We’ve all been trapped inside for weeks at a time. Whether you have been stuck in the house because of the coronavirus, or because you have had a long winter shut-in, your hair may be suffering. Your hair might also be damaged due to over-styling, using the wrong products, illness, and disease, or over-brushing. If you have damaged hair, you need to fix it as soon as possible to avoid breakage. We recommend a wide variety of products that will help repair and grow thicker, stronger, longer hair. Our products are designed to restore health and vitality to dry and damaged hair from the inside out.
Why Does Hair Become Dry and Damaged? How Can It Happen So Quickly?
There are lots of reasons why hair can become damaged:
- Your hair may have lost moisture because of over-styling through the use of various types of heat stylers, such as curlers and straighteners, as well as blow dryers.
- You may be using harsh shampoos and conditioners that can strip your hair of essential oils.
- You may be over washing and or over-brushing your hair.
- Medication can cause dry and damaged hair as well.
- Your hair can become dry and damaged because of improper nutrition.
- Weather can also conspire against you and cause damage to your hair, especially when the humidity is low.
Avocado For Damaged Hair
If you have an avocado or two on hand or are about to go to the grocery store, you can use a ripe one with the pit removed to help your hair quickly. Avocados have fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals to help your hair begin on its healthy journey.
Mix the avocado with an egg. You will want to apply it to wet hair and leave it on for 20 minutes. For damaged hair, you will want to use this remedy once each week.
Butter – Regular or Shea
We know it sounds crazy, but one way to repair damaged hair, especially hair damaged by the sun or in the pool, is by using butter. You can decide whether you want to use regular butter or Shea butter. For this repair, you’ll want to spread the butter (regular or shea) on your dry hair, and cover your hair with a cap for half an hour, and then rinse it out. You can repeat the butter treatment each week.
Olive oil has great essential vitamin E and nutrients such as fatty acids with antioxidants for healthy hair. To use olive oil on your hair, warm up ½ a cup of olive oil. Be sure that you don’t overheat it because you could burn your scalp. Massage the olive oil into your dry hair, and let it stay on your hair for 45 minutes. Then you need to thoroughly rinse it out.
If your hair is dull and lifeless, think about restoring the shine to your hair with tea. To use tea as a rinse for your hair, you will need a quart of unsweetened tea. You can use the rinse instead of conditioner after your final shampoo. One of the best things about tea is that it will enhance your hair color and really make it shine.
- If you are a blonde, you need to use chamomile tea, which can restore luster to blonde hair. Strawberry blondes can also use chamomile tea.
- If you are a brunette or you have black hair, use black tea to make your brown or black hair sparkle.
- If your hair is red, you can restore the luster with Rooibos tea.
- Black tea also works well with gray hair.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Many people use apple cider vinegar as a natural remedy for a variety of medical issues. Apple cider vinegar can aid with weight loss. It can also be used to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels if you are a diabetic. To use apple cider vinegar as a mask for your damaged hair, combine a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil with three egg whites. Rub this mixture into your hair and cover it with a shower cap or with plastic. After half an hour, you can shampoo and rinse your hair out.
One thing everyone with damaged hair has in common is that there is not enough protein in the hair that is dry and damaged. In order to put more protein in your hair, you can do an egg mask. Whip up an egg with a small amount of your shampoo, and let it sit on your hair for 5 minutes, then shampoo and rinse as normal. Although this may seem like a short amount of time, a five-minute mask two or three times a week can be really helpful when it comes to restoring damaged hair.
Other Botanical Oils
Different botanical oils will also add important fats and antioxidants to your hair. One of our favorites is using coconut oil as a mask. Be sure that you rub the coconut oil from the scalp to the tips of your hair. You can then cover your hair with a warm towel, wrap, or shower cap. Coconut oil is great for people with thick hair. If you have fine hair, this is not the treatment for you.
If your hair is fine, use sandalwood oil instead of coconut oil as a mask. Sandalwood oil is great at restoring luster to your hair. You can add the sandal oil to olive or jojoba oil and then smooth it through your hair all the way to the ends. Then, your brittle, fine, flyaway hair will be smoothed and easier to comb.
Other Tips For Repairing Damaged Hair
If you wash your hair frequently, or you swim a lot, you may want to think about a rinse to help your damaged hair each time you wash your hair. For this daily rinse, you mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and ¾ cup of water. Use this mixture instead of your regular shampoo, and then condition it as you normally would.
When you wash your hair, do not rub it dry. This can cause additional damage to your already-damaged hair. Instead, you will need to wrap it up in a towel for a few minutes, and then let it air dry. Naturally drying your hair cuts down on breakage and damage from blow dryers or other styling tools.
You also might want to use a humidifier, especially during the winter months, when the air is so dry. Some climates, such as in the Western United States, stay dry for most of the year. Dry weather dries your hair out more quickly than humid weather does. If you are living in dry weather, or in an eternally dry climate, you may want to sleep with a humidifier in your bedroom. Humidifiers not only help you breathe better, but they help put moisture back into your hair.
If you love hair accessories in your hair, but your hair is dry or damaged, you need to be careful of them. Be sure that if you always wear your hair up, make sure that you take it down for a few hours each day to rest your hair and prevent breakage. Also, while it is tempting to sleep with accessories in your head, it doesn’t help your hair at all. Sleeping in accessories at night will further damage your hair. Lastly, if you have hair accessories with sharp points or edges, you need to avoid those, because damaged hair will break more easily.
Long Term Solutions
While all of these short term speedy fixes are great, they are temporary solutions. If you are looking for long term solutions, we have a couple of suggestions. First, you will want to beef up your vitamins, especially those vitamins that strengthen hair, such as a multivitamin or a vitamin for hair, skin, and nails. The vitamins for hair health would include vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K. These vitamins help to repair damaged hair and strengthen it from the inside out. Vitamins also fight hair damaged through daily wear and tear as well. Once your hair is stronger, it is easier to prevent breakage.
There are also hair products that work together to strengthen damaged hair, prevent it from breaking, and help new hair to grow. One of our favorites is the “Love Your Hair Regrowth System.” It includes the KeraViatin Hair and Scalp Supplement to strengthen your hair, the Lift and Repair Treatment spray to protect against heat damage and the Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women Spray which stimulates your hair follicles.
Even if your hair is damaged, both quick fixes and long-lasting treatment systems can help your hair look its absolute best each time you step out the door. We want you to love your hair! However, if your hair is thinning or you are losing your hair, it could be due to an underlying health issue. As always, you should see your doctor to get to the root cause of your health and hair problems.