Hairstyles, Hair Care & Fashion

Home Remedies for Healthier Hair

It’s no secret that healthy, shining and lustrous hair is a woman's greatest beauty asset. However, hair can only be beautiful when it is maintained in good condition. There is even considerable merit to the argument that the condition of your hair and scalp is a clear pointer to your general well being. Many factors such as physical or emotional stress can cause dull and lifeless hair, and hair problems are also frequently caused by repeated exposure to chemicals, heat from styling appliances and stressful styling practices. Even the age and health of a person, his or her nutritional habits, hormone levels, and seasonal and climatic conditions generally influence hair growth.
There are lots of hair problems that people deal with, and an equal number of home remedies for these conditions, which often vary by region. I feel it important to clearly state that the majority of the evidence proposed to support the claims that these home remedies work is anecdotal and even more often based on old wives’ tales. However, there is sometimes a grain of truth to be found in folklore, so many people prefer to try whatever they feel may help, but certainly won’t hurt.
Woman with greasy hair

Oily / Dry Hair
The root is the main source of nutrition to the entire strand of hair. A tiny tube like pit in the skin called the follicle holds the root of the hair. The papilla that forms the base of the follicle nourishes the root through blood vessels and nerves. Sebaceous glands are also attached to the hair follicle to nourish and protect the shaft by secreting oils.
Healthy hair gets its shine also from a thin coating of sebum. If the sebaceous gland becomes over-active and produces too much sebum the result is greasy hair. Frequent washing does not affect sebaceous secretions, and it will not make greasy hair greasier or dry hair drier.
Home Remedies for Oily / Dry Hair:
Massaging the scalp with the tips of the fingers till it starts to tingle with the heat stimulates the sebaceous glands and enables the blood circulation and makes the hair grow healthy. This is generally felt to help the hair gain a balance in oil production and is believed to help both oily and dry hair problems.
For oily hair, use an astringent “after rinse” made from green tea and the juice of one lemon in 1 quart of water. Allow the mixture to cool and pour through the hair over the scalp after the hair has been shampooed, conditioned and rinsed thoroughly.
Dry hair can be combated using a deep-conditioning treatment with warm olive oil. Use the lightest olive oil you can find to avoid an overly olive aroma afterward. Let the oil sit on the hair for 30 minutes and then shampoo the hair and condition it as normal.
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