Luscious hair is the pride of every woman. That should come as no surprise. What may is that the secret of beautiful curls does not lie in expensive stylists and products, but in how well-groomed and healthy they look. Advertised hair care products offer only temporary effects. As a rule, they don’t deal with the very reason for the dryness, forcing you to purchase them again and again.
Why does hair become dry and damaged?
There are variety of reasons, at times several factors at once, which may cause hair damage. These reasons can be roughly divided into two groups:
There are plenty of causes related to internal problems such as iron-deficiency, which leads to dry hair and hair loss, problems with the thyroid, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, gynecological diseases, hormonal disorders, etc. Even an unbalanced diet can be a game changer.
External causes include incorrectly chosen hair products, stress, frequent dyeing, hair dryers and other heated styling tools.
Care for dry and damaged hair
Hair care starts with nutrition, as it is through the blood that all the necessary nutrients come to the hair. Therefore, you should have a balanced diet, eat more seasonal vegetables, fruits and meat. Protein is the main building material for hair making meat indispensable. You should also get enough water. Physical activity and a course of vitamins for hair can also positively impact your locks.
The choice of shampoo plays a crucial role in hair care. It is recommended to have several shampoos in your arsenal, one for deep cleansing and one for daily use. Do not wash all the hair with shampoo, just lather the roots, or it can drain the hair of essential oils and nutrients.
Basic rules of daily care
- It is recommended to cut away split ends every thirty days.
- During hair dyeing, preference should be given to more natural products, and done no more than once every 1.5-2 months.
- Avoid heated styling tools when possible.
- Wash hair no more than once a week.
- Complex hair care should include masks which restore hair structure and increase elasticity.
To this list the regular application of oils with a nourishing, moisturizing and enhancing effect should be added. Masks for dry hair should be applied once a week. Oil masks based on olive, bulb or burdock oil are highly effective.
The homemade hair masks for damaged and dry hair
Home masks for dry damaged hair consist mainly of natural oils, the most recommended include: olive oil, avocado, shea, jojoba, coconut, hemp, sesame and others. From essential oils – lavender, orange, neroli, ylang-ylang. Other popular products for a home mask are honey, glycerin, yolk, and aloe.
When making homemade masks for dry, damaged hair, follow these guidelines:
- homemade masks should be applied in systematically. with one course being 10-15 procedures, which can be repeated, with a one month break between courses;
- masks are applied prior to washing the head and for one hour or longer;
- a mask should be prepared right before its usage;
- when choosing oils, make sure they are unrefined and cold pressed;
- warm the mask so your hair absorbs the proteins more easily;
- masks for dry and damaged hair are applied to the full length apart from the roots.
Benefits of hair masks
The recipes of these masks will help to restore hair and keep it in good condition, following a systematic approach and a complimentary daily hair care regimen.
Vitamin mask for damaged hair
Hair masks which consist of the best natural oils is aimed at nourishing and moisturizing the hair. Vitamin A stimulates the restoration of the hair structure, making hair strong and elastic. Vitamin E promotes hair growth and restoration.
1 tsp olive oil;
1 tsp sesame oil;
1 tsp jojoba oil;
1 tsp spoon of flaxseed oil;
1 tsp honey;
1 ampoule of aloe extract;
5 drops of vitamin A in oil;
5 drops of vitamin E in oil;
The proportions of oils can be changed, depending on the length of the hair. You might want to heat the oils, then add honey and yolk, vitamins and aloe vera. The mask should be left on for 1 hour, then wash it off with shampoo and apply some balm.
Shea and coconut oil are perfect if your hair is damaged due to softening, moisturizing, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties.
1 tablespoon coconut oil;
1 tablespoon shea oil;
3-5 drops of vitamin A oil;
3-5 drops of vitamin E oil;
5-8 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil.
Mix the oils and heat in a water bath, then add vitamins A and E into the oils. Apply the mixture to the length of the hair and put a shower cap on to warm the mask. Leave the mask on for 1-2 hours and rinse properly with shampoo (2-3 times).
Moisturizing mask for extremely dry hair
The buttermilk mask helps to restore the damaged hair structure. Buttermilk forms a kind of protective film on the hair, which acts like a shield.
0.5 cup of buttermilk;
1 tablespoon honey;
1 tablespoon of olive oil;
1-2 tablespoons of potato starch;
3-5 drops of lavender essential oil.
Mix warm buttermilk add the rest of the ingredients, apply for 30-40 minutes, warm, then wash your hair as usual. To get rid of the smell of buttermilk you might want to rinse the hair with water and lemon juice or vinegar (1-2 tablespoons per liter of water).
Restoring hair mask
This mask is not very suitable for dyed hair, as Dimexide and oils wash the dye from the hair. Coconut oil prevents split ends and protects from proteins being washed out from the hair, restoring it. Dimexide contributes to a better penetration of nutrients.
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of coconut oil;
5-8 drops of vitamin A and E in oil (sold in a pharmacy);
2/3 tsp dimexidum.
It is advised to heat and apply the mask for 1-2 hours, stepping back from the roots.
Take a couple of spoons of honey, add to it the same amount of camphor oil and 5 ml of lemon juice. Mix it all, rub it into the hair (you do not need to wash it beforehand), wash off as usual.