Home Remedies For Dry Damaged Hair

dry hairJust about every woman wants those beautiful, silky, luxurious locks portrayed in all the shampoo and conditioner ads.  But for women saddled with dry hair or damaged hair, reality is far different from the airbrushed fiction of the advertising world. Numerous factors can lead to dry hair, including thyroid disease, malnutrition, and environmental factors such as too much fun in the sun and over-use of heat or styling products.

Some of the most common external factors that can be the culprit in turning healthy hair to damaged, dry hair are:

  • Shampooing your hair more than necessary
  • Using shampoos that are too harsh
  • Using chemical treatments on your hair such as perms and hair dye
  • Heat from hair dryers, curling irons, and flat irons
  • Excessive exposure to sun and wind

Before diving deep into your wallet to fork over a small fortune for salon products to treat dry, damaged hair, try a few low-cost home remedies for dry hair to restore luster to those locks.

Raid Your Kitchen

Save yourself a trip to the store and reach into your pantry or refrigerator for some effective dry hair treatments.

  • Grab some plain mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip or other salad dressing types) and coat your hair from root to tip. You may not like the smell, but you’ll love the results. Women have been using mayonnaise as a treatment for dry hair for ages. Why? Because it is made from eggs, vinegar, and oil and these three ingredients are excellent in hydrating the hair and helping to restore its moisture. After you apply the mayonnaise to your hair, cover with a shower cap and let sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing and washing with your normal shampoo.
  • Break out the vinegar. Not only is vinegar great on salads, but it’s great for hair as well. It’s better to use apple cider vinegar for hair rinses and treatments rather than other types of vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is not only a great cleanser and conditioner, it also adds body and luster to your hair, balances the pH of your scalp, and helps to reduce scalp itch and dandruff. You can make your own apple cider vinegar hair rinse by mixing 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 1/2 cups of cool water. After you shampoo and condition your hair, pour the rinse over your hair from roots to tips, leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse. If you have very dry hair, leave the rinse on a bit longer. Simple and effective, apple cider vinegar is one of the best home remedies for dry hair.
  • Rinse your hair with a can of beer to restore shine. Beer is made from malt and hops that contain proteins that are very nourishing to the hair. Beer softens and clarifies the hair, helps to balance the pH of hair and the scalp, increases shine and elasticity and acts as a gentle detangler. If you have any doubts about the benefits of using beer for hair care, just ask Catherine Zeta Jones. Catherine conditions her lustrous locks with beer and honey!
  • Mash up some avocados or bananas for a hair mask. Avocados are rich in Vitamins A, B, D, and E, nutrients, essential fatty acids, amino acids, and potassium. They have natural humectant properties, meaning they draw moisture and lock it in. Avocados help to hydrate the scalp, promote new hair cell growth, and give hair a silky texture and glossy shine. Any type of hair can benefit from a treatment using Avocados, but they especially beneficial as a treatment for dry hair.

Bananas are rich in potassium, carbohydrates, vitamins, and natural oils that help to soften the hair and protect its natural elasticity. Using bananas in hair care treatments can help to prevent hair breakage and split ends, control dandruff, and make the hair manageable and shiny.

For an easy homemade hair mask mash 1/2 banana with 1/4 avocado and a tablespoon of plain yogurt. Just smooth the mixture on your hair from the roots to the tips, leave on for about 20 minutes, and then rinse and shampoo as usual.

  • Olive oil for hair is fantastic. It’s packed with vitamins A, E, and K as well as antioxidants and squalene, which is a natural moisturizer. Olive oil provides deep conditioning, helps control dry scalp and dandruff, and seals in moisture to improve the elasticity of hair. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the oil obtained from the very first press of the olives and is more beneficial to the skin and hair than other grades, such as virgin or pomace.

Make an olive oil hair treatment by mixing two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 peeled cucumber and an egg together in a blender, smooth the mixture over your hair and leave in for 15 minutes. Rinse well and then shampoo and condition as normal.

A Tropical Solution

Take a cue from our friends in tropical climates and grab yourself some coconut oil. Not only is it a great dry hair treatment and conditioner that adds essential proteins to nourish those dry locks, it is also relatively inexpensive. A 16-ounce jar averages about $6, and a little bit goes a long way. You can use coconut oil to make a dry hair treatment simply by taking a scoop of solid coconut oil and melting it in the microwave until it turns to liquid or, you can add curry leaves and boil it for two to three minutes. Apply the liquid to your hair while it’s still warm and massage it into your hair and scalp. Pile your hair on your head, put a shower cap over it, and let it sit for at least 20 minutes, even longer if you have the time. Shampoo well to thoroughly remove the coconut oil and then condition as normal. Coconut oil is available in health food stores, supermarkets and online retailers.

Use A Sulfate Free Shampoo

Sulfates are found in most soaps and shampoos. Sulfates are surfactants that create suds, but they can also rob the hair of moisture and cause color-treated hair to fade. Excessive coloring can lead to damaged hair and shampoos with sulfates exacerbate the problem. Even if you never color your hair or don’t color it often, using a sulfate free shampoo is better for your hair than shampoos that contain sulfates.

Amazon has a good selection of Sulfate Free Shampoo if you can find any in a salon or store in your area.

Eat Right

Healthy hair requires a healthy diet. Protein is especially important because it is the building block for hair, but it can’t finish its work without carbohydrates. Iron and B-complex also play a starring role in creating healthy hair, according to trichologist Philip Kingsley in his book “The Hair Bible.” Take care of your body and your hair by getting the recommended daily intake from all the food groups.

The Cheapest and Most Natural Remedy for Dry Damaged Hair

The easiest and most natural dry hair treatment is completely free and requires no effort from you at all- you simply leave it alone. Stop abusing your hair with a never-ending cycle of washing, styling and blow-drying by taking a day off occasionally. If you’re not in a rush to get out the door, let your hair air-dry. Washing your hair every day depletes natural oils, so give it a rest and try washing every other day. On those days when you really don’t need to be presentable, let your hair take control (or be out of control, as the case may be) by forgoing products designed to force it into a particular style.

Home Remedies For Dry Hair

Here is a sample recipe for a homemade hair treatment where everything you need can be found right in your kitchen!

Dry Hair Treatment With Olive Oil


2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Egg


Blend all of the ingredients until smooth. Apply a generous amount to dry hair. Pile your hair on top of your head and cover with a plastic cap (or plastic wrap you have in your kitchen). Leave mixture on for 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo and condition as usual. Unused mixture must be refrigerated and used within one week. Note: For longer hair, double the recipe.

remedies for dry hairYou can find more dry hair remedies in the new book, Home Remedies For Dry Hair – Easy Recipes For Beautiful Healthy Hair By using the recipes in the book, you can turn your damaged hair into healthy, lustrous locks!

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  1. I colored my hair a few days ago and it was definitely feeling the effects of the chemical treatment so today, I decided to give it a treat and use the recipe for the Homemade Hair Mask For Dry Damaged Hair (3 TB of mayo and 1 egg). I saturated my hair with the mixture, piled it on top of my head and covered it with a shower cap, and then let it sit for 30 minutes.

    I rinsed it out and shampooed and conditioned as normal (I use sulfate free products). Then I styled my hair into submission using a blow dryer and a flat iron – and the results? My hair is soft and silky and looks and feels healthy. No frizzies and no dry ends. I will definitely be using this recipe again!

  2. Shalayah says:

    Um .. These are rememdies more for white people. Black people hair has a completely different texture, moisture balance, just the exact opposite of white people’s hair, so Im sure these wont work. Im black and my hair is very course, thick and gets curly when wet. I doubt is mayo and eggs solves the answer to it being dry… Just saying.

  3. It works great on my hair.. Latin hair is also very course and thick. My hair is so long and beautiful, but the ends were kinda dry, it sure did the trick. Black hair is kinda difficult i would not try it! it might not wash off completely and you could just smell like Mayo. I would probably just use Almond oil for the frizz, and it smells great. I know black people have hair food that works great or the almond/olive oil is the best home remedy, my boyfriend uses that and he is half black he has dry scalp all the time.

  4. wow .. i have “mediterrean” or “middle eastern” hair .. thick , course , curly, wavy and dry and often frizzy .. i am happy to see posts about how to treat hair naturally .. i use a product called “pink” .. i also do not wash it evryday , do not brush it much and can usually keep it “tame” with this product ..

    my aunt used olive oil and and almond on my hair as a child often .. my brother had even thicker and more difficult to tame hair when younger , most times water wouldn’t even penetrate it so my aunt used that on his hair more .. he now uses a pomade to soften his hair and we are the only two of 4 that had this issue ..

    again, it is nice to see advice for those of us who have wonderfully thick , course and naturally wavy/curly kinky hair talking .. thanks for the refreshing info ..

  5. Can i do all these at the same time? like one after another?

  6. I’ve been dying my hair for a few years…And my hair was REALLY dry and damaged. I tried the dry hair treatment with olive oil, and it was amazing. I do it every week or so, and my hair looks and feels great. No more bad hair days for me! :)

  7. lynnia reubens says:

    have a weird question, yes i have dry frizzy as heck hair, but does hair mayonnaise can work on it? ive seen this in the hair section and was wondering if that could work. thanks. :)

    • Actually, it does work. Mayonnaise is made of oil, eggs, and vinegar and all three of those ingredients are great for conditioning your hair and helping to restore moisture.

  8. My daughter tried the mayo on her hair last night, followed the directions to the T. She woke up this morning and had to re-wash her hair. It was very greasy.
    Now tonight she tried the banana, avacado, yogurt mix. Again followed the directions, she has little pieces of banana all over her hair. She will have to re-wash to get it all out.
    Our next step is to go spend money on a good hair treatment. These home remedies are ridiculous.

    • When washing your hair after applying these treatments, you have to make sure you get everything out. If you don’t then you will have the problems your daughter had. The home remedies do work when used properly.

  9. If i tell the truth i used about 20 hair products.i had a thick hair and i did several things to my hair .pirmed , relax, color,bleach lot of things. but at least i felt that my hair is soo damage and i was soo mad about it. i got to know that EGG yolk + coconut oil is the best treatment on dry damage hair . so i tried it. from the first day it self after long time i was happy about my hair. it was soo silky and smooth….them end are 60% okay. i am doing thios treatment 4 times for a month for sure.still i did only a one time. then it will be good 100% …so try this it will realy help your hair. :) <3

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