Seven Home Remedies for Healthy Hair

Some natural remedies can be used to help keep your hair healthy. Here we share with you several options you can include in your beauty routine - you'll love them!
Seven Home Remedies for Healthy Hair

Last update: 02 February, 2021

Keeping our hair healthy is one of every woman’s beauty priorities. This is why a wide variety of treatments and cosmetic products are now available that help keep it strong and shiny. In addition, some homemade treatments are still used that help keep it looking good, especially when it is dry.

While it is true that natural remedies are not a substitute for dermatologically tested products, they can help you to keep your hair hydrated and to prevent damage. Would you like to know more? Below, we discuss seven of these options.

Home remedies for healthy hair

Hair problems can be due to many external and internal factors. Thus, if there’s excessive dryness, signs of alopecia or other signs of disease, then it’s best to consult a dermatologist so they can make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe treatment.

However, among the most frequent causes of hair damage are the use of chemicals and thermal appliances, as a review published in Current Problems in Dermatology points out. According to this source, these can weaken your hair strands and lead to excessive hair loss.

Fortunately, in addition to conventional treatments, there are several homemade remedies that can help restore hair health. Although evidence of their efficacy is limited, anecdotal evidence suggests that they are beneficial for making hair soft and shiny. Give them a try!

1. Bananas for healthy hair

Some people use bananas to maintain healthy hair. This is because the pulp acts as a conditioner. In addition, as a publication in Food Chemistry points out, they contain bioactive compounds, such as phenolics and carotenoids, which function as antioxidants.

Antioxidants, as explained in a publication in the Journal of photochemistry and photobiology. B, Biology, are good for hair because they minimize the negative impact of free radicals and the sun’s rays.

Banana home remedy
There is no evidence to support the effects of bananas on hair. However, it is a food with antioxidants that can help moisturize and protect.

What should you do?

  • With the help of a fork, mash the banana until you get a puree.
  • Then, apply this mixture from the hair root to the tip.
  • Let the treatment sit for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Then, wash the hair with shampoo. This solution will help to heal dry and damaged hair.

2. Egg yolk treatment

There is no evidence for the effects of egg yolk on hair. Despite this, in popular literature it is said to help reduce dryness and damage to strands. This may be due to the fact that it contains protein and healthy fats that help nourish the hair.

What should you do?

  • All you need to do is massage the yolk of one egg into your scalp and leave it to act for about 10 minutes.
  • Then, rinse with water and shampoo as usual.
  • Repeat this remedy one to two times a week to get the best results.

3. Beer treatment for healthy hair

According to information published in the North American Journal of Medical Sciences, beer is a beverage that contains polyphenols. These substances act as antioxidants and can therefore  help you care for your hair. As we have already mentioned, antioxidants help to mitigate the damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays and environmental agents.

However, it is important to note that there is no evidence for the efficacy of the effects of beer on hair. Anecdotal evidence merely suggests that it can help with softness and shine.

What should you do?

  • Simply put a little beer in a spray bottle.
  • Wash your hair with shampoo and then dry it lightly with a towel.
  • Spray the beer lightly on your hair and leave it to act for half an hour.

4. Conditioning with mayonnaise

Mayonnaise contains oily compounds which help to moisturize hair in the event of dryness. However, it should be avoided in case of oily or mixed hair for this same reason.

Prepare your own mayonnaise
Mayonnaise contains oily compounds that help moisturize dry hair.

What should you do?

  • Apply some mayonnaise on your hair when wet. Leave this treatment in your hair for approximately 60 minutes.
  • Rinse your hair with plenty of running water and then shampoo it.

5. Olive oil treatment

Applying vegetable oils to your hair is a very old home remedy to reduce excess dryness and flaking of the scalp. Among the options, olive oil is a favorite, as it is also an antioxidant.

What should you do?

  • Massage the olive oil into your scalp and hair, and leave it for about 30 minutes. Rinse well.
  • If you wish, you can leave the olive oil in your hair overnight for better results, as well as for additional conditioning.
  • Wear a shower cap to avoid staining the pillow.

6. Strawberries for strong hair

According to an article in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, strawberries are rich in phytochemicals such as ellagic acid, anthocyanins, quercetin, and catechin. They are therefore used not only to improve hair health but also for aesthetic reasons. Try this home remedy if you’d like to get the benefits of their antioxidant effects to protect your hair.

What should you do?

  • Crush 6 or 8 strawberries (depending on the length of your hair) and massage the mixture into your hair.
  • Cover with a shower cap and then cover it with a warm towel. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes.
  • To finish, rinse well with a combination of shampoo and conditioner.

7. Honey

Honey has many dermatological applications, as detailed in a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. It therefore is not surprising that you can use it for the benefit of your hair. If you want softer, more hydrated hair, go for this option.

Honey for healthy hair
For healthy and moisturized hair, bee honey can be used.

What should you do?

  • Simply add 2 or 3 drops of honey to your conditioner or shampoo and use it to wash your hair.

What else can you do in order to have healthy hair?

In addition to the aforementioned remedies, it is important that you use other basic hair care products in order to have healthy hair. Below we outline the most important ones:

  • Condition it once a week.
  • Avoid daily washing. Washing your hair daily can lead to dryness because it removes the hair’s natural oils and therefore moisture.
  • Use the proper water temperature. Showers that are too hot can dry out the scalp and hair.
  • Dry your hair properly after washing. The way you dry your hair can also impact its health. Dry it naturally and if you use a towel then try not to rub it with it.
  • Look for effective foods to give your hair the nutrients and moisture it needs to look bright and smooth.

What did you make of these hair remedies? Choose the one you like the most and use frequently to keep your hair healthy and beautiful.

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