Do you know hair can get damaged easily, but it takes somewhat longer time to repair it? Sun exposure, dying, bleaching, straightening, perming, and heat stress from curling irons and blow dryers can damage your hair over time. These processes dry out your hair, make it porous, brittle, dry, frizzy, dull and leave it prone to breakage and split ends. Those having fine hair are more likely to get their hair damaged.
The good news is that there are some very effective damaged hair natural treatments that you can start using immediately to make your hair look better right away, as you apply home remedies for damaged hair to restore your hair health over time.
Learn here how to immediately stop further damaging of your hair, use products that will work effectively for repairing damaged hair and habits that will maintain your hair healthy in the long term.
Immediately Save Your Hair From Further Damaging
1.Get A Trim: This is required immediately, in case your hair has a straw-like texture with split ends. Be careful about this, as hair stylists are the reason for most hair damage. Make it sure that hair scissors used are in good condition. Cutting your hair will save you immediately from further hair damaging.
(i) To confirm your hair stylist is using perfectly sharp scissors, try them to cut into a wet tissue. Examine the cut and if you observe torn tissues then the scissors are not the right one and that is signal for you to change your hair stylist.
(ii) Hair is more likely to get damaged at the ends, as tips of the hair easily affected by heat and other sources of hair damage. So, cut off your hair from the ends, as much as is needed.
(iii) Tell the stylist not to use any styling products or hair dryer on your hair, as this would cause further damaging of your already unhealthy hair.
2. Stop Using Heat On Your Hair For Some Time: Now that your hair is freshly cut, make it sure to handle it very gently till its health is restored. Using heat on your hair would be like taking a step backward, every time you apply it. This may be difficult to follow for those who use hair dryers and other heat styling tools to craft their hair-looks every day, so here are few tricks for them.
(i) Start air-drying your hair, and let your hair exist in its most natural state to allow your hair the fair chance to heal.
(ii) If you feel you must straighten or curl your hair or use some heat styling tools, either use a gentler method, such as rollers or hair wrapping or use heat styling tools on a low setting, and save it for special occasions.
(iii) Since your hair will take some time to be fully restored, it might not look the way you like it to till then. You might be tempted to iron out your frizzy curls or enliven your dry, limp tresses, but it’s worth it to hold out until your damaged hair health is restored completely. If you remain patient for some time, you will be rewarded with healthy hair soon.
3. Stop Dying Or Otherwise Using Harsh Hair Treatments: The practice of bleaching your hair color and then applying chemicals to dye it another color is highly damaging. Bleaching or dying your hair that’s already in unhealthy state can really cause hair breakage, hair loss and bald patches. So is the case with many other popular hair treatments, as they strip your hair off its natural oils and damage the hair shaft. When you are trying to treat your damaged hair, it will be very difficult to do so unless you stop all such treatments and allow your hair to come back to its natural state.
(i) Keep away from chemical procedures like permanent curling or straightening, as they too cause a lot of damage to your hair.
(ii) If you must dye your hair, go for a natural dye, like henna or tea. Both of them will not damage your hair, but help to restore it to its natural health.
(iii) Deep conditioning treatments offered by many salons that claim to restore your hair’s moisture use chemicals, so they will not do any good to your hair. You need to keep an eye over what goes on your head, so stay away from such salons, and instead use deep hair conditioning that you can do yourself at home. Read here for such an effective deep conditioning home treatment – How To Deep Condition Your Hair At Home.
Start Using Healthy Hair Products For Damaged Hair Treatment
1. Opt For Harsh Chemicals Free Hair Products: Use either natural or sulfate and other harsh chemicals free hair products, including shampoos, conditioners and styling products. Switch over to all-natural shampoos, conditioners and other hair products made with natural oils and herbs that will nourish and repair your hair. Chemicals laden hair products cleanse and style your hair harshly and weigh it down with unnecessary chemicals. Look out for natural products that restore moisture to dry, damaged hair.
(i) Avoid shampoos and conditioners made with sulfates and sodium laurel. These are harsh cleansers that though clean your hair, but also strip it of natural protective oils and are too hard for damaged hair.
(ii) Use hair products that are silicon-free. Silicons are added to conditioners, as they render hair look smooth and shiny after few applications, but in long term they build up in your hair and make it look dull and weighed down over time.
(iii) When you start using natural shampoo and conditioner, your hair may look a bit oily, as your body has become used to overproducing natural oils needed to keep healthy hair. Wait for few weeks and your body will start producing again the right amount of oil.
(iv) Most of the hair styling products, including sprays, gels, and mousses available in the drug stores contain harsh chemicals that can damage your hair over time. Steer clear of these, and instead shop at a health food stores for the products made with ingredients that are safe for your hair.
2. Treat Your Damaged Hair With Oil: I am a great fan of oil treatments to instill hair with shine and moisture. You can use olive oil and other natural oils to infuse moisture back into your hair. Just massage the oil into your hair, allow it to sit for about 30 minutes, and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Another effective trick is to condition your hair with hot oil treatment. You can do it right in your home. Warm up 1/2 cup of olive oil (do not boil it), and then massage it into your hair. Cover your tresses with shower cap or plastic wrap and then apply heat by wrapping everything with a hot towel (fresh from the dryer). Do this home remedy for 45 minutes. After heating, let your hair come back to room temperature, and then shampoo and rinse your hair well as usual. You can do this treatment 1 to 3 times a month depending upon on the extent of hair damage and how dry your hair is. As too much of oil can make your hair look greasy, take care to not over-do it.
Long Term Hair Maintenance Tips
1. Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often: Washing your hair every day or too often strips your hair of natural oil before it gets chance to travel down the length of your hair and provide shield to keep your hair.
(i) Washing your hair 2 or 3 times a week (or every alternate day, if it’s super oily) will help your hair stay healthy and shiny.
(ii) If you feel your hair roots looking greasy on the days in between washings, use dry shampoo or a little baking soda and sprinkle it onto the greasy area, allow it to sit for few minutes, and then comb it off. You can make your own dry shampoo at home by simply mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda.
(iii) Don’t Wash Your Hair With Hot Water: Wash your hair with lukewarm or cool water to keep the hair shafts flat, and imparting a shiny, glossy look to your hair. Avoid using hot water to wash your hair, as it can damage it in the long term.
2. Deep Condition Your Hair Once A Week: Deep conditioning treatments are meant for damaged hair repair and are devised to penetrate your hair to keep them hydrated all week long. Apply about a tablespoon or so of a good deep conditioner onto your hair; comb it through from the roots till the hair ends. Stack up your hair on your head top, fasten it with a clip and cover it with a shower cap, and then shampoo your hair as usual.
(i) Instead of buying a deep conditioning treatment from a store, you can use a natural product, such as olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil.
Home Remedies For Damaged Hair
1. Repairing Damaged Hair With Avocado And Egg: Remove pit from a ripe avocado, mash it and blend it with an egg. Apply this hair pack onto a little damp hair. Avocados are packed with vitamins, vital fatty acids, and minerals that will help recover luster to your hair. Let it on for at least 20 minutes, then shampoo and rinse as usual. Repeat this natural remedy once a week for damaged hair and once a month for healthy hair.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar Mask: This home remedy is an effective way to repair damaged hair and infuse life back into the limp and dull hair. Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 egg whites, then apply the mix onto your hair. Cover your hair with plastic wrap or a shower cap for about 30 minutes, then shampoo and rinse as usual.
3. Rinse With Tea: After your regular shampooing, give a final rinse to your hair using a quart of warm, unsweetened tea (freshly brewed or instant) to infuse dry hair with a natural shine. Tea can naturally liven up hair color, so take care to use a kind of tea that works well with your hair color. Brunettes should choose black tea to augment shine and enrich their hair color. Blondes should go for chamomile tea, as black tea can darken their tresses.
4. Shampoo And Egg: Blend one egg with a small amount of your favorite shampoo, and then apply onto your damaged hair for few minutes and finally rinse thoroughly. This home treatment helps to boost up protein in your severely damaged hair.
5. Treat Damaged Hair With Botanical Oil: These oils you can get from health food stores. Examples are olive, jojoba, coconut, sweet almond oils, are all ideal tonics for dry, heat or chemicals damaged hair. Coconut oil works well on thick and heavy hair. Moisten your hair a bit and apply small amount of botanical oil until your hair is fully covered. Wrap your hair with a shower cap and warm towel for about 30 minutes, and then shampoo and rinse your hair as usual.
Natural Beauty Tips:
(i) In case you really require to blow dry your hair, do it at the lowest setting. If your dryer has a cool blast setting, use that instead.
(ii) To protect your hair from the sun exposure and air pollution, wear hats and use scarves.
(iii) Don’t rub your hair after you get it wet, instead wrap up your wet hair in a cotton towel, and allow the cotton to absorb the moisture for some time. This will save your hair from further split ends.
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