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How to Hydrate Your Hair at Home

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A good hair day can do wonders for your mood and self-esteem. Likewise, dealing with dry and brittle hair can be extremely disheartening, especially when you’ve tried every store-bought treatment under the sun.

While there are a multitude of products on the market for dry hair, home remedies can be just as useful and attainable for all Women of Today. If you’re looking for how best to treat dry hair and transform it into silky smooth, hydrated locks, here are some of the best home remedies we’ve found with items you probably already own and are sitting in your kitchen right now!

A hair mask is the easiest way to add moisture to your locks that will remain long after you rinse it out. While there are plenty of combinations you could try to make the perfect mask for your hair, avocado is the best ingredient to ensure you are getting adequate moisture for your dry strands. For your mask, mash together one avocado, ¼ cup of olive oil and 1 tbsp of lemon juice. Once mixed, apply to your hair from root to tip, let sit for 15 minutes and then wash out with shampoo and conditioner. Avocado is full of fatty acids which will leave your hair looking shiny and feeling nourished. According to Style Craze, avocado is also “rich in biotin, which is shown to help stimulate new hair growth.” Just as avocado is great for your health, your hair can benefit from it as well. You can also just take an avocado, smash it and use this one ingredient as an easy mask.

If your hair feels like straw, especially after bleaching or dying it, consider a homemade mask with more specialized ingredients. Mix together 1-2 tbsp of honey (the primary hydrating ingredient here), with 1 cup of pumpkin puree and a half cup of yogurt. Once mixed, apply it from root to tip on clean, wet hair and cover with a shower cap. Let the mask sit for 15 minutes, then wash out with shampoo and conditioner. Belle Bar Organic explains, “Not only does honey deeply moisturize, pumpkin is packed with hair-healthy vitamins A and K, plus magnesium and zinc, which help contribute to hair growth, too!” Your color-treated hair will thank you for giving it a little extra TLC.

You could debate all day on the best shampoo and conditioner for dry hair, but why splurge when you can make a leave-in conditioner at home that’s just as effective. For your own hydrating leave-in conditioner, Kinky Curly Yaki recommends mixing 2 tbsp of coconut oil and 1 tsp of avocado oil in a bowl. Then, add 4 tbsp of aloe vera gel and 1/3 cup of water together into a spray bottle and pour the oil mixture over top. After you’ve given it a good shake, mist generously over the bottom half of your hair for a homemade treatment for thirsty locks.

If you’re missing some of the ingredients for any of the masks above and are looking for a simpler solution for your hair, beer has actually been noted to make a wonderful conditioner. According to Health from U.S. News, beer can strengthen and repair damaged hair from the proteins found in both malt and hops. Mix 1 cup of warm beer with 1 tsp of jojoba oil and apply as you would a traditional conditioner, rinsing afterward. If you don’t want to waste a perfectly good bottle, consider using banana instead. Mashed banana has been known to add both hydration and shine, according to Healthline, making your favorite snack also the answer to your hair care prayers.

While your first instinct may be to turn to expensive, well-marketed products to soothe your hair woes, consider taking a look in your own kitchen first and mix up a mask or leave-in conditioner to give some love to your thirsty locks. With just a few ingredients, you can look forward to the hydrated hair of your dreams and enjoy the boost of a good hair day, every day!