Do you have dry hair that sits atop an itchy, dry scalp? Have you tried all the store-bought conditioners, but they do not help? A great way to get rid of dry hair and scalp is to condition the hair, and natural products can work wonders. Read on for some strategies, recipes, and tips on how to get your hair looking wonderful again.
- Deep Treatments
- Natural Conditioners
- General Tips
1 - Deep Treatment
Make a deep treatment with eggs.
Deep treatments are like conditioners on steroids: They help provide a ton of moisture, vibrancy, and body to dry hair. Eggs are high in protein, which is what hair is made out of, so it's only natural that eggs would be an excellent source for deep treatments.
- In a bowl, mix two eggs yolks, two teaspoons olive oil, and 1/8 cup of water. Mix until the solution is fully balanced. Depending on how much hair you have, you may want to use more or less.
- Apply mixture to hair after shampooing, while hair is still damp, not wet. Let stand for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water. (Hot water may give you scrambled eggs!)
Make a deep treatment with mayonnaise.
Mayonnaise is made essentially out of eggs and oil, so it's a riff on the deep treatment featured in Step 1. What sets mayonnaise apart is that it contains vinegar. Vinegar will help disinfect any fungus or bacteria that might be using your scalp as a temporary home, causing itching and dryness.
- Apply 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to already dry hair. Massage into roots and scalp area and cover with a shower cap or other plastic cover.
- Let stand for 15 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly in warm water before shampooing as usual.
Make a deep treatment with oil.
Many people get hot oil treatments at salons and swear by their effectiveness. For this deep treatment, try to seek out virgin coconut oil, although olive oil will also work well.
- In a saucepan, warm up oil until it is warm but not too hot to touch. You are going to be applying the oil to your scalp, so keep that in mind.
- Take oil off the heat and let cool for 30 seconds just to be sure. Apply to hair in sections, using hair clips if necessary. If you're worried about excessive oiliness, don't rub the oil too much into your scalp.
- Wrap your hair in a shower cap or other plastic cover and let stand for at least 30 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water briefly and shampoo until oil is no longer pervasive, but not stripped from hair.
Use beer in a deep treatment.
With eggs and oil, beer is a great natural conditioner. It may sound weird, but if you think about it, it's not any weirder than slathering mayonnaise in your hair. Use nicer, full-bodied beer for a better deep treatment. Stay away from conditioning with Coors Light.
- Rinse out with shampoo with warm water and condition with beer. Substitute your conditioner for beer and use exactly as you would after shampooing.
- Mix two cups beer with two tablespoons apple cider vinegar and apply it to hair after shampooing. Again, use in the same way you would a conditioner.
- Mix an eight-ounce bottle of nice, dark beer with a few drops of jojoba oil. Apply to dry hair, let stand for at least 15 minutes, and rinse in warm water, followed by shampoo.
Use avocado in a deep treatment.
Avocados are rich in vitamins, minerals, and natural oils, so they round out the last of the deep treatments. People who use avocado as a deep treatment can expect to find their hair soft, glossy, and moisturized after conditioning.
- In a blender, food processor, or by hand, mix one ripe avocado, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and one teaspoon of honey.
- Apply to dry hair, mixing into the scalp, and cover with a shower cap for approximately 30 minutes.
- Wash in warm water thoroughly. (Avocado is naturally fibrous, so it might take longer than simple oil, egg, or beer deep treatments). Shampoo lightly afterward.
2 - Natural Conditioners
Use tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil is renowned for its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, making it an excellent option for fighting dry scalp and the effects of dry hair. Tea tree oil smells great, moisturizes even better, and should be considered by anyone who is serious about treating dry scalp.
- Use tea tree oil in your conditioner. Buy tea tree oil in essential oil form and simply add a tablespoon or so into your conditioner. This is a fast and inexpensive way to fortify your conditioner.
- Find products that contain tea tree oil as an ingredient. Many shampoos and conditioners contain tea tree oil. Make sure you find one that is gentle and suited to your hair type.
Use honey as a natural conditioner.
Honey, although sticky, can be mixed into an incredible (inedible) conditioner if you know what you're doing. Here are some natural conditioners to try if you're feeling experimental.
- Mix 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons pure vegetable glycerin, and 2 tablespoons pure honey. Shampoo, then use the honey conditioner as you would a normal conditioner.
- Combine honey with your natural conditioner and use as directed. Combine two parts conditioner with one part honey and condition your hair after shampooing. Be aware that honey can lighten hair so be careful.
Combine apple cider vinegar with other conditioners to fight scalp dryness.
Apple cider vinegar can be a great weapon in the fight against scalp dryness. Try this recipe for a dandruff-busting vinegar rinse.
- In a saucepan, combine 3 cups water and a handful of rosemary. Bring mixture to a boil, lower heat to a simmer, cover, and slowly cook the mixture for 45 minutes.
- Strain mixture into a bowl or bottle and let cool. Add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, with 10 drops each of essential oils of rosemary and peppermint.
- Put into a spray bottle, keep in the shower and use generously after shampooing. Either rinse out or leave in. The apple cider vinegar should help feed your dry scalp with moisture and smell good to boot.
Make your own conditioning shampoo from olive oil or coconut oil.
It will work from the first wash.
- Gather ingredients:
- Horse shampoo, biodegradable (believe it or not!), 1 cup
- Apple cider vinegar, 5 big spoonfuls
- Olive or coconut oil, 3 teaspoons.
- Mix it all together and wash hair as normal shampoo.
- You can even shower with this mixture, as it helps for eczema as well.
- Every second or third night, go to sleep with either olive oil or coconut oil rubbed into your scalp. Next day, just wash with the above mixture like normal shampoo.
3 - General Tips
Be mindful of the products that you put on your hair.
Shampoos and conditioners that contain harsh chemicals like sodium lauryl sulfate may irritate or dry your hair to excess. Be careful which cleaning products you use.
Don't over-style your hair.
While it may be fun, using curlers, straighteners, and blow-dryers on your hair can cause structural and heat damage. Keep your styling damage to a minimum. Style only when you absolutely need to, and don't overdo it. Shoot to style your hair at most once a week.
Feed your body to feed your hair.
Feeding your body healthy, natural ingredients will go a long way in rejuvenating your hair. Because your hair is made of proteins, and needs protein to develop, it's a good idea to give it a balanced diet of lean protein, leafy vegetables, fruit, and whole grains.
- Eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep both your scalp and hair hydrated. Omega-3 rich foods include salmon, walnuts, flaxseed, and spinach.