There is an abundance of dry hair products sitting on our drugstore’s shelves. However, many websites tout the benefits of more natural treatments.
Can these home remedies really work on dry hair? Or maybe it is better to ask, how do they work?
First, hair is not made up of living cells. Hair is made up of protein called keratin and comprises three layers.
The inner layer of the hair shaft is called the medulla, next is the cortex and the outer layer is called the cuticle. The cuticle is made up of shingle-like overlapping scales and can become damaged, causing dry brittle hair.
The “living” part of hair is at the base of hair follicle. The bulb is down in the scalp skin.
Surrounding the bulb is the papillae with blood vessels that provide nourishment. Sebaceous glands are also present that provide oil in the form of sebum that conditions the scalp and hair.
Conditioning dry hair acts to replenish lost moisture and smooth damage to the cuticle layer. Natural treatments and those out of a bottle cannot actually heal the hair. However, they can coat the hair with replenishing oil and protein to improve its appearance and strengthen weaknesses in the hair shaft.
Here are some natural products you can try to improve dry hair appearance:
“The yolk of an egg is, rich in fats and proteins, and is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils,” according to Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home.
To use: Mix up an entire egg and apply to clean damp hair. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse using cool water to prevent the egg from “cooking”. Re-shampoo your hair afterwards. This treatment can be done once a month.
"Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and locks in moisture," Cox said.
To use: Massage approximately ½ cup honey with a tablespoon of olive oil into clean, damp hair. Let sit for 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.