Natural Remedies for Dry Hair

If your hair is feeling a little too crunchy, brittle or fragile, and you want to stick to natural hair care solutions what can you do? 

Let me be honest. Just as we’re all individuals, there is no one size fits all solution. But there are lots of things you can do that will deeply moisture and nourish your hair without dipping it in toxic chemicals or breaking out the raw eggs. 

 

The basics of hair:

Hair has three layers. When your hair is healthy, sebum, an oil-like substance your body makes to protect your skin, in the outer layer protects the inner layers. Sebum also reflects light, making your hair appear shiny. Shine is an important sign of healthy hair.  When your hair is dry, the outer layer breaks down, causing it to appear dull and unhealthy.

 

Dry hair can mean brittle easily breakable hair, with split ends and weak hair. Then even if your hair is growing well it won’t look or feel healthy.

 

Dry hair can be caused by underlying health conditions, so if you’ve tried many of the things on this list and it hasn’t made a difference, it’s probably time to see a health professional. Nutritional deficiencies, disease & stress can all affect hair health. 

Causes of Dry Hair

CAUSE #1: Check your hair drying routine. Blow drying on high heat will dry out and damage hair. Curling irons and flat irons can also cause dry hair. You might get the look you want today but it’s damaging your hair in the long term.

          REMEDY: Let your hair dry naturally or if you must use a blowdryer, use it on the lowest heat setting possible.

 

CAUSE #2: Check the ingredient lists of your favourite hair care products. Most commercial hair products contain a long list of synthetic chemicals. The term ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’ is a catch-all that could be a combination of thousands of synthetic chemicals. Sulfates, alcohols and silicones can all dry out your scalp and hair over time. 

          REMEDY: Avoid products with alcohols, parabens, silicones and sulphates. Try a clarifying wash or rinse like our ACV Hair Rinses. Use natural hair products. Try shampoo bars, acid rinses, hair masks, herbal hair washes, water only washing, natural detanglers or just a gentler shampoo. 

CAUSE #3: Check your diet. Be sure you’re getting plenty of Omega 3s and healthy fats. 

         REMEDY: Learn about nutrition for hair health. Foods that are generally good for hair health include leafy greens, avocados, legumes, nuts, seeds, like chia and hemp seeds, and salmon.

 

CAUSE #4: Check your sun exposure. Prolonged direct sun exposure might give your natural highlights but it can also dry out your hair.

        REMEDY: Cover your hair, if the sun is too strong for your skin it’s also too strong for 

            your hair. 

 

CAUSE #5: Check your water. Both chlorinated and salt water can be very drying. How hard or soft (how many minerals it contains) your water is can also affect how your hair feels.

          REMEDY: Try using rain water or spring water to rinse your hair. If you have hard water where you live a clarifying wash or acid rinse can help remove mineral build up on your scalp and hair. 

 

CAUSE #6: Check your wash routine. Washing too often or with very hot water can be very drying. Most commercial shampoos contain synthetic surfactants, a type of chemical that cleans very well, by stripping your scalp and hair of its naturally occurring sebum. This sebum is what keeps your scalp and hair nourished, elastic, and moisturised. Washing your hair too often with harsh chemicals – even if they smell like a bunch of flowers – can disrupt the balance of sebum in your scalp and hair. This can result in a situation where your scalp is over producing sebum but that sebum is not making it to your hair shaft, so you have an oily scalp and dry hair. 

          REMEDY: Experiment with washing less often, and using gentler cleansers on your hair. Always do a final rinse of cold water on your hair. This helps close the cuticle, avoiding moisture loss and leaving hair smooth and shiny. Finish your shower with cold water rinses to help closer cuticles and lock in moisture

 

CAUSE #7: Check your hair brushing routine. Ideally when you brush or comb your hair, you’re gently massaging the scalp and assisting the sebum from the scalp to move down the hair shaft to strengthen and protect it. 

          REMEDY: Brush with a scalp stimulating brush. I like the ones with wooden bristles to help distribute sebum along the hair shaft but the type of brush or comb that works best for your hair will depend on your hair type. 

 

CAUSE #8: Know your hair type. The main thing that keeps our hair healthy is the sebum from our scalp which moves down the hair shaft as we brush or finger comb our hair. Naturally curly, coily and kinky hair will be more likely to be dry. The twists and bends in the hair shaft make it more difficult for the sebum to travel down the hair shaft. 

             REMEDY: Learn about hair types. Understanding your hair type can help you make better choices about how to care for your hair without synthetic chemicals and heat treatments. It can help you predict what kind of treatments, products and tools will work best with your tresses. 

 

CAUSE #9: Living in a hot dry climate.  Your hair will need a little more TLC  in a hot dry climate than in other climates.

              REMEDY: Using oil treatments, hair masks, hydrosols sprays, and covering the hair when out in the sun can all help.

If you’re suffering from dry, brittle hair that breaks easily, there are plenty of things you can do to restore moisture, elasticity and strength to your hair. Give it some gentle love with natural hair care products and see how it shines!

Causes of Dry Hair

CAUSE #1: Check your hair drying routine. Blow drying on high heat will dry out and damage hair. Curling irons and flat irons can also cause dry hair. You might get the look you want today but it’s damaging your hair in the long term.

          REMEDY: Let your hair dry naturally or if you must use a blowdryer, use it on the lowest heat setting possible.

 

CAUSE #2: Check the ingredient lists of your favourite hair care products. Most commercial hair products contain a long list of synthetic chemicals. The term ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’ is a catch-all that could be a combination of thousands of synthetic chemicals. Sulfates, alcohols and silicones can all dry out your scalp and hair over time. 

          REMEDY: Avoid products with alcohols, parabens, silicones and sulphates. Try a clarifying wash or rinse like our ACV Hair Rinses. Use natural hair products. Try shampoo bars, acid rinses, hair masks, herbal hair washes, water only washing, natural detanglers or just a gentler shampoo.