Best hair treatment for dry damaged hair

best hair treatment for dry damaged hair

Nutrafol’s previous post talked about some good hair treatment for dry damaged hair due to the harsh summer weather. This post will continue on that path, giving you the rest of the home remedies that will save your hair this summer.

Hair treatment for dry damaged hair

Apply a natural condition when swimming

Before you leave for the beach or after you had a swim, remember to protect your hair from harsh elements or chemicals. The best way to do this is through a natural homemade rinse that you get when you mix ¼ cup apple cider and ¾ cup water. Cleanse your hair with it, then follow with conditioner.

Wrap your hair up

You have heard it before – do not rub your hair after you get it wet! Instead, wrap up your damaged hair in a cotton towel and let the cotton absorb the moisture for a few minutes. This also helps protect against further split ends.

Let your hair down

Give your hair a rest and let it out – especially if you usually wear it in a ponytail. Also, try not to pull your hair back too tightly as that can damage the hair follicles. Also avoid sleeping with any hair accessories as that too can damage your hair.

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Do your hair a favor and spare it from getting damaged by letting it down for a couple of days.

Use a humidifier at night

How is this a hair treatment for dry damaged hair you may ask? Nutrafol will explain. Your home heating keeps the air very dry, especially in winter, and that could be what is drying your hair out. Putting moisture back into the air will help your hair from becoming more dry and damaged.

Sandelwood oil as a remedy

Mix a few drops of sandalwood oil with a few drops of olive or jojoba oil, rub the mixture between your palms, then smooth it through the ends of your hair for instant sleekness and a way to curb and condition brittle hair. Or if you do not have sandalwood oil, you may use your hand lotion. Squirt a few drops of it in your palm and smooth it through your hair.

Eat your vitamins and take your supplements

Kathleen W. Wilson, M.D., an internist at the Ochsner Health Center in New Orleans explains the importance in taking your vitamins – especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids – and supplements containing nutraceutical ingredients. This is a great hair treatment for dry damaged hair as omega-3 fatty acids and a nutraceutical will keep your hair moisturized.


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Beer for Hair: Treatment, Benefits, and More

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Beer for your hair? We’ll cheers to that! Washing hair with beer has many benefits for your scalp and hair. But why is washing hair with beer good for your hair? Here’s a closer look.

Benefits of Beer for Hair

Beer, that ever-so-popular brew, can add strength and shine to dull, limp hair. The best part is that you don’t need to drink the beer to get the benefits. Using beer for hair growth and improved appearance is as simple as applying it to your scalp and hair.

Why is beer good for your hair? The malt and hops in beer are loaded with protein, which nourishes and strengthens your hair. By putting beer in hair, dry and damaged hair can be repaired to its former lusciousness, thanks to the nutrients. The protein binds to hair that’s become dehydrated from blow drying, styling and harsh weather, leaving the hair restored and with more body.

The benefits of beer for hair don’t stop there. Using beer in hair can also make your hair shinier. As the proteins bind with hair cuticles, the newly smoothed surface will better reflect light, making your hair look shinier. Beer also contains B vitamins, which will help make your strands shiny.

 

Stylist Luigi Parasmo, who has worked for on runway shows for couture brands like Versace, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, believes beer can make everything better in the hair department.

Parasmo says beer for hair works well because the alcohol acts as a cleansing and shine agent while also having a softening effect.

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If you do not want to rinse your hair with beer, transfer the mixture to a spray bottle and spray it on instead, using it as a leave-in conditioner.

Beer for Hair as a Shampoo, Rinse or Leave-in Conditioner

We’ve explored what a beer rinse can do for your hair before. If you need a reminder of how to use beer in your shampoo or conditioner regimen, here’s a reminder.

To use beer as a hair rinse when you wash your hair, mix it at room temperature with an equal amount of water and add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar will help lessen the beer smell. After you shampoo your hair, use the beer rinse as your conditioner.

For best results, let the mixture soak for a few minutes before rinsing. While a beer rinse can be too drying to use every day, doing it once or twice a month works as well as a pricey clarifying shampoo when it comes to removing buildup from hair products.

A beer rinse isn’t the only thing that you can do. You can also use beer as a leave-in conditioner. For a leave-in conditioner, transfer the mixture to a spray bottle, spray it on and go. As mentioned before, the proteins in beer bind to the hair shaft, which also creates volume. So if you have fine, thin hair, this can deliver tons of volume.

Many people have seen fuller, thicker hair by trying a beer rinse. But while this method fortifies existing ones, it doesn’t help you grow new hair. But because beer is rich in proteins and vitamins from the natural barley and hops, it does contain some necessary nutrients for supporting healthy hair.

Conclusion: How Beer Provides Benefits for Hair

  1. Beer contains protein, which can strengthen your hair.
  2. Beer has an acidic pH, which makes your hair shiny by tightening the cuticles.
  3. Beer contains hops, which are natural astringents.

How to Balance the pH of Hair Naturally

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Is it possible to balance pH in your hair naturally? Yes actually, and you will not believe how easy it is. Just follow these 5 simple steps and your hair will be eternally grateful.

Understanding Hair pH Balance

As previously mentioned, pH is a measurement of how acidic or alkaline a substance is. The scale is between 0 and 14. Anything between 0 and 6.9 is acidic, 7 is neutral and anything between 7.1 and 14 is considered alkaline. The pH of hair is between 4.5 and 5.0, as is the oil on the scalp, known as sebum. This natural hair acidity prevents fungi and bacteria from growing in the hair and scalp, leaving the cuticle closed and healthy. Many of the hair products people use can disrupt the natural pH of hair, which can create pH imbalance and leave hair looking dry and brittle. If a substance is too alkaline, it will cause the hair cuticle to open. And if a substance is too acidic, the cuticle will contract. These 5 simple steps will help you achieve a better hair pH balance and avoid dry or damaged hair.

1. Assess your hair.

Before anything else, it’s important to establish its pH level. Luckily for you, there are a number of conditions that can indicate the pH of your hair so you know how to approach hair care.

  • Is your scalp flaky, itchy and/or dry, and do you have problems with eczema, fungi or bacteria? If so, it’s likely your scalp and hair are too alkaline. Usually, this means that you’re using a product that has a high pH above 7, and it’s stripping away your naturally acidic sebum that fights bacteria. Shampoos with lower pH, on the other hand, may cause less frizzing and breakage and not dry your hair out. That’s why choosing a pH balanced shampoo, with a pH of 6 or 7, is a safe bet.
  • If you have permanently dyed or relaxed hair, before the color or other chemicals were added, your hair was first treated with a highly alkaline substance to expose and change the hair’s cuticle. Then it was neutralized with a highly acidic substance to flatten the cuticle again. This is a damaging process, and slightly acidic hair products are needed to keep the hair cuticle lying flat.
  • Having curly natural hair means that your cuticle is already partially open, so making sure your strands have a slightly acidic pH level is very important. That’s because the open cuticle prevents naturally acidic sebum from keeping the entire hair at a pH level between 4.5 and 5.5.

Is your natural hair straight? If so, you should use hair care products that are pH balanced. Straight hair does not require using extra products. The sebum moves through your hair, creating a natural pH balance on its own so you can apply the pH balanced products just once.

2. Read the labels and test your products.

Pay attention to your current hair products and examine the labels. If they don’t say they’re pH balanced for your hair, you should test them to see how they affect your hair. A pH value of 4 to 7 usually works well on hair.

  • The easiest way to test it is by buying test strips online or from beauty supply stores. Pour your liquid product into a glass, stick the test strip into the glass for the amount of time the strip directions indicate. When you remove the strip, compare it to the diagram to find the pH of the product. If a test indicates the product has outside the 4 to 7 range, stop using it.

 

3. Choose carefully.

Pick a pH-balanced shampoo and conditioner to wash your hair with. Some people like to wash their hair with baking soda, but this isn’t a good idea. Baking soda is very alkaline with a pH of 9 and can dry out and damage your hair, so it’s better to pick a pH balanced shampoo instead. After using the pH balanced shampoo and conditioner, rinse your hair. This will set your hair in a neutral pH level, and not a acidic one. Water has a pH level of 7, which makes it more alkaline than your hair.

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Juice made from aloe vera is good to use when you try to balance the pH level in your hair.

4. Try a natural method.

If you want to bring your hair into an acidic pH range, you can try a natural acid. Aloe vera juice is good to use since the pH of aloe vera is slightly acidic. Pour it in a bottle and mist it over your hair. This will also close the cuticle and remove frizz.

  • Apple cider vinegar is another good natural solution. It has a pH level of about 3. It should be mixed up with water until it has a pH level of 4. Many people prefer aloe vera gel because they think the vinegar smell is too strong, and the pH of aloe vera is still enough to get the job done.

5. Use a leave-in-conditioner.

Your hair will return to the 4.5-5.0 natural acidity if you apply leave-in conditioner when your hair is wet. Try a homemade leave-in conditioner made from the following recipe:

  • Pour 2 tbsp. (30 ml) of a silicone-free conditioner, 2 tbsp. (30 ml) of whole-leaf aloe vera juice and 2 tsp. (10 ml) of jojoba oil into a bowl. Mix well with a spoon and use a pH test strip to ensure the pH is not under 4.5.
  • Apply the mixture to damp, washed hair. Allow it to dry, and style as usual.

 

Photo: Tess Watson via Flickr.

What you need to know about your hair and its pH level

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There is a lot of talk about the term pH level and lately it seems like it is the fancy word to throw around. In a previous article Nutrafol wrote about the pH level of baking soda but what about your hair? Did you know that your hair has a natural pH level, as well? Did you also know that this level is affected by the hair care products you use everyday? No? But now you do! So let us talk about the…

…importance of the pH level

As you may have read before, the pH level tells you how acidic or basic something is. For example, battery acid has a pH level of 1 and is VERY acidic. Bleach, on the other hand, has a level of 13 and is VERY Basic. However a pH level of 7 is as neutral as it gets. Your hair and skin on the other hand has a pH of 4.5-5.0. And are covered with a very thin fluid mixture of oil, salt and water called the mantle, which is naturally slightly acidic.

So, what does this mean in regards to hair care products?

The closer the level of the pH of your shampoo/conditioner/styling product is to the natural pH level of your hair, the more healthy and beneficial it is. Pretty simple right? That is why, when using a product that causes the pH level of your hair to drop, your hair may look dry and frizzy. It can even become very brittle and easy to break. When you use cleansers, such as baking soda (pH of 9) or even just water alone (pH of 7), it can be very damaging to your hair with repeated washes. Especially if your hair is dry already.

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Choose a product with a low pH level, to match your hair’s own pH level.

What is the solution?

One of the more common solutions for balancing out the high pH of baking soda is coupling it with apple cider vinegar. In that way you are keeping a natural base, using only natural solutions. However, often times these ingredients do not perfectly balance each other or are unevenly mixed. Which will only result in some hair being treated with either overly basic materials, or with acidic materials.
Instead, Nutrafol recommends choosing hair care products that match the natural pH level of your hair. For example, make sure to pick ones that have a balanced level of 4-5. Balanced shampoos also protect your hair’s natural oils, known as sebum, rather than stripping it away. When you choose the right hair care products that match your hair’s natural pH, you ensure the continued health of your hair’s mantle. Not only does this give your strands a healthy environment to grow in, but it also keeps it strong and beautiful!