People having dry and frizzy hair may relate to this quote that keeps on popping up the internet a lot of times. “My hair is wilder than I am” But, hey! Frizzy hair may be difficult to manage, but it’s not impossible! Frizzy hair is 100% natural and there is nothing wrong with it. With so many over-the-counter (OTC) anti-frizz products available in the market, you’d think keeping frizz away can be easy. But it seems that no matter how much product you put in your hair to keep it from frizzing up, nothing works. Here home remedies come into picture. Yes, there are some easy and effective dry and frizzy hair home remedies that not only control your frizz but also help improve the overall hair health.
Before going to home remedies, let’s start with some basic ideas about Frizz!
what causes hair to be frizzy?
Our hair is composed of three layers, the outermost of which is known as the cuticle. When the hair is healthy, the natural oil present in the outer layers of the hair protects the inner layer of the hair as well. As a result, the hair retains moisture, shine, and sheen.
But, when hair becomes damaged or dry, the cuticle (outer layer of the hair strand) begins to resemble a pine cone, with rough, open, and overlapping scales. When this happens, the hair loses moisture while absorbing moisture from the air. This causes the hair to swell, lose shape, become fragile, brittle, and appear dull. In a nutshell, it becomes frizzy!
Causes of dry and frizzy hair:
A lot of factors are responsible for dry and frizzy hair. Dry hair makes the frizz worse. Here are some possible causes:
- Dry scalp
- Weather or environmental conditions
- Excessive sun exposure
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Very hot water for hair wash
- Frequent or too often hair wash
- Heat styling (blow try, straighteners, curlers)
- Using harsh hair care product
- Hormonal changes
- No proper hair care routine
- Some medical conditions can also lead to dry and frizzy hair:
- Anorexia nervosa
- Menkes disease
dry and frizzy hair home remedies:
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on these home remedies. Well, definitely not as much as the anti-frizz products available in the market. These remedies are pocket friendly, effective, and the simplest way to control frizz!
1. Banana hair mask:
This fruit is almost universally adored. Bananas are not only good for the body but also for the hair. They are high in potassium and contain a lot of moisture. When applied to the hair, they help to prevent split ends, reduce frizz, soften the hair, keep it moisturized, and improve the elasticity of the hair.
Mash one banana. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey. Whisk and make a paste. Apply thoroughly from roots to tips. Let it rest for 45-50 minutes. Rinse well.
mash one banana and thoroughly spread it on the hair, from roots to ends. Leave it on for 1 hour and rinse with lukewarm water.
2. Egg mask:
‘Do not use it if you have an egg allergy.’ Eggs contain a lot of protein, saturated fats, vitamins, and biotin. It has the ability to smooth and moisturize frizzy hair. Furthermore, it makes the hair shinier and healthier.
Whip one or two eggs according to the length of your hair. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil to it. Whisk it until they are frothy. Apply on the hair and scalp. Make sure that the entire length of hair is covered. Tie and cover your hair with aplastic wrap. Rest it for 30 minutes. Rinse well.
3. Apple cider vinegar (ACV):
The pH of healthy hair is between 4.5 and 5.5. When the pH of the hair becomes too alkaline, the cuticles open up, resulting in frizz. ACV which is slightly acidic in nature that maintains the hair pH when applied. It helps by removing the product build up, reduces dandruff and thus tames frizzy hair. It also has antibacterial properties. People having sensitive scalp should avoid this remedy as it may cause irritation. Additionally, those who have coloured hair must not use this very often as this may fade the colour.
Mix 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar to 1 quarter warm water. Combine thoroughly. Pour the required amount onto the hairs. Ensure that the entire length is covered. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly. You can even use a conditioner if necessary. The strong odour of ACV must be washed away.
4. Yogurt and Honey:
Honey and yogurt are a great combination to kick the frizz out. Yogurt has conditioning properties whereas honey provides hydration.
Mix well ½ cup of yogurt and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply this to your hair and scalp completely. Keep it for about 20-30 minutes. Rinse well and ensure that all the residues of yogurt are washed off.
5. Warm oil:
Coconut oil and argan oil are great to control the frizzy hairs. They are rich in lauric acid and oleic, linolenic acids respectively. Overall, they help in adding moisture to the hair, reduce protein loss, provide shine and protect hair from styling heat. There are multiple ways in which you can use these oils.
Apply warm coconut oil mixed with 10 drops of vitamin E on the scalp and hair. Massage gently. Leave it overnight. Rinse with warm water and shampoo.
Applying a tiny amount of coconut oil post wash (when the hair is damp) helps in reducing frizz too.
Before heat styling, add a few drops of argan oil on the palm and apply on the hair.
6. Avocado hair mask:
Frizzy hair remedies at home include this fruit which is not only a delicious toast topping, but it’s also a superfruit that fights frizz. Avocado is high in vitamin A, E, saturated fats, vitamins, and minerals, all of which aid in hair strengthening, nourishing dry, damaged hair, and retaining moisture.
Mash one ripe avocado. To it add 2-3 spoons of coconut oil. Make a medium thick paste. Apply it all over your scalp and hair. Cover it with a plastic wrap or towel. Let it rest on your hairs for 20-30 minutes. Wash well with shampoo.
Ayurvedic dry and frizzy hair home remedies:
Herbs have been used for centuries for treating a lot of health concerns. It has incredible medical benefits when it comes to hair and skin too. Ayurvedic formulations are full of nutrients, which nourish the hair from root to tip. They keep the cuticle hydrated and seal in moisture to prevent frizzing. Here are a few simple but amazing ayurvedic dry and frizzy hair home remedies:
This ayurvedic herb is well known for its healing and grounding abilities. One of the reasons for dry and frizzy hair is vata dosha. Ashwagandha has a very high potential to treat this frizz.
Apply warm ashwagandha oil to the scalp and hair. Keep it overnight. Rinse well with shampoo.
Mix ashwagandha powder (required as per the hair length) and add water to it to make a fine paste. Apply this to your scalp and hair and massage gently. Wrap it up with a towel or sheet. Rinse well after 30 minutes.
Well, the antibacterial properties of neem are well known. In addition to it, the fatty acids in the neem helps to control frizz by locking the moisture in the hair follicles.
Take a handful of neem leaves and add it to boiling water. Leave it overnight. Grind the leaves to a medium flow consistency. You can use the water too for the hair wash. Apply gently on the hair and the scalp. Leave it for 20 minutes. Rinse well with a mild shampoo.
Since ancient times Brahmi has been a magical herb that helps to reduce vata dosha and thus reduce dry and frizzy hairs. Moreover, it also reduces hair loss and premature hair greying. Additional benefit is that a regular scalp massage with Brahmi oil helps in curing insomnia.
Soak overnight a few Brahmi leaves in warm amla oil. Warm the oil before applying and massage gently on the scalp and hairs. Leave it for 1 hour and rinse well.
4. Homemade shampoo:
Boil Reetha, Shikakai and Amla separately and strain the juice. To it mix Brahmi, hibiscus and fenugreek powder. Mix well. Use this as a shampoo. It will reduce frizz naturally.
Effective tips to prevent frizzy hair:
- Protect your hair from humidity
- Avoid excessive exposure to sun
- Best to avoid hair dyes
- Do not over wash/ over shampoo your hair
- Use warm or cold water to cleanse your hair.
- Protect the hair from the hair styling heat
- Follow a hair care routine
- Avoid (frequent) chlorinated water exposure
- Trim your hair on a regular basis in order to prevent split ends
- Apply hydrating hair mask at least once a week
- Tie your hair in loose hair styles
- Use soft and padded hair accessories and do not sleep with them
- Avoid washing your hair too often
- Use chemical free hair care products
- Proper oiling
- Drink plenty of water
- Consume a good healthy balanced diet
Food that helps reduce dry and frizzy hairs:
Food is the most important aspect to consider when decreasing frizz. A balanced diet will help your hair become less dry and frizzy while also adding shine and hydration.
Nuts and seeds: These seeds are rich in essential fatty acids that help in keeping the hair hydrated, almond, pista, walnut, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.
Fruits: These are rich in vitamins, minerals and micronutrients too. Papaya, banana, avocado, grapes, oranges, melons, figs, plums, apples, coconut, berries and cherries.
Legumes and pulses: Green gram and black lentils.
Vegetables: Carrots, onion, garlic, asparagus, celery, beetroot, radish, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, sprouts.
Dairy: Milk, paneer, cheese, ghee, butter
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