Over exposure to sunlight, excessive use of hair styling products and tools etc can cause our hair to get dry and damaged over time. Damaged hair is visible in the form of frizzy hair, dry hair, split ends and hair breakage. To be able to get back your natural hair lustre and shine, damage control is essential at the earliest! Proper hair care and home remedies can always be your go-to solution:
Try out these home remedies to treat and prevent damaged hair:
How to make and use rice milk :
Rice is rich in amino acids, vitamin B, vitamin E, minerals and antioxidants. It can help detangle the hair by making the hair smoother. Rice milk can help regain hair lustre and give your hair a natural shine. Rice contains an ingredient called inositol, which can penetrate into damaged hair and promote hair repair from inside the hair follicle. It can also help protect the hair from future hair damage.
1 cup rice (any rice of your choice)
400 ml to 500 ml water
Wash the rice two times with water, before making the rice water for the hair, to get rid of the impurities.
Then, into a bowl or a container, add in the one cup of washed rice and then add in the water. Mix it well and let it sit overnight. In the morning, blend the rice with water to get rice milk.
Strain and pour the rice milk into a spray can and spray it evenly all over your scalp and hair and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. You can tie your hair into a lose bun or in a shower cap. Later, wash it off with a mild shampoo and conditioner. READ MORE – RICE CONDITIONER FOR DRY DAMAGED HAIR
Tip: Repeat this process once a week for the best results.
Fenugreek contains protein and nicotinic acid that can keep your hair hydrated and promote hair elasticity. It can also help in the reduction of hair loss, prevention of split ends and also prevent brittle nails. Fenugreek also contains lecithin and protein, that can strengthen, nourish and heal the hair strands. Lecithin is an ideal cure especially for those with dry, damaged and brittle hair. READ MORE – FERMENTED HAIR MASK for thicker hair growth
Aloe vera Shampoo –
Aloe vera makes your hair stronger, shinier and dandruff free. It helps to promote a healthy scalp for healthy hair growth. It act as a natural hair conditioner and can add lustre, volume and shine to the hair. It adds to air strength and acts as a moisturizer which can be very beneficial to people with dry and frizzy hair.
1/4 cup mild shampoo ( SLS, paraben and fragrance-free)
1/4 cup aloe vera gel
1 tbsp black seed oil
Add aloe vera gel with a mild shampoo and in your favourite hair oil. Mix it all together and use it as a normal shampoo to wash your hair to keep your hair smooth and shiny.
Oil Hair serum –
Make a hair repair serum using castor oil and aloe vera. The serum keeps your hair moisturized and also promotes hair growth.
Here are two ways to treat and prevent damaged hair:
1. Oiling of hair:
Oiling your hair can be beneficial to save the hair from damage and promote hair repair and hair growth over time. It can provide relief from stress, promote hair strength, prevent hair fall and keep the hair and scalp hydrated, reducing hair damage.
How to oil your hair:
Warm up the carrier oil of your choice just a little (you can add in a few drops of any essential oil if you wish to) and do not make it too hot, as it will burn the scalp. This step is important as the warm oil can penetrate into the hair follicles more easily and soothe the scalp and stimulate hair growth and hair repair. Partition your hair and evenly apply the oil onto the scalp and hair. Massage the oil into your scalp using gentle and circular motions and do this for around 5 to 10 minutes. Start with the scalp and then work your way down to the hair and until the tips of the hair. Let it then sit for half an hour to an hour before washing your hair with a mild shampoo and conditioner. Let it dry up naturally.
2. Washing hair with cold water:
When we wash our hair with cold water the hair cuticles contract trapping in the moisture and protecting it from hair damage. When we use hot water the layers of the hair or the cuticles, open up and results in dry, damaged and frizzy hair with split ends. Coldwater helps keep the hair cuticles healthy and promotes better hair lustre and shine and keeps the hair strands closed, flat and smooth.
For those who do not wish to have a cold-water head bath, you could use lukewarm water and just before you step out of the shower, tilt your head into the basin and put two mugs of cold water on your hair to close the hair cuticles.