If you’ve been mistreating or neglecting your hair, it probably shows. From dying it too frequently to swimming in chlorinated pools (or the ocean), and even heat-treatments, there are plenty of opportunities for most people to take their once healthy hair and turn it into a damaged mess.
Split ends, frizzy hair, or hair that looks dull and dry are common signs of damaged hair, and you should act quickly before the state of your hair goes from mildly affected to dismal. The good news is that there are also some simple, all-natural methods of repairing all that damage to your hair.
- Visit the salon for a simple trim. As reductionist as it may sound, having the worst bits at the very end of your hair trimmed off can make a world of difference to the appearance of your hair. You won’t actually be able to fix those split ends, but you can stop them from getting worse and making your hair look ratty. Make it a point to have the ends of your hair trimmed at least every other month to help promote an overall healthier appearance to your hair.
- Take it easy on your hair and brush off the blow dryer. While you are trying to heal your hair, try to minimize or completely avoid heat styling and treatments for your hair. That means no straightener, no curling iron, and no blow dryer. Heat is hard on hair, and when your hair is already damaged, you don’t want to make things any worse. Opt for low-heat or no heat styling and drying until your hair is healthier.
- Consider going no-poo for a while. Some of the detergent chemicals in your shampoo, such as sulfates, can be hard on damaged hair. Switch to an all-natural shampoo without sulfates or just give your hair a break and skip the shampoo when you’re showing. Get your hair wet, scrub your scalp with your nails, but don’t actually add any chemical cleaners to your hair. Your natural oil production in your scalp can help your hair look healthy.
- Give your hair an avocado conditioning treatment. Avocados are delicious and good for you. That includes when you use them on the outside of your body instead of eating them. Mash one ripe avocado and mix it with a raw egg. Work it through your hair and let it sit for at least twenty minutes. Rinse off, do no follow with shampoo. It will soften, condition, and strengthen your hair. If your hair is damaged, do this once a week until symptoms recede. Those with already healthy hair may choose to do this once a month to pamper their hair.
- Treat your hair to an apple cider vinegar mask. Mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil and 2 egg whites. Work into your hair and then cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap for at least 30 minutes before hopping in the shower to rinse it out. It does wonders to strengthen your hair while also providing a short-term boost to body and manageability. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell. It will dissipate completely as soon as your hair has dried.
- Add shine to your hair with butter. Yes, table butter. You want unsalted or sweet butter. Adding a small amount to your dry, brittle hair will help moisturize it and will give it a lovely shine. Massage the butter into dry hair and then cover your hair with a shower cap for about a half an hour. Shampoo your hair and rinse out the butter. You should see an immediate impact from the treatment.
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