Let's face it. We all suffer from dry hair at some point in our lives and combating it can be exhausting with finding the right products, trial, and error for a certain type of product and playing a guessing game in the haircare aisle that says "suitable for dry hair."
Dry hair on a coarse texture is complex enough as it is especially once its wet. When your hair wet, its the weakest, and having the right products for dry hair is necessary.
I have very thick and coarse dry hair and can become parched if I don't take care of it properly.
Back in the day, there weren't a lot of products on the market that were suitable for people with a coarse dry hair type. Some of the styling products were even outdated and could potentially cause harm to coarse hair.
I remember sitting in between my mom's legs doing my hair and then falling asleep and waking up and she'll still be doing my hair because I was "tender-headed" and my hair was a lot to manage.
My mother decided that I should start going to the hair salon to ger my hair dome. I went to about four different hair salons until I finally settled with my amazing hairstylist now: Kelly Smith.
Every time I would leave the salon when I was younger, I felt refreshed and anew that my scalp was blessed by the hands of my hairstylist. But when it was time to do it myself, it was a struggle. It was a struggle to even comb my dry hair properly but with practice a whole lot of patience, I was able to manage my hair myself to this day.
By the time I was 10, I got my first relaxer and I kept getting a relaxer up until my early twenties.
When I was younger, I could get away with a lot of stuff when it came to my hair such as not oiling my scalp as often, not combing it properly, not tying down my hair at night or sleeping on a satin or silk pillowcase (I know, guilty)! Since my hair would grow like wildfire, I thought I was exempt.
As I'm getting older and becoming more wiser, I know that taking care of my dry hair is a necessity.
Once I got rid of the harsh chemicals from my hair and stop relaxing, I found some great products and remedies that cure my dry hair.
Below are some great home remedies for dry hair.
What is dry hair?
Exactly, what is dry hair?
Dry hair is when you're not getting or retaining enough moisture. When you're not getting or retaining moisture in your hair it can cause problems such as:
What Factors Attribute To Dry Hair?
There are several factors that attribute to dry hair for a natural coarse mane. Some of the factors are:
lack of oils
lack of moisture
Weather is one of the main factors that attribute to dry hair. There are four seasons throughout the year and your hair needs tender love and care especially during the winter. The winter brings cold temperatures, very low humidity, and lower barometric pressure. When there is no moisture in the air, your dry hair can follow suit and lack moisture.
LACK OF OILS
The scalp naturally provides your hair with your natural oils. With a lack of oils, your hair becomes dry and damaged.
LACK OF MOISTURE
Lack of moisture is different from the lack of oils in your hair. Lack of moisture is mainly from your environment. When your environment lacks moisture, it can be a challenge to hydrate your hair properly. Several factors decrease moisture in the air such as turning the heat on in your house, low humidity, and a cold climate.
Stress not only deals with your emotions, but it also deals with depleting the hydration levels in your body. When you drink water, it goes to your organs first and then to your skin and hair. If you're stressed out, your hydration levels may be affecting your hair health.
HAIR CARE PRODUCTS
There are certain types of hair care products that do more damage than good. Look out for products that have sea salt in them or a product that focuses on "clarifying." If you are using a clarifying shampoo, make sure you follow up with a hydrating conditioner and leave-in conditioner. Further down below are ingredients to avoid and to look out for dry hair.
Home Remedies For Dry Damaged Hair
An at-home remedy for dry hair is essential to achieving optimal hair health. Below are some at-home remedies that would greatly benefit your dry hair.
Hot Oil Treatment
Hot oil treatment is the perfect treatment for dry hair
You will need two essential oils and up to three carrier oils.
peppermint essential oil
lemongrass essential oil
argan oil (carrier oil)
jojoba oil (carrier oil)
castor oil (carrier oil)
Pour 1 ounce of each carrier oil in a safe-heated cup or bottle followed by 5 drops of the essential oil
In a small pot bring water to a boil
Once water is done boiling, place the cup of the oil mixture in the pot for about 10 minutes
Test the oil on the back of your hand to make sure it's not too hot
Section your hair off and start adding the hot oil treatment to your scalp
Leave in for at least 30 minutes and rinse out
Hot oil treatment is a great hair treatment for damaged hair at home. I often use a hot oil treatment for my hair when my hair is very dry or if I want to cut down on hair shedding.
Tea Rinse Treatment
A tea rinse can really benefit your dry hair. Not only does it reduce dryness but it helps combat:
stimulate hair growth
Tea (Green Tea, Rooibos Tea, or Black Tea)
** Boil 1 cup of water and place the teabag of your choice in the water. Let it cool down until it's warm enough for your scalp.**
Shampoo your hair like you normally do and rinse it out
Place the tea in a spray bottle and focus on your scalp
Massage your scalp and place your hair in a plastic wrap for at least 30 minutes
Rinse out and condition hair
Electrical Conductor Treatment
Some of you may be wondering what is an electrical conductor treatment and why would it be useful.
An electrical conductor treatment is almost like a hot oil treatment but instead of using oils, you use metals and you're not heating it up.
The main chemical elements to use for dry hair are:
Silver: an antibacterial (great for your scalp)
Gold: supports hair growth
Zinc: decrease hair loss
Copper: decrease alopecia, hair loss, and strengthens the hair and scalp, restore hair color.
Common electrical conductor: PLASTIC CAP!
The plastic cap is a high resistant to an electrical current. In this case, the electrical current would be your hair.
According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, "...zinc is a potent inhibitor of hair follicle regression, and accelerates hair follicle recovery."
Shampoo for Dry Hair and What to Avoid
In today's market, they're so many shampoos for dry hair that will help with hydrating your beautiful mane.
When finding a shampoo, look for hydrating products that are suitable for your hair type.
However, there are certain ingredients that are more detrimental to your hair. When finding a shampoo for your dry hair look out for:
SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Aquarex Methyl and ME
Akyposal SDS, AR-00356
Products that I'd personally recommend for dry hair are:
Mielle: Moisture RX Hawaiian Ginger Moisturizing & Anti-Breakage Shampoo
Having dry hair can be a challenge especially with finding the right products and figuring out which products would treat and diminish your dry hair. I hope I provided some helpful insights that will help your dry hair be conditioned and hydrated.
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