Dry Hair - Easy Home Remedies for Dry and Brittle Hair
Dry Hair - Causes, Cures and Prevention
Dry hair can be caused by many factors such as bleaching or hair coloring, over-exposure to the wind or sun, or due to the extreme heat caused by blow driers, flat irons or curling irons.
Luckily there are quite a few ways to combat dry hair.
There are special shampoos created specifically for dry hair and conditioners as well. There are also hot oil treatments and do-it-yourself home remedies that you can use to help regain your healthy and shiny tresses once again. There are even heat protectant lotions that you can use daily that will further prevent dry hair in the future.
Read on to find the best products on the market today to combat dry hair as well as home remedies that you can use at home.
Best Shampoos for Dry Hair
There are quite a few shampoos on the market made specifically for dry hair. As you can imagine they can range from the very pricey to the very affordable.
The Keratase product line is truly one of the best when it comes to rejuvenating dry hair though it is definitely one of the pricier when it comes to shampoo options. It was named a "Best Buy" several years running by InStyle magazine because the shampoo contains cationic polymers that targets damaged hair and cuts down on
frizz. You can purchase Kerastase in finer salons, in beauty supply
stores or here online (listed below).
Allure magazine actually loves Sunsilk Hydra TLC Shampoo which is more reasonably priced and Livestrong.com recommends Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo which only costs about $4.00 a bottle.
The important thing is to look for a shampoo that both moisturizes and cleanses the scalp without removing the natural oils so you would want to avoid shampoos that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, and Ammonium Xylene Sulfonate,
Kerastase Bain Satin
As mentioned above, the Kerastase Bain Satin line is the best of the best when it comes to shampoos for dry hair.
The Kerastase Bain Satin 2 provides rich nutrition, including glucose, protein and lipids,
for dry and damaged hair. It leaves your hair feeling soft, supple, light and full of shine and it bathes hair's most vulnerable areas without weighing it
When it comes to extremely dry hair however it is the Kerastase Bain Satin 3 that is recommended.
Both of these are available in 8 oz bottles.
Sunsilk Hydra TLC Shampoo
As recommended by Allure Magazine the 12 ounce bottle of Sunsilk Hydra is made for thirsty hair prone to dryness and split ends. It contains Nutri-Keratin for soft hair and is gentle enough for color treated hair and daily use.
Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo
Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo was ranked very high by Livestrong.com. it contains an innovative combination of ingredients that are naturally present in fruit to help give strength and shine to your hair. It nourishes the hair from root to tip and it works inside the hair strand to strengthen it.
Best Conditioners for Dry Hair
When it comes to conditioners for dry hair there are many options to choose from.
There are daily conditioners, deep conditioners, hair masks, repair creams and more! Some of these are to be used daily, weekly, monthly or when needed.
Best Daily Conditioners for Dry Hair
Two of the top rated inexpensive daily conditioners are Herbal Essences Replenishing Conditioner and the Aveeno Conditioning Line.
Best Deep Conditioners for Dry Hair
As far as deep conditioners go, Kerastase ranks up there again as well as Phytosesame Express Hydrating Conditioner.
Best Hair Masks for Dry Hair
Kerastase Masquintense for Dry Hair and Aussie 3 Minute Miracle are both known for giving great deep conditioning treatments even though they are at opposite ends of the price scale.
Best Hair Repair Creams for Dry Hair
Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream and J.F> Lazartigue Vita-Cream with Milk Proteins.
Home Remedies For Dry Hair
There are also a great bunch of home remedies for dry hair that you can try using things you probably already have in your house.
Many of these remedies will also help improve your hair's health and regain its natural glow and shine.
Shampoo Less Often
If you tend to wash your hair daily, your dry hair might be caused by stripping your hair of its natural oils. This is especially true if the shampoo you use is a little harsh. If you must get your hair wet daily (for styling purposes or in the shower for example) consider skipping the shampoo at least every other day and simply rinse hair with conditioner.
Try a Different Brand of Shampoo
As mentioned above, some shampoos can be harsher on hair than others and this could also be contributing to your dry hair. Consider switching, even if its to the cheaper brands, like Herbal Essences or Aveeno to see if that makes a difference.
I have to admit my personal favorite by far is Aveeno (Nourish + Moisture) Shampoo and Conditioner. The commercial states that you can see a major improvement in your hair in as little as three washings and I have found this to be absolutely true. My hair is much softer, conditioned and has never looked better. It might be a little more expensive than the Herbal Essences but I have found it is definitely worth the price.
Use Lots of Conditioner - Even out of the shower
It is very important when looking for a conditioner specifically made for dry hair that you get one that contains very little-to-no alcohol. This is because the alcohol in some conditioners can actually dry hair further. Try to buy an unscented conditioner because they usually have the least amount of alcohol.
A perfect time to use extra conditioner is also in the summer time. Simply put some conditioner in your hair while sitting by the pool or at the beach and let the heat from the sun help deep-condition it naturally.
Try Using Eggs
A great natural deep conditioner can be found in eggs. Not only can it help to deep-treat damaged hair, but it will give it a super shine to boot! Simply combine 3 eggs, 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or safflower oil) and 1 teas. of vinegar. Mix 3 ingredients together well, apply to your hair and cover with a shower cap for about 30 minutes. Then shampoo hair as usual.
Another great old fashioned home remedy that you can find right in your fridge is mayonnaise. Be sure to use the full-fat version however (not a low fat or diet version). Take one or two tablespoons, slather it into your hair and massage it all the way to your scalp. Then cover with a plastic shower cap approximately 30 minutes. When time is up, shampoo and rinse out well.
Create Your Own Hot Oil Treatment
You can make your own hot oil treatment right at home by combining 3 tablespoons of canola oil with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and place the mixture in the microwave until warm (be very careful however only put in short time because oil will get very hot.) Apply the oil to your hair with fingers -- starting at with the ends and working your way up to your scalp. Then cover with a warm towel just taken out of the dryer and leave to soak in for about 30 minutes. When time is up, simply shampoo out using one of the gentle shampoos listed above.
Try Applying Vitamin E
Vitamin E is also great for helping to revitalize dry hair. You can either try massaging natural Vitamin E oil (found in most drug and health stores) in your hair or take Vitamin E orally in a supplemental form.