Before I recently had my hair cut it was exceptionally dry. It is naturally wavy and curly. When long it forms perfect narrow rows and layers of banana curls, but it had been highlighted numerous times and was extensively damaged. I always had to condition it before combing, and I never used the conditioner according to the directions on the bottle. I also had to use a wide-tooth comb and only comb my very dry locks when they were wet. If I waited until it dried naturally, even after conditioning, it would turn into a frizzy unruly mess.
My hair is now just below my chin, and the highlights and damaged areas are gone, but I still must condition it after each washing to keep it from becoming very dry and frizzy. I have found a cheap and easy way to condition my very dry hair, and if it worked for me when my hair was very long and damaged, it will likely work for you as well.
Skip the Expensive Shampoo
Those looking for cheap ways to condition very dry hair should skip the expensive shampoo. I have been using cheap varieties for years, and mine usually turns out looking great with little effort. I have also tried more expensive shampoo, and it really did not make much of a difference in the outcome. What did make a difference was the conditioning process, and although I use cheap shampoo, I never skimp to condition my hair with a more expensive high-quality product.
Condition with a Quality Product
I condtion my hair daily with Aussie Moist, and it is not cheap, but it is well-worth the price. Although the instructions say to rinse it out, I never rinse it away since my locks are very dry. Instead, I wash it as usual with cheap shampoo and gently squeeze out as much water as possible. I do not towel dry it. That would remove too much moisture. Before combing I condition the back, sides, and very dry ends. I do not condition the top since I do not want my very dry tresses to end up looking oily or flat at the roots.
Comb Only When Wet
Very dry hair that is damaged can become further damaged if it is brushed when wet. Never brush wet or damp hair, even when conditioned. Condition very dry wavy or curly locks, do not use cheap conditioner, and comb it with a wide-tooth comb shortly after conditioning.
Many people cannot imagine leaving conditioner that is not labeled as a leave-in variety in their hair and not rinsing it away, but it works, and my method is cheap. When hair is very dry, do not condition it and rinse away the product. Allow it to remain on the hair and soak in. No one would ever guess that I condition my very dry tresses and never rinse it away.