Many women deal with hair loss, dryness, damage, and other major hair problems on a regular basis. Now, it’s not possible for us to get a hair spa done every single day, is it? But, ladies, you don’t really need to go to a parlour to revitalize your strands! Give your dull and damaged locks some TLC right in the comfort of your home by using hair masks that suit your hair the best. But before we jump into hair masks that work wonders for all hair types, let's take a look at what causes your hair to be dry and lackluster!CausesDry Hair TreatmentHomemade Hair MasksHair Masks For Dry Hair
Causes Of Dry Hair
Washing Your Hair Too Frequently
Washing your hair too frequently can make your hair look dry and frizzy. It strips the moisture from your strands and makes your hair more prone to breakage and damage.
Not Using Conditioner Or Serum
Not using any hair conditioner or hair serum can also cause dry hair. Conditioner puts back the moisture into your hair that the shampoo strips off. So, it nourishes your hair, making it soft, shiny, and manageable.
Using too many heat styling products on your hair can damage it. Iron your hair too frequently? That may be the cause of your dry, damaged hair. Always make sure you use a heat-protectant spray before using any heat styling tools.
Some cities have hard water, and hard water isn’t the best suited for your hair, and skin, since it tends to be a little too harsh. So, bathing frequently in untreated hard water makes your hair and skin dry and lacklustre
Hot Water Showers
Addicted to that hot shower? I know, I feel you. I am too. That blast of hot water is horrible for your skin and hair though. And while you can continue bathing in hot water, once you’re done, rinse your entire body with cold water. This helps close the pores, and lock in moisture
Low Water Intake
Don’t drink those 8 glasses of water every day? Me either. But you must! A low water intake reflects on your skin, body, and overall health. You can even supplement regular water with fruit-infused water or coconut water. Even green tea counts!
Let It Air Dry
I’m hooked to blow-drying my roots to perfection. I know how hard it can be to let your hair dry naturally, especially if you have really long and thick hair. But if you do have a choice, let it air dry! And if you don’t have a choice you can use cool air over hot air to dry it.
Don’t Wrap It Up In a Towel
Most of us wrap our hair up in a towel, this not only strips the moisture from your hair, it also makes your hair more susceptible to damage and breakage! Next time you want to dry your hair or put it up after you’ve had a shower, use an old T-shirt instead. This is a gentler way to dry your hair!
You can treat dry hair by taking more care of it. Conditioner, hair serum, hair masks, hair oils are some of the treatment options you have ahead of you. While hair conditioner, hair masks, and hair serum are quick-fixes, oiling your hair a few times a week really helps in the long run!
Homemade Hair Masks For Dry Hair
I’m a firm believer in everything DIY! Hair masks are quite pricey and can cost you anywhere between Rs.500-2,000. If you have very long hair, the entire jar of hair mask tends to last you only one or two uses. This is one of the primary reasons I prefer to make my own hair mask. The secondary, however more important reason is that I can regulate the ingredients myself. So they are as pure and as organic as I want them to be. Here are a few homemade hair masks I absolutely swear by!
This is definitely my absolute favourite DIY Hair Mask because it only takes 5 minutes to make. You need only 2 ingredients, four, if you're feeling fancy.What You'll Need:
1 tub of Aloe Vera Gel
2-3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp Castor Oil/Olive Oil (Optional)
6-7 drops of Tea Tree Oil (Optional)
Take Aloe Vera gel out of the plant or buy one of those big tubs of Aloe Vera gel. Next, pour in a little bit of all the oils you want to the mask, pop the lid back on, and shake it real good. Once the gel looks like white whipped cream, your hair mask is ready to use. Use this on your hair and scalp, and feel free to leave it on overnight! Wake up in the morning and shampoo your hair as usual, and feel that soft, shiny bounce!
The Answer To All Our Woes - Avocado
This hair mask is ULTRA-HYDRATING. It’s probably going to become your bestie. It will help soften, smoothen, and add so much shine to your hair you won’t believe it yourself! Toss in a little bit of honey and be prepared to be blown away. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts moisture, while avocados are rich in fatty acids and work really well in repairing any damage to your mane while simultaneously fighting frizz.What you'll need:
1/2 an Avocado
1 Tbsp Honey
1-2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
Put the ingredients in a blender and whip them until they turn into a smooth lump-free paste. The clumps tend to get caught up in your hair and are difficult to wash off. If you think the mixture is too thick, add some water or an egg to make it thinner. You can apply the mixture to your hair and your roots, and then wash it off after an hour or so. Trust us, you won't be able to stop touching your hair!
The benefits of yoghurt and coconut oil are unparalleled. Bring the two powerhouse ingredients together and you have a potent combination! Yoghurt nourishes your hair and coconut oil moisturises it from the root till the tip! Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup Yoghurt
5-6 Tbsp Coconut Oil
Whip some yoghurt and coconut oil together until it makes a thick paste and slather this onto your hair and roots. Now, just put on a shower cap and snooze. If you don't want to leave it on overnight, wash it off after an hour or so. Your hair will be a ball of fluff and the good kind! Who would have thought hair masks were so easy to make at home? And to think we've been spending so much money buying tiny tubs of hair masks all these years! Crazy right? The next time you run out of a store-bought hair mask, or decide to make one yourself, head straight to your kitchen!
Best Hair Masks For Dry Hair In India
To transform your problematic locks, here are 15 hair masks that will not only nourish your hair but also make it healthy and strong! Psst: want the best possible hair of your life? You need to make the most of your hair mask! Can I let you in on a little secret? There are two ways you can potentially make your hair mask perform better. It really bothers me that I spend a fortune on hair products only to leave them on for 3 to 5 minutes. But I’ve found that these methods make my hair softer, smoother, and frizz-free.
Method 1: Applied to freshly-shampooed damp hair
Once you’ve shampooed your hair, step out of the shower and towel dry your hair. Slather on a generous quantity of the hair mask and massage it in. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then grab your hair dryer. On the lowest heat setting, run a wide-toothed comb through your locks to evenly distribute the heat. The heat from the hair dryer will help your hair absorb the mask and make it softer!
Method 2: The overnight method
Dampen your hair under the sink. Wring out the excess water and towel dry your hair. Lather on some hair mask, massage it well into your hair and go to sleep. Put on a shower cap if you want to avoid messing your pillow. Wash your hair the next morning with a mild shampoo and you won’t be able to stop touching your hair!
Schwarzkopf Spa Essence Hydrating Cream Masque
If you have extremely dry hair, then this mask will come to your rescue. Apply this mask for about half an hour before shampooing, and using it regularly will leave your hair super smooth and shiny. Get a spa-like experience with this amazing mask.Price: Rs 593. Buy it here.
StBotanica Moroccan Argan Hair Mask
Enriched with the ultra-hydrating and healing powers of Moroccan Argan Oil, this hair mask will nurse your hair back to health. Slather it on and let it sit for a few minutes before you wash it off and your hair will be silky, soft, manageable, and very hydrated. With regular use, this will help reverse any damage to your hair. It’s also SLS, sulphate, paraben, and chemical-free making it a godsend for anyone who doesn’t want to subject their hair to harmful chemicals. Price: Rs 999. Buy it here
Global Beauty Secrets Turkish Rhassoul Hair Mask
Rhassoul clay is an ingredient you won’t find too often because that’s how exotic it is. Found in the Atlas mountains, this magical ingredient is known for detoxifying, cleansing, and exfoliation. This hair mask has ingredients like olive oil, honey, and vitamin E to deeply condition your hair. The addition of Rhassoul clay into the hair mask makes it the perfect solution for anyone with a troubled, unbalanced scalp. It will help reduce oil and restore your scalp to its original and optimal PH balance! Price: 525. Buy it here
Matrix Biolage Ultra Hydrasource Hydrating Masque
Dry hair lacks volume and shine, and this ultra-hydrating mask will help restore that shine and give your hair some bounce as well. It deeply moisturizes dull hair, gives it a smooth texture, and makes it more manageable. This mask is also suitable for coloured hair.Price: Rs 475. Buy it here
Oriflame Milk and Honey Gold Hair Mask
Make your hair healthy and lustrous with this milk and honey hair mask for dry and damaged hair. This deep-conditioning hair mask also consists of gold pigments that will give your hair that extra shine and make it more manageable. Get those luxurious tresses you’ve always wanted with this amazing hair mask for dry hair! Price: Rs 329. Buy it here.
TONIandGUY Nourish Reconstruction Hair Mask
This is the perfect hair mask for someone with extremely damaged and dry hair. The formula penetrates deeper into your hair nourishing your hair while also moisturising every strand. Apply it to damp hair and leave it on for a few minutes before washing it off. You won’t believe how soft your hair feels!Price Rs: 810. Buy it here
OGX Moroccan Argan Oil Treatment
This rich, renewing hair mask is enriched with Moroccan Argan Oil, antioxidants, and vitamin E. The formula penetrates deep into your skin and leaves your hair feeling soft, supple, and incredibly luminous. It’s perfect for all hair types and won’t make your hair greasy or sticky. Price: Rs 725. Buy it here
Richfeel Hair Pack Brahmi
This amazing hair mask will help in nourishing, moisturizing, and conditioning your dry and brittle hair. Save your strands with this mask by applying it to damp hair after you’re done shampooing. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.Price: Rs 449. Buy it here
Biotique Bio Musk Root Fresh Hair Growth Nourishing Treatment Pack
For gorgeous hair, use this herbal hair mask on a regular basis. It consists of pure musk root, licorice, and nutmeg that will help in rejuvenating your scalp and promoting hair growth. The musk root helps in preventing any bacterial infections, and also makes your hair strong and luscious.Price: Rs 223. Buy it here
Wella Professionals Brilliance Treatment For Colored Hair
Coloured hair is often more prone to damage. This deep conditioning hair mask will help in providing nourishment to your dyed hair. This hair mask for damaged hair will also help enhance the colour and moisturize your strands, making it super soft and supple. Say hello to healthy, gorgeous hair and lush colour with this amazing hair mask for dry and damaged hair.Price: Rs 649. Buy it here
Indus Valley Deep Nourishing Hair Spa with Keratin
Rejuvenate your locks with this keratin-infused hair mask. It will tackle a lot of your hair problems like dry scalp, hair fall, and even dandruff. It strengthens the hair follicles and revitalizes the scalp, which helps in maintaining healthy hair growth.Price: Rs 299. Buy it here.
Macadamia Oil Extract Hair Mask
Enriched with macadamia oil, this hair mask will help rejuvenate your dry and damaged strands. It is perfect for hair that gets super frizzy and is unmanageable, especially in hot weather. Apply this mask once or twice in a week and get soft and gorgeous tresses.Price: Rs 1387. Buy it here.
Arganic by Aryanveda 100% Organic Moroccan Argan Hair Mask
Restore the shine and texture of your hair with this mask that consists of Moroccan Argan oil. It nourishes the hair cuticles and repairs all kinds of damage to the scalp. It’s also perfect for girls with curly and wavy hair since it reduces frizz and makes your curls oh-so-soft.Price: Rs 353. Buy it here.
L'Oreal Paris Hair Total Repair 5 Masque
An oldie, but a goodie this hair mask lives by its name. It repairs your hair from the roots to the tips making it soft and more manageable. Use it in conjunction with the shampoo and conditioner and you will be very pleased with the results. It even gets rid of any dryness and split-ends! Price: Rs 292. Buy it here
L'Oreal Women's Serie Expert Prokeratin Liss Unlimited Masque
When your hair is chemically treated, it’s always a little more fragile. Use this hair mask to strengthen and bring back the lustre it once had. This mask has kukui, keratin, and primrose oil to control frizz, smoothen your hair, and boost shine. Price Rs: 710. Buy it here
Here’s to gorgeous hair, ladies!
Featured Image: InstagramInternal Images: ShutterstockThis story was updated in January 2019.