13 Tips for Restoring Dry, Damaged Hair

  • Rubbing your hair dry with a towel can cause split ends.
  • Eggs can do wonders to the hair.
  • Omega 3 keeps the hair healthy.

1. Apply avocado

Avocados contain vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals that bring back luster to hair, says Pierre Michel Salon’s expert colorist, Stephen Sanna. Add an egg to mashed ripe avocado, then apply the mixture to wet hair. Leave it on for no less than 20 minutes, then rinse well. Do this once weekly if you have damaged hair and once monthly if you have healthy hair.

2. Massage in butter

Massage butter into your dry hair, then cover your locks with a shower cap for at least 30 minutes. Shampoo as you usually would then rinse several times to wash off the butter. Do this to restore your hair’s glossy shine.

3. Condition with olive oil

Warm-up 1/2 cup olive oil, then rub it into your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic bag before wrapping it in a towel. Leave it on for 45 minutes, then shampoo and rinse well. This home remedy helps bring back moisture to your hair.

4. Rinse with tea

Rinsing your hair with warm, unsweetened tea after shampooing gives it a natural shine. Use a tea that matches your hair color, as tea can enhance hair color.

5. Mask hair with apple cider vinegar

To put life back into your limp hair, mix one teaspoon apple cider vinegar into two tablespoons of olive oil and three egg whites, then apply the mixture to your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap for about half an hour, then shampoo and rinse.

6. Make a “shampoo omelette”

Enhance your hair protein by mixing one egg with a small amount of shampoo and applying it to your dry hair. Let it sit for five minutes, then rinse well.

7. Treat with botanical oils

Olive, jojoba, and sweet almond oils work wonders on damaged hair. Coconut oil also works well for thick and heavy hair. Apply small amounts on damp hair until your hair is thoroughly covered. Cover your hair with a shower cap before wrapping it in a warm towel. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes, then rinse and shampoo.

8. Try sandalwood oil

Mixing a few drops of sandalwood oil and a few drops of olive or jojoba oil and rubbing it through the ends of your hair provides instant sleekness and tames flyaway hair. You may also use a hand lotion instead of oil.

9. Condition naturally when swimming

Before or after a swim, rinse your hair with a mixture of 1/4 cup apple cider and 3/4 cup water to cleanse and protect it from harsh elements, says Susie Galvez, author of Hello Beautiful: 365 Ways to Be Even More Beautiful. Follow with a conditioner.

10. Wrap wet hair dry

Wrap up your damaged hair in a cotton towel to let it absorb the moisture and prevent split ends.

11. Use a humidifier at night

Home heating during winter can dry out your hair. Use a humidifier to put moisture back into the air and prevent dry and damaged hair.

12. Let your hair down

Avoid pulling your hair back too tightly in a ponytail, and never sleep with any hair accessories. Let your hair down sometimes to give it a break.

13. Eat your omega-3s

Supplementing with borage oil, evening primrose oil, or flaxseed oil is great for keeping hair moisturized, says Dr. Kathleen W. Wilson, author of When You Think You Are Falling Apart, and an internist at the Ochsner Health Center in New Orleans.

Source: Reader’s Digest