Home Remedies for Dry Hair – Ease the Damage

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My sister and her army friends

I have a younger sister who serves in the US army. Being in the military has caused a lot of damage to her hair. Even though it has grown long from natural oils and not being able to shower often, her hair is not well taken care of. She often has to wear it up in tight styles which results in tugging and breakage.

A couple weeks ago she came to visit me in our hometown. I complimented her on how long her hair has grown but she wasn’t happy with it. After hearing her complain about how dry, damaged and annoying it is to deal with, I chose to step in and help her with it. I wanted to show my sister how to get smooth hair and how she can take good care of it even in her situation. Being married in the army allows my sister and her husband to live in a house on base instead of the barracks, so that sure helps with a potential shower routine. I taught her some easy home remedies for dry and damaged hair.

After the following things were done to her hair, she was amazed at the difference. My sister said her hair looked and felt so much better. She wanted to steal my shampoo and conditioner because it smells bomb and works so good. The shampoo/conditioner mix is surely a charm but it’s the whole set of steps that make it work out so well. She has visited once since then, and was excited to shower here to be able to use my products again.


Let’s Begin

You can’t exactly learn how to fix damaged hair because broken hair doesn’t magically zap back together. However, it is almost magic how this simple routine will have your hair looking and feeling afterwards.

Things you will need are: Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil, Acure Shampoo and Conditioner, a wide tooth comb, and a large clip/shower cap.


Start with Coconut Oil

Grab your jar of Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil. This is going to be a deep conditioning for your hair. Use about 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons (whatever is enough to completely cover your whole head) of melted coconut oil. If you need help melting it, read how to on my Coconut Miracle Page. Start applying it to the ends, making sure to work it into your hair. It might be a good idea to flip your head upside town and do this over the tub. After working the coconut oil from your ends to the roots, massage it into your scalp for a couple minutes while your head is upside down.

Start to gently go through with a wide tooth comb, being sure not to tug since hair stretches easily when it is wet. When you’re finished, twist your hair into a bun type up do with a large clip so it is off your back, or use a shower cap. Keep some napkins or paper towels around since the oil likes to drip down foreheads. Leave the coconut oil in your hair for 30 minutes to an hour.


Next use Acure Shampoo and Conditioner

After leaving the coconut oil in long enough, you’re going to need to wash your hair with Acure shampoo. My favorite is the Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell kind, with the white and orange label. Not only is this stuff organic; It’s color safe, vegan, sulfate free, cruelty fee, won’t clog pores, paraben free, gluten free and much more. Plus it’s not $30 a bottle. You can read more about it here.

First, wash your hair with the Acure shampoo. If your hair gets greasy easily, I recommend double washing (this is what I do) it since the coconut oil can make hair oily if it isn’t washed out completely. Then apply the Acure conditioner only to the bottom half of your hair, keeping away from the roots. Leave that in for a couple minutes while washing your body or doing another shower task.


Dry With a Microfiber Towel

Before getting out of the shower, squeeze your hair thoroughly to get rid of any excess water. You’re going to want to use a microfiber towel because they’re made of soft fibers that are easy on hair, unlike traditional towels. You can learn more about them here. When using the microfiber towel, squeeze squeeze squeeze. Don’t rub the towel on your head or you’ll just cause breakage. Put your hair up in the towel for about 5-10 minutes until taking it out (squeeze through it again when you take the towel out of your hair).


End with Coconut Oil

Last but not least, use a few drops of your Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil, melted. Apply this to the tips of your hair, from the ends to an inch up. Work it in, since this will protect your hair from getting split ends.

To make drying a little faster, you can use a blow dryer on the cool setting with your head upside down for a few minutes. Don’t use hot air.

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If you have any questions or comments, leave them below. Try out these steps and tell me how it worked for you!



16 thoughts on “Home Remedies for Dry Hair – Ease the Damage

  1. Hi, I love coconut oil, it works wonders on my hair, I used to use it a lot and then my son was born and I didn`t have time for it anymore. Reading your post reminded me about that easy to use, cheap life saver! I used to leave it in my hair for more than an hour, and every week it was getting stronger and stronger. I have to get myself a jar of coconut oil, my hair desperately needs it!

    • Kams,

      I love it so much. There’s always time for coconut oil! You just have to make time for the five minute application part. Then anything can be done when waiting for it to soak in, like laundry, dishes, reading, etc.

      I like to do the deep conditioning treatment once a week, it makes such a difference.

  2. Hello there
    After 3 week vacation by the sea, the sea water and sun was not kind to my hair(which is thin naturally)
    So while looking for cheap home alternative to store bought hair remedy l came to your site.
    Thanks for explaining things so well and in an easy to understand way.
    Unfortunately l hate the smell of coconut oil, can you recommend something else home remedy in place of coconut oil?
    Thanks so much

    • Roamy,

      Oh no, I didn’t know it was possible to hate the smell of coconut oil haha.

      You can use olive oil and do the same routine listed here. I’ve always used coconut oil for this but I’ve heard olive oil can be pretty good to hair as well. You should try that and come back to tell your experience!

  3. This is a very interesting website. A lot of people suffer from dry hair. I must mention that dry hair can also be caused by washing your hair too often and also by using to much shampoo. Also it can be caused by a poor diet which is probably a very common cause in the 21st century.You suggest coconut oil which a good suggestion because it contains EFAs , essential fatty acids, which help nourish the scalp and hair follicles and thus resulting in healthy radiant hair. Good recommendation.

    • Darryl,

      You make some good points. Dry hair is definitely caused by over-washing hair. I mention this on some other pages such as Reduce Breakage. Diet is also very important, which I talk a little about on my Superfoods page.

      So many different things go into having healthy hair. You know more about it than most women I know!

  4. I have been using coconut oil for about an hour as a leave-in conditioner for a few months now. It makes my hair so soft and manageable! I hadn’t heard of Acure shampoo, from the way you talk about it I’ll have to check that out. And get a microfiber towel as well.

    • Jillian,

      It’s great to hear about people who already use coconut oil since it’s so beneficial to hair. You should surely try out the Acure shampoo, it really is amazing stuff. Plus drying hair with a microfiber towel is a huge step up in treating your hair right.

  5. Hi
    Love your site, definitely bookmarking for later.

    Your home remedies for dry hair are easy to follow so I will try them out and let you know how it goes.

    My hair is dry and I know it is because i do not take the time to treat it. I have highlights and maybe that is also part of the problem. Are the tips going to be the same for highlights (blonde to be exact).

    • Kellie,

      Yes! The tips are the same for every hair color. But yeah, bleach is definitely part of the problem for drying out/causing breakage to hair. You should get the Acure shampoo and conditioner and try coconut oil treatments like I mentioned in the article. Then come back and tell me how it works for you. I’m sure you’ll have all good things to say.

  6. Hi Gina,

    My wife has the same problem. She used coconut oil for home treatment. However she got a lot of acne as she has long hair. Doctor advised not to use oily product for hair and that the skin is sensitive to oil based product. She is wonder if she should cut her hair short or give up using coconut oil. Is there any other suggestions?


    • Alex,

      If she fears haircuts like me, I would say to keep the long hair and continue using coconut oil, just being careful with it.

      When your wife does a coconut oil treatment, make sure she puts her hair up in a large clip or something to keep it from touching her face/skin while the oil is working itself in. The coconut oil should come out completely in the shower, leaving the hair hydrated. I advise her to not put any in the hair after washing the treatment out since this will be touching the skin.

  7. This was one too many steps than im used too but im always interested to learn new things. I wasnt sure about the coconut oil and microfiber towel parts to this process. Does the coconut oil make your hair smell bad though? I heard that it can be a problem for some people or it may be heresay

    • Chris,

      I’ve never heard of coconut oil making hair smell bad, unless you hate the smell of coconut maybe.

      The microfiber towel is just a safe version of a cotton traditional towel. It saves hair from the breakage that normal towels cause and helps dry hair quicker.

  8. Hi, Gina, I’m happy to check out your website and give a comment. I love the layout and the colours you’ve chosen. It’s rich and luxurious looking.

    Your posts offer a wealth of great information. The reviews you’ve done give a person an unbiased look at the products. It gives you everything you need to know to make an informed choice of products that will work on your type of hair.

    I found out I’ve been using dry shampoo all wrong Lol. I do use Batiste like you recommended and my girls like it too.

    I’m glad you’ve focused on the Just Natural products. There are too many things these days that are full of chemicals. Not testing the products on animals is a big plus to which ones I will buy.

    You’ve chosen to post a complete look at all things hair. Something for every type. I’ve used virgin coconut oil for years yet never in my hair. I’m going to try it for my thinning hair.

    Your style of writing flows and it’s easy to read and understand. I use a satin pillowcase and it seems to help. Your posts and reviews have been unmeasurably helpful. I now have a hair plan.

    I will recommend your website to my friends and anyone who needs help with a hair problem. I’ll make sure I pop back often to see what new information you have added to your site.

    Congratulations on creating such an informative site.
    Good luck

    • Ann,

      Oh no! Haha. How have you been using your dry shampoo?

      And yes! I like to focus on the Just Natural products because they’re all awesome.

      I love your comment and all the nice things you’re saying about my website. I appreciate that. Thanks for recommending my website to friends!

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