Bring Your Damaged Hair Back to Life

If you are someone who either frequents the salon to embrace changing hair colour trends or uses box dyes to simply cover your greys, you’d be quite familiar with the damage that’s caused during the process. Often it may even seem irrevocable.

I love adding slight colour variations to my naturally dark brown hair and about ten years ago, when I started using these hair colours, I really got hooked. Whenever the colour faded, I went to the salon for a recolour or touch up. So eventually I realized that these chemicals really damaged the texture and shine of my hair. At this point, I had already tried chopping it off and there wasn’t any significant result. For a moment I too thought this was it! I’m going to have to live with this unhealthy-looking mane for the rest of my life.

Not wanting to give up on my hair, I decided to take a long break from chemical treatments and give my mane some TLC and see if it would yield any results. I turned to google for an instant fix to my dry and brittle hair. What I’m sharing with you today is just a couple of things that worked for me. I know there are expensive hair masks and other hair care products in the market. Surely, they would yield good results. In fact, I came across this article on the Reader’s Digest listing 17 Best Hair Masks for Damaged Hair so if you like just glance through that as well.

But instead of spending big money on a product that may or may not work, I suggest you trying out these simple and inexpensive homemade hair masks that could add healthy lustre back into that mane, without any harmful after effects. Whichever mask you may choose, all natural or store bought, I don’t believe there is an instant remedy available. Consistency is key to progressively bring your damamged frizzy hair back to life.

My go-to hair mask is the Warm Virgin Coconut Oil Treatment

What you need to understand is, if your hair has been damaged due to chemical treatments, frequent use of heat styling tools, exposure to direct sunlight, salt water or chlorine, the recovery need to start from your damaged cuticles on scalp. You can also use jojoba oil or sweet almond oil instead. For me coconut oil is a staple, so I tend to stick with that.

• Take about two-three tbsps of oil and slightly warm it up (double boiling method).

• Apply to sectioned hair, starting from your scalp and working your way to the roots of your hair.

• Using your fingertips gently massage the warm oil into your scalp for 5-10 minutes – stimulating circulation.

• Wrap your hair with either a warm towel, aluminium foil or a shower cap and leave it for 30-45 minutes. If your hair is quite long, you may have to braid it before you secure it under the shower cap or foil.

• Rinse off your hair under the shower. Lather it well with shampoo and get rid of any excess oil.

• Apply a generous amount of conditioner and rinse it off.

Note
• Always remember not to pour very hot oil directly onto your scalp. Just warm the coconut oil in a small pot over low heat about 5 minutes. The whole idea is for the oil to be at a temperature that will open the cuticles to absorb the oil. It must be warm, not hot.
• I suggest you gently wipe your hair and let it air dry. You could blow dry but adding hear after a treatment like this would help your cause. The heat will always damage your hair further. So, if you are serious about bringing back the lustre to your hair, you must commit to staying away from hot tools and harsh treatments unless it is necessary.

My second favourite is a yummy mask that could be used not only on your hair but also on your body and face. Can you guess?

Avocado and Honey Hair Mask
• Mash a well-ripped avocado and add a couple of tablespoons of honey to make it to a paste (not too drippy)
• Then section your hair and apply from the root to the ends of your hair strands part by part.
• Wrap your hair with either a warm towel, aluminium foil or a shower cap and leave it for 30-45 minutes. If your hair is quite long, you may have to braid it before you secure it under the shower cap or foil.
• Rinse it with a mild shampoo and condition generously afterwards.
• Kourtney Kardashian has a similar recipe for hair on her beauty app. An avo smoothie for hair!

If you’d like to give this a go, just blend half an avocado with 2 tbsp of honey, half a lemon and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Leave it for about an hour and wash it off. She does use a different type of bee’s honey (Manuka honey) though. I don’t think that available here in SL.

Note
• If it’s not the avocado season, you could substitute with yoghurt – Yoghurt and Honey Hair Mask.
• This combination might not be the best for skin (body and face) if you have naturally oily skin prone to acne breakouts.
• Using a clarifying shampoo might not be ideal in this instance. Try a mild baby shampoo.
• Always air or cool dry your hair for maximum impact.

Living in Sri Lanka, coconut milk is a must-have in our kitchens. We use coconut milk in so many curries and dishes but I didn’t realize until very recently that it could be one of the best hair masks you could easily make at home. There are a couple of variations to this where you could infuse essential oils of your choosing, but I tend to stick with the Plain and Simple Coconut Milk Hair Mask.

• Add lukewarm water to the scraped coconut and squeeze it by hand or in a blender.
• Using a strainer separate the milk into a container.
• Pour it from the scalp and let it drip through your hair, making sure your entire mane is soaked in the goodness of coconut milk.
• Wrap your hair with either a warm towel, aluminium foil or a shower cap and leave it for 30-45 minutes. If your hair is quite long, you may have to braid it before you secure it under the shower cap or foil.
• Rinse it with a mild shampoo and condition generously afterwards.

Note
• You don’t need to use a harsh clarifying shampoo unless you are using oil on your tresses.
• Some add avocado to the coconut milk but personally, I have not used it. If you do, I would love to know if you liked the results.
• Store bought coconut milk in bottles, packets or tins may not necessarily have the same nutritional benefits.
• Again, air drying is the way to go!

The final mask might not be ideal for those who are sensitive to smells. Particularly the eggy smell! This is the High Protein Egg and Conditioner Hair Mask.

• Take one egg and separate the egg yolk.
• Beat it with your hair conditioner and apply section by section to your hair.
• Wrap your hair with either a warm towel, aluminium foil or a shower cap and leave it for 30-45 minutes. If your hair is quite long, you may have to braid it before you secure it under the shower cap or foil.
• Wash it off with your usual shampoo until the smell is completely gone.
• Apply a generous amount of conditioner, leave for a few minutes and rinse it off.


Note
• To be frank, I hate this smell, but the before and after transformation is undeniable.
• If you really can’t stand the eggy smell, substitute the egg with mayonnaise for similar results.
• If you like a more trusted recipe, mix 2 tbsp of yoghurt, with 1 tbsp of honey, and one egg. Whisk it all together and apply it on your hair – a desi DIY passed down by Priyanka on one of her Vogue videos.

These are few inexpensive methods to fix your dry and damaged hair strands without leaving your house. There are so many variations, including some good, celebrity-approved hair masks and treatments. Like I mentioned earlier, the key is to be consistent. All the harsh chemical and heat treatments have ripped away from the natural moisture from your mane and the only way to put it back is by taking care of your hair and giving it the nourishment, it needs.

Other benefits of hair masks and treatements

• Accelerates hair growth by conditioning the scalp and facilitating circulation.

• Restore the balance of natural oils leaving your hair soft and bouncy.

• Softens curls and fight frizz without weighing your hair down.

• Prevents split ends and breakage of hair strands.

So there you have it! Haircare couldn’t get easier than this. All you have to do is use the simplest ingredients in your kitchen with a proper understanding of the benefits – mix and match to resolve your hair issues. Simple as that. My suggestion is to continue this for 3-6 months and you will start seeing results. Meanwhile, also make sure you use a shampoo and conditioner that is best suited for your hair type and texture.

My personal favourite is Tresemme DAMAGE PROTECT SHAMPOO and DAMAGE PROTECT CONDITIONER. I love the Tresemme line of products because I always see results but just look for any good brand that works well for your hair. Whichever brand you use, don’t shampoo your hair more than twice a week because it will make your hair dry. If you really must wash your hair more than twice a week, just use water and finish off with some conditioner.

So there you have it! Haircare couldn’t get easier than this, right?

All you have to do is use the simplest ingredients in your kitchen with a proper understanding of the benefits – mix and match to resolve your hair issues. Simple as that. My suggestion is to continue this for 3-6 months and you will start seeing a huge difference.

What is your go to hair mask recipe? Leave a comment and let me know 🙂 x

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