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Home Remedies for Dry Hair

You know why you have dry hair. Styling, shampooing, swimming, and even lying in the sun all contribute to dry hair. But just as we make time for the things that cause dry hair, we've also got to make time for the things that alleviate it. There are several things that may be in your refrigerator right now that can give lasting shine to your dry damaged hair, so if you've got dry hair, a home remedy is not far from reach.

Mayonnaise for Dry Hair

Experts agree that mayonnaise is a great overall conditioner. Because mayonnaise
is rich in fatty acids, it can add shine and moisture to your hair, but you have
to use real mayonnaise. Miracle Whip might taste good on a ham sandwich, but it
does nothing for your hair.

How to use: After shampooing, smooth about two tablespoons of mayonnaise into
your hair and comb through with a wide-tooth comb. Wrap plastic wrap around your
head and wrap a warm towel around that. (Warm your hair in the dryer or you'll
start a fire in your microwave!) Leave it on hair anywhere a half an hour to an
hour. Then rinse your hair out in the shower, use a conditioning shampoo and
your regular conditioner, and style as usual.

Beer for Dry Hair

If only the secret to silky shiny hair was as simple as knocking back a few
beers! Alas for this trick you have to spray the beer onto your hair using a
spritzer bottle.

How to use: Put a little bit of beer (enough to cover your hair) into a spray
pump bottle. Shampoo and towel dry the hair and spray the beer evenly onto it.
When you're finished, style as normal. You won't smell like a brewery because
the beer's scent will quickly dissipate. Then, you'll be left with shiny,
healthy looking hair and no hiccups.

Overripe Avocado and Banana for Dry Hair

Avocados are chock full of omega 3's and bananas have potassium and Vitamin A -
together they're an excellent solvent for dry hair.

How to Use: Save your overripe bananas for this trick, as the bananas you use
should be as black as possible. Same goes for the avocado. Then mash the two
together, shampoo as usual and apply the mixture to your hair. Leave on for 15
minutes (you can comb through your hair using a wide-tooth comb if you like)
then rinse, preferably in the kitchen skin, as you don't want to clog your
shower drain.

Olive Oil for Dry Hair

Olive oil tastes good, smells good and is turning up in beauty products
everywhere because of its bountiful supply of fatty acids and Vitamin A.

How to Use: Warm a few tablespoons of olive oil (you can boil water and place
the bottle of olive oil in the boiling water for a minute or so), and gently
work the olive oil into shampooed and towel dried hair. Like mayonnaise, you
will want to leave the olive oil in for about a half an hour and wash out once
the treatment is complete.

Simply Shampoo Less

Shampooing literally strips your hair of moisture. If you shampoo less, you'll
use less moisture. Many of us shampoo daily because cleaning the hair is an
integral part of our styling routine, but you don't have to walk around with bed
head every other day, all you have to do is skip the shampoo.

How to Use: How often you do this depends on how dry your hair is. Most people
with dry hair will benefit from shampooing every other day. Ready? Do everything
you would ordinarily do - take a shower, wet your hair, condition it. Then, you
can style as usual, and you'll find that your hair is less dry and that this
trick is one you want to hold onto.

Alternatives to Messy Home Remedies for Dry Hair

If all this sounds way too messy, consider a product like H2 Thermal, which uses moisture-infusion microbeads to lock in moisture. Read our review.

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