We have heard the terms dry, damaged frizzy hair way too often. But do we know what it means? So let’s understand what it is all about before we go about our DIY home remedies for dry and frizzy hair.
In a roundabout way, we’re starting from the basics and going to the root of the problem, so once it’s dealt with, you know how to keep it that way.
Many confuse between dry and damaged hair. Both aren’t the same, and the terms aren’t interchangeable. However, both look similar in appearance and can often be confused. So, let’s understand both and if or when they’re interlinked.
What’s Dry Hair?
Dry hair is when there’s a lack of hydration due to improper nourishment and care or hair’s inability to retain moisture. In both cases, the hair shaft becomes dry, leading to frizz and dull hair. However, it doesn’t have to be damaged to be dry and dull.
Dryness could also be caused by external factors outside your control, like environmental factors – pollution, scorching sun, etc. Swimming in a pool also causes dryness due to the chlorine and other chemicals in pool water.
Other factors causing dryness include the change in weather conditions and shampooing hair too often or using harsh hair products.
What’s Damaged Hair?
On the other hand, damaged hair is when hair is overly treated, or the overuse of styling products and treatments can leave hair damaged. This also leaves hair dry, frizzy, and dull.
However, the reasons for dryness and damage are different and are the course of action for remedying both conditions.
Heat treatments, including blow drying, can damage your hair in the long run. Likewise, color treatments cause considerable damage due to heat and excessively harsh chemicals, especially when bleaching is involved.
Curling, perming, straightening, and other styling treatments and even some hair styling products can cause hair damage due to the ingredients.
How to Deal with It?
Now that we have it cleared up let’s get to the subject. Dry, damaged, frizzy hair is when damaged hair is dry, brittle, and frizzy.
It looks dull and lacks life; styling or managing is difficult, and even simple styling can result in losing more hair – thanks to brittleness.
Dry hair needs more moisture and probably some nourishment, though it is easy to get it fixed with simple and consistent measures. In case hair doesn’t retain moisture, a sealant can set you up. However, unlike dry hair, damaged hair needs more thorough care and nurturing to nurse it back to normal hair health.
Let’s take a look at 3 DIY Hair Recipes to Fix Dry, Damaged, and Frizzy hair. All these recipes use ingredients from your pantry or ingredients you could easily buy at a herbal store.
DIY Coffee Scrub
This is a very simple scrub and has been modified slightly to make it more nourishing and enticing.
Egg Yolk – 1
Coffee Grounds – As Needed
Coconut Milk – As Needed
Argan Oil – a few drops
Lavender Essential Oil – a few drops
In a mixing bowl, add the egg yolk and beat it slightly.
Now, add coffee grounds – add as much as you need for your scalp and hair.
Add enough coconut milk to make this the right consistency, so it’s easy to apply on your wet hair and scalp.
Finally, add lavender essential oil and argan oil and mix to combine.
How to Use the Scrub?
Wear disposable gloves and apply this hair mask on your scalp while massaging gently.
Apply the rest of the mask to your hair.
Make sure to apply all over your strands – from root to tips.
Cover with a shower cap and wait for an hour before washing off.
Use a mild shampoo to wash off your hair and condition it as usual.
Frequency & Why Use it?
Do this once a week to repair dry, damaged, and frizzy hair and cleanse your scalp.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
You can use any essential oil of your choice – Myrrh Essential Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Roman Chamomile Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, etc.
You can also use coconut oil in this mask, but many find it counterproductive. Especially those with thick or coarse hair have build-up issues with coconut oil.
So lighter oils like argan oil or apricot oil, or sweet almond oil works better. However, with coarse or thick hair, you should be able to use coconut oil with more olive oil, as this combination seems to prevent build-up.
Using coffee oil improves the results. It’s easy to prepare your own coffee oil at home. Just boil a few spoons of coffee grounds or seeds in your favorite carrier oil and strain it.
Use it regularly to nourish your hair and scalp, promote hair growth, curb hair fall and stimulate blood flow to your scalp.
You can use egg yolk and coffee grounds alone and add an oil of your choice to make it easy to apply.
DIY Deep Avocado Conditioning Mask
You’ve probably heard about this a lot or even used it. This is a very effective mask for dry, damaged, frizzy hair and can work wonders for your hair with regular use.
Ripe Avocado – 1
Ripe Banana – 1
Honey – 1 Tbsp.
Olive Oil – as Needed
Chop banana and avocado into bite-sized pieces and run it in your mixer – this gives it a nice texture and makes it easier to apply.
Add honey and olive oil to this mixture and mix to combine the ingredients well.
How to Use the Mask?
Divide your hair into sections and apply from root to tips – don’t skip the scalp. Make sure you apply it to your scalp.
If possible, use a shampoo comb to comb through your hair softly to ensure the mixture is applied evenly.
Cover with a shower cap and wait for an hour.
Rinse and wash off using a mild shampoo and condition as usual.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
You can add the essential oil of your choice to this recipe.
You can also add yogurt, coconut milk, milk, or even herbs of your choice to enhance the recipe.
Frequency & Why Use this Mask
Use this mask once a week, at least, for the best results.
This deep conditioning, repairing, and nourishing mask helps soothe damaged hair, calm frizz and dryness and restore your locks to life and health.
DIY Conditioning Oil Mask
Last but not least, deeply conditioning hot oil massages are one of the most sought-after remedies for frizzy hair as well as dry and damaged hair. This is a very simple and straightforward recipe but very versatile, so feel free to tweak it and see what you like better.
Coconut Oil – 3 Tbsp.
Jojoba Oil – 2 Tbsp.
Argan Oil – 1 Tbsp.
Warm up Jojoba Oil and Coconut Oil slightly.
When slightly warm, remove from heat and add Argan Oil to the mixture.
Stir to combine, and you’re all set.
How to Use it?
When the oil is still warm – warm enough that you can feel it when you apply it but still able to use your fingers to apply it without difficulty, start applying it on your scalp and work your way till the tips of your strands.
Massage gently after applying to your scalp for a few seconds.
Wrap your head with a shower cap and wait for 25 minutes at least before washing off.
You can use a clarifying shampoo to wash and condition as usual.
Frequency & Uses
You can do this once a week at least and wait for a few weeks before judging the efficacy. However, in most cases, you should start seeing changes in a couple of weeks.
This stimulating and conditioning massage blend leaves your hair and scalp happy and healthy. The warm oil massage also stimulates your hair follicles and strengthens them.
This nurtures and nourishes your hair, promotes hair growth, and curbs hair fall.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
You can choose carrier oils of your choice for this recipe – Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil, etc.
For added benefits, you can also add infused oils – false daisy oil, aloe vera oil, gooseberry oil, etc.
You can add a spoonful of castor oil to this mixture to promote hair growth.
You add a few drops of Vitamin E Oil to improve hair texture and health.
You can also wrap your head with a warm towel after massaging the oil to improve the results – many don’t do this to keep the towel warm. It’s dipped in hot water.
Try these recipes and see what works for you best. The fun part of DIY is tweaking and trying out different variations by playing around with the recipes. So go wild with the recipes and see if you can work out the one best suited for you.
Dry Damaged Frizzy Hair Prevention
A few simple measures can go a long way in preventing dry, damaged, frizzy hair.
Say NO to heat treatments and blow drying. If you can’t say no, reduce the frequency. Straightening, curling, perming, and what not are all heat or chemical-based treatment options that leave your hair dry and dull – damaged in the longer run.
Consider using hair masks like this deep conditioning keratin mask travel size when you can’t prepare your own hair care masks or when traveling.
Air dry your hair whenever possible. Yes, blow drying does make your hair look good, and it’s the go-to option for occasions when you have to look your best. Other times, give your tresses much-needed rest and air dry!
Use a soft towel to pat dry your hair, don’t rub harshly or squeeze too tightly. Treating your hair with gentleness and care goes a long way in keeping your tresses healthy and happy.
Say NO to coloring. Coloring is considered the main causative factor for hair damage. If that involves bleaching, it’s even worse. Consider reducing coloring frequency or avoiding it altogether and nurture your hair back to health.
Using the right hair care products and choosing milder products also reduce hair damage. Not just the right products, avoiding unnecessary products, including hair dye and hair cosmetics, can also reduce the build-up that happens with styling products.
There are many options if you check for hair repair treatment for damaged hair. When you can’t DIY, consider buy hair serums for nourishing and protecting your hair. hair strands
Use products that don’t have sulfates, salts, alcohol, or paraben as one of their ingredients. These ingredients are extremely harmful for your hair and health. Stay away from them and use herbal products or products that use an herbal complex and mild ingredients for healthy hair.
When you go for a swim or head out in the scorching sun, make sure to protect your hair. Not just styling and product build-up, swimming (chlorine in the pool) and sun can also wreak havoc on your hair. So be mindful of that when you’re heading out.
Sometimes you inadvertently expose your hair to harsh chemicals. Depending on where you are, and the water source in your locality, chemicals in your water can get deposited on the hair and cause damage.
So, wash off your damp hair after showering with pure drinking water as the final rinse. This helps get rid of salts and other chemicals from hard water and soothes your hair.
Last but not least, use a conditioner designed for dry, damaged hair and a deep conditioning mask regularly to protect, nurture and nourish your hair. This helps keep dryness at bay or deals with it like nobody’s business.
Not just dryness, damage, and frizz also is under control when you pamper your hair and keep it nourished.
Try these simple changes and recipes to nurture your hair back to health. You can also use damage-repairing hair products that help nurture hair and curb dryness and frizz.
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