Most of the Indian women have seen their mother and grandmothers with long and thick tresses. Many of us have heard stories of weekly hot oiling sessions and hair remedies back when life was slower. These days, most of us have little time to take care of our hairs. So we end up with many common hair problems. Who likes to wake up to a clump of hair on the pillow? We all hate when we have to change out of our favorite little black dress because of the white dusting on the shoulders? But the good news is, there are many home remedies for our common hair problems. Let’s understand some common concerns we all face and how we can overcome them.
1. Split Ends
Split ends happen when the tips of your hair become brittle, dry and frayed. Your best option is to trim split ends off, because there’s no real way to reverse the process of fraying. But there are things you can do to prevent split ends, like avoiding harsh chemicals, too much straightening, curling and blow-drying and use of harsh chemicals. And some home remedies can actually help treat split ends so they are less noticeable between your visits to the salon.
- Oil massage helps to restore the moisture in your hair and prevent split ends. Let oils like coconut oil; work into your hair by applying it from ends to the middle of your hair shaft. Then wrap your hair in a plastic wrap or in a towel and leave it for 30 minutes. Thereafter you can rinse your hair in the shower, and shampoo twice, since you don’t want any kind of buildup in your hair. You can do this once every two weeks to see a difference.
- Egg masks are also great for hydration at home. Mix the yolk of one egg with 3 tbsps of olive oil and 1 tbsp of honey. Massage this homemade hair mask in your hair and cover with a shower cap. Shampoo after twenty minutes with a mild shampoo. You won’t have to worry about the smell of eggs if you wash the residue off thoroughly.
No one wants parmesan-head, but dandruff is one of the most common hair problems especially in dry weather. When you’ve ruled out skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, you can start taking control of your dandruff with some easy home remedies.
- Tea tree oil is a special and well-known home remedy for dandruff, but only if you don’t have sensitive skin. Dilute it by adding a few drops of the oil to coconut oil or aloe vera (or even apple cider vinegar) and apply it on the affected areas. Wash off after five to ten minutes. You can also add five to ten drops in your bottle of anti-dandruff shampoo. To read more about the benefits of Tea Tree oil you can read How to Use Tea Tree Oil to promote healthy and shiny hair growth.
- Coconut oil massage will also keep your scalp hydrated and prevent dryness. It may also help to soothe inflammation that comes with severe dandruff and skin conditions. Massage into your scalp once a week for about half an hour before shampoo for eight weeks and you should see a difference. You can also read more about How to Get Rid of Dandruff – 7 Secret Tips for Women.
3. Greasy hair
Greasy hair is the result of the sweat glands in your scalp being overactive and producing more oil than your hair needs to be healthy and smooth. It’s possible to just inherit greasy hair, but it could also come from over washing (which dries your scalp and tells the oil glands to produce more oil) or not washing enough. When you get greasy hair, not just now and then, but often, it’s time to take matters into your own hands!
- Apple cider vinegar is great for de-greasing. Mix 3 tbsp in a cup of warm water. After shampoo and rinsing, apply this solution to your hair and scalp. Let it sit for five to ten minutes and rinse with cold water. You may need to do this 3 to 4 times a week to see the results.
- Here are a few other things:
- Don’t forget that conditioning is only for your hair, not for your scalp or roots.
- Don’t brush your hair when it’s greasy, or you’ll end up spreading the oils through your hair.
- Stay away from shampoos that add shine. They are not for you.
- And finally, figure out the perfect shampoo frequency that works for you. For most women, it’s every alternate day.
4. Frizzy Hair
Frizzy hair or the messy, sticky tufts of hair that just can’t be managed into place is the result of dry hair (and a rough cuticle) in humid weather that catches moisture from the air and swells up. Often, anti-frizz products just won’t work. Frizz may also be caused by products with sulfates or alcohol in them, or by washing hair in hot water, towel-drying and even from touching your hair too much.
- First step, don’t towel dry your hair or wrap in a turban which can roughen up the cuticles. Use a microfiber towel instead, and gently squeeze the water out.
- Apply styling products to still-wet hair and then allow it to air-dry while resisting the urge to touch it. Avoid brushing wet hair!
- If you’ve got Argan oil, use it as a leave-in conditioner in your hair at least once a week to nourish and add moisture to your hair. Olive oil and coconut oil would also work, but Argan oil has smaller molecules that can penetrate the hair shaft better.
- And a few other things to do: avoid products with silicone, and use silk pillowcases to reduce friction that causes frizz.
5. Thinning Hair
Thinning hair could happen for many reasons like genetics, stress, too much pollution, product buildup, pregnancy, hard water and many other reasons. As per everydayhealth.com, People who have hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when your thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones, might notice increased hair shedding and a change in hair appearance. So the first thing you need to do is to consult your doctor. You need to check and make sure if any medical condition is making your hair thin. Once you’ve ruled out medical issues or genetics, there are a few home remedies you could try to make your hair re-grow and thicken.
- Change your brush to a soft-bristled one. Hard plastic bristles generally cause irritation and inflammation to your scalp.
- Massage your scalp with coconut oil and fresh onion juice (from grated onion) once a week. You can also try adding olive oil as well for more strength. Leave the oil in your hair for 30 minutes and wash off thoroughly with your favorite gentle shampoo thereafter.
- Massaging your scalp every day for even 4 minutes can stimulate the follicles to help your follicles get the oxygen they need. This will go a long way in improving your hair health.
6. Dull, Dry Hair
Dull, dry hair could be side effects of harsh chemicals and hair products that strip your hair of moisture. It could also be due to lack of proper nutrients in your diet. Too much heat or sunlight, pollution, excessive cold weather could all be making your hair rough and lacklustre.
- Your first line of action for dull hair will be to try the trusted baking soda. Baking soda cleans your scalp of product buildup, pollution and hard water residues. Do this two to three times a month. For this make a paste of 2 to 4 tbsp baking soda in water. You can massage this into scalp and roots and then work the paste towards the ends of your hair. You can massage paste onto the hair shafts as well for proper cleaning. Gently run a wide-tooth comb through your hair to spread the paste all over your head. Let it sit for 5 minutes and rinse, then condition your hair.
- You can also improve your favourite wash-off conditioner by adding a few drops of 100% Coconut Oil or 100% Argan Oil.
- Avoid using too much heat on your hair. Hair dryers or straightening tools at very high temperatures can cause surface damage.
7. Limp Hair
Limp hair is the hair that sits flat against your head. It’s like your hair has given up on being bouncy and becoming dead. Volumizing shampoos are best suited for you, if you’ve got that defeatist kind of hair. But the good news is, there are home remedies that work very well. One of the major causes of limp hair is thin hair structure.
- You need to hydrate and coat your hair strands to strengthen them to get rid of limp hairs. Our very own Ayurvedic pre-shampoo hair oil conditioning techniques work well if you’re consistent. For this you can use bhringraj herbal oils or castor and coconut oil massage for 30 minutes before shampoo.
- Make sure to shampoo daily or every alternate day to get rid of dust, grime and oils that weigh your hair down.
- Blow-dry upside down to get that extra bit of bounce.
Healthy hair is within your reach with things that are around you all the time! The key is to know what kind of hair you have. Is it frizzy? Is it dry or oily? Once you know what exactly the nature of your hair is, you can begin to use the correct remedy for your type of hair.