Dry hair is never good. It won’t behave itself when you try to style it, the colour won’t hold when you have it re-dyed at the salon and in short, it’ll break, look limp and lifeless and generally, won’t be the long, luscious locks you want.
There are a number of factors that can cause dry hair but the good news is, once you’ve worked out what’s causing it, there are plenty of home remedies to try and combat it.
Let’s first take a look at what could behind your dry hair…
How to Soften Hair – Causes of Dry Hair
Generally, you will get dry hair because your scalp isn’t providing enough oil to nourish and protect it and there are a number of things, including medical conditions, that can cause that too. As well as not producing enough oil, you can strip the hair and scalp of oil by doing many of the things you do on a day to day basis.
Chemical treatments are well known to dry your hair out and these include relaxing treatments, perms, dyes and straightening.
- Weather and the elements like wind, rain, cold and hot temperatures and sun damage.
- Using heated styling tools on your hair such as straighteners, blow-drying or curling tongs.
- Using alcohol-based styling products.
- Using harsh, chemical-rich shampoos and other hair products.
- Over-washing your hair and stripping it of the natural oils.
How to Soften Hair – The Fixes
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can soften your hair, it’s simple a matter of learning which ones are the right home remedies for you. One of the very first things it is advisable to do when you have dry hair is to stop washing your hair quite so often. You’re stripping the hair of the essential oils it needs in order to be fully lubricated and therefore grown, but also to protect itself from the elements and the products and styling YOU expose it to.
Secondary to that, try to use as much of a natural shampoo as you can. There are shampoos out there designed to help combat dry hair but you’re going to need to take a look at the ingredients. If it contains alcohol, it’s not good for you. Try a simple DIY shampoo recipe instead. There are plenty you can try…
Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo For Dry Hair
It is best used as a mask but you can use apple cider vinegar to shampoo your hair as long as you dilute it with water. It naturally cleanses as it moisturises and actually, the acidic liquid is more of a conditioner to the hair than you first may have thought. The cleansing, acidic properties help to cleanse the hair of any residue and build up, giving it a chance to breathe. It also helps with other problems such as dandruff and even a dry or flaky scalp by regulating the pH level.
To use it, simply wet your hair and apply the half-and-half apple cider vinegar and water combo. Massage well into the scalp and hair and leave for a few minutes before rinsing out. Always use lukewarm water as hot water will burn and frazzle your hair, and if you can, give your scalp and hair a quick burst with a super cool jet of water right after the shampoo treatment is complete. This will help to shrink down your pores.
Home remedies can actually prove very useful to your hair and if you’re looking for something simple to create with ingredients you probably already have lying around, you should also check out some of these:
Conditioning and Nourishing Eggy Hair Treatment
It sounds crazy to suggest you use egg on your hair but when it comes to re-nourishing and ‘feeding’ your hair, the high protein makeup of eggs make them perfect.
With proteins, you’ll find lecithin and this helps to feed the hair and encourage it to grow healthy and strong. Not only that but they will work as a super-conditioner, leaving your hair with a beautiful and glossy shine.
You can mix three eggs together with one tablespoon each of olive oil, vinegar and and almond oil with a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil to create a ‘hot-oil’ treatment of sorts. The idea is to massage into your hair and scalp thoroughly (either dry hair or post-washed), and leave with a shower cap, preferably sitting in the sun or another hot place. The heat will encourage the process to go through quicker and your hair will get a great burst of hydration, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, a good moisturising and nourishment.
Eating Better for Dry Hair
While we’re on the subject of things you’d already find in your kitchen, eating the right foods and make sure you’re drinking plenty of water is the fastest, easiest and most efficient way of having beautifully long, glossy locks.
When you don’t drink enough water or eat good foods from a mixture of the food groups, when your body gets the nutrients in small amounts, it uses it right away meaning there’s nothing left for the areas such as your skin or hair. In the grand scheme of things, there other, more important organs that need those nutrients first.
If you want to make sure your hair grows long, shiny and healthy, you’ll need to start from the inside out and as well as ensuring you drink a minimum of eight glasses of water per day, you should also increase the amount of foods you eat, rich with hair-boosting nutrients. Foods like eggs, oily fish such as salmon and tuna, nuts and seeds, and even healthy fats found in avocado are all great nutrients to ensure your hair grows well.
There are plenty of home made, DIY hair recipes you can use when learning how to soften hair. You should always ensure you use a good quality conditioner and when you have the time, wash your hair before bed, apply the conditioning treatment and then leave it overnight, rinsing out well in the morning. If it’s a quick, soft pick-me-up you’re looking for, that’s the fastest way to get it!