By Dr. Gajanan Anand Jadhao, Trichology
Dry hair is a condition which occurs when there is a lack of moisture in your hair. Dry hair causes the hair to lose its luster and it will also make your hair lifeless, dull and frizzy. Dry hair can occur to anyone at any age. The cause of dry hair is the breakdown of the outer layer of your hair.
Dry hair is very hard to comb. They appear like brittle or straw. There are various causes which make hair dry and unhealthy. They are:
- Certain medical conditions
- Heredity problem
- High porosity
- Excessive washing of hair with harsh alcohols and soaps
- Dry and hot climate (dry air)
- Excessive use of blow dryers
- Excessive hairstyling
- Exposure to the sun
- Swimming in chlorinated water
- Lack of moisture in hair
- Using excessive chemical treatments, like dye, relaxers, etc.
- Using cotton pillow while sleeping
- Skipping conditioners
Since the outer layer of your hair protects the inner layers, with its breakdown, your hair looks unhealthy and dull. Here are some remedies for dry hair:
If you rinse your hair with tea after a shampoo, you will notice that you will get back some of the shine which was lost due to the breakage of the outer layer of your hair. However, blondes should use chamomile tea as black tea may make the tresses of your hair darker. Brunettes and black-haired people can use black tea.
2. Mix of Apple Cider Vinegar, Egg Whites, and Olive Oil-
Mixing 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and three egg whites and then applying it to your hair can restore the luster your hair had before. You should keep it for about half an hour and then wash it off with shampoo.
However, if you do not have apple cider vinegar or olive oil, you can just mix an egg with shampoo and wash your hair with it. The protein supplied by this treatment will easily give your hair its original shine back.
Mash a ripe avocado with one egg, then apply this to wet hair. Avocados are rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals that will help restore luster to your hair. Leave on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse.