is EXCELLENT for all types of skin ailments.and will clear your Acne in about a week. Many of the other treatments are rather mild for serious Acne, so keep them for future use after your face is better. Selsun shampoo, cleans DEEP into the skin pores and is a powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal cleanser. Take care to rinse your face thoroughly after shampooing to remove all traces of Selsun'(Take a long shower ) because It has a slight drying effect, so alternate with a good quality Lanolin based soap to restore the natural body oils removed by the shampoo


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