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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
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
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
Here are some remedies for dry hair:
Source: My stylist suggested this, because she noticed my hair was extremely dry last visit.
By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX
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!
By Dawn R. from Johnstown, PA
My mom owns a salon. I have used every product under the sun. Do this for dry hair.
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. Be sure to saturate but not to the point of dripping. This is a thick conditioner and it shouldn't drip.
After applying, twist your hair up in a clippy and leave up for at least an hour. You can put a plastic cap over your hair and clip tight then use a blow dryer if you want. Either way, your hair will become healthy and beautiful in no time. Mine did!
This is especially great if you use hot rollers everyday or color your hair. :) Let me know how this works for you!
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What is the best product to use for dry hair?
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.
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.
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.
My favorite for dry hair. Shampoo and conditioner. LOL.
It depends on what is drying your hair out. Use only warm water to wash, gentle baby shampoo and no "conditioner", then only air dry. If you use hot rollers or curling iron, it's way too hot for your hair. Is each strand of hair thin? One thing I take that helps a lot is Biotin supplement, and also a Dollar General Multivitamin for Hair/Skin/Nails which works great. If you are ever in the sun, wear a hat, and avoid the 11:00PM to 3:00PM window when the sun is the hottest, regardless.
If you wash your hair when you shower, do not use hot water EVER on your hair. If you tint it, change to more gentle coloring agent. and do not over-process with a permanent wave...ever. I believe you will like the way your hair turns out after using the Biotin, Multis, and I often use zinc because my hair was thinning on top, genetically.
If you sleep beneath an a/c vent, move your bed of close the vent, if possible. Dry air regions will wreck havoc with hair, lungs, and all mucous membranes, in my opinion. If you use hairspray, search the beauty supply for one without alcohol, a drying chemical that harms all hair.
Now I have a full head of hair, after about 6 months of daily supplements, but it's worth the small price to pay, especially when the doctors said nothing could be done. Yes it can! Good luck and God bless/ help you. : )
I use treatments like oils, eggs, etc. After I wash off these treatments, my hair is worse. What can I do?
By Vivian G.
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.
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.
What are some home remedies of getting rid of tangles, frizz, and dryness of hair?
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.
For the lemon juice treatment for dry hair do you pour the lemon juice before or after shampooing your hair?
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.