Are you looking for a way to tame your frizzy hair, add shine, or even strengthen and repair your over-processed hair? Has your hair become brittle, dull and lifeless? Is there anything you can do to fix the situation, right now?
Well, first of all, every season can play havoc on your hair. In the winter, cold, windy conditions pull moisture out of your hair. In the summer hair becomes dehydrated due to things like chlorine and the hot sun. If you want healthy, radiant and hydrated hair year round, follow these quick and easy tips to moisturize and revive your lifeless hair.
1. The Blow Dryer Is Not Your Friend
We all use hair styling tools because they help us to do our hair faster. However, flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers are not great for our hair. No, just the opposite is true as these tools tend to dry out hair strands to the point that they become brittle and break. So, if you can, avoid blow-drying your hair and let it air dry naturally. If you don’t have time to dry au natural, towel dry your hair gently instead.
2. Pre-Poo With Coconut Oil
If you have dry, thirsty hair, need to repair split ends or moisturize your scalp, you can hydrate and restore your hair’s luster by using coconut oil once a week. This little secret has been used for years in my family to tame our black hairstyles, but has since gone mainstream.
However, you might be wondering, what’s the best way to use this type of oil? I use coconut oil as a pre-shampoo conditioner for 15 minutes to overnight, it depends on how much moisture I need to regain.
- Wet or dampen your hair
- Warm the solid coconut oil in your hands until it melts
- Massage the oil on your scalp
- Apply the oil from your roots to hair ends until saturated
- Place a shower cap on your head or use a clip to hold your hair
- Allow the coconut oil to penetrate your hair strands and follicles for 15 to 30 minutes
- If hair is severely damaged, leave-in overnight (optional)
- Shampoo twice with a sulfate-free, paraben-free, organic product
3. Shampoo That Nourishes & Restores Your Hair
Shampoo can strip your hair of natural oils and moisture. To hydrate your hair, only use shampoos labeled as “moisturizing” or “replenishing.” Don’t use products that have high levels of alcohol, as it will dry out your hair even more. What you want to use is a moisturizing shampoo that contains oils that trap the moisture inside your hair shaft when you wash your hair.
4. Brush Your Tresses
Another way to restore your hair is with a good old-fashioned brush. Brushing your hair distributes your own natural oils from your scalp to hair shaft. Use a mixed boar bristle with nylon brush. Never pull or tug, instead brush your hair with gentle strokes in a long, downward motion. This will stimulate and restore your scalp and hair to a healthier state.
5. Your Diet
A healthy diet has an effect on your hair. Protein-rich foods and vitamin A, B, C, E and K are particularly good for your hair. If your hair is dehydrated and brittle, you might be lacking in essential fatty acids. One way to get more of these good fatty acids is to consume fresh fish such as herring, tuna, mackerel, salmon and sardines. Olives, flaxseed and avocados and nuts are also beneficial. Yes, these essential fatty acids and proteins will nourish and rejuvenate your dry, damaged hair.
Sherry Harris is a published writer of in-depth, but light-hearted articles on every facet of hair care. She likes coffee, traveling and hairbrushes. Visit her blog Sherry’s Life to experience her hair adventures.