Looking for ways to repair damaged hair from straightening, curling, blow drying or coloring? We are going to discuss top home remedies to help you recover your hair health with simple tips and natural solutions that you are sure to comfortably find and use in your home. Dry and damaged hair looks frizzy and does not reflect light like healthy hair does. Even everyday tools like the hair dryer or the curling iron can cause roughness, dryness and loss of hair color. Let us find out how you repair damaged hair naturally without resorting to expensive products. Also check out our 20 best remedies for dry hair and split ends.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is not just for salad dressing and vinaigrettes. Add a few drops of organic, raw ACV to your rinse water post shampooing. What apple cider vinegar does is seals the cuticle of the hair shaft making your hair shinier and smoother. It is especially a wonderful remedy for color-treated, dry damaged hair. Also use it if you get hard water in your area. A cup of ACV will also remove product buildup caused by gels, mousses and other chemical-laden hair products.
2. Avocado hair mask
Avocado is a superfood filled with proteins, amino acids and good fats. Eating guacamole is beneficial for hair and additionally you can use avocado hair mask to restore the shine and undo damage caused by styling treatments. Simply take the pulp of a ripe avocado, mash it up and apply all over the hair. To make the recipe even more potent, mix it with egg whites. Use this remedy at least once a week to undo damage caused by styling products and heat treatment.
3. Flaxseed and Aloe gel
You can buy flaxseed oil or use flaxseeds for this super simple home remedy for dry and damaged heat treated hair. Boil some water and add a teaspoon of flaxseeds to it. Once the mixture is frothy and the seeds are swollen, switch off heat. Strain the seeds and cool the gel. Add in pure Aloe Vera extracts/gel to the mixture. You can store this blend for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Use the gel all over the hair and leave on for 30 minutes. Wash off as usual. Use this remedy at least once or twice a week to undo dry and heat damaged hair quickly.
4. Hot oil treatment (Coconut, Jojoba Olive oils)
This is a wonderful once-a-week remedy for dry and damaged hair. Mix together Olive and coconut oils in equal quantities. Heat the blend and massage through the hair. You can also add essential oils like rosemary or lavender to the blend. Leave the oil on your hair overnight. Both coconut and olive oils are extremely rich in essential fatty acids and omega 3s and 6. They moisturize the head and scalp, boost circulation, reduce dandruff and also seal the hair shaft. This gives your hair a glossy and shiny appearance and is the perfect remedy for damaged hair from straightening. Jojoba oil is also great for hair as it is very similar in properties to human sebum that makes it easy to absorb for the scalp and hair roots.
5. Yogurt hair mask
Yogurt counters dandruff and also boosts the shine of hair. Eat plenty of plain yogurt daily and also apply it to your hair and scalp before washing your hair. The lactic acid and zinc in yogurt hydrate the damaged hair and strengthen the follicles. You can mix egg whites with yogurt and massage the mixture into the hair. Leave on for half an hour before shampooing off.
6. Condition before you shampoo
Choose your shampoo and conditioner wisely. In many cases of frizzy and dry, damaged hair, it helps to condition first and then shampoo. Conditioning locks in the moisture. Make sure you go for organic/herbal shampoos without SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) which strips of the hair and makes it even drier. Always use a conditioner (either before or after) since it is helps seal in moisture and provides shine and elasticity to the strands. For very dry hair, leave the conditioner in for at least 10 minutes. Pick a conditioner with ceramides for best results. Alternatively go for conditioner with soy protein or wheat germ to see great results.
7. When shampooing massage-don’t scrub
Avoid bunching up your hair while shampooing; try to leave them hanging down as far as possible. Ths will reduce breakage and make detangling a lot easier. Also massage the hair and scalp gently with your finger tips rather than using your hands.
8. Homemade soapwort shampoo—best remedy for dry, heat damaged hair
This is a wonderful and effective shampoo recipe for dry, damaged and frizzy hair. Add soapwort leaves, stems, flowers and seeds to boiling water and leave it to infuse until the water becomes soapy. Use this liquid to rinse the hair.
9. Get your Omega 3
Omega 3 essential fatty acid deficiency can also lead to dry, damaged texture of hair. You can easily obtain Omega 3 from walnuts, fish, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds etc. Eat plenty of these or take a supplement. While this is not the fastest remedy to undo dry, damaged hair it will show results slowly but surely.
10. Pick a good hairstyling brush
Boar bristle brush works best as it does not damage the hair and improves blood circulation to the scalp. Compared to plastic and metal brushes, boar bristle brush smoothes the hair cuticle without any trauma to the hair and also does not build up static charge.
11. Stay away from styling products with alcohol
Alcohol tends to dry the hair further. So avoid mousses, styling gels, and other hair products with alcohol.
12. Respect the sun
Stay out of the sun as its UVA and UVB rays damage the hair cuticles making them dry and frizzy. Cover up with a scarf or a hat and whenever possible avoid going outside in peak sunny hours.
13. Prep your hair before swimming
Chlorinated pools are worst for hair and wreak havoc on the hair strands. If possible, use a swimming cap. Always deep condition your hair after swimming. Where possible, prep your hair prior to the swim by applying a deep leave-in conditioner. Olive or coconut oils work best.
Use these 13 preventive home remedies to not just undo damage to color or heat treated hair but also to prevent further dryness and frizz resulting from environmental factors.