Inexpensive home remedies to help damaged hair are just as effective, sometimes more so, than expensive shop or salon bought products. Many of the ingredients needed are normal household items.
What causes damaged hair?
Almost everything we do to our hair can cause damage.
- Rigorous brushing with a harsh comb or brush will eventually damage the hair.
- Many shampoos will cause damage to the hair by stripping it of its natural oils. In addition they will leave residues that make the hair look dull and lifeless.
- Damaged hair will result from the use of color treatments, bleaches, dyes and perms, most of which contain harsh chemicals and destroy the structure of the hair shaft and outer layers.
- Most of the appliances we use, such as curlers, straighteners and hair dryers will dry out the hair and make it brittle and frizzy.
- In addition damage can be caused by hair extensions, sunlight and even certain medications we are taking.
Initially you may not notice subtle damage but eventually the hair will become dry, frizzy, brittle or dull and limp.
Home remedies for damaged hair
Here are some simple things you can do at home to bring your hair back to life.
All oils will work on your damaged hair and help to seal in moisture. Sesame oil, olive oil, coconut oil and so forth will all do the same job.
To use an oil on your hair it is necessary to wet the hair first and so create the moisture that you wish the oil to seal in. Apply oil to your wet hair and then wrap your head in a towel to maintain the heat.
Some people recommend leaving the oil on overnight before washing out the greasiness with a mild shampoo.
2.) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is extremely effective in repairing and restoring dull and lifeless hair.
It works initially to completely remove the residue that builds up from using shampoos and hair styling products such as hairspray and wax. It smooths the outer layer of the hair and leaves the hair shiny and conditioned. In addition, vinegar works as a stimulant on the scalp, increasing effective blood circulation and promoting healthy hair growth.
Mix one part apple cider vinegar and one part water in a tub. Rinse your hair with this solution and leave it for a few minutes before washing it off. Make sure to not let this solution get into your eyes.
Using mashed avocado on the hair is a centuries old remedy for damaged hair. Many people recommend using it in combination with one of the oils for maximum benefit.
Just scoop out the pulp of a ripe avocado fruit, mash it in a container and apply this to your hair. If you want, you can add coconut or almond oil to the mixture to make it easier to apply. Take your time and massage the avocado pulp into your scalp and run it down the length of your hair. Leave for around 10 minutes before taking a shower and rinsing it off.
4.) Organic Eggs
Another very traditional remedy for lifeless hair are eggs.
Some people use just the yolk, others just the white and some both yolk and white mixed together.
Again, this can be used in combination with oils.
Crack open an egg and separate the yolk from the white. Gently massage the egg white into your scalp and length of your hair. You can consider applying the yolk to the hair ends.
It is recommended that you leave the egg on your hair for up to an hour before washing your hair with a mild shampoo.
As messy and unlikely as this may sound, many people swear by mayonnaise’s enormous benefit for damaged hair.
As mayonnaise is made with both eggs and oil and sometimes vinegar it is perhaps not surprising. All of those ingredients are effective separately on damaged hair so their combination will be powerful. Recommendations range from leaving the mayonnaise on for 45 minutes to a few hours depending on what you can bear.
6.) Aloe Vera
Aloe vera not only moisturizes your hair, it also stimulates hair growth.
Simply remove the green outer skin and remove the pulp into a container. Mash the pulp up and apply the resulting gel to your hair and scalp. Leave this for around half hour before rinsing if off using warm water.
If you don’t have aloe vera plant at home, you can easily buy aloe vera leaf at your local supermarket.
7.) Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds will make your hair feeling soft, moisturized and shiny in no time.
All you need is powered fenugreek seeds which you can get from you local supermarket. Mix one teespoon of this powder with half a cup of water, blend it well and apply the mixture to your hair. Leave this on for an hour before rinsing.
All of the above home remedies for damaged hair should all be perfectly safe but it is advisable to experiment with small amounts on small areas initially just in case an allergic reaction occurs.