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10 Natural Dry Hair and Skin Tips after Cold Vacations

10 Natural Dry Hair and Skin Tips after Cold Vacations

Summers are here and most of us can’t wait to go hibernate in a cold place. Long vacations to cold destinations are an ideal way to escape the summer heat. Unfortunately, sudden changes in temperature that your skin and hair are exposed to, can cause them to become dry and dull. Nobody wants to suffer from bad hair days and lack-luster skin days right after a beautiful vacation. We discuss some Dry Hair and Skin Tips in this post which you can try at home for naturally fixing your hair and skin.

There are hundreds of chemical products in the market that will help your hair and skin regain its bounce but why spend so much on chemical products when natural remedies can do the job as good or even better.

Here are Natural Dry Hair and Skin Tips that will help them bounce back to their glorious state:

Home Remedy Tips for Dry Hair:

  1. Avocado protein mask for Dry Hair:

You will need one ripe avocado and 1 organic egg.

  • Pit the avocado, scoop the pulp in a bowl, and mash it thoroughly.
  • Add the egg and whisk till you get a consistently smooth paste.
  • Apply the mask to damp hair and leave for about 20 minutes.
  • Rinse several times with water (avoid warm water if possible).
  • Repeat this treatment once every week till you are satisfied with the results.

Essential fatty acids and vitamins rich avocado helps restore the luster in your hair while the rich protein content of the egg repairs damage and reduces frizz.

  1. Butter mask for Dry Hair Fixing:

You will need 1 tbsp. of butter (alter the quantity according to the length and volume of your hair) and 2 tbsps. of olive oil.

  • Apply butter to the scalp and along the hair and massage till well absorbed.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap and run a hair dryer over it causing the pores to open up and absorb the buttery goodness.
  • Leave the shower cap on for about 20 minutes and then use a shampoo to get the butter out.

Butter, with its natural moisturizing properties and wealth of protein will restore the health of your hair cuticles while rendering a glossy shine.

  1. Coconut conditioning mask for Fixing Dry Hair:

You will need ½ cup of organic cold pressed coconut oil (the quantity may vary according to your hair type). That’s all.

  • Scoop the oil in a bowl and warm it, being careful not to boil it.
  • Massage the warm oil into your scalp and on your hair and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
  • Next, take a bath towel, dip it in hot water (only as hot as your scalp can take), squeeze the excess water and then wrap the towel around your hair just like you would, after a bath.
  • Leave the towel on for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove and shampoo as usual to reveal deep conditioned hair.

Lauric acid, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids present in coconut oil can help you regain hair health sooner than you think. Coconut oil has the ability to deeply penetrate the scalp skin and cuticles leaving them healthier.

  1. Apple cider vinegar mask for Dry Hair Fix:

You will need 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil and 3 organic egg whites.

  • Beat the egg whites till they are frothy.
  • Combine them with the oil and vinegar.
  • Gently rub the mixture into your hair and secure them in a plastic cling film.
  • Leave it on for 30 minutes and then shampoo hair as usual.

Eggs are perfect hair moisturizers and so is olive oil. The apple cider vinegar will help add life back to limp hair and make it lustrous.

  1. Botanical oil mask as Dry Hair Treatment:

You will need few drops each of sandalwood oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil.

  • Mix the oils together and rub the mixed oil in your palms till warm.
  • Work the oils into your hair and scalp for 5 minutes and cover with a shower cap.
  • Leave it on for an hour and then shampoo as usual.

Botanical oils are rich in vitamins and minerals making them wonderful elixirs for dry and damaged hair. When you are stepping out of your home, just a few drops can add an instant sleekness and curb brittle flyways.

Home Remedy Tips For Dry Skin:

  1. Jojoba oil mask for Dry Skin Treatment:

You will need a wash cloth and a tsp. of jojoba oil.

  • Start by soaking the wash cloth in a bowl of warm water.
  • Remove from water, squeeze, and place the wash cloth on the face.
  • Leave it on for 5 minutes and remove.
  • Immediately follow up with a gentle circular massage with jojoba oil.
  • Let the oil absorb as much as it can and then wipe away the excess oil with the wash cloth and you will instantly notice a difference in the way your skin feels.
  • Do this treatment everyday till your skin feels supple again.

Jojoba oil mimics the skin’s natural oil (sebum) in terms of structure. This makes jojoba oil a wonderful moisturizer. The presence of anti-inflammatory properties in the oil will help soothe the skin too.

  1. Sour cream mask for fixing Dry Skin:

You will need 2 tsps. of sour cream, 3 tbsps. of gram flour and few drops of rose water.

  • Combine the ingredients to form a smooth paste.
  • Cleanse your face and apply the mask liberally on your skin.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.

The gram flour gently exfoliates your skin while the lactic acid in the sour cream moisturizes your skin leaving it supple. Rose water tones the skin and makes it bouncy.

  1. Honey balm for Dry Skin Fix:

You will need 2 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsps.  beeswax pellets and 2 tbsps. of extra virgin olive oil.

  • Melt the beeswax in a double boiler.
  • Take it off heat and add olive oil and honey to it.
  • Combine the ingredients well and pour the mixture into a glass jar.
  • Wait till it cools down and solidifies into a balm.
  • Use it as often as you like to give your skin, the much needed moisture.

Honey has been known to be an effective humectant. It helps attract moisture to the skin. Beeswax and olive oil together combat dry skin by giving it a high dose of moisture.

  1. Coconut and banana mask for Dry Skin:

You will need ½ ripe banana and 2 tbsps. of fresh coconut milk.

  • Mash the banana till its smooth without lumps.
  • Stir in the coconut milk and mix till well combined.
  • Use a flat brush to apply it on your skin.
  • Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water to reveal soft skin.
  • Use this treatment at least once a week to make sure your skin stays hydrated.

Vitamin B6 and B12 present in banana nourish your skin from within and the fatty acids in the coconut milk impart moisture leaving your skin feel smooth and supple.

  1. Egg mask for Treating Dry Skin:

You will need one organic farm fresh egg.

  • Separate the yolk from the egg and whip the white till it forms frothy peaks.
  • Use your fingertips to apply the egg white covering your troubled skin.
  • Leave it on till it is completely dry (and you can absolutely not smile) and then wash off with cold water.
  • Next, take the yolk and gently break it.
  • Apply the oozing liquid on your skin.
  • Once again, wait till you cannot smile and then rinse with cold water to leave you with skin that will leave you smiling.

Egg whites tighten and brighten the skin while taking care of blemishes and marks. Egg yolk is a natural moisturizer and works great at healing severely dried skin.

There you go! Use these natural dry hair and skin tips and you will never fear long, cold vacations again.

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9 Proven and Easy Home Remedies for Dry and Damaged Hair

9 Home remedies for Dry Hair

Your hair, your crowning glory, plays such an important role. It defines your outer appearance to a large extent and good, lustrous hair up your beauty quite a bit. If you are looking for proven and easy to use home remedies for dry and damaged hair, you have come to right place.

Apart from that, your hair helps you maintain your body temperature (did you know that?) and cushions your head against shock and injury! You must give your hair some good TLC. You owe that much to it.

Healthy hair looks beautiful and feels beautiful.

How to keep your hair healthy?

It is important to know the structure of your hair before you jump into taking care of it. Your hair is made up of a protein called keratin which gives it its texture. The keratin is cemented together with strong disulphide bonds to make it resistant to wear and tear. Your hair also has hydrogen bonds which give it its flexibility but they are weaker on contact with water. The melanin pigments produced inside the hair follicle gives your hair its colour.

It is essential to figure out your hair type before looking for ways to make it healthier. Every person’s hair differs from the other but,

Hair is broadly classified into 4 types:

    • A day after shampooing, blot the centre of your scalp with a tissue paper. If you find any traces of oil on it, you have oily hair which is caused due to the overproduction of sebum.
    • If your hair appears frizzy, lack lustre, and has split ends, you have dry hair. This is certainly the most common type because pollution, heat, chemicals, and hair treatments dry out hair and all of that is more common than ever. (Read on to know fool proof dry hair remedies to fixing your problem.)
  • If your scalp is oily but the ends of your hair lack shine and softness, you most likely have combination hair. This kind of hair is tricky to fix as the scalp and hair ends need separate attention.
  • If your hair is shiny and manageable but absolutely non greasy, then you are blessed. You have what they call ‘normal’ hair and this type of hair requires minimal attention.

What causes dry hair?

Hair has no natural lubrication, and hence it relies solely on the oils produced in the roots to keep it moisturized and looking lustrous. If your hair roots naturally make less oil, your scalp and hair will appear dry and flaky.

Either that, or the moisture that is naturally present in the hair is escaping! Your hair strands have a protective layer around them called the cuticle, the layers of which lie tightly together to retain moisture. If the layers separate or peel away, the moisture escapes. Simple!

What causes the cuticles to separate or peel?

  • Most shampoos contain sodium lauryl sulphate, the chemical that strips your hair off moisture, and damages your hair cuticles if used for long periods.
  • Blow drying your hair and using heated straighteners and curling irons too often, also plays a big role in stripping away your hair’s natural oils.
  • Exposure to sun, dry wind, and pollution also causes your cuticles to break and peel away.
  • Chemical treatments such as dyes, perms, and relaxers do more damage to your hair than you ever thought possible.

Here are a few wonderful dry hair home remedies that will fix your hair and make it look silky smooth and shiny:

  1. Peel and pit a ripe avocado and then mash it in a bowl. Add a whole egg to it and mix till it forms a smooth paste. Wet your hair and apply the prepared paste on the scalp and hair making sure you cover the entire area from roots to tips. Leave for 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water several times till there are no residues left. Do this treatment once a week. The essential fatty acids and the minerals present in the avocado will restore the moisture and lustre in your hair while making it more resilient to damage. Do this treatment at least once weekly for a month to see results.
  2. Olive oil helps smooth out the outer cuticle of the hair making it retain more moisture and its rich anti-oxidant content repairs hair damage. Heat extra virgin organic olive oil till it’s nice and warm. Gently massage the oil in the hair starting with the roots and slowly moving towards the tip. Soak a towel in hot water, squeeze out the water and wrap it around your head, covering your entire hair. Leave it on for about 45 minutes and then wash hair as usual. The heat helps open up your pores helping it absorb more oil and work better.
  3. Organic apple cider vinegar is the elixir for your hair. Combine a tablespoonful of Apple Cider Vinegar along with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 egg whites. Beat it till well combined. Massage this mixture into your hair and cover your hair with a shower cap. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes before you shampoo and rinse. The egg whites help rebuild the protein in your hair making it healthy, while the vinegar adds a glossy shine to your hair.
  4. Mayonnaise makes for an excellent hair conditioner. The egg and the oil content in Mayonnaise effectively moisturize and repair your hair while the acid content renders a shine. Take a generous dollop of this goodness and gently work it into your hair. Leave it on for 45 minutes and then shampoo as usual. Do this treatment twice a week to give your hair a new life.
  5. Don’t rub or brush your hair as soon as you are out of the shower. This causes depletion of natural oils and also makes the hair more brittle. Instead wrap your hair in a cotton towel and let the cotton absorb the moisture. Once all the excess moisture is out, let your hair air dry. This will prevent more split ends and maintain the quality of your hair.
  6. Applying henna has been an age old tradition in India. A lot of people owe their lustrous hair to this wonder leaf. Henna powder is now widely available on amazon.com and once you know how magically it transforms your hair, you will ditch your fancy hair spa treatments to this modest one anyway. Take henna powder (the quantity is subject to the length and thickness of your hair) in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to it. Now warm a cup of coconut milk and slowly stir it in the henna mixture till it becomes a smooth paste (not runny). Make small partitions in your hair and apply the mixture thoroughly making sure each strand of hair is covered in henna. Cover you head with a plastic wrap and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. Rinse, dry, and apply warm coconut oil to your hair. Leave it on overnight and wash hair the next morning. You will be amazed with the kind of results it gives.

     

  7. Mash an over ripe banana and work it in your hair. The rich Vitamin B content and the antioxidant work like magic on your hair. Leave the sweet mask on for about 15-20 minutes and wash as usual. Wake up to softer hair.
  8. Yoghurt is also a potent ingredient to ward of dryness. A cup of fresh yoghurt mixed with a little lemon juice will effectively help restore moisture in the hair as well as prevent flaky, and itchy scalp (yoghurt is known to fight dandruff effectively). This hair mask needs a good 30 minutes to work its magic. It’s really worth the wait though.
  9. Who knew pumpkin  is amazing for hair? Pumpkin puree mixed with honey serves as the perfect mask for dry hair. Honey being a natural humectant attracts moisture to it while the pumpkin’s Vitamin A soothes and moisturizes the hair and the Vitamin C repairs sun damage making your hair look and feel healthy.

There you go! Adopt these dry hair home remedies and transform the health of your hair. Remember to eat well, stay hydrated, and be sun protected to fix your hair like no therapies can.

Here’s to beautiful hair!