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Give Dry Winter Hair New Life With These Home Remedies
Melody Nazarian
By Melody Nazarian

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Having curly hair, dry hair is a concern for me year round, but come winter time, it becomes a serious problem. One season, my hair got so dry that I didn’t wash it for four days (my normal is every two days) and actually welcomed — actually pined over — the oiliness, which I usually despise. Anyone else feel me? There are a few precautions one can take to stop dry hair, like taking vitamins, washing it with colder water and less often (not shampooing every single time you shower also helps), and cutting down on heat styling. There are a handful at-home remedies that can help get your hair back to where it ought to be — shiny, soft, and stunning. Here are some easy fixes using ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Hot Oils

Olive oil is the most popular, and most accessible, oil you can massage into your hair to give it moisture, but you can also use coconut, castor, jojoba, almond, or corn oil to quench your tresses.

  1. Warm half a cup of oil in a pan over low heat (do not boil it), then massage into your hair, focusing on the ends. (Note: If you have fine hair, take care not to use much on your scalp, if any.)
  2. Cover hair with a towel and leave for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Wash hair with shampoo and conditioner to get rid of the oil.

Speaking of oils, Argan oil is also having a moment in the spotlight. You can add a few drops to dry ends and your scalp to give instant shine.

Eggs or Mayonnaise

Both eggs and mayo have lots of protein to strengthen and restore moisture into your hair. Pick one or try both separately.

For Egg:

  1. Whip an egg white with 2 tablespoons of water.
  2. Massage into hair for a few minutes, then wash out.

For Mayonnaise:

  1. Wet hair, then gently apply a thick layer of mayo to your hair. Use as much as you need to cover your entire head.
  2. Massage and work through strands.
  3. Cover hair with a plastic cap and leave on for 30 minutes to an hour, then wash out.
Yogurt and Oil Mask

If you never thought to mixing yogurt and oil together, neither did I. It probably wouldn’t be tasty to eat, but together, yogurt and oil are the perfect duo for moisturizing dry hair.

  1. Mix half a cup of plain yogurt with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Add 6 drops of an essential oil.
  3. Apply to hair and leave on for 15-20 minutes before washing hair.

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Banana Mask

Bananas contain high potassium and have high moisture — and, if you’re like me, you likely have one in your house that’s going bad anyway.

  1. Mash 1 banana and spread into hair. Feel free to use 2 bananas if you have really thick hair.
  2. Leave on for 1 hour, then rinse out.

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This may seem like the kookiest of the home remedies, but beer contains proteins that repair hair cuticles. You likely have some in your fridge, so next time you shower, use it in lieu of a conditioner.

  1. Shampoo hair as usual, then at the end of your shower, pour a flat beer over hair straight from your roots.
  2. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse out with cold water to increase shine.
  3. To get the beer smell out, rinse once more with regular conditioner.  

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