Discover How to Repair Damaged Hair
Using a flat iron or hairdryer every day, using any kind of chemicals, and even being exposed to the sun can damage hair, according to this study carried out by a surgeon and a dermatologist from the University of Los Andes. Rough, dry, lifeless hair and split ends are a common problem. Fortunately, they can have a simple solution.
If you’d rather not resort to cutting your hair, there are certain things you can do to repair it. In fact, there are a number of natural treatments that can help rejuvenate damaged hair.
In this article, we’ll give you some tips and advice to help you repair your damaged hair.
The best natural remedies for damaged hair
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to keep your hair healthy. Similarly, we don’t always recommend putting your faith in the promise of chemical treatments and creams, as they don’t always live up to expectations.
In many cases, natural remedies are not only cheaper, they’re also more effective. Some natural remedies designed to help repair damaged hair include:
Aloe vera and olive oil
This first treatment is a hair mask, made up of two ingredients with well-known properties in health and beauty. Aloe vera has highly beneficial anti-inflammatory properties, as confirmed in this study by the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
As stated in the final paragraphs of this article, olive oil makes hair softer and acts as a protective shield against damage.
- 5 Tbsp. aloe vera (75 g)
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil (32 g)
Firstly, cut open a stalk of aloe vera and extract the gel from inside. Next, place 5 Tbsp. of the gel into a bowl, and mix in the olive oil. Apply to damaged hair, and allow to sit for half an hour.
Finally, wash as normal using a good shampoo and conditioner.
See also: 6 Ways to Use Aloe Vera for Better Health
Mayonnaise and oils for damaged hair
- 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise (90 g)
- 5 drops olive oil
- 5 drops castor oil
- 2 vitamin E capsules (optional)
We do not recommend using mayonnaise on your hair, as there is no evidence to support its use in hair care treatments. As for castor oil, there are some studies that support its use for the treatment of certain scalp conditions. Investigations have also confirmed that olive oil can be beneficial for hair health.
First of all, place the mayonnaise and olive oil in a bowl. Then add the castor oil and mix well. If you prefer, you can also add the vitamin E capsules at this point.
Finally, apply to dry hair, from mid-strand to the ends. Rinse with ample amounts of water, then wash as usual. It is normally advised to repeat this treatment once a week.
Honey and egg treatment
This mixture is considered one of the best combinations, and can have a lot of benefits for damaged hair. Thanks to its high nutritional content, honey makes a great conditioner, as confirmed in this study by the Colombo University in Sri Lanka. Egg contains large quantities of vitamin D, which strengthens hair and helps prevent hair loss.
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp. honey (50 g)
First, beat the egg in a large cup, then mix in the honey. If you’d like even greater moisturizing effects, you can add 1 Tbsp. coconut oil and another tablespoon of almond oil.
Spread throughout your hair (the middle and ends) and then cover with a plastic shower cap to help the treatment take effect.
Finally, after 30 minutes, rinse with warm water, wash as normal and allow hair to air dry (ie. don’t use a blow dryer).
See also: 3 Egg Remedies to Moisturize Dry Hair
Avocado and coconut oil
- 1 avocado
- 3 Tbsp. coconut oil (45 g)
Firstly, cut the avocado in half (avocado contains anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties) and remove the stone. Extract the pulp and place it in a large cup. Mash with a fork or a mortar and pestle.
Add the coconut oil and stir so that all ingredients are mixed. Apply to hair and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Finally, remove with warm water and then wash as normal.
Olive oil, beer and mustard
Experts recommend using this effective treatment twice a week. After roughly a month, you should start to see results. Almond oil is rich in vitamin E which, according to this study by the National University of the South in Argentina, hydrates the hair and repairs split ends.
While there is no scientific evidence to support the idea that beer is beneficial for the hair, mustard contains large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. According to an investigation carried out by the Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, these can be useful in combating processes associated with hair loss.
- 2 Tbsp. of olive oil (32 g)
- 1/2 bottle of beer (100 ml)
- 2 Tbsp. mustard (30 g). If you don’t have mustard, use mayonnaise instead.
Firstly, add the olive oil and mustard to a bowl with the beer. Then mix well, making sure to create a thick, uniform paste.
Spread throughout your hair, focusing on the ends. Finally, allow to sit for 30 minutes, then remove with ample amounts of lukewarm water.
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