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I really don't know what I am going to do with my naturally frizzy long hair. It
feels terribly dry and roughto the touch, and also very difficult to style. I either
put it in a loose ponytail or braid my hair to keep it neat and tidy for work. Any
suggestions/tips on how to make my hair softer and smoother so that I have more styling
options? I am on a very tight budget at the moment so pricey hair products like WEN
are definitely out for me. Thanks! – Tina, New York.
Banana Oatmeal Hair Mask to Soften Rough Hair
Although WEN products may seem a tad expensive compared to cheaper drugstore brands,
some friends I spoke with said they are worth every penny spent. According to these
happy customers, WEN by Chaz Dean hair products are of the best quality and remarkably
effective. They leave coarse, out-of-control frizzy hair feeling beautifully soft
and silky smooth.
However, everyone is different. Some things work incredibly well for some folks,
and at all for others so I would suggest you go to wenhaircare.com and have a look
when you have a bigger budget.
Of course, there are many simple, budget-friendly things that you can use to moisturize
and soften dry rough hair naturally without spending a bomb. Common kitchen foods
like avocado, sour cream, yogurt, honey, real maple syrup (or molasses) as well as
beer can improve and smooth rough hair texture.
Argan oil, sweet almond oil, coconut oil and kukui oil (also known as candlenut oil,
kemiri oil) are great for overly dry, lackluster locks that needs a more intensive
moisture boost. These Vitamin E rich oils will help smooth out frizzy hair and protect
dried out hair from damage.
I am especially fond of this easy-to-make dry hair mask recipe. It has natural moisturizing
properties from banana, oatmeal and eggs that penetrate deep into your hair's cuticles,
making dry hair much more manageable and feeling silky smooth and revitalized all
Banana strengthens brittle hair and prevents split ends while adding a healthy shine
and softness. It also helps control dandruff problems.
Oatmeal is a popularly known gentle cleansing agent that stops scalp itching and
protects hair from dryness, leaving it feeling soft and looking shiny.
Eggs are rich in protein that support weak hair shaft and reduce hair breakage, leading
to a strong, glossy and thick head of hair.
Use this homemade oatmeal banana hair mask once a week, preferably twice a week if
you want to restore dried out summer hair. You will get the best results if you use
it immediately after cutting your locks as this allows for better nutrient absorption.
Hopefully, in no time at all, your tresses will go from dry and unmanageable to touchably
soft and totally revitalized!
Banana Oatmeal Hair Mask Recipe for Rough Dry Hair
1. Place 2 tablespoons plain oatmeal, 2 teaspoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons whole
milk in a bowl. Mix thoroughly to form a thick paste. If you hate the smell of olive
oil, try coconut oil instead.
2. Add 1 large egg (optional) and 1 whole banana (mash with the back of a fork until
there are no lumps, or puree in a food processor) to oat mixture. Stir until well
3. Detangle hair with a wide tooth comb, and apply your homemade oatmeal-banana-hair-mask
evenly to your hair in small sections, smoothing from roots to ends.
4. Wrap hair in an old shower cap, or put a large plastic bag over your head and
fasten well. Wait for about 20-30 minutes and then wash off with cool water only.
Warm or hot water may cause the egg to cook in your hair. Shampoo and style as usual.
Try L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Nature Douceur Shampoo. It is a gentle, silicone
and paraben-free shampoo that is designed to tame dry and unruly hair. It contains
olive oil, well known for its hair nourishing properties and a source of essential
fatty acids, and rice bran oil, a hair softening agent that leaves rough, dull-looking
hair smooth, shiny and soft.
I would also suggest you use a leave-in conditioner (spray) on your braids everyday
to keep your hair moisturized and nourished.
What You Can Do to Make Dry Rough Hair Soft and Silky
1. What you eat always shows on your mane. You should consume a well balanced diet
that provides your body with adequate amounts of high quality protein and B-Vitamins,
particularly biotin (Vit H or B7) to strengthen and promote healthy hair growth.
You can find biotin in foods such as Swiss chard, cauliflower, cucumber, halibut,
eggs, milk, berries (strawberries and raspberries) and nuts (almonds and walnuts).
Flax seeds, pine nuts, and oily fish like salmon and tuna also benefit your hair
in a huge way. They contain omega 3 fatty acids, which help moisturize your hair
from the inside out, making it feel luxuriously soft and satiny smooth to the touch.
2. Sufficient fluid intake is as important as a hair-friendly diet. If you are not
drinking enough fluids, your hair becomes bone dry, brittle and more prone to breakage.
Therefore, make sure to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water daily.
3. Cleanse with soft water. The mineral deposits (lime stone and calcium) and chlorine
in unfiltered tap water (hard water) can be harmful and drying to your tresses. They
can leave your mane feeling rough and brittle, and unmanageable. Consider a faucet
mount water filter to remove harsh chemicals and mineral deposits from tap water.
4. Allow your locks to dry naturally as often as possible. If you have to blow dry
your hair, turn your blow dryer to the cool setting to protect your crowning glory
from heat damage. Use hair care products with UV protection to block harmful UVA
and UVB rays and repair damaged hair.