DIY Natural Treatments to Help Repair Damaged Hair
Are you looking to restore damaged hair, or boost shine and softness? The good news is that you don’t have to spend your afternoon in a salon, or dish out the dollars for a fancy-named hair treatment; many items you normally keep around your house will do the trick.
Low On Time? 3 Quick Fixes to Repair Damaged Hair
These DIY remedies add only a few minutes to your daily routine, making them perfect for a quick, restorative fix.
1. Essential Oils
Your favorite essential oils may benefit your hair, too, and can be mixed right into your normal conditioner. Use a ratio of 3 drops oil to 2 ounces of conditioner, then massage into hair as normal and rinse.
2. Flat Beer
The morning after a party can actually be good news for your hair. The malt and hops in flat beer are a rich source of protein which can nourish and strengthen damaged hair.
After using your normal shampoo, rinse with flat beer. Wait a few moments, then rinse thoroughly with clean water and condition as usual.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
A raw apple cider vinegar rinse can help to restore the hair’s pH, promote shine and support strong, smooth hair. After shampooing, apply a mix of 2-4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with 16 ounces of water, then rinse.
Got Time to Indulge? Pamper Yourself with These 3 Unconventional Hair Treatments
Faced with a lazy afternoon, or pampering yourself ahead of a big evening? These natural fixes will leave your hair healthy and sleek in less time than it takes for the round trip to the salon.
1. Olive or Coconut Oil
First, warm a few tablespoons of the oil slightly in a microwave or double boiler. Dab a drop on the inside of your wrist to test the temperature before applying to your hair. When it’s warm but not too hot, rub it into your strands, cover up with a plastic shower cap or wrap, and relax for 30 minutes. Shampoo and condition to finish it off.
Their versatility make eggs a perfect “RX” for any hair type. The whole egg will nourish normal hair, whites-only will be cleansing for oily hair, and the fat and protein-rich yolks bring moisture to dry hair.
Apply what’s right for you to your dampened hair, wait 30 minutes, then rinse with room temperature water (to avoid cooking the egg). Shampoo and condition as normal.
Your mother and grandmother may smile knowingly at this fix: mayonnaise has long been credited for it’s deep conditioning properties and role in promoting hair growth.
Apply room temperature mayo generously all over damp hair, then cover with a plastic shower cap or wrap. Allow to sit for an hour, then shampoo and condition as normal.
Don’t have any store-bought mayo? Whip up a quick, makeshift version: combine an egg yolk, 1 teaspoon vinegar, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Mix with ½ cup canola oil; whisk steadily until it reaches the texture of mayonnaise.
Wake Up Beautiful: Overnight Remedies
Who doesn’t dream of going to sleep and waking up with healthier, more luxurious locks? An overnight treatment can really pack a punch when it comes to restoring damage or dryness. Always use a older pillowcase and nightshirt when sleeping with a hair product, just in case of leakage.
You don’t need anything special for an overnight treatment; you can leave the oil or mayonnaise treatments described above on overnight for added benefit. Or, try some of these recipes.
While it’s always fun and good for your hair to apply beneficial hair treatments, remember that your hair health really begins with good nourishment: a diet rich in lean sources of protein, fruits and vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids will keep both you and your hair strong and healthy.
Debbie Swanson is a freelance writer, published in numerous national and local outlets. An avid vegetarian, animal lover and reader, she loves learning about healthy eating and finding natural cures for everyday ailments.