Repair Dry Hair The Natural Way
The harsh weather conditions of the winter months can really take its toll on your hair, leaving it dry, frizzy, and totally unmanageable by springtime.
The weather has now started to get a little warmer and the humidity is slowly increasing, so this is the perfect time to revitalize and moistures your hair in preparation of the approaching summer.
And if you would like to you say goodbye to your dull, dry hair without running up a hefty bill at your hair salon, I can show you some simple tips to restore your hair to its former glory using nothing more than a little common sense and your aromatherapy carrier oils.
Let’s begin with a few common sense tips; wash your hair regularly and always use a mild shampoo, rinsing well and following up with a suitable conditioner. It’s just a myth that frequent shampooing washes out natural oils and causes dry hair, actually it is pollution that is the real enemy. Dirt is attracted to hair shafts that are coated in perspiration and sebum, therefore regular shampooing with a mild shampoo is vital for great hair conditioning.
Next, take it easy with that hairdryer! Over-heating hair leads to lifeless, brittle, dry hair that is prone to split ends at any time of year. In an attempt to minimize such damage, people often allow their hair to dry until it’s damp, and then use the dryer to finish the process off. But this is actually the wrong way around.
Blow-drying your hair from wet to damp does no harm at all, but blow-drying from damp to dry can dry out your hair and cause serious damage – particularly if you use too much heat or get too close with your dryer. So if possible, use your dryer to get it to the slightly damp stage and then let it dry out the rest of the way naturally.
Revitalizing carrier oils
Believe it or not, using plain carrier oils directly on the hair is by far the most effective way to moisturise and deep-condition dry, damaged hair. Jojoba, black seed, coconut, macadamia and moringa oils can all be used individually or blended together to deep-condition your hair, making it softer and much more manageable.
These carrier oils have the power to make your hair feel soft and silky again, and work just as well but cost much less than the professional salon treatments! And despite what you might think, they wont make you hair oily either if you follow my tips.
If you suffer from dry, frizzy or chemically treated hair, try this easy aromatherapy treatment to deep-condition your hair and give it a lovely healthy shine with plenty of bounce. This treatment only takes 30 to 60 minutes, but it will mean you keeping a towel on your head during this time. So choose a time when you won’t be disturbed.
Dry hair nourishment
First, measure out 10 to 15mls (2-3 teaspoons) of jojoba oil and put it into a plastic sandwich bag, then place the sandwich bag into a cup of hot water for a few minutes to heat up the oil. I prefer to put the oil in the microwave since it is much quicker taking only about 20 seconds to warm up, but be sure to use a microwave-safe bowl if you choose this method.
Check the temperature of the oil to ensure it’s not too hot, pour one third of it into the palm of your hands and then massage it quickly into the scalp. Repeat the process until all of the oil has been applied to your hair and gently massage the scalp in small, circular movements for about 5 minutes to really get the circulation going.
Cover the hair with a towel and relax for at least 20 minutes – actually, the longer the oil is on your hair, the better the result. This will make your hair oily, but the final results are well worth the effort, believe me.
After 20 minutes, simply shampoo, rinse and condition your hair in the usual way. If you repeat this treatment regularly every week over the next month I promise your hair will feel soft and luxurious, and will soon be the envy of all your friends.
Boost your hair conditioner
If you don’t have the time right now for this intensive treatment, try adding jojoba or coconut oil to your hair conditioner, and after applying it leave soaking for about 5 minutes. Although many leading-brand conditioners claim to include nourishing oils, there’s so little oil included it’s unlikely it would make any noticeable difference to the condition of your hair.
Adding just 10mls of a carrier oil to 50ml of your hair conditioner will make sure that your tired tresses will receive a healthy portion of well deserved nourishment. Whilst this method can’t offer the same degree of nourishment to dry hair as a hot oil treatment does, it will still make a difference you will be sure to notice. Regular use of your moisture-boosted conditioner will also help protect your hair from the ravages of the summer sun whist keeping it in excellent condition.
But to get the very best results when you need to revive your damaged, tired tresses, do your hair a favour and feed it with an intensive, deep-nourishing, hot oil treatment once a week. I promise you will be absolutely amazed at the results that you can both see and feel.
Copyright © Quinessence Aromatherapy Ltd 2015. Written by Sue Charles