Our hair gets a lot of beating from styling products, heat and pollution. Hair color, whether permanent or not, can also destroy the strands of our hair. Over time, our hair becomes weak from all the stress and eventually shows signs of damage.
Damaged hair is harder to manage. But before you give up on your locks altogether, know that the damage could be reversed. You just need to know the signs so you can apply the proper damaged hair treatment and restore your hair back to health.
Signs of damaged hair
Are you having a hard time styling your tresses into submission? We all have our own natural hair types, each with its own set of unique characteristics. Your hair may be uncooperative, but it doesn’t mean that it’s damaged.
You need to perform a few tests to see if your hair indeed needs repair. Don’t worry, there’s no need for any fancy equipment to do this test. All you need to do is to face a mirror, run your fingers through your hair and take note of the following:
- Does your hair look dry and brittle? If yes, it could be that your hair lacks moisture. Deep condition your hair after shampooing to restore moisture back into your locks.
- Are the tips of your hair frayed or split into fragments? You could have split ends. For fewer split ends, get a regular trim so the tips of your hair remain healthy. You can also make split ends less obvious by moisturizing your hair tips more.
- Has your hair lost its elasticity? Hair with normal elasticity returns to its natural state when stretched. Damaged hair with little elasticity easily breaks. You need to add more moisture and protein to your hair so it doesn’t break off easily.
- Does your hair absorb—and lose—color rather quickly? Your tresses might be porous. Spongy hair is a sign of damage, and it is usually brought on by too much chemical treatments. Try natural hair colorants, or better yet, skip the dye completely.
If you hair shows any of the signs above, it is possible that your hair is damaged. The earlier that you can spot the signs of damage, the higher are your chances of repairing it.
Home remedies for damaged hair
Damaged hair needs some extra TLC. The good news is that you don’t need to pile on even more products on your hair to restore it back to health.
Be your own kitchen beautician by applying any of these homemade concoctions to your damaged hair:
1. Deep condition with coconut oil.
We use it for frying, baking, and moisturizing. Is there anything that coconut oil cannot do? A versatile kitchen and beauty ingredient, coconut oil does not only help bring back hair’s healthy shine and bounce, but it also helps boost hair growth, prevent dandruff, and add volume and shine. Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids, which makes it an excellent deep conditioner. It penetrates hair more deeply and quickly, so your locks are nourished inside and out.
To use coconut oil as a deep conditioner, massage a tablespoon or two (more if your hair is thicker or longer) of virgin coconut oil into clean and damp hair. Massage the oil into the scalp down to the tips of your hair and leave on for at least 30 minutes. Shampoo hair and let it air dry.
2. Boost moisture with an avocado mask.
Creamy, chunky or smooth—avocado tastes yummy no matter the texture. But did you know that avocados can be so much more than a dip to your nachos? Laden with saturated fats and vitamins B and E, avocados can help turn dry, dull hair into a healthy one. More importantly, avocados has high biotin content, which helps promote hair growth.
Replenish your hair’s loss moisture and help boost hair regrowth with this simple avocado and honey mask. Scoop out the flesh of 1 ripe avocado and mix with 2 tablespoons of honey. (Optional: Add 2 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil for additional moisture.) Mash everything together to form a creamy and smooth paste. Apply mixture to damp hair and leave on for 45 minutes. Wash and condition hair as usual.
3. Make hair shine again with egg yolk.
Hair is made up of protein—the amino acid that helps repair keratin, which is what hair is made of. When our hair does not get enough protein, it becomes porous and breaks easily. The good news is that protein is widely available in majority of the foods that we eat. Eggs in particular contain plenty of protein as well as vitamins and minerals that help strengthen porous hair.
Applying an egg yolk mask would be an excellent treatment for damaged hair. Beat 2-3 egg yolks (more if your hair is especially thick or long) and mix it with 3 tablespoons each of honey and olive oil. Massage the mixture onto your hair and scalp and leave it on for at least an hour. Shampoo and condition as usual.
4. Nourish your hair with some honey.
Honey is a natural humectant. It attracts moisture from the air, which makes it an excellent moisturizer for skin and hair. This sweet and sticky kitchen staple also has natural antibacterial properties that help promote a healthy scalp. It also helps stimulate hair growth and smoothen hair—perfect for damaged tresses that need some TLC!
Applying honey alone on your hair is a sticky situation quite literally. You’ll need something that will help it glide on more smoothly on your hair. A little bit of olive or coconut oil usually does the trick. Mix equal parts of raw, organic honey and your oil of your choice. (Note that the amount you should use depends on the length and thickness of your hair.) Apply the mixture to your scalp down to the tips of your hair. Let your hair soak in the mixture before shampooing off.
5.Massage hair and scalp with mayonnaise.
Mayonnaise can do a lot more than dress your salad or sandwiches. Made from an emulsion of oil, egg yolk, and other ingredients, it is an excellent moisturizing ingredient that you can use to combat hair dryness. Best of all, it doesn’t cost a lot and doesn’t require a lot of steps in using.
To deep condition hair, apply 1-2 tablespoons of plain mayonnaise to damp hair. If hair is longer or thicker, you can add more mayonnaise to cover every strand of your hair. Be careful not to use too much mayo, though—it is tough to rinse out. Leave the mayonnaise on for 30 minutes to 1 hour before shampooing.
Be kind to your hair
Over-processed, heat-damaged hair may be hard to manage, but it doesn’t mean that it’s beyond repair. To reverse the damage caused by heat styling and chemical products, give your hair some time to breathe. Product buildup on hair can also make it look dull.
Skip styling tools that may be too harsh on your hair. Whenever possible, let your hair dry naturally to prevent frizz and other damage. And instead of using chemical styling products, go for the natural ones that will safely recondition your hair.
The Biconi Virgin Coconut Oil can be used for both skin and hair. This all-natural, antimicrobial oil has excellent moisturizing properties that can help restore damaged hair back to its original health and shine.