Last Updated on December 18th, 2020
DRY HAIR PROBLEMS
Dry, damaged hair causing worries? Don’t worry with the right care and right tips you can get rid of dry hair. Let’s discuss the causes and best remedies for the same.
Dry, damaged, frizzy hair is obviously not hair goals for anyone. Dry hair is a common problem with most of the people and it can be fixed too up to some extent but it requires consistent efforts. Scalp dryness affects the hair also. Due to little or no moisture content in your hair, it becomes dry, damaged with split ends, and looks unhealthy. Scalp dryness can be due to frequent styling, exposure to the sun, dry shampoos.
INDICATIONS OF DRY HAIR
Damaged and dry hair looks frizzy, lusterless, non-shiny leading to difficulty in combing the hair and hair ends.
Washing hair more than a requirement
If you have dry hair try to avoid washing them regularly. Dry hair already has a limited amount of protective oils, washing on regular basis removes that oil from the hair and makes the lusterless and dry. Wash your hair once or twice a week only. More it is done rarely more it would prevent essential oils in the hair and prevent the fizziness and dryness.
No often oiling and head massages
Oiling and massaging your scalp with good hair oil increases blood circulation. Sebum is necessary for hair to prevent them from damage. Massaging with hair oil encourage sebum production and eventually prevent brittleness and dryness.
Believe it or not. But the hair loses moisture content and become dry and frizzy. It may be due to climate changes, inadequate diet, low protein in the diet.
Too often hair styling
Excessive styling of hair using heat is the culprit that not only leads to dry hair but damages them too. Heat styling kits if often used without hair care results in unhealthy, dry, damaged hair.
Too much sun exposure
Yes, you heard it right. Too much sun exposure is really bad for hair health. Always take precautions such as wearing hat, heat protectant products to prevent your hair damage from the sun.
Washing hair in too much hot water
Too much hot water use for washing should be completely avoided. You must wash your hair with lukewarm water washing it with cold water can smooth the rough hair.
Split ends can be treated by conditioners, oils, masks. The repair can be done by taking care of split ends by nourishing hair with proper oiling, masking, and conditioning the hair ends.
Dry shampoo, hair sprays are not suitable for dry hair and make hair looking dull and lusterless.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR DRY HAIR
Dry hair is a very common problem. Dry hair also leads to hair fall since no or less moisture in the hair makes hair dry, frizzy, and unmanageable, and thus hair fall. Sometimes due to serious health problems, one can experience dry hair and hair fall.
Dry hair and hair fall affect confidence. But here are some suggestions that are home care remedies to prevent dry hair and increase hair growth, luster, and shine.
Hair Wash and Hair Massage
Hair oils – Massage your scalp for at least twice a day with good hair oil. You can use coconut oil for great results. Take some oil massage gently on the scalp Cover it with a towel for at least 40 minutes and wash your hair gently with a mild shampoo. You can also keep it overnight for more good results.
Take 2 Vitamin E capsules cut them and mix the capsules content with your hair oil. Vitamin E boosts hair growth and increases the shine.
Ayurveda hair oil massage – Ayurveda hair oils such as Ashwagandha, Guduchi, Brahmi are very popular since ancient times. They work excellently in controlling dryness, hair loss, and regaining the shine of hair.
Washing hair with mild shampoo – There are several natural mild shampoos and conditioners available in the market that are natural and lead to good results.
A simple technique to form mild shampoo is Boil Reetha, Shikakai, Amla boil them for 10 minutes and peel them separately. Squeeze the ingredients put the juices in a clean and dry bottle and let it cool down. You can use it as a mild shampoo for dry hair.
Different Types of Hair Mask Remedies
Yogurt mask – No need to get an expensive spa treatment for your hair from a salon when you can get the great results by following this simple mask.
Yogurt mask is a simple, inexpensive, easily available hair care remedy.
Take half a cup of yogurt, 2 vitamin E capsules, or add 2 spoonful of oil. Apply the mixture to your hair and cover them with a shower cap for at least 20 minutes. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water afterward.
Egg Mask – Egg masks are popular for long for the prevention of dry, damaged, and frizzy hair. Take an egg mix it with a mild shampoo. Apply it on your dry hair and wash it thoroughly with Luke warm water.
Honey and yogurt hair mask – Prepare hair mask by mixing half cup yogurt, 1 spoonful honey, 2 Vitamin E capsules. Apply this mask from the roots of the hair to the tip of the hair. Keep it for 15 minutes and rinse it thoroughly with a mild shampoo.
Aloe Vera hair mask – Mix one-fourth cup of natural Aloe Vera gel with any oil of your choice like olive oil, coconut oil. Apply it on hair from root to tips. Leave it floor for 15 minutes and rinse it with mild or herbal shampoo.
Onion hair mask – Take one onion, squeeze the juice and mix it with hair oil of your choice. Apply it with cotton on the roots of the hair. Leave it for 15 minutes and wash it with mild shampoo and Luke warm water.
Healthy Diet Plan
Diet – Protein is essential for thick, healthy, and shiny hair. Food like eggs, salmon, walnut, kidney beans ,lentils will increase the omega 3 fatty acids in the body and prevent your hair from dryness.
Fruits and Vegetables – Increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables in your regular diet prevents hair loss and dryness of hair. Fruits like apples, bananas, Grapes are very beneficial for beautiful hair.
Change in Lifestyle –
Reduce heat styling – Excessive heat is really bad for hair. Exposing hair to straighteners, blow dryers, curlers the natural moisture from hair is lost and hair becomes dry and frizzy.
Hairstyling chemical products – Various chemicals such as dyes, conditioners are not natural and contain sulfates that damage the hair. Several hair styling products available in the market have chemicals that not only damage the hair but also increase hair loss.
Overexposure to the sun – Protect your hair from the hat, cap, or scarf while going out so that exposure from the sun may not damage your hair.
On the final note, I would like to conclude if there is no medical or health problem dry and damaged hair is just a symptom that you can experience due to inadequate diet, hair styling, climate, age, sun exposure. The only requirement is to identify the cause and change the lifestyle.
Using Herbal and Ayurveda products, natural shampoo and conditioners, Hair masks, limited styling, limited application of chemicals on hair, adequate protein diet boost hair growth and prevent dryness of hair.
DRY SKIN PROBLEMS
Dry skin is uncomfortable for many people. Dryness of skin can be felt on the face, hands and legs. Though it is a common problem some people find it really uncomfortable.
When your skin loses all the moisture, oil due to a decrease in water content in your body you may feel the dryness of face, hands, and even dry chapped lips.
Dry skin otherwise is not an issue but long-term dryness of skin leads to various dermatological problems. It may lead to Itching skin, cracks on feet, and sometimes more severe dermatological problems like Bacterial infections and Eczema too.
You must always take precautions to prevent yourself from dry skin. The ideal tip is to drink plenty of water. There are various herbal products in the market you can use to prevent the dryness but you must always identity whether it is chemical-free or not. By identifying the causes too you can prevent skin dryness.
Many causes can contribute to dry skin.
Weather conditions – Too much hot or cold weather, dry air is one of the leading causes of dry skin. You may experience dryness of skin most commonly in winters.
Frequent bathing – If you are fascinated by long hours of hot water baths it may not be good for your skin. Hot water baths for long hours disrupts the skin barrier.
Lazy skincare routine – Your skin is the most sensitive part of your body. Inadequate skin care routine or no care can start showing up effects on your skin in the form of dry, unhealthy skin.
Strong soaps for skin – Using strong soaps for skin strips all the moisture and lipid content of the skin.
Medications – Some medicaments such as Blood pressure medicines like diuretics increase dry skin by excretion of water content more from the body Not only diuretics, some antibiotics also lead to dryness of the skin.
Hormonal factors – Certain hormonal changes too contribute to dry skin. In women after menopause dry skin is most common.
Diet – Inadequate nutrition is the most common cause of dry skin. Lack of vitamins and minerals affect skin texture.
Age- With an increase in age there is a decrease in skin lipid and moisture content that binds the skin. Skin aging can be seen as skin dryness, wrinkles, fine lines. So it can be concluded as age-related dryness of the skin.
Natural Remedies for Dry Skin Problems
Personal skin care is the best way to improve the texture of skin along with the prevention of dry damaged skin. The following are some home care remedies that are natural, easily available, non-expensive, and can return your skin smoothness.
Honey And Milk Remedies
MILKING THE FACE – One of the best home care routine for the skin you can do is to nourish your skin with milk daily. Milk works like a miracle for dry face skin. You can apply milk with a washcloth or your hands. Leave it for 5 minutes and gently wash it off with water.
MILKY BATH – Milk works as a wonder for not only your face but also a milky bath generates wonderful results for the body too. Mix a cup of milk in your bucket of water that is moderately warm and simply take a bath with it.
HONEY FOR SKIN – Honey is everyone’s favorite and should be used for dry skin. Rub raw honey on your face with your fingertips and leave it for 5-8 minutes and gently wash it off. You can do this once or twice a week. You can massage your skin gently with your fingertips too to increase the circulation of blood.
HONEY WITH VITAMIN E CAPSULES- Want a healthy-looking, glowing skin you can try this. Take some raw honey mix it with 2 vitamin e capsules content. Apply it on the face for 10 minutes or gently massage it with your fingertips. Wash it gently. The instant glow and smoothness are worth considering.
Aloe Vera and Other Natural Products
Natural ALOE VERA – Aloe Vera is wonderful for not only dry skin but for moisturizing and soothing skin too. Aloe Vera gels are easily available in the market. Or you can extract fresh gel from aloe Vera leaf too. Apply it gently on your face, let it dry after 10 minutes you can rinse it off with warm water. You can repeat it twice a day for great results.
OILING THE SKIN – Oiling your skin with natural oils prevents dryness, patchy skin and leads to healthy-looking young skin. You can use Almond oil or Coconut oil or baby oil for your face and body. Before you bathe, you can massage your body for 10 minutes with Luke warm coconut or almond oil. It works like wonders.
GLYCERIN – Glycerin works as wonders for not only dry skin but for dry and chapped lips too. Take 1 teaspoonful of glycerin mix it with 1 tablespoon of rose water and apply on dry skin. Leave it for 20 minutes and wash it off.
VASELINE – This petroleum jelly makes skin smooth, soft, and young massage your face with your fingertips with a small amount of Vaseline. You can leave it overnight too.
ROSEWATER – Rosewater is great for the overall health of the skin of the face and body. It refreshes the skin instantly. You can use it by wiping your face with a cotton pad with rose water. Once it dries off, moisturize your skin. Rosewater mists are also available in the market that provides instant results.
Food and Healthy Diet
VITAMINS AND MINERALS – Various antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E are important antioxidants that make the skin healthy. Vitamin C and E reduces inflammation, improves skin health, and prevents dryness.
YOGURT – Yogurt is simply available in every household. You can mix yogurt with honey too for better results. Leave the yogurt mask for 10 minutes and gently wash it off. You will achieve miraculous results in 10 minutes
ADEQUATE DIET – Diet plays a very important role in the improvement of skin and overall health of the body. Fruits and vegetables provide adequate nourishment, nutrients; prevent dry, patchy, and flaky skin.
DO’S AND DON’T’S FOR SKINCARE
- Apply herbal and nonchemical moisturizers to your face and body. Before going to bed and gently wash it off in the morning.
- Use mineral oil, Vaseline on regular basis.
- Exfoliate your skin with gentle cleansers.
- Eat more and more fruits and vegetables.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Use homemade products for gentle skincare.
- If you are on medications talk to your doctor and tell your concern about dry skin.
- Excessive caffeine in the form of tea, coffee.
- Smoking damages skin.
- Showering for a longer duration in hot water.
- Using skincare products with alcohol and chemicals.
- Staying for long hours in sun.
On the final note, I would conclude these natural remedies and tips could relieve the condition of dry hair and dry skin. If your condition doesn’t cure with these tips you must consult your dermatologist to identify the cause and get it treated.
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