Dry dull hair is no fun. It ends up looking frizzy and damaged and there is not much you can do as far as styling it is concerned. Dry hair is also prone to splitting at the ends. Split ends are an indication that your hair is weak. In this article, we will discuss some simple home remedies for dry hair and natural cures for split ends, oily scalp and hair loss. These natural remedies are practical and easy to use and you can even use them daily to treat your dry hair and split ends.
1. Oil massage
An oil massage is must for dry hair and treating or preventing split ends. Try and massage your hair with sweet almond oil or coconut oil once a week. You can also add gooseberry powder (Amla) to the oil. Amla softens dry hair and makes it more manageable. Leave the oil and powder mixture on the hair for at least 2 hours.
2. Add egg white to your shampoo
One of the best natural remedies for dry hair is egg white. Add the egg white of one medium egg to a tablespoon of herbal shampoo and apply this all over your hair. The egg conditions and softens dry hair and also reduces breakage and hair loss when used regularly.
3. Apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
Add three tablespoons of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to a mug of water and use this all over your dry hair and oily scalp as a final rinse.This remedy is actually great for all hair types and also for dandruff. Use this dry hair remedy each time you shampoo your hair. Make sure you let your hair dry naturally instead of blow drying or towel drying it. Lemon imparts natural highlights to dark hair but it also provides a slight bleaching action- so avoid going out in the sun when using lemon juice.
A tablespoon of yogurt and lemon juice applied all over the hair and scalp for 20 minutes before washing can treat dandruff as well as dry hair. This remedy is also effective against breakage and split ends-so use it regularly to provide nutrition to weak, dry hair. We will also discuss some yogurt based diy split hair masks later in this guide.
Apply some glycerin all over the dry hair and oily scalp 20-30 minutes before shampooing. You can also mix your favorite oil (coconut, olive, almond, etc) in the glycerin and massage the dry hair with the mixture. Do this each time you shampoo or at least once a week and see a different in the hair’s texture.
6. Coconut cream/milk
Massage some coconut cream or milk into the hair if you suffer from dry hair, dandruff and split ends. Use a shower cap to cover the hair. You can use canned or fresh coconut milk for this dry hair remedy. It is one of the best remedies for dry hair and hair loss.
7. Avoid excess shampooing
Shampooing more than necessary makes hair extremely dry by stripping it off natural oils. So use shampoo sparingly. Do not wash your hair more than twice a week.
8. Use baking soda in place of shampoo
Baking soda is a great alternative for shampoo and you can use it to clean dry, damaged hair. Buy a large box of baking soda and when you want to wash your hair, just take some in your palms, mix it with little water and apply it all over the dry hair and oily scalp. Rinse with cool water. This is an essential remedy to treat dry hair in summer when heat and humidity are high.
9. Avoid excess hot water
When you wash your hair, turn down the temperature of the water.Excess heat damages the hair’s cuticle, making it dry and frizzy. As far as possible, use tepid water to wash hair.
10. Sleep on satin pillowcase
You might not think much of this remedy but cotton and other rough fabrics are damaging to the hair and strip it off natural oils. So use gentler fabrics like satin or silk especially on your scarves or pillowcases. This will really make a great deal of difference to your hair’s texture.
11. Brush and comb the hair every day to improve circulation
Brushing the hair with a natural boar bristle brush can help improve circulation and texture of hair. So use this remedy for dry, brittle hair to prevent split ends.
12. Banana and almond oil to treat split ends
If you want to get rid of split ends without cutting the hair, then the best thing to do is to use a masque made with overripe banana and some almond oil. Apply this mixture all over the hair and especially the ends. Leave it on for 15 minutes before washing with a shampoo.
13. Papaya and yogurt pack
Another great cure for split ends is a homemade pack with ripe grated banana and yogurt. Apply this all over the hair and wash off after 20 minutes. You can even blend the pulp of papaya and yogurt together before application. Use this treatment for split ends once a week.
14. Castor oil for split ends and dry hair
Massage castor oil into the scalp and especially on the split ends. You can even mix equal quantities of castor oil, coconut oil and olive or mustard oil before using this split ends hair mask once a week.
15. Treat dry hair with cream and milk
Women with very dry hair can benefit from cream tonic treatment. Take some cream and beat it with half a cup of warm milk. Shampoo your hair first and then apply this cream-milk mixture all over the hair. Leave it on for 15 minutes then wash off. You can use a little bit of shampoo again to remove the smell of cream.
16. DIY split ends repair mask with honey
This is a great diy split end hair mask to heal pesky split ends. Mix a tablespoon of honey with half a cup of yogurt. Blend the mixture and apply it all over the dry hair. Wash off with tepid water. Do not use soap or shampoo after using this remedy. This simple home treatment will not only heal your split ends, it will also give your hair a gorgeous shine.
17. Avocado oil mask for healing split ends
Take the pulp of avocado and beat it with a fork to mash it well. Add some olive oil to this mixture. Make sure you massage it well on the split ends. Leave it on for few minutes before shampooing off.
18. Schedule a trim every 4 to 6 weeks
Women prone to split ends in their hair must have their hair trimmed every 4-6 weeks. This will prevent the splits from worsening.
19. Avoid using rubber bands
Avoid tying the hair up in rubber bands as this could cause hair loss and breakage in weak hair. Instead, use fabric lined bands to tie the hair.
20. Avoid combing the hair when wet
Your hair is the weakest when it is wet. So do try and avoid using harsh techniques whether for styling or detangling or even drying the hair. As stated above, it is best to dry the hair naturally. You can also use a wide toothed comb to detangle the hair. It is also a good idea to detangle the hair before washing to avoid breakage later.
Try these methods to get rid of split ends naturally and see the difference!