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Remedies For Dry Hair

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Coloring, perms, blow dryers, and other hair styling products and appliances, or just the weather can leave your hair dry and brittle. How can you get it back to a soft, silky condition? This is a guide about remedies for dry hair.


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By 9 found this helpful
August 6, 2011

For the cleanest softest hair, buy a good quality shampoo, preferably without sodium laurel and sodium laureth sulfates. Dilute 10 parts water to 1 part shampoo. Use this for shampooing, along with a small handful of baking soda; work this into your hair, then, rinse thoroughly.

Follow with a quick vinegar rinse, a tablespoon or two in a cup of water; again, rinse thoroughly.

Finally, keep a pump bottle with a 4 to 1 ratio, water to good conditioner. Pump a small amount into the hands, and rub thoroughly into freshly shampooed wet hair. Do not rinse out.

And, if possible, find a hairstyle that minimizing the need for appliances.

Source: Practice, practice, practice

By VBartlett from Columbus, IN

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August 6, 20110 found this helpful

This is really good information. You have just saved a lot of us a lot of money! You got my vote - thank you.

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By 3 found this helpful
August 5, 2011

To help with dry hair, use a regular conditioner followed by 1/4 cup of vinegar to one cup of water; rinse and your hair will feel amazing. Also air dry when you can, and leave off the flat iron. I also heard that using a tiny touch of "Downy Fabric Softener" in your hair will also condition it.

By Deeders from Hot 'Lanta, GA

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August 5, 20110 found this helpful

I know that Downy Fabric softener conditions hair. When my granddaughter was too small to care for her own hair I accidentally picked up the diluted fabric softener instead of the detangler to get the tangles from her long beautiful hair. I realized my mistake when her hair was so much easier to comb and checked what I had done. After that I always gave her hair a final rinse with the diluted fabric softener, just about 1/4 teaspoon in a cup that held 16 oz. of water. I never had trouble with tangles again. She was happy and we received many compliments on how shiny and soft her hair was.

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By 2 found this helpful
April 9, 2012

I shampoo my hair (it's long) about once a week and color about every 6 weeks. My hair is conditioned with the conditioner that comes with the color kit, I use Nice and Easy (it brings out the natural high lights better). I allow my hair to air dry and use minimal dry heat to style. This keeps it softer and shiner for me.

By Peggy from Palmyra, MO

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April 10, 20120 found this helpful

A bit of coconut oil just after shampoo and towell dry makes combing so much easier. Keeps hair in condition and stops split ends. Long hair thrives on it.

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By 1 found this helpful
December 12, 2011

Here are some remedies for dry hair:

By 0 found this helpful
February 16, 2015

Go to your local salon and purchase Biolage conditioning balm. Once a week, apply generously to the end of your hair. I usually start half way down from the top of my head, all the way to the ends.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 17, 2009

If you like to use hair gel or styling glaze but don't like the way it dries out your hair, simply mix it with leave-in hair conditioner prior to applying it. The hold is still great, but your hair gets a healthy dose of conditioner, too! No more dry ends!

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October 16, 20140 found this helpful

I use treatments like oils, eggs, etc. After I wash off these treatments, my hair is worse. What can I do?

By Vivian G.

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October 18, 20140 found this helpful

Best thing I've found is Faith in Nature's conditioners and shampoos. I only need a tiny bit of shampoo - rather more of the conditioner, but probably no more expensive than eggs! It gives a lovely shine and has the 'leaping rabbit' logo, (animal friendly) which is why I tried it in the first place. I've used it for years.

Marg from England.

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April 3, 20160 found this helpful

I found out years ago one of the best things to do for dry hair is an oil treatment, either hot or cold. I find that Virgin Olive Oil works best as it is 100% natural, is inexpensive if you buy the cheaper brands, can even be bought with food stamps, and washes out of the hair easily and does not leave the shower all greasy and slimy. I like to oil up my hair, wrap in saran wrap (if you want hot oil then I put a wet towel in microwave and heat it up and wrap around the plastic wrap). Then I clean house for a couple of hours leaving the oil and wraps on my head. When I am done I just shampoo out and style as usual. My hair is soft, conditioned and moisturized. And it is a safe and natural product.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 14, 2010

What is the best product to use for dry hair?

By theladyozz

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April 14, 20100 found this helpful

At 63 I color my hair and it was like straw no matter what I did. Saw this tip on a beauty forum. Don't use products with alcohol. Now using Garnier Fructis shampoo, condition & hair spray. Also Kenra hairspray.

Read the labels, it worked for me. Look for moisturizing products. I also use a bit of shine (silicone) product.

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April 14, 20100 found this helpful

A great treatment for dry hair is olive oil. Although I am no longer a hairdresser this is what we recommended. Warm a small amount of olive oil in a small bowl in the microwave. Use on dry hair only! If you put it on wet hair you will have a big mess. The old adage that water & oil don't mix really applies here. Apply to entire head massaging into scalp. Wrap head with a plastic bag or even saran wrap will work. It also helps to warm a towel & wrap it around the plastic. Leave on for at least 15 minutes. Shampoo & rinse thoroughly.

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April 14, 20100 found this helpful

I had very dry hair for most of my adult life and have tried everything from olive oil to expensive conditioners and nothing helped for the long run. The olive oil helped for a little while until it built up in my hair, then I had a whole different problem.

Anyway, I found this product at Sallys Beauty Supply called One'N Only Argan Oil. It's an oil derived from Moroccan Argan trees. I have been using this for over a year now and I love it! No oily residue. My hair is silky and shiney, frizz free even in humidity. I just use a very little bit in the palm of my hands and rub it through my hair, especially the ends, after my shower.

You can then blow or air dry from there. I can't say enough good things about this product. I run a pretty successful Avon business and I can be honest and say that Avon has a lot of really awesome products for hair, but nothing even comes close to Argan Oil. I really hope this helps.

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April 15, 20100 found this helpful

My favorite for dry hair. Shampoo and conditioner. LOL.

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October 12, 2014

What are some home remedies of getting rid of tangles, frizz, and dryness of hair?

By Brittany

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October 14, 20140 found this helpful

There are several things that you can do. One, get a brush that is for de tangling hair, brush from the bottom up in sections and hold the hair as you brush. Do not pull your hair as you brush. Use a tablespoons or so of mayo to gently rub on you hair, let it sit and rinse. Don't wear your hair down a lot, make a nice braid. The more your hair blows and is exposed, the drier and more tangled it gets. Use a gentle shampoo and don't wash everyday. If possible buy some coconut milk, or other products that will add a little oil and not be greasy. These really helped me.

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April 29, 20140 found this helpful

For the lemon juice treatment for dry hair do you pour the lemon juice before or after shampooing your hair?

By E.O.

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May 5, 20140 found this helpful

Usually, you pour it on after shampooing, but it isn't a treatment for dry hair. Lemon juice lightens hair, helps remove hairspray and styling gels, and cuts oil, which is why it is used for oily hair. I'd think it would make dry hair too dry and brittle.

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December 30, 20090 found this helpful

I just received a Wave Nuevo and I had one previously with no problems, but I changed beauticians and my hair has been falling out every day. I don't know what she did to my hair and I don't know how long this is going to go on. My hair is so dry and brittle even after I placed the moisturizer on it. How can I stop my hair from falling out?


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December 30, 20090 found this helpful

I registered just to post a reply to you because I know you are probably freaking out! I know I would be. First thing is to take a deep breath. This will be ok :-) Call the beautician that put the Wave Nuevo in your hair and explain exactly what has happened, in as calm and non-accusatory a manner as possible (even if you are really ticked at her). She should at the very least be able to offer you some suggestions if not bring you in and give you some kind of treatment for free. I have a couple of ideas of products you could use, but without seeing your hair and knowing the condition, I would only recommend using the products below if a licensed beautician determines they would help. If you don't trust the one that over processed your hair, ask friends, family, even women with nice hair on the street for a referral.

A hard-core protein treatment such as Aphogee 2-step or Revlon Metalax may help stop the breakage in its tracks, but I sincerely suggest you talk to the stylist FIRST. I have used both with success personally, but not after experiencing an over-process. Aphogee and Metalax are strong proteins that could make your hair break off further if what you really need is moisture and not protein. In the meantime, try to baby your hair as much as possible- no heat, washing, excessive combing. I would also suggest doing research on, it is a beauty website dedicated to women of color growing long healthy hair. You can search for free but must register and pay a small fee to post questions. I hope this helps.

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January 6, 20100 found this helpful

Is your hair falling out or breaking off. If it is breaking off some professional conditioning will help. If it is indeed falling out then a skin specialist might be what you need. I like to pass on what my sister always said about her hair when she got a cut or color she did not like. She said "there is one thing about grows back". Then she cut it and started over.

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