While we’ve never met a salon deep condition that we don’t like, booking an appointment when dry hair strikes isn’t always the most convenient or affordable option. What we can routinely count on, however, are the many home remedies for dry hair. You’ve likely heard of a few of these before, but let this serve as a refresher and a guide for picking the ingredients that are best for you. Healthy, hydrated hair awaits.
Apple Cider Vinegar
There’s a good chance there’s a bottle of this long-loved cure all at your grandmother’s house, and you’d be wise to get one of your own. It contains anti-fungal properties that alleviate dandruff and dry scalp. Plus it works to smooth and seal the hair cuticle for optimal shine, as well as remove buildup without stripping the hair of its natural oils. To reap these benefits, combine two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water in a spray bottle. After washing and conditioning, spritz all over damp hair and let it set for at least five minutes before rinsing out. And don’t worry about the smell—it’ll fade completely once your hair is dry.
Packed with vitamins A, B, D and E, this super fruit infuses hair with moisture while enhancing shine. There are hundreds of avocado-based hair mask recipes you can try, but our top pick is perhaps the simplest: Mash a ripe avocado with two tablespoons of olive oil—and resist the urge to smear the paste on toast. Instead, work it through damp hair and leave it on for 20 minutes. Shampoo, condition, and bask in your newly-lustrous hair.
If your hair is prone to breaking, consider conditioning with bananas. The potassium in the fruit strengthens hair and improves elasticity, and bananas work wonders even when used alone. To fight brittleness, puree two to three ripe bananas in a blender and work through damp or dry hair. Leave the puree on for 15 minutes, then rinse, shampoo, and condition.
Egg yolks are chocked full of proteins that, when applied to the hair, can help repair the damage caused by coloring, excessive heat, and harsh weather. The most basic way to incorporate eggs into your hair care routine is to massage 1/2 to 3/4 cup of egg yolks into dry hair and let it seep in for at least 20 minutes, covering your hair with a shower cap if you’d like. Note: This can get messy, but the megawatt post-treatment shine is worth it in our opinion. Rinse hair with cool water to avoid cooking the eggs (Can you imagine? We’d rather not.) Finish with your normal shampoo and conditioner and enjoy the sheen.
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