How to Treat Damaged Hair at Home

  • Swimming, rubbing your hair with a towel, and tying your hair in a ponytail can damage your locks.
  • Dry air can dry out your hair.
  • You can treat damaged hair by using everyday household items like avocado, butter, tea, and egg. 

Use avocado to repair the damage.

According to Stephen Sanna, expert colorist at the Pierre Michel Salon in New York City, avocados contain vitamins, essential fatty acids that can restore your locks’ luster. Mix mashed avocado with egg, leave on your hair for at least 20 minutes, then rinse. Do this once weekly for damaged hair, and once monthly for healthy hair. 

Massage hair with butter. 

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Massage a small amount of butter on your hair to make it glossy and shiny. Cover your hair with a shower cap for about half an hour before shampooing and rinsing everything off. Doug Macintosh, a senior colorist at Kieran McKenna Salon in New York City, suggests melting the butter first, letting it cool, and getting rid of the at the top before applying on hair. 

Swap your conditioner for olive oil. 

For a DIY hot oil treatment, warm half a cup of olive oil, then rub it into your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic bag first before wrapping everything in a towel. Leave it on for 45 minutes, then shampoo and thoroughly rinse.

Rinse with tea

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Enhance your hair color by rinsing your hair with a quart of cooled, brewed tea after your regular shampoo, suggests Macintosh suggests. For blondes, chamomile tea may work with their hair, while black tea may benefit from using black tea on their hair. 

Restore luster with apple cider vinegar.

According to Macintosh, apple cider vinegar neutralizes the hair’s pH and closes the cuticle, which makes the hair glossier. Mist clean, damp hair with a mixture of one part apple cider vinegar and ten parts water once a week. 

Mask with egg. 

Jet Rhys of Jet Rhys Salon in Solana Beach, California, recommends applying a mixture of half a cup of full-fat yogurt, three tablespoons of honey, and one egg yolk onto hair and scalp to strengthen fragile hair. Keep a shower cap on to cover it for at least 15 minutes before shampooing out. 

Treat with natural oils. 

Oil from avocado, olive, and sweet almond oils can restore damaged hair. Coconut oil can also work on thick and heavy hair. Apply small amounts of the natural oil on your hair, making sure it is thoroughly masked, then cover your hair with a shower cap and warm towel for about 30 minutes before rinsing and shampooing your hair out.

A few drops of jojoba oil and sandalwood oil can also help condition your hair naturally, says Adam Livermore, an international educator for Oribe Haircare and a celebrity hairstylist. Applying the mixture on dry hair can provide it with instant sleekness and help prevent brittle, flyaway hair.

Bonus tips to avoid hair damage: 

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  • condition hair with apple cider and water before or after swimming to prevent damage
  • squeeze and blot your hair with a towel instead of rubbing it dry with a towel to avoid split ends
  • avoid drying out your hair during cold months by using a humidifier
  • let your hair down as often as you can, and use fabric hair ties instead of elastic

Source: The Healthy

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