This far, in 2019, revenue in the hair care industry amounts to approximately US$12m in the United States.
That’s a whole lot of bucks spent of hair care and treatments for dry and damaged hair.
Drying and styling hair regularly with chemical products can cause prolonged damaged, your hair will start to feel like straw and lose its shine.
The combination of these products and styling your hair with heat every morning makes your hair look great in the moment…over time, not so much. Here’s how to treat and repair damaged hair.
A Little More Information on Damaged Hair
Identifying damaged hair is fairly easy. Visually, you can see that you have split ends and your hair breaks easily. When you run your fingers through your hair, it feels harsh and dry, and your hair gets tangled easily. These are all signs that you have damaged hair.
So how does it get that way?
- Hot climates and lots of time spent out in the sun can damage your hair.
- Chlorinated pools combined with regular swimming can cause damaged hair.
- Harsh hair products and chemical treatments can take their toll on the condition of your hair.
- Styling tools such as blow dryers, curling irons and straighteners will cause damage if used regularly.
These are the most common reasons for damaged hair, sometimes it can be from other causes such as illness and hereditary conditions. However, if you’re doing any of the above more often than you should, and your hair doesn’t look and feel good, you definitely have damaged hair.
How To Treat Your Damaged Hair
There are so many remedies that can be used to treat damaged hair, more often than not with household items that you already have in your pantry. If the items aren’t there, they can be purchased fairly simply. Here’s the list of how you can repair your damaged hair.
Crack Some Eggs
Eggs are a great source of natural protein for your hair. You’ll need to do the treatment at least once per week in order to see results.
The minerals inside eggs will create a natural shine for your hair.
Simply crack an egg, whisk it up and massage it into your hair from roots to ends. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave the mixture on for at least 20 minutes. Rinse your hair thoroughly and then wash as per usual.
Mash An Avocado
Not only are avocados super healthy to have in your diet, but they’re great for repairing damaged hair too. Avocados contain super healthy proteins and fats that will hydrate your hair, making it feel softer.
The treatment will have to be done once per week.
Mix half an avocado with two teaspoons of olive oil and mash the mixture until completely smooth. Massage the paste into your hair from root to tip, don’t be afraid to really work it in. Leave on your hair for a minimum of one hour, rinse and then wash as per your normal routine.
Use That Honey, Honey
Honey has a great ability to trap moisture. Another great thing about honey is that it is completely natural, no added chemicals or preservatives to mess with the repair of your hair.
Try to perform this remedy twice per week to help your hair feel shiny and soft again.
Wet your hair, and towel dry. Your hair should feel damp and not soaking wet, take half a cup of honey and massage it adequately throughout your hair from roots to tips. Cover the treated hair with a shower cap and leave in for 30 minutes. Rinse the honey out with warm water.
Oil Isn’t Only For Cooking
You’ve got two options with this: olive oil and coconut oil. Both of these items have amazing natural benefits for your hair. Olive oil is packed with vitamin E and antioxidants that help seal in moisture, while coconut oil is renowned for restoring the shine to your hair.
You can do these treatments as much as three times per week.
The nutrients in both olive oil and coconut oil are great for penetrating hair follicles right at the root of the problem.
Massage with Coconut Oil
Depending on the length of your hair, you may need anything from a couple of tablespoons to one cup of coconut oil. Heat up the desired amount, ensuring that it’s enough to completely cover your hair.
Apply the treatment to damp hair and let it condition for 30 minutes, then simply rinse out with warm water.
Massage with Olive Oil
This treatment takes a bit longer to take effect, but it is really worth the effort.
Pour one cup of olive oil, warm up the liquid and massage into your hair for 5 minutes. Once you’ve sufficiently covered your hair, you’ll need to wrap your head with a towel or something else.
You’ll need to leave the olive oil on for at least 30 minutes, but the best effects are seen when the treatment is left overnight and rinsed in the morning. When ready to remove the treatment, you’ll need to shampoo and condition as per usual afterward to remove all the oil.
Olive oil is packed with fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants that help seal in moisture when applied to hair. Using olive oil one to two times per week will help protect your hair from drying out.
Other Hair Repair Products
There are so many hair repair products on the shelves that sometimes it can be very intimidating. When shopping around make sure that you read the ingredients, avoid products that contain chemicals and harsh ingredients.
The product may advertise great results, but the more ‘bad things’ it has inside, the more unlikely it is that you will see prolonged results.
If you’re going the product purchase route, then repair your hair the right way, with the right products that will guarantee results.
From Damaged to New Hair
The most important thing to remember on your hair rescue mission is that it will take time. There are no overnight successes on this journey.
Stay consistent with the treatment of your choice, and don’t neglect to eliminate the factors that are causing your damaged hair as much as possible during the treatment phase. It will help to keep the dryness and brittleness at bay.
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