silky hair

Dry hair is one of the most difficult hair types to manage. More the products you use to treat it, the drier and more damaged it gets.

A good way to ensure you take proper care of your dry hair without causing further harm is by trying out a few simple yet effective tips at home. These will not only make your hair softer and add the much needed moisture, but the ingredients too will be readily available at your home or local grocery store.

Natural ingredients to treat dry hair

Avocados: These contain a host of nutrients like Vitamins A, D, E and K, iron, protein, copper, amino acids, potassium and more. They also contain biotin, which is a common ingredient in many hair care products.

  • Mash a ripe avocado and add yogurt, egg white and oil to it. You can use olive oil, coconut oil or even castor oil.
  • Mix to create a smooth paste-like consistency.
  • Apply to your hair and leave on for 30 minutes before washing off with regular water.

Bananas: These are very good for your hair and contain Vitamins A, B, C and E, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese and biotin. They help keep your hair soft and improves your hair’s natural elasticity.

  • Mash a ripe banana and ripe avocado and add some coconut milk.
  • Mix well and apply all over your hair.
  • Leave on for about 30 minutes and wash off with plain water.

Vinegar: This helps restore the natural pH balance of your hair which helps rid you of an itchy scalp which is often a problem with dry hair.

Not taking care of your hair cuticle can make your hair look dry and turn them brittle. Vinegar also restores the protective layer of hair cuticle. Do not over-use it though. It can dry out your hair further. Use about once a week and once you start seeing results, maybe once in two weeks or so.

  • Mix vinegar (1 cup) with water (3 cups) – you can use either the white variety or apple cider vinegar.
  • Once you have cleaned hair with a shampoo, apply this on your scalp and through your hair. Ensure you also apply to the tips of your hair.
  • Let it stay for a few minutes and wash off with regular water.

Yogurt: Sour yogurt contains lactic acid that will clean your hair and fats that will help keep your hair stay hydrated. It also contains protein that will rejuvenate your hair.

  • Mix yogurt and egg and whisk well.
  • Apply this all over your scalp and hair, massaging slowly.
  • Leave for about 30 minutes and wash off using a mild shampoo.

Simple tips to take care of your dry hair

  • Avoid taking hot showers.
  • Avoid products with harsh chemicals, use a mild shampoo.
  • Avoid salon treatments and instead invest time in a hot oil massage at home.
  • Avoid combing hair when wet.
  • Avoid using heat styling products; if you absolutely must, ensure you use a heat protecting agent.
  • Avoid coloring your hair frequently.
  • Avoid temperature switch, like frequent change from AC to non AC environment.
  • Avoid too many aerated drinks and instead drink more water or fresh juices.
  • Avoid swimming in chlorinated water.
  • Avoid over exposure of hair to the sun.

Foods to eat for dry hair

  • Salmon – Considered a hair food as it contains big amounts of fish oil, protein and selenium.
  • Eggs – Rich in Vitamin B5 andB12.
  • Flax seeds – High in omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Quinoa – Contains high amounts of protein.
  • Green vegetables – Great for detoxing.