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11 Ways to turn Your Dry Hair into a Silky-Soft Mane

Is every day a “bad hair day” for you?

Do you dream of having soft, silky, bouncy hair of a shampoo model?

Those models in the commercial can convince anyone that they have the miracle product for how to fix dry, frizzy hair in minutes.

You must have tried it a few times, but did you get the hair you were promised?

I guess there is no one product that will fix your hair worries.

Caring for your hair gently, using deep conditioning treatments, and eating certain foods can bring your hair back to life. With time and effort you will uncover your hair’s natural healthy luster. Here’s how to do it….

11 Ways to Turn Dry Hair into a Silky-Soft Mane

1. Avoid washing your hair every day

Your scalp produces natural oils which coat the hair and add shine and softness to your hair. Washing your hair every day will remove these healthy oils, making it even more dry and brittle. Cut back to washing just one or two times a week – this will give your hair chance to replenish those nourishing oils.

Tip: When you do wash, use lukewarm water, not hot, and rinse with cool or cold water.

2. Let your hair air dry

Blow drying and dry hair just don’t go together. While a blow drying might make your hair look shiny and neat, the heat is actually quite drying, and over time will cause breakage and split ends.

Always let your hair air dry after you wash it. If you must use a blower, use it without heat.

3. Stop Damaging Hair Treatments

Straightening, curling, dyeing or other chemical treatments can reduce its moisture level to as low as two per cent, leading to split ends. If moisture level is not restored back to its normal, split ends will worsen, leading to hair breakage.

To restore your natural shine and texture take a break from these unhealthy treatments. Your hair will remarkably repair itself once you leave it alone for a few months.

4. Give yourself a Head massages

Head massage is the feel-good fix for healthier hair. Massaging increases circulation which brings more oxygen and nutrients to the hair roots and even normalises oil production.

Also, regular head massage will help move the natural conditioning oils from your scalp down to the hair shaft and ends of your hair – this is especially beneficial for those with dry and frizzy hair. Get into the habit of giving yourself a scalp massage before going to bed. Using the tips of your fingers, massage your scalp in light, rhythmic motion. Plus, it’s extremely relaxing and will help you sleep better.

Castor Oil

Castor Oil

5. Soak your hair in oil at night

To get the shine and softness you desire, try giving yourself an oil massage. Best oils for dry hair are olive oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, and rice bran oil. Massage the oil into your scalp and hair and cover your hair with a scarf or cloth and let it sit for at least an hour or overnight if you can, and then wash it out with a natural shampoo.

6. Nourish your hair from within

The foods we eat and drink play a major part in the look and feel of our hair. If you want soft, shiny and beautiful hair, it’s important to nourish your body.

These foods will help prevent dryness:

  • Essential fats help you avoid dry scalp and hair and they nourish the hair follicles. Oily fish, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, avocados are great choices. You can also drizzle their cold pressed oils for salad dressings.
  • Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially carrots, sweet potato, papaya, melon, guava, pumpkin, and squash, which are all packed full of carotenes.
  • Zinc is important to keeps the oil glands around the hair follicles working properly – and as you know natural oils are the best way to keep hair moisturised. Up your zinc supply by eating varieties of nuts, seeds, and beans.
  • Dry scalp and hair also denotes dehydration, so drink 2 to 3 litres of water daily.

7. Protect your hair from sun and other elements

Spending lots of time in the hot sun can fry your hair. Remember to protect your hair, just as you would your skin, by covering it up when you know you’ll be in direct sunlight for hours at a time.

Wear a sun hat if you are going to be in the sun all day. When swimming coat your hair with some light oil and/or wear a swim cap, this will keep your hair safe from sea or pool water.

Ripe Avocado Fruit

Ripe Avocado Fruit

8. Moisturising Hair Mask

Moisturising hair masks can do wonders for dried out hair. They will instantly bring life back into your stressed out tresses. Here are some great options:

Avocado Conditioning Hair Mask: The gorgeous fatty avocados will definitely do the trick. They contain more protein than any other fruits, and their abundant natural oil will coat your hair and form a protective barrier, keeping your hair well hydrated, soft and flexible.

Blend one ripe avocado and 2 tablespoon of olive oil. For extra boost you can also add a couple of egg yolks. Make sure it forms a smooth paste. Then apply it to your scalp and hair and leave it for 30 to 40 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly. Next wash the hair with one of the natural hair cleansers and dry naturally.

Hibiscus Hydrating mask: Hibiscus has hydrating properties that will soak into your hair, helping restore healthy moisture levels in each strand.

To prepare this pack, blend about 15 to 20 hibiscus leaves and 1/2 cup of yoghurt until it forms a smooth paste. Apply this to your hair and let it set for thirty minutes, then rinse out with warm water.

Intensive conditioner for dry hair: Whisk one egg yolk with 150ml of green tea (about half cup). Massage throughout your hair, leave for 15 minutes and then rinse well with lukewarm water.

9. Apply a Leave in conditioner for glossy finish

A leave-in conditioner will keep your hair from getting frizzy and puffy throughout the day.

Apply a few drops of any light oil to damp, towel dried hair – this will seal the moisture and protect your hair from drying out during the day, helping it stay shiny and manageable. Try one of these types of oil or butter:

Argan oil

Almond oil

Jojoba oil

Shea butter

10. Rehydrate with Hair Spritz

No matter what you put, dry hair generally loses most of the moisture by the end of the day. Floral water mixed with glycerine or even simple water is a great way to replenish lost moisture.

Use hair products that don’t have alcohol – because it will further dry out your hair. You can create some amazing hair sprays at home. This one is my favourite, you may also like this one.

11. Vitamin Shine Rinse

Rinses are equivalent of using a hair conditioner. They are all natural and rely upon plant nutrients to naturally soften hair, increase manageability, and restore lustre and bounce. Unlike regular conditioners, herbal rinses are free of preservatives, silicones, perfume and other nasties.

Marshmallow, licorice (mulethi), chamomile, elder flower, horsetail, slippery elm and orange peel are some great choices of herbs for dry hair. Try the following rinses:

Marshmallow and horsetail rinse: Place 2 teaspoon marshmallow root and 1 teaspoon horsetail grass in a pan. Add 2 cups of boiling water to it and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let it steep for 20 mins or so. After it cools down use this in place of your regular conditioner. (How to store and more tips here)

Licorice and orange peel rinse: Place 2 teaspoon licorice root and 1 teaspoon orange peel in a pan; and follow the above instructions.

Happy Hair!

Have you tried any of these tips? Would love to hear your experience…

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  • disqus_VEXIHBxU2R

    So happy to know I already do most of these! Air drying, scalp massage, never using blow dryers or heat, and I can’t wait to incorporate some of your techniques! It’s true that these tips will lead you to have the best natural soft, full, shiny, luscious, and ALIVE hair of your life. I stopped using shampoo 3 years ago and it has made a huge difference. Love your hair and it will love you back!

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  • Julie R Salazar

    For the past couple of months I have been applying certain helpful remedies to my hair from hairbuddha’s website and I can honestly say my hair is fuller, stronger and even longer. I also have less breakage. Especially for older women, that experience different changes in life, having a cup of herbal tea is not enough, using a hair tea rinse is even better, for breakage, shedding and volume. So don’t be afraid give it a try, try a few of these hair saver’s, you won’t be disappointed. I’m getting compliments so I know for sure their working. My natural hair has never looked and felt so good, Thanks and keep up the great work. And remember naturalets consistance is the key, remedies don’t work overnight, so don’t give up:)

    • That’s awesome. Thank you so much for this amazing feedback. You made my day 🙂

  • Nia Lorre

    Thank you for your tips! You have definitely got me doing some mindful scalp massaging and it is incredibly relaxing. I am definitely going to try some of your rinses (since I am already doing most of the rest).

    • I am so glad you found it useful ! let me know how the hair rinses work for you.

  • Ani

    Great tips! I have shoulder length curly hair and
    never dry it with a towel, I use an old, soft T-shirt.

    • Nia Lorre

      Switching to the t-shirt has been one of the best things I have done for my curls, too.

    • Thanks Ani, Yes cotton t-shirts work so well to soak the water.

  • Rajni

    I must say.. a very informative article.. Thanks so much for sharing this valuable information.

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