8 Effective Home Remedies For Damaged Hair

effective home remedies for damaged hair

Is your hair damaged? Most people will experience damaged hair at least once in their lifetime. In fact, the sale of products that repair damaged hair is a multi-billion dollar industry, so the problem is widespread and not ending soon.

It might surprise you, though, that you can use products in your kitchen that are just as effective as store brands and a lot cheaper. I’ve listed below eight effective home remedies for damaged hair that you can start using today. With just a bit of patience, you can be on your way to luxurious hair that anyone would be proud to own.

Home Remedies for Damaged Hair

The Right Diet

A nutrient-dense diet creates healthy, shiny, strong hair. Your hair follicles are attached to the skin on your scalp. If your scalp is healthy, then it will provide an excellent foundation for healthy hair.

Lots of fruits and vegetables along with protein-rich foods will create an environment for your hair to thrive. And be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated.


For the most part, if you can eat it, you can put it on your body. This applies to honey. It contains minerals and vitamins and is antibacterial. It also is a humectant (attracts moisture) and has incredible healing properties. For these reasons, honey is excellent for the hair. I’m sure you’d agree that many hair treatments sold today contain honey, and they are very popular.

To experience the benefits of honey, simply add some to your favorite conditioner. Alternatively, after washing your hair, apply enough to coat your strands and place a towel or plastic cap on your head and let this “conditioner” remain for about an hour. Rinse with warm water until all the honey is removed from your hair. Style as usual. Your hair will feel marvelous!

Olive oil 

This oil is high in vitamin E and monounsaturated essential fatty acids that help to soften and smooth the hair. As with most oils, olive oil forms a film on the hair’s surface to lubricate it and decrease tangling and snagging.

Olive oil is simple to use. To add moisture, warm half a cup of olive oil and apply it to your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic bag and then leave for about half an hour. Shampoo and rinse it out. Style as usual. Depending on your hair type, you may even want to put a very small dab of olive oil on your hair ends to protect them.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera, like honey, is antibacterial and antifungal. It also promotes hair growth and brings relief to an itchy scalp.

Simply open one of the stalks and scoop some of the gel out and massage it into your scalp and in your hair. Leave it in your hair for about 30 minutes to experience superior conditioning. If you prefer, you can stir some of the gel directly into your shampoo or conditioner to up the benefits of your products. Be sure to rinse thoroughly to avoid any residue left on your hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Apple cider vinegar’s pH level is similar to that of human hair. So when you use it regularly, it will help bring your hair to its ideal acidity level – and that means healthier hair.

Apply apple cider vinegar to your rinsed and freshly shampooed hair. A spray bottle is an excellent tool to use for this project because it will give you more control. Let the apple cider vinegar sit for about 5 minutes and then rinse out with cool water. Be sure this vinegar doesn’t drip into your eyes. If you don’t like the smell of the apple cider vinegar, apply a few drops of an essential oil to the bottle. Lavender smells wonderful and offers its own benefits for your hair.


This may seem like a no brainer, but exercise is very important to hair health. Exercising aerobically on a regular basis improves blood circulation throughout your body. If you want to increase blood flow specifically to your scalp, rinse your hair with cool water, and make it a regular habit of massaging your scalp with your fingertips for about 10 minutes at least three times per week.


Avocado has lots of oils and protein that will help to repair damaged hair. Combine half an avocado (well mashed) with a couple of drops of an essential oil such as lavender. Shampoo hair, squeeze out the excess water and apply this mixture to your hair. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then rinse.

Banana and Oil Treatment

Bananas are very moisturizing and nourishing for your hair because they contain natural carbohydrates, oils and minerals.

Combine one mashed banana with about a tablespoon of an oil of your choice. Make sure the banana is almost liquid to avoid pieces in your hair. Then apply this treatment to your hair and leave in for about 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and shampoo.

Also, keep in mind that what you do to your hair is just as important as what you put in it. If you are using lots of heat on your tresses, you are asking for trouble.  If you are using inferior products, you are asking for trouble.  If you are not treating your hair lovingly, you are asking for trouble.  

So be gentle with your hair, treat it just as you would a priceless silk scarf, and use natural products. If you get into this simple, but diligent habit, you will be on your way to hair that you can be proud of.

Which one of the eight effective remedies for damaged hair will you try?

Short Version:

Diet, honey, olive oil, aloe vera gel, apple cider vinegar, exercise, avocados, and bananas are all excellent remedies for damaged hair.

For an easy guide to starting a more natural lifestyle without feeling overwhelmed and losing yourself in the process, check out these super easy tips.

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