Help Me Choose Natural Products for Dry Hair
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Help Me Choose Natural Products for Dry Hair

What is it?

Dry hair develops when your hair does not get or retain enough moisture.

The hair itself has no natural lubrication and relies on the natural sebum (oils) made by the scalp to keep it shiny and moisturized.

Sometimes, the scalp does not make enough oil, which leads to dry hair. Also, as you age, your hair naturally makes less oil.

Dry hair can also be the result of damage to the hair itself. Each strand of healthy hair has a protective layer called the cuticle. Just as shingles shield your home from rain and sun damage, the cuticle shields your hair from heat and sun damage. In a healthy cuticle, the layers lie tightly together which helps retain moisture. When there is damage to the cuticle, layers can separate from the hair shaft and impair its ability to hold moisture.

Dry hair lacks the hydration it needs to give it a sheen and a soft texture. As a result, hair that is dry will be brittle and dull, have a straw-like texture and appear frizzy, lifeless, and dull.

Symptoms of Dry Hair

Dull & Lifeless Hair

Lack of moisture causes hair to loose bounce, luster and shine, and look dull and lackluster.

Hair Breakage & Decrease Elasticity

Dry hair, more brittle and less elastic than normal hair, is more prone to breakage. Did you ever try to use an old rubber band that had dried out? As soon as you stretched it--it broke. Dry brittle hair behaves the same way--the less give (elasticity) your hair has the less moisture it contains and the more easily it breaks.

Brittle, Rough or Harsh Texture

Does your hair feel like silk or like straw? Dry hair has a rough and coarse-to-the-touch texture. Dry hair is often frizzy or has lots of fly-away strands.

Itchy & Flaky Scalp

When the skin on your body is dry, it is often itchy and flaky. The skin on your head, your scalp, is no different.

Split Ends

When the end of a hair strand separates into two or more pieces--you have split ends. Most agree that there is no way to fix split ends--the only good solution is a good trim. But you can help prevent them by being more gentle with your hair and adding a good natural conditioning balm to the ends. There are many folks with split ends that do not have dry hair!

Dry and Frizzy Hair

Dry, frizzy hair is dull, lackluster and usually characterized by a feeling of dryness, split ends or hair that is brittle and breaks easily. This type of hair feels rough, and not smooth and silky and is generally indicated by frizziness, fly away hair and a lack of shine. Dryness can be caused by insufficient oil production by the sebaceous glands on the scalp or due to hormonal imbalances, diets deficient in proteins and vitamins or due to chemical treatments.

Helping with Dry Hair

The Path to Beautiful Hair Begins With Natural Cleansing

The Path to Beautiful Hair Begins With Natural Cleansing

All shampoos are not created equal!

Use a moisturizing natural shampoo made with organic ingredients that will gently clean the hair and scalp without stripping away natural protective oils.

Commercial shampoos are actually made from detergent cleansers, synthetic chemicals, and stabilizers that can be harsh on the hair and scalp. In order to compensate for the stripped natural oils, you reach for the bottle of conditioner. Commercial conditioners simply coat the hair and weigh it down.

Natural shampoo bars contains carefully selected ingredients that promote a moisturized scalp and well-conditioned hair.



If your hair is dry or damaged, you can help replace missing oils by using natural, organic hair balms and hair oils that nourish hair, seal in moisture and keep hair hydrated and healthy.

  • Moisturize Daily: If your hair is very dry, use balms or oils daily to help decrease split ends, stop frizz and add shine back to dull, lifeless hair. After shampooing place a small amount of oil or balm in the palm of your hand, rub palms together and smooth over the length of your hair (wet or dry) evenly. Then comb hair thoroughly to get the oil evenly distributed. Or apply to just the dry ends.

  • Dry Scalp: Quite often people think they have dandruff but it is really just a dry scalp. Scalp massage with or without moisturizer can help stimulate blood flow and natural oil production. (Read more about scalp massage below)

  • Deep condition once a week: treatment: Wrap oiled hair in a warm towel for 30 minutes or longer or even overnight. Wash and style as usual.


Other Things To Do

Other Things To Do

Shampoo less often: Even using a gentle shampoo can be drying if done too often. If your scalp starts looking a bit oily, a natural dry shampoo can help by absorbing excess oils on the scalp.

Let your hair air dry: Keep blow dryers to a minimum. It may take a few weeks for your natural shine and texture to show through. If you must use a dryer once in a while, use the warm or cool setting and keep it several inches from your head.

Be Gentle: Dry hair is fragile hair. When shampooing do not scrub or wring hair and use a lukewarm water rinse. Hot water can be damaging to dry hair.

Use a comb instead of a brush: Brushing hair rips through snarls and can leave your hair looking frizzy and rough. Use a wide-toothed comb while hair is wet.

Stop chemical hair treatments. Chemical treatments, like dyes, perms and relaxers, even if done once, can cause long-term damage.

Helpful Hints

Scalp Massage

Scalp massage can improve scalp circulation and encourage natural sebum production in dry hair. 

You massage a dry or wet scalp. An easy way to incorporate a scalp massage into your hair care routine is in the shower after applying shampoo or conditioner. Or do a scalp massage in the evening before bedtime since it can also help ease stress and tension.

Spread your fingers, and then place your fingertips on the scalp. Avoid using fingernails which can break hair strands or damage the scalp. Use slow, gentle movements to move fingertips in a circular pattern around the whole head alternating fingertips around different areas of the scalp.

You can do a gentle scalp massage as often as you would like.

If you suffer from dry hair add a few drops of natural hair oil to your fingertips before massaging the scalp.


Proper Brushing

A flakey scalp does not always mean dandruff. It could be an indication that the scalp is very dry and/or irritated. Proper brushing can help "exfoliate" the scalp to remove dead skin cells and allow natural oils to nourish the scalp. 

Your Natural Scalp Oil may actually hold the key to beautiful hair. Brushing can help stimulate the scalp and distribute natural hair oils your scalp produces, which adds shine to your strands and keeps them hydrated.

Be gentle, and do not brush hair when wet or tangled to prevent breakage. 

Be gentle, and do not brush hair when wet or tangled to prevent breakage. 

Depending on your hair type proper hair brushing, sometimes called "dry brushing" can help condition your hair. If the hair is free from knots and snarls, use full strokes from the scalp to the tips to help to distribute the natural hair oils.

If the hair has knots and snarls then if you start at the scalp and pull hair down to the ends it can result in hair breakage. Begin a few inches from the bottom and slowly work your way up the strand in small sections and short strokes to remove hair tangles. Then you can brush from the scalp to the tips to help to distribute the natural hair oils.

If you have very curly or coarse kinky hair, it often breaks when brushing. Use your fingers to do a scalp massage and then distribute natural oils along the hair length. 

Do research on the internet to find the best brush for your hair type. 


Things to Avoid: Possible Causes of Dry Hair

  • Harsh shampoos strip away the hair's natural oils
  • Overuse of chemical-laden styling products
  • Blow drying or curling irons
  • Alcohol-based styling products
  • Seasons--sun, swimming, wind, cold, and dry indoor air
  • Chemical treatments, like dyes, perms and relaxers
  • Insufficient oil production by the sebaceous glands due to hormonal imbalances or diets deficiencies


Shampoo Bars Are One Of Our Favorite Discoveries!

The wholesome goodness of our handcrafted soap is available for your hair.

Natural Organic Sunflower Shampoo Bar


Shampoo bars are an all natural conditioning shampoo in a solid bar form. Yes, this is real shampoo in a solid bar. Shampoo bars are not a new idea.

They were commonly used before liquid detergent shampoos and conditions were invented in the 1940s.

Although the process for making a shampoo bar is the same as making soap, our shampoo bar "recipes" are specially formulated with natural plant oils, butters, botanicals and essential oils that nourish your hair and scalp.

Natural Carrot Shampoo

Our shampoo bars contain no artificial fragrance, color, preservatives, detergents, alcohol, urea, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate, DEA, propylene glycol - or any of the other synthetic hair care additives.

Each of our shampoo bar selections contains a different blend of natural plant oils, essential oils, and herb infused oils. No two recipes are the same.


Which Shampoo Bar Is Best For My Hair?

Click here for help choosing an all natural shampoo bar!

Everything You Want To Know About Shampoo Bars!

Please read "Everything About Shampoo Bars!"

Some folks do, and some don't!

For Body & LusterNatural Organic Coconut Shampoo

If you are using a conditioner because your hair is dull, lacks luster, and is dry--you may not need a conditioner--that's another plastic bottle saved! Since commercial shampoos contain petroleum products that are actually drying to your hair and scalp, conditioners are usually needed.

Our natural shampoo bars will not strip the natural oils from your hair, so you will not need the typical moisturizing conditioners that people use to replace the natural oils stripped by detergent shampoos.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinses are an excellent addition to any natural hair care routine and can help bring back body and shine to dull, lackluster hair.


For Tangly Hair

Natural Organic Hair CareHair tangles result when individual hairs go in different directions and intertwine.

The outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, is made of overlapping layers of long scales that lie along the surface of the hair like shingles on a roof.

The condition of the cuticle scales in part determines whether you are going to have tangly hair. When you shampoo or even wet your hair, the cuticle opens making it prone to tangling.

The way you shampoo and your hair type can affect hair tangles. I have long, fine, thin hair that is very prone to tangling. Just imagine all of those little strands of hair as very thin strings—now put little burrs on the strings (the open cuticle) and you can see my problem.

When I used a commercial shampoo I would go through a 16-ounce bottle of conditioner every week—just to get a comb through my hair. Using my shampoo bars haNatural Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinses made a big difference.

I wish I could use an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse every day. Besides creating tangle-free locks, I also love the way it makes my hair look and feel. As I have gotten older, my hair has become dryer and I can only use an ACV rinse 2 or 3 times per week.

Check out our selection of ACV Rinses

Natural Herbal Hair Tea Rinse

I have perfected a washing technique that helps with my tangles (see FAQ) but sometimes I need a tiny bit of conditioner on the ends or I use our Organic Herbal Hair Rinse Detangler blend.

Helpful hint: If I comb through my hair length while it is still lathered and continue to comb as I rinse, the tangles comb out more easily.


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Everything About Shampoo Bars

Everything About Shampoo Bars

Do you really expect me to use a bar of soap on my hair? Yes, we do! A shampoo bar is a natural conditioning shampoo in a solid bar form. It does not strip away natural hair oils like a detergent-based shampoo. Although they may seem new to many, solid soap-based shampoos were commonly used before liquid detergent shampoos became popular.

Why Use A Natural Shampoo Bar?

Why Use A Natural Shampoo Bar?

Natural Shampoo Bars are an all-natural product. Commercial soaps and shampoos are NOT. Our bars only contain the natural ingredients that they need. Formulated with no synthetic detergents, no synthetic fragrances, or colors, our bars are environmentally friendly.

How To Use A Natural Shampoo Bar

How To Use A Natural Shampoo Bar

In a book published in 1880 titled, “Decorum: A Practical Treatise On Etiquette And Dress Of The Best American Society,” John Ruth wrote, “Many heads of hair require nothing more in the way of wash than soap and water.”  Unlike liquid or solid detergent shampoos which work in both hard and soft water, natural shampoo bars can take some experimenting to get the right technique and the right bar.

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