Imagine eating in a posh restaurant or attending a corporate event with unruly hair. The people around will likely give you the look. Even the folks at home or on the streets may poke fun at your supposed crowning glory.
Common hair styling products can give a temporary fix. Ironically, they could worsen the dryness in the long run. If you want safer, more effective, and even cheaper solutions, you might want to be creative and try out the following 3 tips:
Tip #1: The Tea Trick
For centuries, teas have been lauded for their numerous health benefits. A cup of tea can keep you hydrated and provide relief for sore throat. If you consume teas frequently, you may reduce your risk of developing heart disease and cancers.
Tea should be a part of your beauty regimen as well. Thanks to its antioxidants, you can counter signs of aging. Gargling it can whiten your teeth as well. If you have dry hair, the beverage can help bring back your mane’s luster.
To add tea in your hair care regimen, simply brew at least a liter. (If you have longer tresses, you should go beyond that amount.) Later on, you can use it for your final rinse after shampooing.
You should know, though, that you can’t just brew any type of tea. As for the kind of tea, you should choose chamomile tea if you’re blonde. Black tea is recommended for brunettes.
Using an unsuitable tea can stain your mane or it won’t provide sufficient shine. On the other hand, opting for the suggested tea won’t just add shine to your hair; it will also enhance its color.
You can use either leaves or teabags. If you opt for leaves, make sure you strain the tea before you use it to rinse your hair. After you separate the steeped leaves and tea, save the former in a clean jar. You can reuse the steeped leaves up to three times.
Tip #2: A Fruity Hair Mask
Your diet can affect your hair too. Keep in mind that your strands are made from keratin, which is a form of protein. It’s a no-brainer that you should eat protein-rich foods such as eggs, poultry and lean meat.
Fruits and vegetables may offer fewer of such macronutrient. However, a simple combination of banana and avocado can do wonders to your hair. For speedy results, you can blend them to create your own hair mask.
Dry hair is usually brittle. With the help of banana, you can improve your hair’s elasticity. Aside from that, the fruit also makes your tresses smoother yet stronger.
As for the avocado, its main benefit is its ability to lock moisture in your hair. You can apply different types of oils and moisturizing products to your mane. However, the moisture they provide will be wasted if there’s nothing that seals it in.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 ripe avocado
- Wash and peel the fruits accordingly. Deseed the avocado.
- Slice them into chunks.
- Put the chunks of fruits in a mixing bowl. Mash them until they’re well-mixed. Doing this by hand is more preferable as long as you wear gloves.
- Once free of lumps, apply the fruity mixture to your mane. Massage your scalp using it. Spread it evenly on your strands as well. Let it sit for 30 minutes up to an hour.
- Rinse off the mixture using lukewarm or cool water.
Tip #3: Coconut Oil (and its Countless Combos)
Plenty of hair care products boast of having one or both of these ingredients: aloe vera and coconut oil. With one slice of aloe vera leaf, you can scoop out the gel and apply it on your hair before shampooing or conditioning. Aside from the smoothness and shine it provides, this trick can help enhance hair growth.
For better results, you can mix aloe vera and coconut oil. Coconut oil used to be a less popular ingredient for hair care products. Nowadays, it seems like more products are made out of it. If you want healthier hair in the long run, having this ingredient in your home will help you achieve such.
Coconut oil can help fill the tiny gaps in a hair strand. This helps add volume in your mane. It can also help you counter dandruff. Like sandalwood oil and argan oil, coconut oil also gives instant shine to dry hair.
One of the best things about coconut oil is its versatility. In addition to aloe vera, it can be mixed with other ingredients to make a hair mask, conditioner or shampoo.
Some of the best ingredients you can use along with coconut oil are as follows: avocado, honey, yogurt, eggs, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and rosemary essential oil. While these ingredients offer benefits to your hair, stick to two to four ingredients per recipe. Once you’re done, you can apply the mixture to your hair and rinse it accordingly.
You don’t want to manage dry hair on a daily basis, do you? That’s just bothersome. Aside from the aforementioned fixes, you should address the underlying causes. Below are additional tips that will help you achieve and maintain smooth and shiny hair.
- Shampoo less frequently. Washing your hair a lot tends to dry it up more easily.
- Consume more foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These foods include spinach, salmon and walnuts among others. These enhance your scalp’s ability to produce more natural oils.
- Minimize the use of hair blower and styling iron. Both products operate using heat, which dries up your hair in an instant.
- Ditch traditional hairspray. This product can make your hair look nice but your mane tends to feel dry.
- Trim the ends every 4 to 6 weeks.
Contrary to popular belief, drinking more water than usual won’t necessarily make your hair sleek and smooth. Even so, you should remain hydrated to help your organs carry out their functions and to ensure healthy-looking skin.
Dry hair is manageable. You don’t have to spend lots on hair treatment products and services. More often than not, the solution you need is available in your kitchen or in the nearest market.