Having damage-free hair is a dream for all girls.
There was a time when I really wanted to encounter a genie who would grant me a wish to have damage-free hair forever. Well, I did not meet a genie but I did come across several powerful remedies that can reduce hair-damage significantly.
Before knowing the remedies we need to understand the causes of hair damage.
So let's begin with that...
Hair damage occurs when the protective outer layer of our hair is attacked by several internal and external factors and leaving cracks in its exterior.
The protective layer of our hair is called the cuticle. When cuticles are attacked, they crack up, thus causing dullness, frizziness, split-ends and hair falls.
These factors include harsh chemical treatments, excessive heat, improper diet and several other environmental and health factors.
Basic causes of hair-damage
Our health depends on what we eat and so does our precious hairs'.
Deficiency of nutrients like zinc, iron and folic acid contributes to hair damage because these nutrients help in strengthening hair roots and also reduce dryness.
Not having a healthy mind also contributes to hair damage. Stress can be the ultimate cause of hair breakage.
Excessive stress slows down hair growth and also weakens the roots thus resulting in hair breakage.
3. Heat Damage
Heat can damage the hair. Blowdrying and using flat irons which require excessive heat causes hair fall, dryness and hair breakage.
Yes, you heard it right! Over-washing of hair may cause damage especially if you have oily skin. Thus causing hair fall.
Too much of chemical treatments like dying, strangling, relaxers etc can cause hair damage.
The chemicals used during these process are quite harsh and might damage the hair cuticles and cause problems like frizziness, dryness or hair breakage.
Powerful Home Remedies For Damaged Hair
1. Tea Rinse
Tea is very effective when it comes to treating damaged hair. It not only enhances the colour of your hair but also reduces dryness and makes your hair smooth and silky.
All you need to do is wash your hair with your regular shampoo and then finally rinse it with unsweetened freshly brewed tea. Do this once a week and notice the difference.
2. Avocado Mask
Avocados work wonders for hair.
They contain plenty of fatty acids and minerals and therefore treat hair damage and also add volume to your hair.
Take a ripe avocado and mash it properly and then add an egg and mix them together. Apply this to your wet hair and leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse well. Do it once a week and see the results.
3. Egg, Honey and Yogurt Hair Mask
This combination of egg, honey and yoghurt acts a natural moisturizer and strengthens the hair roots while providing smooth and silky hair.
Beat two raw eggs, then add a tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of yoghurt. Mix it well to get a smooth paste.
Apply the paste to your hair for 20 minutes and rinse it thoroughly. For best results do this twice a week.
4. Mayonnaise Pack
Mayonnaise is a boon if you want to make your hairs soft and smooth. It contains L-Cysteine which is a powerful antioxidant which adds shine and volume to the hair.
Take 1/2 cup full-fat mayonnaise and whip it. Wet your hair and apply the whipped mayonnaise and cover your hair with a shower cap. Leave it for 30 minutes and rinse well.
5. Vinegar Wash
Vinegar is extremely helpful in reversing hair damage because its acidic nature helps in balancing the pH of the scalp and strengthens the hair roots.
Rinse your hair using a good conditioner and then mix your regular shampoo with 1 tablespoon of vinegar and wash your hair once again. Do this twice a week and see the difference.
6. Aloe Vera Mask
Aloe Vera repairs hair damage like split ends and dryness and encourages healthy hair growth.
Take 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel and mix it with 3 tablespoon yoghurt and 2 tablespoons of hair oil. Then mix it well to make a smooth paste and apply to your hairs.
Leave it for 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water and your regular shampoo.
7. Banana Pack
Bananas contain a rich amount of potassium which keep the hair healthy by strengthening the roots.
Take one ripe banana and mash it well. Apply it to your hair and leave for 45 minutes and use a mild shampoo and lukewarm water to finally rinse it. Do this at least once a week.
8. Strawberry Pack
Strawberries are really good for damaged hairs as they reduce split ends and also add shine to your hairs.
Take four to five strawberries and two tablespoons mayonnaise and blend it well. Apply this to your hair right from the scalp. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse with shampoo and lukewarm water.
Apart from these above-mentioned remedies, I am also recommending some shampoos which work really well in repairing damaged hair.
- Dove Intense Repair Shampoo
- Biotique Bio Soya Protein Fresh Nourishing Shampoo
- Pantene Advanced Hair Fall Solution Silky Smooth Care Shampoo
- L'Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Shampoo
- Sunsilk Nourishing Soft and Smooth Shampoo
- Himalaya Protein With Chickpea Gentle Daily Care Shampoo
- StBotanica Pro-Keratin & Argan Oil Smooth Therapy Shampoo
- TRESemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo
Lifestyle Changes To Reverse The Damage
The above-mentioned hair remedies and shampoos are truly effective in reducing hair damage. But there are also certain lifestyle changes one needs to adapt to keep the hairs away from damage. Because only taking care of it externally does not really serve the purpose.
Therefore I will talk about some simple lifestyle hacks which will surely protect your hairs from severe damage.
1. Say No To Stress
As mentioned earlier, stress is one of the main reasons for hair damage because excessive stress can actually prevent hair growth, thus resulting in hair breakage and split ends. Therefore take time to relax and say no to stress.
2. Use Silk Pillow Covers
Sleeping on silk pillowcases gives you many benefits and one of them is protecting your hair from frizziness.
Because it has a smooth texture and does not snag and muss your hair like cotton pillowcases. Therefore you are likely to wake up with less frizzy hairs.
3. Proper Diet
Our hair also depends on the kind of food we eat.
Therefore make sure that your regular diet has the proper amount of nutrients like minerals, protein, vitamins and fibres because there are really important when it comes to hair growth.
I am well aware that our generation likes to stay away from regular oiling, our busy schedule contributes significantly to it.
If you want to keep your hairs damage-free than make sure that you opt for an oil massage at least once a week because it will not only strengthen the hair roots but will also prevent other damages like split ends and dryness.
5) Don't Forget To Use Conditioner
It is very important to know that washing your hairs just by using shampoo can actually damage your hairs. Therefore make it a point to never skip conditioner after shampoo.
Hair conditioner makes your hair smooth and also keeps it away from frizziness.
6) Don't Engage In A War With Your Hair Strands
If you want to keep your hair away from damage then make sure to comb your hairs gently. Because if you comb your hairs very roughly then it not only results in hair fall but also weakens the roots of your hair. Therefore be gentle while combing!
I hope this article gave you a gist about the important factors associated with hair damage.
Also, the remedies and lifestyle hacks will surely help you to reduce hair damage. Just pick up the remedy which suits your hair the best and go for it. I am sure will be amazed by the results!
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