Weakening hair over time is an unfortunate fact of life. Whether it’s because of sun exposure, over-treatment, genetics, improper care or any of the many health issues that can lead to thinning strands, your hair will change with age and often become weak or brittle. There are some things you can do to improve the quality of your hair and keep it shiny and healthy!
Before you spend a fortune on treatments with corrosive chemicals that could further damage your hair, check out some of the all-natural remedies below that will help you restore your locks and help you feel fabulous.
Cooking oils can work wonders to condition and add shine to drab looking locks. Here are a few oils you should definitely add to your beauty routine:
Olive oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it a great tool when it comes to keeping your hair at the top of its game. Keep a bottle in the bathroom to use on your hair and scalp once a week. Just massage your scalp with the oil and leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing it off with your regular shampoo.
Castor oil is a natural antioxidant that’s also rich in minerals, omega-6 and 9 fatty acids, proteins and vitamin E, which makes it amazing for both hair and skin. Before bed, add a few drops to your damp hair and put on a shower cap to avoid a mess. Wash it out in the morning with natural shampoo.
Coconut oil is the latest life-saving, magical trend. It’s antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, plus it’s a great conditioning treatment for your hair, skin, and nails. When used on your hair, coconut oil can moisturize, prevent breakage and boost blood circulation. For best results, warm a bit of coconut oil and massage your scalp with it, then wrapping your hair up in a hot towel. Let it absorb for 30 minutes and then wash off with mild shampoo.
Eggs are basically pure protein so they’re great for strengthening your locks. You can use them as an all-natural hair mask by slathering your dry brushed hair with one or two beaten eggs. Let the eggs absorb into your hair for 10 to 25 minutes and wash with shampoo. You can also add some Aloe vera or olive oil to the egg mixture. Repeat this a couple of times a week for strong, thick hair.
Avocados are not only delicious, they’re also rich in vitamins B and E, vitamins that have been linked to stimulating hair growth and the maintenance of healthy hair follicles. To use avocados on your hair, make a cream rinse by mashing a ripe avocado and adding water until the mix reaches conditioner-like consistency. Apply this mask to shampooed, wet hair and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
2. Aloe vera
Much like coconut oil, aloe vera gel has been known a super beauty ingredient for decades. In fact, you’ve probably been using Aloe vera-based products your whole life without noticing. Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes that repair dead skin cells on your scalp. It’s also a powerful all-natural conditioner that promotes hair growth and prevents itching and dandruff. To use it on your hair, add two teaspoons of Aloe vera gel to your roots and massage your scalp with this it for 2 to 5 minutes. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Repeat this process twice a week. For even better results use Aloe straight from the plant! Read more here about how to use aloe vera to prevent hair loss.
1. Healthy diet
Your hair needs protein and vitamin B to look ravishing. While meat-eaters will generally get a good dose of both from beef, chicken, fish and cheese if you’re vegan, you’ll want to make sure you’re eating enough protein-packed plant-based foods and that you’re getting your vitamin B from fortified soy, nutritional yeast, or fortified cereals.
What are your favorite beauty secrets for long, strong, luscious hair? Tell us in the comments!