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Natural Treatments for Dry Hair

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Since January, I've had a total of 15 inches off my hair, most of my hair dye leaving with it.

Another two inches of growth and I'm back to my natural dark blonde hair and really liking it.

It feels good to have to do nothing with my hair other than clean and style and not a sign of gray yet. I'm making the most of it while I still can!

However, my hair is nowhere near perfect. It's curly and very dry -- even close to the roots. Shampooing my hair (however gentle the product) on a daily basis would ruin it.

Instead I "wash" my hair with conditioner every day and only shampoo and condition twice a week.

I play tennis in the outdoors with the sun beating down on my hair. The natural highlights I get are great but it make my hair even drier. Added to that, I'm in a swimming pool multiple times a week -- sometimes daily.

Chlorine damages hair and can dry it out even more. If I don't take care of my hair, I can expect a stable of horses to mistake my head for lunch!

There are many reasons for dry hair. My mother's hair was dry (so was her skin and so is mine).

Sometimes we can just be unlucky in genetics. Illness can also cause dry hair, as can medications, poor diet and harsh shampoos and styling products.

Hair dryers and flat irons also conspire to cause dry hair. And those with tough weather (like heat) will also be affected.

So take care of it, I do. And I use natural products only -- things from my pantry and fridge, and from trees and groves.

And one of the best things we dry haired women can do is discover the power of oil. I use 100 percent coconut oil for my hair.

It's a stodgy semi-hard white substance in colder temperatures, looking like lard. It's easy to mush in your hands and run through hair and it liquidizes quickly. In warmer temps it's a bit trickier due to the possible mess that oil can make.

But with an old towel and a clothes hanger clip to wrap it around the shoulders, it's a very inexpensive and far more natural alternative than the "cosmetic" coconut oils for hair.

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EmpowHER Guest

thanks for posting such a nice article. people will be benefited for that. i am also helpfull for that. many important information are include in here.

July 13, 2012 - 2:36am
EmpowHER Guest

Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, cyclomethicone, argania spinosa, kernel oil (argan oil), linseed (linum uitatissimum) extract, fragrance, D&C yellow-11, D&C Red-17

The next reality is the first three ingredients are silicones and Aragan oil is fifth on the ingredeient list. This means that the oils does literally zero and that the silicones just before the skin irritant are doing all of the work. The findings about this product is the need for constant re-application. Between the oils and the other diluting ingredients the silicones breakdown quickly costing the consumer more money with little results unless used many times per day.

The two main reasons for allergic reactions to product is scent and color, which Moroccan Oil has both. It doesn't matter that the bottle contains 3.5 ounces. The amount needed for half the results is stagering.

The true ingredients are from a chemistry website
Butylphenyl Methyl Propional - lt's a skin irritant and there have been tests that found that skin applications of BM at high concentrations in animals caused sperm damage.
Argania Spinoza Kernel Oil (Aragan Oil)
Linseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Extract - A Fragrance Supplement
D & C Yellow 11
D & C Red 17 - was originally manufactured from coal tar, but is now mostly made from petroleum It is banned in Denmark, Belgium, France and Switzerland,
Coumarin - For the anticoagulant rodenticide poisons often called "coumarins" or "coumadins", ,
Benzyl Benzoate - may be used as an antiparasitic insecticide to kill the mites responsible for the skin conditionscabies Symptoms of overdose Blister formation, crusting, itching, oozing, reddening, or scaling of skin difficulty in urinating (dribbling) jerking movements sudden loss of consciousness
,Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone - fragrance ingredient

June 26, 2012 - 10:34am
EmpowHER Guest

thank u for the tips, I use a good product that is helping me a lot too, it's Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil which protects the hair, makes it stronger and keeps it soft, shiny and healthy. :D

June 26, 2012 - 9:06am
EmpowHER Guest

One great product, in my experience, for keeping dry hair healthy is argan oil. I have Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil and it deeply conditions and hydrates my hair, plus it leaves it smooth and shiny. Recommend it!

June 25, 2012 - 5:32pm
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