We know how easy it is for hair to become dry. Almost anything can dry hair out — blow drying, coloring, chlorine, sunshine, and over-washing.

But if you suffer from dry hair, all it needs is some tender loving care in the form of a deep conditioning treatment.

Why is my hair dry?

If you have dry hair, you’re not alone. Hair becomes dry when your scalp doesn’t make enough oil or when your hair can’t lock in moisture. Women with naturally curly tresses tend to have drier hair, as do women who color or perm their hair on a regular basis. Other things that can lead to overly dry hair include:

  • Over-washing
  • Harsh shampoo (a clarifying one, for example)
  • Excessive blow-drying
  • Curling irons and hair straighteners
  • Swimming
  • Dyes, perms, and relaxers
  • Alcohol-based styling products

Luckily, there’s a lot you can do. Here are three quick fixes for dry hair.

  1. Wash your hair less often to restore natural oil lubrication
  2. Use mild, all-natural shampoos and conditioners
  3. Switch to alcohol-free styling products

If you’ve tried these tips, and your hair is still dry and unruly, you may need to apply weekly deep conditioning treatments.

6 treatments for shiny, healthy hair

If you’re looking for shiny, luxurious and soft hair, and you haven’t had much luck with other products, then you should try a weekly deep conditioning treatment. Safe, gentle, and effective, these 6 all-natural deep conditioning treatments will return your hair to its full glory.

1. Banana Deep Conditioner

Did you know that bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin A, which are great for treating dry hair? It’s true! This recipe uses bananas, olive oil, and Greek yogurt. Olive oil deeply penetrates hair follicles, and Greek yogurt softens strands with protein. Add one banana, three tablespoons of olive oil, and a half cup of Greek yogurt in a blender and mix. Then apply to wet hair, cover with a cap, and leave on for half an hour.

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2. Avocado Conditioning Mask

Avocado is great for treating brittle, dry hair because it's packed with essential fatty acids. To make this conditioning mask, you’ll want to mash an avocado with some organic raw honey and a little bit of avocado oil. Apply to wet hair, cover with a cap, and leave on for an hour.

3. Egg White and Yogurt Conditioner

Egg whites are packed with protein, helping to restore moisture, and yogurt contains fats that your hair will love. To make this deep conditioner, mix one cup of Greek yogurt with the egg whites from two eggs. Place the mixture on damp hair, slap a shower cap over it, and let it sit on your head for thirty minutes.

4. Honey and Olive Oil Hair Mask

A natural humectant, honey attracts moisture. Honey also contains a lot of antioxidants that encourage hair growth. Olive oil is jam-packed with healthy fats that help to rehydrate damaged, dry hair. To make this hair mask, mix a half cup of honey with a fourth cup olive oil and apply to damp hair. Cover with a shower cap and let the mixture sit on your head for an hour.

5. Lavender Coconut Oil Deep Conditioner

Lavender is an incredibly moisturizing essential oil; it restores moisture balance to your hair. Coconut oil deeply penetrates the hair shaft and contains fatty acids that strengthen your hair, resulting in less split ends. The two combined together give your hair a healthy shine. To make this deep conditioner, mix 10 drops of lavender oil with 4 tablespoons coconut oil. Massage into your scalp and leave on for 45 minutes.

6. Argan Oil and Egg Hair Mask

Argan oil is renowned for its hydrating abilities, especially when it comes to hair. Coupled with eggs that are rich in protein and healthy fat, this hair mask is sure to leave your hair silky soft and shiny. To make this hair mask, mix two eggs with four tablespoons of Argan oil. Apply to damp hair, slap on a cap, and let the mask sit on your head for an hour.

References

  1. "6 DIY Hair Treatments That Actually Work," HuffPost, January 14, 2016.
  2. "7 Amazing DIY Deep Conditioning Hair Treatments," The Indian Spot, October 30, 2014.
  3. "9 Homemade Hair Treatments That Will Make Your Locks Lovely," Woman's Day, January 4, 2017.
  4. "Deep Conditioners for Hair: The Top Three Homemade Treatments," Bellatory, February 29, 2016.

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