Most people suffer from dry hair. Some of the common causes of dry hair includes overuse of hair products, too much sun exposure, excessive washing and hereditary. Aside from looking dull and unhealthy, dry hair could also lead to dandruff and hair loss.
There are a lot of ways to help add moisture to your hair. Mind you, you don’t have to spend too much in order to bring back your hair’s moisture. Sometimes, the ingredients you need are already available at home. So, get those ingredients out and feel free to try out these inexpensive home remedies.
Vinegar is a great remedy for dull and dry hair. Mix water and apple cider vinegar and use this solution to rinse your hair. This solution could help remove the buildup of hair products. After using it as a pre-rinse, you’ll see that your hair is much easier to comb.
The vinegar’s acidity could weaken your hair, so it is best to limit the use to once a month.
- Sesame oil
Sesame oil could be used as a scalp massage. It is a great alternative to the more expensive oils.
Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of sesame oil with grated ginger and use it to massage your scalp. The ginger is especially helpful if you have dandruff. Wrap your hair in a warm towel and leave it for about 10 to 15 minutes. Then, shampoo your hair afterwards.
If you wish to add in moisture to your hair, beer would be a great option. Spray a small amount of beer into your hair after shampooing. Leave it on until it dries. Once it dries, the smell will be gone and your hair will be soft and shiny.
- Banana and hair mask
Mash a very ripe banana and add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of almond oil (optional). Mix well. If you have long hair, you may need 2 bananas. Apply this mask onto your hair and leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes. Then, shampoo your hair after the treatment.
I love wearing my hair curly, but it took a long time to say that. My hair was a mix of frizz, waves, ringlets and crazy hair until I worked out an easy routine to style my curly hair that made the most of my curls.
You might think I always straighten my hair after my 30 Braids in 30 Days hairstyles, but it’s not the case. I straighten my hair for tutorials as it is easier to photograph and restyle for the step-by-step photos.
Plus the more you touch curly hair, the frizzier it becomes. My first styling tip is stop touching your hair. The oil and dirt from your hands creates frizz and will mess up your curls.
How to style curly hair
This is my quick way to style curly hair when I want to wear it out.
- Wash your hair. Here are my top 10 tips for how to wash your hair.
- Use a conditioning treatment, or leave your conditioner on for 3-5 minutes. Use a wide tooth comb or tangle teezer to get rid of any knots. This is the last time you will comb your hair. Comb gently, as wet hair is more prone to breakages.
- Rinse your shampoo and conditioner thoroughly.
- Turn your head upside-down, and gently shake your hair to let the curls form their natural shape. I use my fingertips on my scalp to lift my hair and let the curls take shape.
- Don’t rub your hair with a towel. I squeeze the water out instead of rubbing my hair and breaking up the curls. A microfiber towel, or t-shirt is even better as they are smoother on your hair.
- Apply a curl cream or mousse. I used Aveda Be Curly Style Prep and Curl Enhancer. Apply the Style Prep first, then the curl Enhancer which has a creamy texture.
- Use a diffuser to dry your hair to about 80% dry. You can let your hair dry naturally, but a diffuser is quicker and gives more volume. I used the Anthony Nader WAHL dryer to dry my hair with my head upside down. Then I flip my hair back, and check how it’s sitting. I usually restyle the front and partline, then let it be.
- As a final touch you can use a serum or wax to add more definition to your curls. I used O&M Frizzy Logic in the ends of my curls. I also love Aveda Pure Abundance Styling Potion sprinkled on my roots to add volume.
This looks like a lot of steps, but I’ve just broken it down in detail. It takes me less than 10 minutes to blowdry and style my curly hair.
How do you style your curls?
Going to bed with wet hair overnight doesn’t always give you glamorous results in the morning. The good news is there are a few ways to control that mane of bed head.
Sometimes overnight hair has a tendency to fall flat because of the way we are sleeping when it dries. To avoid this, apply a volumizing spray. This will help to make your hair look a little thicker. Next, pull your hair into a high ponytail and then twist into a loose bun. Note: if it is too tight it can prevent your hair from drying and can also lead to breakage. In the morning, take out your hair and use a finger comb – a brush can take out the volume you’ve created.
For some, bed head means frizz everywhere. If you have naturally curly or wavy hair, giving your hair some time off from heat can do wonders for its health. If morning frizz is a problem for you, a leave in conditioner is your best friend. Use a wide toothcomb to make sure the conditioner is evenly distributed. Divide your hair into three smaller sections. At the bottom of each section, create a pin curl. Do this by wrapping the ends up over two fingers (imagine there was a foam roller). Wrap all the way up to your roots and then secure with a hair clip to hold the curl in place. Do this with all the hair sections. In the morning, remove the clips and lightly spray some water on your hair. This will get rid of morning static.
Ever wonder what the deal with coconut oil is? Coconut oil contains vitamins E and K. These vitamins are often found in hair and skin products. Using coconut oil is actually like giving a huge gift to your hair. It is one of the most effective conditioners and helps in the regrowth of your hair.
The benefits of coconut oil are endless. It adds shine and body to your hair and has been proven to slow down hair loss. Regular use will keep your hair strong, nourished and create a more full look. The oil also provides extra protection from styling and environmental damages.
Moisture is the key to avoiding dry and weak hair. Coconut oil adds a layer that seals in moisture, which also contributes to a silky feel. Last but not least, coconut oil helps control dandruff. The moisture that coconut oil provides prevents the build up of dry skin (which is the cause behind dandruff). When using coconut oil be sure to use circular motions to scrub away dead skin.
Look for hair products that are made with coconut oil or better yet just pick up a bottle of the oil itself!
Whether an unexpected rainstorm or a humid dry spell causes a frizzy mane, no gal wants to deal with a poof ball on her head!
There are three main causes of frizzy hair. One cause is having naturally curly hair. The second cause is due to styling, chemical and environmental damage. Ultimately, frizzy hair is the result of dehydration.
Want to eliminate frizz? Three words: Product, product, product. You must invest in quality hair products. Avoid oil-based conditioners. Use shampoos and conditioners with humectants; this will help bring moisture to your hair (Tip: leave the conditioner in a little longer than you usually do). Additionally, you should use a serum to smooth out dry hair and control those fly-aways.
Trim your hair regularly. Split ends tend to make frizz even worse. By keeping the ends of your hair healthy and neat, you can reduce frizz.
Frankly, frizzy hair does not look good on anybody. Keeping it under control will do wonders for your appearance!
We know that different hair types require different products. The same logic goes for hairbrushes too. Using the right hairbrush will make it easier for you to style your hair. Improve your hair health by making sure you are using the right brush.
If you have thick hair that needs detangling:
Use a flat paddle brush. The wide surface area allows the paddle brush to easily glide through dense strands.
If you have curls that need combing:
You have probably already discovered that taking a brush to natural curls gives you frizz! Use a comb with two sets of wide-spaced teeth instead. It won’t create frizz, and will keep your curls looking knot-free. Tip: comb your hair when it is yet and let it dry naturally.
If you have fine hair that needs volume:
Your strands are fragile. Your goal is to create as much volume as possible when you blow-dry without damaging your hair. Use a round brush that has soft boar and nylon bristles. This type of brush will reduce tension and be gentle on your locks.
Treating your hair right isn’t only about what you put on those locks; it is about what you put in your body too! A well balanced diet full of protein and iron can promote growth. Here are three healthy hair foods to incorporate into your diet:
Salmon is one of the healthiest foods for your hair. It is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B-12, and iron. Omega-3 fatty acids help support scalp health, which is essential to healthy hair.
Eating dark green vegetables can also do wonders for your hair. Spinach, broccoli, and Swiss chard are all filled with vitamins A and C. Your body uses these vitamins to produce sebum (a very oily substance). The substance gets secreted by your hair follicles, and acts as the body’s natural hair conditioner. Additionally, dark green vegetables have high iron and calcium content, which enhances hair strength and hair growth.
Beans are good for your hair. They are full of biotin, iron, and zinc. These vitamins can help prevent your hair from appearing dry, brittle and damaged. It is a good idea to eat three or more cups of lentils or beans per week.
Remember that the foundation of all your hair growth is in the nutrients that you eat!