Does your hair look dry, brittle and damaged? Read on here to find out 8 home remedies about how to fix dry damaged hair and make them supple, healthy and thick.
Hair dyes, straighteners, bleachers, perms, extensions, hot rollers, blowers, curling irons and flat irons can cause damage to your tresses overtime. These processes make your hair dry and susceptible to hair breakage, split ends and rob its natural healthy shine. Once your hair is damaged, the best way to fix it is to give it regular deep conditioning treatments to get back its luster, and make it healthy from inside out to nurture the growth of new healthy hair. To repair damaged dry hair, you need to seal in lots of extra moisture.
The Best Ways To Fix And Repair Dry Damaged Hair At Home
With some patience and commitment, fixing damaged hair can be done at home with the following 8 home repair remedies for dry damaged hair.
1. What Is Causing Damage, Stop Doing It: Most of the fashionable hair treatments rob the hair of its natural oil and damage the hair shaft and outer layer of your hair. This makes your hair to get weaker and weaker over time. Finally, it will become so dry and brittle that it will snap off. Unless you stop using harsh treatments, it will be difficult to repair your hair and make it return to its natural state. To restore your hair’s natural health, here is what you need to avoid or cut down its frequency:
(i) Chemical hair dyes. If you like to dye your hair, use dyes that are devoid of chemicals – like henna or tea. They help to repair your hair, instead of damaging it.
(ii) Bleaching hair is very damaging. Stripping color off from your hair causes damage to the hair shaft, making it brittle and prone to breakage.
(iii) Chemical straightening or curling your hair do a lot of damage to your hair.
(iv) Stop blowing hot your hair to dry it out every day, as it makes your hair brittle.
2. Shampoo Smartly: Limit shampooing your hair up to three times a week. But for those who have really oily hair, they don’t have to walk around with hair looking dirty. You can shampoo more often, as per your needs, but completely drench your hair with water before you lather up. Then concentrate on the scalp and the hair two inches closest to the scalp, as that’s where the sebum collects. The shampoo will clean the length of your hair as you rinse it. Try to rinse with coldest water you can stand, as this will smooth the cuticle so the worn out ends are less visible.
3. Limit Use Of Heat On Hair: You don’t need to completely stop blow-drying your hair. To do it safely, don’t blow dry your hair when it is dripping wet. Pat, don’t rub, wet hair with microfiber towel, and then use the blower. A microfiber towel is less damaging than a classic terry-cloth towel.
Natural Beauty Tips:
(i) Use the heat styling tools on a low setting and consider using heat-protective spray or serum.
(ii) Keep the blower nozzle as far away from your hair as is possible, at least two inches.
4. Condition Your Hair When You Shampoo: Whereas a Shampoo is devised to cleanse your hair, conditioner is aimed to keep it hydrated, soft and shiny. So condition your hair each time you shampoo. Put a dime or quarter-sized amount of conditioner in your palms, and apply it an inch from your hair roots, and disperse it down the length of the hair with help of your fingers. Concentrate on your hair ends, as they dry out more than the roots. Rinse it off with cold water when you are finished.
Tip: Never use more conditioner that it is required to just coat your hair lightly, otherwise it will weigh your hair down and make it look oily.
5. Never Brush Your Hair While In Shower: Instead of using a regular brush, use a wide toothed comb. The hair is weakest, when it is wet. So, pulling your wet hair with a brush can stretch and damage your hair a lot.
(i) Use hair brushes that are made of natural fibers. They are devised to pull sebum from the hair roots to all along your hail till the ends, so that the full length of your hair gets the nutritious benefits of your scalp’s natural oil.
(ii) First use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair, and then brush your hair from roots to tips with a boar bristle brush.
6. Once A Week Do Deep Conditioning: Never do it more than once a week, as doing it too often can damage the hair. Deep conditioning treatments are meant to penetrate your hair, and keep it hydrated all through the week. Apply about a tablespoon of deep conditioner to the hair roots, and comb it through from the hair roots to the tips. Never rub it into the roots of hair, as this can clog the pores in your scalp.
One can either buy a deep conditioning treatment from market, or just apply natural oil like coconut oil or olive oil. Then stack the hair on top of your head and fix it with a clip, and wrap it with a shower cap. After an hour or so (or as stated on the deep conditioner label), shampoo the conditioner out of your hair with warm water. Never use hot water on damaged hair, because it will further dry out your hair.
7. Hot Oil Treatment To Fix Dry Hair: Give hot oil treatment to your hair once a week. It will make your hair healthy and strong. Take olive or canola oil. For very long and thick hair, you can use up to 1/2 cup of oil. Mix in a few drops of almond, jasmine, lavender or any other essential oil to provide fragrance to the treatment. Heat the oil in microwave for a few seconds on a low setting. Place a little of warmed up oil into your palm and apply it onto your damp hair. Cover your head with a shower cap, and then wrap your head in a small towel. Leave it overnight, and wash it with your favorite shampoo and moisturizing conditioner in the morning.
8. Get Your Hair Trimmed Regularly: Once the hair ends are split, the hair will continue breaking up along the shaft, so to fix your damaged hair cut as much of the obviously damaged split ends as you can. If you are not confident of doing it yourself, get it done at a solon at least every six months. Getting trimmed the split ends will provide your hair a fresh appearance, and over time you will observe a big difference.
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