Have you been using heating tools on hair since long? Or do you have over processed hair with hair coloring? Or simply they are dry, rough, damaged and dull? Once the hair is dry and damaged, they look pathetic and there is no treatment that gives results instantly.
You can treat dry and damaged hair at home by taking some of the simple precautions that would not consume much of your time and would give you the best results. Follow these steps in your daily schedule and they would help you in treating your dry and damaged hair.
How to shampoo for dry and damaged hair?
Which is the best shampoo for dry and damaged hair?
While you shampoo dry and damaged hair, make sure that you do not use harsh shampoo. The best shampoo for dry and damaged hair is the one that has a sulfate free formula. Sulfate is really harsh for you dry and damaged hair; it will take away the natural oil from your hair, making them even rough. On the other hand, sulfate free shampoo would help your hair preserve the natural oils. Hence choosing the best shampoo for dry and damaged hair should be your first task. Choose the one that is sulfate free and the one that offers deep conditioning to hair.
Do not over wash dry and damaged hair
Shampooing hair is like treating dry and damaged hair. Every time you shampoo your hair, you make them alive again, by getting rid of the product build up and the dirt. Your hair feels fresh again. Therefore, you need to wash your hair as much required; over washing can steal the natural oil that your hair needs, making them even more dry. So ensure that you do not wash your hair every day or every other day. Wash your hair twice a week.
If you feel that your scalp is greasy but you hair shafts are rough and dry; you may use dry shampoo in those situations when you have to go out and stick to the rule of shampooing hair only twice or thrice in a week. In case you do not have the dry shampoo or for some reason you do not want to use the dry shampoo, there is an alternative for you. Instead of the dry shampoo you can rinse your hair with water to get rid of the dirt and excess oil but do not shampoo them. You can wet you hair, but do not use the shampoo; just rinse off your hair. After wards, you can use your conditioner.
Precaution to take while you shampoo for dry and damaged hair
- While washing your hair do not be too harsh. Clean you scalp as well as hair. Use your finger tips and not nails while you rub your scalp with shampoo. Remember that your motive is to remove the product build up and the excess oil and not the hair fiber. So be gentle with your finger tips.
- Also make sure that you do not keep shampoo applied on hair for too long. Do not keep shampoo on hair for more than 30 seconds. Apply it and rub it with your fingertips using for 30 seconds. Rinse off properly. Rinse to the extent that all the shampoo is drained out and also make sure that you do not rinse more than required. Even rinsing for long enough can lead to stripping away the essential oil out of your hair.
- Next, do not use hot water on hair, while you shampoo your hair. Hot water can cause even more damage to the hair shaft and scalp. Hot water opens the cuticles; the dirt along with the necessary natural oil in hair drains along with the hot water. Hence use, warm water or cold water. Warm water on the other hand does not damage you hair. Instead of opening the cuticles, warm water loosens the cuticles. Loosening of the cuticles ensure that the natural oil remains intact and that the scalp absorbs the moisture from the conditioner. The last rinse that you take, take it using cold water. Cold water will help in closing the loosen cuticles.
If you wash your hair taking these precautions, you will certainly improve the condition of your hair.
Other ways to treat dry and damaged hair at home-
Use the right brush
Your hair is dry and damaged, that the natural oils that hair produce is not getting evenly distributed. Some of the people with dry and damaged hair have greasy scalp. That is because the oil is not getting distributed evenly throughout the hair, and gets stuck on the hair scalp.
To evenly distribute the oil on the hair and treat dry and damaged hair, use a boar bristled brush. A boar bristled brush will help in distributing the natural oils all through the length of the hair from the roots. To avoid the hair breakage, use a detangling spray before brushing your hair strands.
Get you hair trimmed timely
Get rid of the split ends from time to time to avoid the damaged and dry look of the hair. Consult your hairstylist to know the frequency of spilt end treatment that is required for your hair type.
To treat the dry and damaged hair further, you can use a lot of homemade remedies such as Avocado, Bottle gourd juice, tea rinse, hot oil treatment, baking soda, beer etc. The best repairing treatment that you can do at home is using the hot oil treatment once a week. Along with the treatments that you are taking make sure that you use the right technique to shampoo for dry damaged hair so that the treatment works even more efficiently.