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DIY Hair Masks for Dry Hair

DIY masks for dry hair are the perfect way to restore its lost moisture and shine without the extra cost of special hair care products or unneeded chemicals. Making a mask for dry hair isn’t hard at all and it doesn’t require any special skill, special products or time you don’t have. And here are a few treatments for dry hair you can try:
1. Coconut Pack

Rich in proteins, fatty acids, vitamin B and C, zinc, potassium and iron, coconut will definitely prove to be one of the best treatments for dry hair ever! Invest in a jar of extra virgin coconut oil and simply apply it on your hair whenever you know that your hair is going through a lot of stress (example: hot summers) or when you notice that your standard hair care routine is lacking something. Work the oil into your hair section by section, massage it into your scalp, pack in a warm towel and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse, wash and condition as usual.

2. Honey and Olive Oil Mask for Dry Hair

As weird as it sounds, honey actually does great things for both your hair and your face. Olive oil, well we’ve already discussed this awesome ingredient of most DIY hair masks. Now all you’ll have to do is to put these two together by mixing 4 table spoons of honey with 6 table spoons of olive oil and you’ll get one super nurturing mask that will transform your hair! Let it sit on your hair for 15 to 30 minutes and don’t forget to cover it with a plastic bag.
3. Milk and Honey Mask

Milk and honey infusion might have been a luxury a few hundred years ago but it’s something a modern woman her use whenever she pleases! And if you have dry hair, you’ll definitely want to indulge in it every week or two. Use a half to a full cup of full fat milk (room temperature) and add either one or 2 big tablespoons of honey. Mix well to get the honey to melt, then carefully pour it over your hair making sure the most of it really ends up where it should. I usually allow it about an hour to work, then rinse it off using my regular shampoo. This wonderful pack won’t weight your hair down or make it greasy but give it wonderful, healthy shine and softness instead.

4. Avocado, Olive Oil, and Honey Mask for Dry Hair

Next on the list of great DIY masks for dry hair is a simple, yet incredibly nurturing mixture of some of the best natural products ever – honey, avocado and olive oil! Mash one nice, ripe avocado (use it’s flesh only) and add one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of olive oil. Blend it all well and apply on your damaged tresses. Wrap a plastic bag over your hair to maximize the effect of this mask and leave it to work its magic. Twenty minutes is okay if you’re in a rush although I always prefer to leave it on at least an hour.
5. 30 Minute Mask for Split Ends

If your hair looks too damaged, dry and split and you can’t really tell which parts desperately need a chop, definitely invest 30 minutes of your life and give this mask for dry hair a go! You’ll need two tablespoons of honey, one tablespoon of almond oil and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (feel free to double the amount in case you have long hair). Mix these together and slowly work the mixture into your tresses focusing on the ends and going up until you’ve covered all the damaged bits. Let it sit there over the next half an hour (or more) then rinse off. The mask alone won’t help you get rid of splits (you will have to visit your stylist and get them chopped off) but it will dramatically improve the appearance of the rest of your hair as well as all parts that used to look like they should be chopped off but had enough life in them to be restored.
6. Mayonnaise Pack

Have you ever tried using mayonnaise to restore your hair’s natural moisture? Well, you should definitely give it a try! And the next of my treatments for dry hair is actually super-simple. All you need is some mayo (and don’t tell me you don’t have it – it is, after all, one of the most popular guilty pleasures) and a few drops of some essential oil, just to keep your hair smelling nice! Massage mayonnaise into your dry sections, leave in on for the next 15-20 minutes then shampoo and style as usual.
7. Strawberry Mask

The last on the list of DIY masks for dry hair is something that most certainly won’t make your hair smell bad and will give it lots and lots of moisture and shine! In order to make it you’ll need 200 grams of fresh strawberries, one egg yolk and 2 big spoons of olive oil. Mash or blend your strawberries, mix in the last two ingredients and apply to your hair. Leave it in and rinse off after 20 to 30 minutes.

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How to Prevent Puffy Hair in Humid Weather

Humidity can wreak havoc on your hair if you let it. Luckily, even a small change in your hair care routine can tame puffy hair; specially-made products as well as home remedies round out the attack. If you don’t want to settle with puffy, lawless hair on a humid day, you should be able to help matters.

Part 1 of 3: Everyday Hair Care in Humid Environments

  1. Get the right cut. If you live in an area that is known for humid weather, consider getting a haircut that caters to your hair type. Long hair and straight cuts add the weight needed to pull down hair that would otherwise puff out. An angled or slightly layered cut will remove some of the bulk. A layered cut will emphasize curls, but could result in puffier hair.
  2. Shampoo at most every other day. Shampoo is great for cleaning dirt and grime away from hair, but it’s not so great at taming puffy hair. That’s because shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils, which make your hair silken and combat frizz. Some people go for as long as a week in between shampooing.[1] The exact amount of time is up to you, but the consensus is that waiting a couple days between washes produces healthier, less puffy hair.
  3. When conditioning after shampoo, wash off conditioner using cold water. There’s some debate about how effective this is, but the idea is pretty simple: cold water causes the cuticles of the hair to contract, simultaneously adding shine and taming frizz.[2] Some scientists, however, doubt the effectiveness of cold water on the scalp, saying that since hair cuticles aren’t living cells, they shouldn’t contract.[3] The debate aside, this advice shouldn’t cause puffy hair, so try it out and see if it works. As discussed below, certain specially-designed leave-in conditioners can help fight puffy hair.
  4. Dry hair gently. If your hair is prone to fly-aways and frizzes, carefully blot your hair dry with the towel instead of rubbing. Allow hair to air-dry as much as possible to reduce the amount of puffiness in your hair. If you blow your hair dry, avoid a lot of movement with the blow dryer. Blow your hair dry slowly and in small sections on the lowest heat setting. Remember to blow down the shaft of hair instead of across it, which separates hair sections, or upward, which provides volume and lift but also adds puffiness to frizzy hair. Keep in mind that blow drying removes moisture from the hair strands, which increases frizz.
  5. Avoid over-combing your hair. It can be tempting to smooth out your hair with plenty of brushstrokes after stepping out of the shower. But brushing or combing your hair causes friction, which causes heat and breakage to the hair cuticle.[4] This leads to puffy or frizzy hair. Instead of combing your hair like you’ve entered a contest, use a wide-toothed comb or a paddle brush with ball-tipped ends. Finish off with a light pass using your fingers as a comb.
  6. Decide on a style for the day that works with your natural hair type. In humid weather, you hair will tend to do what it naturally wants to do. Fighting your hair type will probably cause you a lot of frustration; chances are you’ll end up losing every time. If your hair is straight, avoid the urge to put it in curlers on humid days. If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, work with the waves instead of opting for a straight style.
    1. Try tying your hair up in a bun or ponytail and finish off by applying some anti-frizz gel.
      If you’re having a truly tremendous hair day, never underestimate the help a hat or well-tied scarf can do for your hair.

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Why Humidity Makes Your Hair Curl

Humid air causes hydrogen bonds to form between water molecules and the proteins in your hair, triggering curls and frizz.

If you have long hair, you probably don’t need to look up a weather report to get an idea of how much humidity’s in the air: You can simply grab a fistful of hair and see how it feels. Human hair is extremely sensitive to humidity—so much that some hygrometers (devices that indicate humidity) use a hair as the measuring mechanism, because it changes in length based on the amount of moisture in the air.

Straight hair goes wavy. If you have curly hair, humidity turns it frizzy or even curlier. Taming the frizz has become a mega industry, with different hair smoothing serums promising to “transform” and nourish hair “without weighing hair down.” But just why does humidity have this strange effect on human hair?

Hair Cross Section

Hair’s chemical structure, as it turns out, makes it unusually susceptible to changes in the amount of hydrogen present in the air, which is directly linked to humidity. Most of a hair’s bulk is made up of bundles of long keratin proteins, represented as the middle layer of black dots tightly packed together in the cross-section at right.

These keratin proteins can be chemically bonded together in two different ways. Molecules on neighboring keratin strands can form a disulfide bond, in which two sulfur atoms are covalently bonded together. This type of bond is permanent—it’s responsible for the hair’s strength—and isn’t affected by the level of humidity in the air.

But the other type of connection that can form between adjacent keratin proteins, a hydrogen bond, is much weaker and temporary, with hydrogen bonds breaking and new ones forming each time your hair gets wet and dries again. (This is the reason why, if your hair dries in one shape, it tends to remain in roughly that same shape over time.)

Hydrogen bonds occur when molecules on neighboring keratin strands each form a weak attraction with the same water molecule, thereby indirectly bonding the two keratin proteins together. Because humid air has much higher numbers of water molecules than dry air, a given strand of hair can form much higher numbers of hydrogen bonds on a humid day. When many such bonds are formed between the keratin proteins in a strand of hair, it causes the hair to fold back on itself at the molecular level at a greater rate.

On the macro level, this means that naturally curly hair as a whole becomes curlier or frizzier due to humidity. As an analogy, imagine the metal coil of a spring. If you straighten and dry your hair, it’ll be like the metal spring, completely straightened out into a rod. But if it’s a humid day, and your hair is prone to curling, water molecules will steadily be absorbed and incorporated into hydrogen bonds, inevitably pulling the metal rod back into a coiled shape.

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Hair Coloring FAQ

1. Will coloring make my hair fall out?

The answer is an emphatic “NO.” There is no scientific evidence that hair coloring causes extra hair loss, and there is no physiological reason why it should do so.

During my many years of practice in my London and New York clinics, I have never been able to associate hair loss with coloring. I did an eight-month study involving 30 women and three men, who all underwent various types of hair coloring, and none showed signs of extra hair loss. A bad color job, however, can cause hair breakage, which may be confused with extra hair loss.

2. Will coloring make my hair thinner?

The answer again is “No.” So many women (and men for that matter) come to me with thinned hair and blame it on the color: “It’s only since I started coloring that I have noticed my hair is thinner,” they say. This is coincidental; many women start coloring when their hair is turning gray, or when the color is not as vibrant. They are often at the age, unfortunately, when the hair can begin to thin for other reasons, but they blame it on the coloring. Or, they start coloring their hair at a young age and notice the hair is thinner when they are in their 30s and 40s, again blaming coloring. But it would have thinned anyway.

3. Coloring my hair makes it dry; what can I do?

Coloring can dry the hair — permanent color and bleach in particular.

While semi-permanent color doesn’t dry it out as much as permanent, repeated use can cause dry ends. Always use a moisture-balancing or remoisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and a deep, remoisturizing hair mask once or twice a week depending on the dryness. Always apply a leave-in conditioning cream (non-greasy) before blow-drying. And remember not to over-dry or over-brush.

Daily shampooing and conditioning will not dry your hair providing you choose the correct products.

4. What should I look for in a hair color product?

Choose your color from the packet or swatch on display. Colors may change according to fashion, but the basic chemistry of coloring agents has not changed much over the years.

They all have similar ingredients, so there’s no point reading the label.

However, the best person to advise you is your hairdresser, and the best place to have hair color done is in a salon.

5. Should I choose permanent or semi-permanent color?

In the long term, permanent hair color is best, which may surprise you when you take into account the extra peroxide and ammonia it might contain. The reason is that permanent color should only be applied to the new hair growth at the roots, briefly overlapping with the previously dyed hair.

Semi-permanent color, on the other hand, is applied to the whole head each time, because of the more rapid fading.

This results in repeated full-head applications, so the ends finish up darker than the roots. If, for example, your hair is an average 10 inches long, the ends of your hair, at half an inch a month growth, would be 20 months old.

Therefore, a monthly, semi-permanent color treatment means that the ends of the hair would have suffered 20 applications!

6. Is it safe to have my hair colored during pregnancy? 

Yes. All women want to look their best when they’re pregnant, and whatbetter way to boost morale than to have your hair the way you want?

7. Can hair colorants cause cancer? 

There are recurring scares about hair colorings causing bladdercancer. The first was about 25 years ago and the latest in 2002. Therewere some studies that indicated a link, but none could besubstantiated on humans. Each study was similar: The hair of mice wasshaved daily and hair color was applied to their skin. After threemonths (100 applications), most of the mice had bladder cancer. I thinkit is unreasonable to base a link on this method of testing as dailyapplications on shaved skin would seriously affect absorption rates.Evidence that hair coloring is safe has been demonstrated in two majorstudies by the American Cancer Society and Harvard University.

The verdict? “The overall evidence excluded any appreciable andmeasurable risk of bladder cancer from personal use of hair dye.” So,would I let my family use it? Absolutely.

8. Is using a hair color likely to give me a rash? 

There is a possibility, but not if you go about it correctly.All hair dye packaging recommends carrying out a skin patch test beforeusing a colorant.

Apply the color to an area the size of a quarter, behind an earor inner elbow. If, after 24 hours, there is no irritation, discomfortor redness, it is safe to color without risk of a rash or reaction.When you read about people suffering severe allergic reactions, it ismost likely that the patch-test warnings have been ignored in thesecases. As it is estimated that only one in 250,000 people may besensitive to hair color, it is not surprising that the patch test isoften ignored. But, take heed, you may be that one in 250,000.

9. Can hair coloring give me a dry and itchy scalp? 

Many women have existing flaky and itchy scalp conditions and blame their hair color. In my answer to question one, I mentioned aneight-month study I conducted to establish that hair coloring does notcause thinning or hair loss. Many of the people I was going to pick forthe study already had scalp problems flaking, itching or tenderness, soI was reluctant to include them because of the possibility ofaggravating the condition. Of those I did include, though, all hadimproved scalps after coloring their hair! This was probably due to theantiseptic effect of the peroxide. While I am not suggesting that haircolor can be used to improve a scalp condition, these results certainlyindicate a good, rather than a bad, reaction if you have a flaky scalp.However, coloring should definitely be avoided on scratched or veryirritated skin conditions.

10. I don’t want to use peroxide or ammonia. What else can I use to color my hair? 

The obvious coloring agents to use in this case would bevegetable colors such as henna or camomile. These have manydisadvantages, though: The colors they produce are not natural-lookingand they fade very quickly, leading to more frequent applications,unnatural colors and, ultimately, drier, brittle hair. Also, in asimilar way to semi-permanent colors, there is a continual overlap inapplication, leading to an unnatural appearance — particularly on theends.

To obtain natural-looking hair color, peroxide and ammonia areneeded, as without these ingredients your color will not take as well,look as good, or last as long. There are specific reasons for theirinclusion that involve complicated hair and ingredient chemistry.

Provided you take sufficient care before, during and after thedying process, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have the best ofall worlds: beautiful, long-lasting color and well-conditioned hair.