Getting rid of dry hair, for good.

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By: Neeharika Thruvali 
If anyone knows about dry, grass-like hair, it’s most probably me. I’ve struggled for most of my life trying to achieve the smooth, glossy look every hair model in every shampoo commercial ever somehow seems to have. Being a vegetarian doesn’t help, either, because I don’t really get enough protein, which means that, in theory, my scalp and hair should always be dry and undernourished.
In addition, my head seems to be allergic to chemicals, because whenever I tried a new shampoo and conditioner, or serum, or a new fad treatment, half of my hair would fall out. It was pretty disgusting, to be honest, and my hair went from its gorgeous thickness to moderately thin.
*cries in a corner*
However, I have since discovered an efficient, working, 100% organic and natural way to smooth and silky hair. I’ve been using this method since 2014 and it hasn’t failed me yet. And it doesn’t involve bottled conditioner or any other chemical based product. At all.
Nia, but how?

It’s pretty simple, actually.

To treat your hair, you will need:

  1. Coconut oil. About 2 and 1/2 tablespoons for long hair and 1 tablespoon for shoulder-length hair. However, these are just recommended amounts and you may use as much as it takes to get your hair and scalp fully oiled up.
  2. Cotton balls. Quite a few. With practice, the number of cotton balls you use will decrease.
  3. Your favorite anti-dandruff shampoo ONLY. No conditioner, please. You don’t need it. I use Kerastase’s Bain Exfoliant Hydratant for thinning hair.
  4. Fenugreek seeds. You’ll find these in any local Indian store by the name of methi (pronounced mey-THEE) in little boxes. Make sure that you get about a handful and a half (I’m not sure how many boxes that is, sorry). 
  5. Two thin cotton towels. You’ll find these in the Indian store as well, but thin cotton t-shirts work just as well.

This may look like a super-technical process, but I promise it’s actually pretty simple and the 500+ word method below is just me trying to cover all the bases.

This is what you need to do:

Take the coconut oil in a little bowl and head on over to your bathroom mirror. If you live in a cold region and your oil has solidified, put it in a warm place or heat it up a little until it’s in liquid form (Important: please be careful in making sure it doesn’t heat until it’s hot enough to burn).
Make sure that your hair is completely tangle-free before this (because I don’t use chemical detangler, I wouldn’t know, but please try to avoid using it to detangle your hair. It could react badly with the rest of the treatment). Now, center part your hair so that a line of your scalp is visible, dab a cotton ball in the oil, and rub it down your visible scalp. Then use your fingers to spread the oil around and make sure your roots in the general area are completely coated. Repeat this for all over your scalp. In the back, take a cotton ball from underneath (from the nape of your neck) and rub it all over the back of your scalp and spread it with your fingers. Use as much oil as you need. It’s a little difficult applying oil to your scalp for the first time, but if you constantly use this treatment, with practice, soon you won’t need cotton balls anymore and lessening amounts of coconut oil.
Take a little more oil and apply it to your hair strands. You can use a general combing or back-and-forth motion for this. Once you’re finished, tie your hair back if it’s long enough. If you can, braid it.
The thing with this treatment is that it involves planning your showers. So make sure that you do this at least forty minutes before your shower, because your hair and scalp needs time to soak and absorb those nourishing nutrients from the oil. If you’re on a tight schedule, apply the oil to your hair the night before, tie it up, spread a regular towel on your pillow and sleep with it on. In the morning, you can wash the oil out.
Now, take the fenugreek seeds and soak them in water. They can soak from anywhere between half an hour to overnight before your shower. 
Once they’re soaked, ten minutes before your shower, strain them and grind them into a fine paste. Apply that paste to your oiled scalp ONLY (I mean, you could apply it to your hair too, but, assuming you used only a handful of seeds, you’ll have a limited amount of paste, and your scalp is of greater priority here) and let it sit for ten minutes. It’s going to feel gross and cold, but keep in mind that you’ll have super-smooth, hydrated, and significantly less-frizzy hair after this!
After ten minutes, the shower process begins.
(Flipping crackers, I make it sound so ominous.)
First, wash all the fenugreek paste out of your hair thoroughly, and make sure none of it is left stuck to your roots or hair. Once that’s done, wash normally with your shampoo. Once again, no conditioner required, please!
You may find that your hair is still a little oily. That’s okay! Because when you dry it, the greasiness recedes into your scalp to keep your hair moisturized from the inside.
Once you’re done washing, take one cotton towel/t-shirt and rub your hair with it. We won’t be using hair dryers, because those are simply one of the major things that cause your scalp and hair to dry out. 
My favorite and most effective way to dry my hair is to bend over, flipping all of my hair forward and having it hang in front on my face, twist the towel, and repeatedly whip all the water out of my hair. 
Once the first t-shirt/towel is soaked, take the other one and continue drying your hair. Of course, it’s impossible to fully dry your hair with just towels, so once your hair has reached a medium dampness, leave the rest to Mother Nature and let your hair air-dry.
And that’s it! If you repeat this process for each consecutive wash, you’ll have smoother, silkier hair and a healthier scalp in no time!

What makes this method so nourishing?
Glad you asked!
Coconut oil loves hair protein and can easily enter the pores and hair-growth areas on your scalp, and can therefore work its cleansing and moisturizing magic, by helping your scalp maintain its moisture levels. The better your moisture levels are maintained, the healthier and more hydrated your hair will be.
In addition, it helps cool your head, just like fenugreek.  So if you live in warmer climates, this treatment could actually help you maintain a cooler body temperature.
*I sourced the above information from here. For more information on why coconut oil is good for your hair, you can visit here and here.

Disclaimer: I am in no way, shape, or form a licensed medical professional. This method is what I have learned from personal experience and is what works well for me specifically. Each hair type is different and may have varying reactions to the products used in this post. Please only attempt this treatment with the full knowledge that I will not claim responsibility for any negative outcomes (such as, but not limited to: hair fall, increased greasiness, dandruff, rashes, swelling, etc.) of the treatment. If you are allergic or otherwise have an aversion to any of the products, then please do not attempt the treatment. I’m done saying “the treatment”.

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