The damaged hair could be caused by many different things, like aggressive hair treatments, incorrect hair care, too much shampooing, and prolonged sun exposure. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural ways to salvage your damaged hair. Here are 3 of my natural home remedies for damaged hair.
Natural home remedies for damaged hair
1. Egg Yolk
Why is it effective? It’s because of its rich selenium content. According to a study, an egg contains 8-16 μg of selenium. And compared to an egg white, its yolk contains the highest content of this mineral.
Selenium has many hair benefits. It promotes hair repair and growth by reducing protein loss. It’s widely used in hair care products to treat dandruff, hair loss, and hair graying.
- Gently massage on your scalp and hair for approximately 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off with cool water and organic shampoo.
2. Plain Mayonnaise
The ingredients used for making plain mayonnaise (cooking oil, egg yolk, and vinegar) have beneficial effects on a damaged hair. Egg yolk, for instance, is a rich source of choline and inositol, which are B-vitamins that form lecithin.
Many believe that these basic nutrients encourage the growth of healthy and strong hair and protect hair follicles from damage by stabilizing cell membranes. They also moisturize and restore your hair’s protective coating.
- First, rinse your hair with warm water. Don’t shampoo yet.
- Scoop a generous amount of mayonnaise to coat your hair, specifically its ends. The amount really depends on how long and thick your hair is.
- Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap.
- Let it stay on your hair for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse your hair with warm water and your regular shampoo.
3. Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)
Virgin coconut oil is a big blessing to all the people with damaged hair. It’s not only 100% natural, but it also contains numerous nutrients and medicinal properties that are highly capable of repairing and maintaining healthy and damaged hair. VCO is also a great hair moisturizer for brittle hair because it doesn’t evaporate easily and is highly stable.
One study that was published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science confirms VCO’s ability to penetrate deep into the hair because of its low molecular weight and straight-chain molecule structure. What’s more, it has a high affinity for hair proteins because of its main fatty acid called lauric acid.
- To use this as an intensive hair treatment for damaged hair, massage a few teaspoons of VCO—the amount depends on your hair length—on your damp and clean hair. Put more VCO on damaged hair, while less on healthy hair.
- After, cover your hair with a bath towel (or a shower cap), and then leave it for half an hour to one hour before washing your hair with warm water and your usual shampoo (preferably, the organic type).
Well, these are my suggestions for damaged hair. Don’t forget to leave me a comment or two below after you try out these home remedies. Did they work for your hair?