If your summer looked anything like mine, your hair has waged a fierce battle against chlorine, sun and salt. Constantly shampooing out sand and rinsing out pool water can take a toll on your hair. Chlorine strips oil from the hair, which can leave hair feeling extra dry and appear frizzy. In addition, frequent washing of hair can also lead to dry scalp and ends. But the battle can be won, and you can get a handle on your locks! These all-natural dry hair repair recipes will have your hair looking smooth, shiny and back to life in no time. And chances are you already have the recipe ingredients laying around your house.
DIY Anti-Frizz Spray
- distilled water
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 1 teaspoon glycerin
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil – great for all hair types
- 2 tablespoons aloe gel
- spray bottle
Whisk in a bowl the jojoba oil, glycerin and aloe gel until they are well blended. Add the lavender essential oil. If you have extremely dry hair, you can substitute geranium essential oil for lavender. Pour mixture into a spray bottle (be sure it’s a good-quality pump) and then add the distilled water until you are pleased with the consistency. You will want to refrigerate the mixture and shake well before each use. The spray will smooth down unruly frizz and hydrate the hair shaft. Dark, glass bottles are recommended for liquids with essential oil to keep the ingredients potent and fresh.
Banana & Honey Hair Repair Mask
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tablespoon honey
- shower cap (optional)
In a blender, combine the banana and honey, blending until all the banana pieces are pureed and you are left with a smooth mixture. Apply the mask to your hair, taking extra time to apply on the ends. The shower cap is optional, but heat allows for extra penetration, and a shower cap is great for keeping the heat in. Wait 20 minutes after application and then rinse thoroughly, shampoo and condition as usual. Use once a week until your hair is repaired. Be sure you wear an old t shirt and avoid your best towels when using this hair mask since bananas can stain.
Other tips for repairing dry hair and fighting frizz:
- Try reducing the number of times you wash hair. For dry hair and scalp, twice weekly is recommended.
- Read your ingredient labels. Chemicals can often have adverse effects on our hair.
- Choose moisturizing and hydrating shampoos and conditioners.
- Ditch the gels and products with alcohol as these can be drying.
- Switch to a silk pillowcase which will help retain moisture, smooth hair, and prevent follicle damage from tossing and turning on a regular pillowcase. Silk also keeps cool so you are less likely to sweat which can cause frizz.
- Drink plenty of water. Never underestimate the power of internal hydration.
- Add biotin to your daily vitamin regimen. It is often used for thinning hair and brittle nails, but I find it’s a wonderful addition for overall skin, hair and nail health.