13 Tested Home Remedies for Damaged Hair

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Feel your confidence shine, just like your hair!

Dry and damaged hair is a common problem amongst both men and women nowadays. Since the use of hair straighteners, curlers and hair colouring has risen so has the number of individuals suffering from lifeless locks! These sufferers are not one in a million, they are in fact both me and you.

Having healthy luscious hair is a dream for most people, one that can prove expensive. Various ‘serums’ and ‘hair masks’ have been marketed for the dull, damaged and split end afflicted tresses. Although, the truth is these expensive treatments are rarely worth the money, or effort we all pour into them in the hope of finding a result.

Having healthy hair opens up a whole new wave of opportunities and possibilities to manipulate and mold your hair however you want, without worrying about excess damage or breakages. Imagine styling your hair the way you want to, not the way the health of your hair dictates.

We all know trimming our hair regularly helps prevent split ends and excessive damage, however if you’ve already tried this or just don’t want to loose any length these tried and tested home remedies may have the answer you are looking for. So give them a go, before you pick up the scissors and do something you’ll regret!

Massage The Hair in Butter

If your hair is naturally dry and damaged (perhaps even straw-like), treat it with a small amount of softened unsalted butter, avoiding the roots. When left in your locks it should coat the hair leaving it glossy and replenished after washing out. Rub into dry hair and leave for around 30 minutes to an hour, then once time is up, shampoo and rinse.

Your hair should now be shiny and moisturised, allowing you to have a glossy finish to your usually dry locks.

If your hair is naturally greasy this method may not be for you.

Use a Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Mask

Natural hair masks are a brilliant way to treat your lacking locks at home.

Apple cider vinegar hair masks have been widely claimed to be one of the most effective natural home remedies discovered so far, a wide array of individuals will attest for it’s usefulness and powers. Follow these instructions/ recipe to achieve the desired result:

  • Create an apple cider vinegar hair mask by combining 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 egg whites.
  • When mixed in a bowl, apply to dry or dampened hair and rub it in gently.
  • Cover the hair with a plastic bag or shower cap and wait for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Shampoo and rinse when time is up.

Your hair should now be glowing compared to it’s usual lacking look. Perform this mask once or twice a week until you hair is restored to it’s fully glory and then reduce to once every week or every other week -depending on your hair specific needs.

Apply an Aloe Vera Hair Mask

Aloe vera is fantastic for repairing damaged hair as it’s humectant properties soothe the hair shafts. Aloe vera also contains enzymes, amino acids and vitamin E and C which benefit your hair by strengthening and revitalizing. The gel-like substance within the aloe leaves has a similar chemical composition to that of keratin, the naturally occurring protein found in hair cells. To use Aloe Vera on your hair follow one of these two options:

  • Apply a small proportion of just pure aloe vera directly onto the damaged parts of the hair, or all over if necessary. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes then wash off with warm water.
  • Another option, is to mix 4 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 3 tablespoons of plain yoghurt. Stir the mixture well and apply to hair, leaving the mask in for half an hour or more. Then wash the hair with a gentle shampoo and rinse, leaving your hair soft and replenished.

You can perform either of these remedies around once a week for optimal hair health.

Create an Avocado Hair Mask

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A ripe avocado can be used as a great moisturizer for both skin and hair, though the fruit’s natural oils act as a deep conditioner for hair. Avocado can be combined with various other hair mask ingredients, or used alone if crushed down sufficiently enough to make application to the hair possible.

  • Peel a ripe avocado and mash into a bowl. Add olive oil (if your hair is not dyed), jojoba oil or almond oil to create a smoother consistency for application.
  • Wet the hair before using the hair mask and apply to the roots and the ends only, then tuck the hair into a cap or use a plastic bag to cover the hair in. Leaving on for 45 minutes.
  • Wash the avocado and oil out using a soft shampoo and rinse.

The avocado (and oil if you decide to add mixture) will deep condition your delicate hairdo, helping to strengthen and restore the shine, health and body.

Try Banana Masks

Banana hair masks are helpful in a number of ways as they can help with dandruff, hair moisture levels and prevents breakages. Improving both your hair and scalp in more than one way, creating a 3-in-1 effect.

  • Take one or two ripened bananas and blend. Add milk or olive oil to change the consistency of the mix if the blend it too thick to use.
  • Dampen the hair and then apply all over. Shampoo and rinse out after 20 to 40 minutes.

Sugar Water Hair Spray

Sugar water can also be used in treating dry and fragile hair. Simply dissolve a teaspoon of sugar into warm water and then apply to the hair sparingly. The sugar water acts as a moisturizing spray. Do not, however, apply in excess or your hair may become sticky and / or crusty to touch.


Using aspirin to help treat your dull locks may sound strange however the salicylic acid present in the pills can restore the shine of hair when used regularly. Crush one or two tablets and mix into your normal shampoo to treat your hair every time you wash. After a few weeks your hair should be the confidence boosting asset it’s supposed to be, in full glowing health. It may sound like an odd cure, but stick with the tried and tested home remedy to see some amazing results.

How about Beer?

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Beer has been identified as a great conditioner for hair and is also known for promoting hair growth and maintaining shine. Just simply apply instead of your conditioner, and blow dry the hair on a low heat to remove any smell left over. If the smell becomes a problem still after rinsing with beer, apply a gentle scented conditioner on after submerging the hair in beer, leave on for two minutes and then rinse in warm water.

Tea Tree Oil Treatments and Shampoos

The antibacterial and antifungal properties of tea tree oil fight against itching scalps, dry hair and dandruff as it acts as a natural conditioner. Just add a small amount (a few drops) of tea tree oil into your normal conditioner and use as normal. You can also do this with mild shampoos that are suitable for all hair types. Alternatively, massaging the hair with tea tree oil is also effective though take care not to apply excessive amounts.

Shea Butter to Help Hair Retain Moisture

Shea butter when applied to hair can act as a protective UV layer, as well as having anti-inflammatory properties to help dry hair once again become lavish. Therefore proving to be a perfect protective tool and moisturizer, without having to spend an extensive amount of money on a high end product.

  • Melt 100g of shea butter and upon cooling add 20g of apricot kernel oil.
  • Whip the mixture whilst adding 20 drops of lemongrass oil, 10 drops of rosemary oil and 40g of cornstarch.
  • Mix well and apply to the hair, covering with a cap, leave on for 20 minutes to half an hour. Then shampoo the hair thoroughly, rinse and allow the hair to air dry.

A Mask Made of Mayonnaise

Using full fat mayonnaise can moisturise and brighten your weak and crippled hair. Spread half a cup of mayonnaise through your hair, focusing mainly on the ends and damaged sections, taking care not to apply to the scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic bag and allow the mayonnaise to take effect for around half an hour to 40 minutes, then wash out with warm water and a gentle shampoo, rinsing well.

Do a Black Tea Hair Rinse

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Black tea is yet another natural hair conditioner. Prepare a cup of black tea and allow to cool, then pour over the hair making sure every part is sufficiently coated in the tea. Leave in for 30 minutes and wash out with warm water for silky soft conditioned hair. Repeat this process twice weekly until your hair is revitalized, then reduce to once a week at most.

Try to Help from the Inside Out

Take one to three 250-milligram capsules of evening primrose oil, borage oil or flaxseed oil. All of these oils are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are ideal for keeping both the hair and the nails moisturized and in good condition. These oils when taken orally provide the body with a good resource to help and boost the growth and health of the hair. More vitamins and minerals to consider taking or eating food rich in that will help the health of your hair are:

  • Iron: Women of child-bearing ages or individuals who don’t enjoy much red meat tend to be deficient in iron, surprisingly without being anemic. Iron carries oxygen to hair and promotes growth and health. If taking iron supplements does not appeal to you some iron rich foods include egg yolks, octopus, chickpeas, spinach, chicken and lentils.
  • Zin: Sport orientated people and those who sweat a lot tend to lose more zinc than the average person. To replenish this hair growth mineral consume 15mg to 30mg daily. Zinc high foods include pumpkin seeds, oysters, cashew nuts, chocolate and lamb.
  • B-complex Vitamins: Cobalamin, niacin and biotin all help restore shine and thickness to hair strands.
  • Vitamin D: This vitamin is important for hair follicle cycling, more so for people whose sunlight is limited. Vitamin D rich foods include salmon, grains, milk, cod and mushrooms.

Preventative Measures to Maintain Hair Health After Treatments

  • Avoid tying your hair up in day to day life, especially with thin hair bands. This is because the area of the hair which comes into contact with the band most regularly will begin to wear and become brittle, eventually causing damage to the strands.
  • Abstain from using heated hair styling or drying methods such as hair straighteners, flat irons, curlers and blow dryers as much as possible. Replacing these tools for heat-free ones such as hair rollers or Flexi Rods wherever possible. Or if you do need to use these tools, when using the hot devices set the heat to the lowest possible setting and avoid leaving on the hair for too long. As well as investing in high quality curlers, irons and straighteners so there’s no need to repeatedly go over same sections of hair, reducing the amount of exposure to heat your hair is subjected to. Lastly to reduce the damaging affect the heat reliant styling tools will have on your hair look for heat protectant hair sprays, mousses and creams to apply before use minimising their negative effects.
  • Trim regularly (every 4 to 6 weeks) removing any split ends and unhealthy parts of the hair, allowing the rest of the hair to continue growing. Trimming your hair often is one of the best ways to keep your hair in good health, as when split ends occur the breakages can travel up the hair shaft causing the whole strand to become broken.
  • Watch out for UV rays! Products that contain sun-blocking ingredients (or have SPF ratings) protects dyed hair from fading and prevents all hair types from becoming thinning, dry, weakened and brittle. Although, the best way to block your hair’s exposure to the sun is to wear hats as the rays cannot penetrate through the material.
  • Do not brush or comb your hair while it is wet. Brushing or combing your hair while it is wet stretches the strands and can result in them snapping or splitting. So trying to rid yourself of tangles while your hair is wet is actually counter-productive as you may just be provoking more cots, tangles and may just be breaking up the current structure of your styling.
  • Brush your hair from the bottom up, rather than the top down. When brushing your hair you should start from the ends of the hair and only move up each time when there are no tangles in the previous section. If you start brushing from the roots down you may end up in fighting with your hair trying to pull the brush through your hair, pulling strands out or stretching them and causing breakages thus resulting in a weak hair unhealthy do!
  • Sleep on silk. If you wake up every morning with your hair completely tangled and cotty you may want to swap your normal pillow for a silk version, preventing friction damage and avoiding split ends. Thus allowing your hair to recover at night without becoming more damaged than before each time you sleep.

Final Thoughts

Many women and men suffer from lifeless, dull and limp locks due to their hair health being more than lacking! However, this state of lacklustre hair doesn’t have to be a permanent one or an expensive problem to sort with ‘top-end’ hair products.  From here, you’ve now learned a whole arsenal of great tips and tricks to make your damaged hair a thing of the past!

If it’s too late for the preventative measures there is a whole list of 13 different ways to rescue your terrible tresses. However, now you have not only learnt how to treat your unhealthy hair you have also learned some tips and tricks on how to properly care for you hair, so in future you can implement these cautionary measures too, ensuring you avoid bad hair health again. Although, as these home remedies for damaged hair are not just for hair that is in a poor state but for any hair that wants to maintain it’s health, shine and strength also.

From beer rinses to banana masks, you’re now fully equipped with a large variety of different home remedies to test and love. Not only will these treatments improve the health and look of your hair, but they’ll also improve your confidence and happiness, because when you look good you also feel good. Allowing for your barnet to become stress-free and sexy, rather than stress inducing and shoddy.

We hope these methods will help you just as much as they’ve helped us in gaining gorgeous hair. Good luck guys!

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.