The 5 best home treatments for dry and damaged hair
Aug. 31, 2020
You thought you could get away with shampoo and conditioner. “But it says ‘for dry and damaged hair!’” you protest. If you’ve got dry and damaged hair, your hair deserves a lot better. And this means developing a whole course of treatment that starts before you shampoo all the way to day-to-day treatments like hair masks. If your skin was dry you’d do something to give it some heavy nourishment and moisturization, and the same goes for your hair.
Go nuts with coconut
Funnily enough, if your hair soaks up too much moisture it could end up looking duller and drier. Why’s that? Not only does water absorption cause hair strands to swell, it’s because your hair needs a healthy balance of natural oils that are secreted by your hair follicles, and if you deprive your hair too much of this oil, you’ll damage its health, making it dry, dull and brittle.
Enter coconut oil. Apply it to the shaft of your hair 20-30 minutes before shampooing to form a barrier that prevents too much water absorption when your wash your hair. For all its coconutty goodness, you will want to shampoo and condition thoroughly though, because coconut oil left on hair for too long can cause greasy, heavy strands which can damage your hair in other ways. Best to avoid.
I know how good it feels to splash hot water all over your head. It’s what they do at salons anyway right? But it’s actually a well-known fact to many hairstylists that a cold water rinse leads to shinier, more lustrous locks. That’s because cold water closes and protects your hair cuticle, which is the opposite of what hot water and humidity does. If you’re a bit shy of the cold, don’t cut your cold rinse short; that can lead to hair residue being left in your hair, making your cold rinse treatment good for making your hair shiny, but bad for actually cleaning your hair. If you’re not quite sure how to do this effectively, try this: wrap a wet towel with cold water around your hair, and let the towel return to room temperature. Then shampoo and condition your hair, and rinse with cold water. Finally, gently comb your hair shaft from root to end. I promise you that you’ll find your hair softer and shinier.
Extra virgin olive oil
With extra virgin olive oil. Yes, that stuff belongs on your salad, but can also be applied to your head. It is no secret for folks who live under the Mediterranean sun just how nourishing extra virgin olive oil can be. It has anti-inflammatory effects and many healthy fats that are perfect for conditioning and nourishing your hair. If you’re gonna put anything in your hair though, make sure it’s extra-virgin. Any other types of olive oil won’t make the cut, because the extraction methods are different and the other types of olive oil may have nutrients stripped out and also contain unwanted ingredients for your hair.
As well as being an after sun, aloe vera can actually be an absolutely awesome hair treatment ingredient. Use it on its own, or mix it in with other nourishing ingredients like honey and coconut oil. Leave it in your hair for about half an hour before shampooing and you’ll find not only your hair softer, but your scalp more tender. If you’re not feeling aloe-ed out yet, go crazy with an aloe leave-in conditioner spray.
Shower with potato flour
As boring as potatoes look, they pack tons of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B, vitamin C and iron that can go a long way to improve your hair’s health. And if you’re not a fan of mash, I’ve got some good news for you – there’s no eating involved. You can DIY your own shampoo by using potato flour. Grab your apron and let’s head to the kitchen. To make your potato flour shampoo, simply combine ¼ cup of potato flour and 2 cups of water in a saucepan, mix thoroughly until smooth, and set it on low heat for 15 minutes. Once removed from the heat, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and let it cool, and you’re done! Use instead of your traditional shampoo once or twice, weekly.
As with anything, a little love goes a long way. And you can show your hair that you care by going an extra mile. Although it might feel out of whack to put honey on your hair or to venture into the kitchen to cook something that you’ll apply to your scalp, every bit of effort will help kick out that dryness and restore that lustrous, nourished, glowing look you deserve.
Got your own home recipes for treating hair? Share them below!
Wednesday Wellness 🙏🏾
This past week has been rather hard and long for me. I ultimately decided to get back on track with my wellness plan. My main wellness goal for 2021, is to indulge in myself more. I definitely am a firm believe in “as within, so without”. I started my day with: #Four Sigmatic - Mushroom Elixir Mix with Chaga[products]#[FiveStars] I have been getting back into adaptogen and herbal medicine. What we put into our bodies is just as important as what goes on the outside. Adaptogens are apart of ancient medicinal traditions traced all over the world. I also drink Tulsi “Holy Basil” Tea. If you need a pick me up or emotional boost I highly recommend! SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is my treatment of choice I used during the day. Do not be afraid to use salicylic acid during the day. I applied plenty of sunscreen afterwards as well! This is a GODSEND for clearing up acne and acne scarring. It’s by far the best acne treatment I’ve tried and its mostly due to the immediate results I get. This is a dry oil, so it should be used before a heavy moisturizer or sunscreen. THE BODY SHOP - Spa of the World Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil is a staple in my night time routine. When I want to relax and really unwind I use a body roller with this oil. It smells like a fresh key lime pie and it’s so hydrating. This is great for firming, especially when paired with a body tool. What do you do for wellness?
Clear skin the gentle way?
Thank you @cheriefor this amazing gift 🤩 “buh-koo-chee-all” HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum I’ve already become a diehard Herbivore lover. So to receive this beauty was super exciting. When I started my acne journey on Cherie I was (and still am) a Differin Acne Gel stan. This was my choice of retinol and I wanted it strong to treat acne and boost my cellular turnover. Now that my acne is currently under control and it’s getting hot again, I definitely want something smooth and gentle. Bakuchiol is a gentler alternative to the very popular ingredient retinol. So essentially you’ll get overall youthful results for your skin. I haven’t tested this on my acne theory yet, but overall my face has been smooth and irritation free. This serum does not have a smell which I love for products of this caliber. I also love that it’s light and not drying at all. I use this at night and since i have a tolerance to retinol I use it every night. I haven’t been using it long enough to see results (about 12 weeks) but I definitely can’t wait to finish this. Have you tried Bakuchiol?
We’ll Miss You!
To our cherie fam who has inspired us deeply over the last year and a half: thank you. We are so grateful to have been a part of your beauty journeys and the community you created with us was nothing short of amazing. It's with sadness that we announce that cherie will be closing our doors on April 8, 2021, and your posts will no longer be available. While our platform will no longer be available, we encourage our community members to continue finding ways to create and allow their authentic voices to be heard.
Clear Hydrated Skin The Clean Way✨
Staying in the trend of clean beauty, I have found an amazing product to add to my everyday routine. Odacité SKINCARE - Blue Aura Cleansing Water This is a cleansing water that is marketed to use in place of your cleanser for a “quick” clean. When looking for a good cleansing water, you want one that is hydrating and gets your face clean. Keep in mind not all cleansing waters are designed to clean makeup (I highly recommend a cleansing balm and cleanser). About This Brand: ✨Vegan ✨Cruelty Free ✨Certified Organic ✨ NO: Fillers | Parabens | Nanoparticles | Petrochemicals | PEG | Synthetic perfumes | Dyes | Phenoxyethanol. This cleansing water is so hydrating and satisfying to use. It smells very fresh and a little goes a long way. What is very important to me is my dry spot aren’t tight or irritated. I have been using this day and night and have seen amazing results acne and skin barrier wise. I included this in my routine after a regular cleanser and before my serums. So essentially, I use this as a “toner”. I do this to clean up anything my cleanse left behind, or the cleanser itself. INGREDIENTS: ✨Tumeric: Amazing for hyperpigmentation and overall skin brightness ✨Holy Basil: I drink the tea and can vouch this is an amazing adaptogen that can overall benefit every aspect of your life. It combats aging and free radical damage. ✨Neem: great anti aging ingredient that helps protects your skin barrier. ✨Aloe Vera Juice: this is great for your skin barrier overall. It hydrated, protects and brightens. I highly recommend this cleansing water and it is on sale for $9 at Boxycharm Pop Up 🥰🥰
HOLY GRAIL SPF 🌞🌞🌞
Okay guys as I have said before I am guilty of rarely ever wearing sunscreen. I just never liked the feel of it on my skin. I always felt like it made me greasy & clogged my pores. However, once I heard about this product I was very intrigued. NIOD - Survival 30 It actually isn’t sold in the United States for some reason so I had to purchase it on a UK website. (Beauty Bay) It is an antioxidant serum with SPF 30. At first, it appears to be tinted but it’s actually not. On NIOD’s website they state: “The slight tinted appearance is derived from the active technologies including Lutein, Fractionated Melanin and Pycnogenol.” It blends in with your skin so easily & does not leave a white cast like some other SPF products. However this serum literally makes my skin tone soo even & perfect! It also contains silicone so it completely smooths over my pores. AND besides all that great stuff, it’s a mineral sunscreen! So it protects against environmental & lifestyle issues. Like UV rays, blue light, etc. I have never loved a product as much as this one! I literally cannot believe how good my skin looks while using this stuff! For a 30ml bottle, I paid $33 on the Beauty Bay site. For me, that is completely worth it! It comes in this adorable packaging & pretty glass bottle. It also has a pump dispenser & squirts out the perfect amount for a single use! I really can’t recommend this stuff enough guys! It’s wonderful!! @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
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