Three causes and three home remedies for dry hair
Dry hair occurs when your hair does not receive enough moisture. This reduces its sheen and can make your hair appear frizzy, lifeless, and dull. Dry hair can affect men and women of any age. Sheen and luster are two important signs of healthy hair. Your hair consists of three layers. In healthy hair, the outer layer thoroughly protects the inner layers. Natural oils in the outer layer also reflect light, making your hair shiny. In cases of dry hair, the outer layer breaks down, which causes the hair to appear dull and unhealthy.
Cause No. 1: Hormone changes
“Birth control pills, pregnancy, and menopause are all times of physiological shifts within the body that can have an adverse effect on the hair, including dryness and brittleness” says Vaught.
Cause No. 2: Environmental exposure
Extreme temperatures can affect the texture of your hair. If you live in an area with extreme heat or extreme cold then your hair might become brittle. Constant exposure to the sun and wind can cause dry hair. Chlorine is murder on your hair so be careful when swimming in chlorinated swimming pools. Plus be aware your local water supply may contain a high mineral content which is known to dry out hair.
Cause No. 3: Nutrition
Poor nutrition and diets lacking in protein and vitamins can cause hair to become dry and brittle. Eating too much fat and sugar will not affect your hair unless you eat fat and sugar exclusively. A diet must include proteins, vitamins and plenty of water to keep hair healthy. A body that is malnourished due to an eating disorder, illness or lack of food cannot grow healthy hair because it does not possess the nutrients and building blocks necessary to construct strong hair. Not only does hair become dry and brittle under these conditions, it also can fall out.
Home remedy No. 1: Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise is an excellent ingredient for treating dry hair at home. It contains lots of protein that will help make your hair soft and shiny.
Measure out one cup of full-fat mayonnaise and apply a thick layer of it on slightly damp hair and scalp. Then massage the mayonnaise into your scalp and then work it through your hair to the ends. Cover your hair and head with a plastic cap for about an hour. Rinse your hair thoroughly with lukewarm water and then shampoo as usual. Repeat weekly to hydrate very dry hair.
Home remedy No. 2: Sesame oil
This oil is one of the best herbs for hair treatment. Sesame oil is enriched with Vitamin E, B complex, and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and protein that strengthen the hair from the roots and give deep nourishment.
Make a mixture of 1 tablespoon root juice, sesame oil and lemon juice. You can apply sesame oil to your scalp using your fingertips. Massage the oil in a circular motion and cover all parts of the scalp. Leave the oil overnight and wash it off the next morning. If you want the oil to work as a conditioner, give your hair a hot towel treatment. Soak the towel in hot water, squeeze out the excessive water and wrap it around your head. Keep it on for 30 minutes and then shampoo your hair. The hot water will make sure that the oil penetrates into the scalp well.
Home remedy No. 3: Avocado
The saturated fats, vitamins A and E, protein and various other minerals in avocado are highly beneficial for dry and damaged hair. Avocado also helps add moisture to dry hair shafts and strengthen your hair.\
Mash one ripe, peeled avocado. Mix in one teaspoon each of wheat-germ oil and jojoba oil to make a smooth paste. Apply the mixture on freshly washed hair, from the roots to the ends. Cover your hair with a shower cap. Leave it on for half an hour and then shampoo your hair with lukewarm water. Follow this remedy once or twice a week.