Hey guys!

So this is my 7th post already – can’t believe that I’m actually posting so fast! But I thought that this is a fitting post if you are in the mood to pamper yourself this weekend, especially if you are not in the mood to shell out a lot of cash.

With the monsoon season just having ended (or is it still on? In Delhi, one can never tell), a lot of us out there are dealing with post- monsoon dry and damaged hair. Despite all the cosmetic products that are available out there, sometimes you just need some good old ‘desi nuskhas’ as we say in Hindi. A little oil, some eggs or even black tea for that matter can work wonders for your hair!

    You may ask – What IS dry hair? Why do I have dry hair all year around? 

Dry hair refers to hair that lacks enough moisture to maintain normal shine and texture. A hair strand is usually made up of three layers, and when the outer layer gets damaged (which may be for multiples reasons listed next), the hair strand appears dry and dull. Lack of enough moisture implies that either the scalp is not producing enough oil (you may also experience dry skin in that case) or the natural oil is getting stripped from your hair on account of several reasons such as heat damage, sunbathing, swimming in chlorinated water, skipping conditioners, dehydration etc. Your hair could also be damaged on account of some internal health issues and if none of these below mentioned packs help, then I would recommend a visit to your dermatologist.

How Should I Deal With It?

Well, you could always try some of these home remedies! Take a look below-

Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is an absolute blessing! Just warm a little bit of it and massage it into your hair and scalp with the help of your fingertips. Let the warm oil soak into your scalp and cover your hair strands overnight. Wash it off in the morning. It is definitely not recommended to leave it on any longer as the oil would’ve worked its miracle by then and oiling your hair for any longer is only going to attract dust and set the path for dandruff!

*Please note that you can replace coconut oil with either olive oil, almond oil or even sesame oil depending on what suits you best! For me, personally, it has always been either coconut oil or sesame oil.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple Cider Vinegar serves as a perfect replenishment of dry hair. A simple hair massage of this amazing ingredient or even a hair pack made with it can work wonders for your hair. Simply mix it with warm water in equal proportion and apply it to your hair post your shampoo. It will work beautifully as a hair conditioner!

Eggs

Using egg yolk as a hair moisturiser is an age old recipe and is a sure shot way to get yummy looking hair! You can simply mix two eggs with half a cup of olive oil and apply the mixture to your hair (note – just hair, not roots). Cover your head with a shower cap and then rinse off the mixture after an hour. Hopefully, mixing the eggs with olive oil should keep away the stink though!

If you’re in a hurry, then you can also mix three eggs with two tablespoons of either coconut oil or olive oil. Mix the mixture well while you add in a tablespoon of honey. You can also add a few drops of lemon juice to this mixture. Apply it to your hair AND scalp and cover with a shower cap. Wash it off with lukewarm water after thirty minutes.

Although, the presence of oil with the eggs might cover up the smell of eggs for a bit, I would recommend that you shampoo your hair post using the eggs irrespective!

Yogurt

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Yogurt has always been my mother’s favourite dairy product and I get yelled at literally everyday for not having had a bowl of it with my meal! Anyway, yogurt is a natural moisturiser for your hair by itself and you can simply cover your hair with it as a mask or apply it to your scalp for about 30 minutes prior to washing your hair with a mild shampoo.

Additionally, you can also mix some olive oil or mustard oil in your yogurt and apply it to your hair for 20- 30 minutes prior to washing your hair with a mild shampoo.

Do note that it is recommended to use yogurt in the summer months as it tends to cool of your scalp considerably and might cause an unwanted cold. Eeks! Be careful with that!

Banana

Banana is the King of all beautifying fruits since it is extremely rich in potassium, antioxidants and vitamins. To treat your dry hair, simply blend two over ripe bananas into a paste and add a tablespoon of olive oil, coconut oil and honey to the paste. Apply this concoction to your hair for 15 minutes prior to your hair wash.

Honey

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This ingredient simply has way too many benefits! Just mix two tablespoons of honey (preferably organic) with one tablespoon of yogurt and a tablespoon of coconut oil. Warm the mixture slightly and apply it to your strands for 20 minutes for the best result! Wash off as usual after that.

Otherwise, you can mix three tablespoons of olive oil with half a cup of honey and apply it all over your hair and scalp for 30 minutes. Keep your hair wrapped in a warm towel and shampoo your hair as usual post the completion of the 30 minutes.

Fenugreek Seeds

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My mum and I have been using these for a while now. These are simply called ‘methi daana’ in Hindi. Soak about 50 gms of these seeds in water overnight. Crush them into a fine paste in the morning. Add about four tablespoons of yogurt to the paste with a few drops of olive oil and honey as well. Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp leaving it on for 45 minutes. Rinse off your hair with a mild shampoo. Apply this mixture twice a week for best results!

Black Tea

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Yup, you read it right. Not many people are aware of this but black tea is a beautiful natural conditioner for your hair. Prepare a cup of black tea by placing a tea bag in hot water. Pour it on your hair (of course when it is not THAT hot) and let it spread evenly over your hair. Leave it on for 20- 30 mins and then wash it off.

For all the above mentioned remedies, if you have very dry hair, I recommend that you use a mild conditioner post shampooing your hair in all cases. None of these ingredients acts a replacement conditioner. These are simply meant to enhance the moisture level of your hair strands considerably over a period of time but with regular use. Some, may even provide you with instant shine but that depends on the current condition of your hair.

Like I always say, no product, including the natural ones, is going to give you instant results. It is going to take some effort an care to achieve the desired level of glossiness. However, the best part about these treatments? The relaxation you feel from doing good to your body without having spent a bomb!

Have a great weekend 🙂