By Terez Howard
Going from relaxed hair to natural hair can be quite an adjustment. Learning how to detangle natural hair, understanding that it doesn’t need combed daily, that you must stay away from certain products and what shrinkage is about are topics you must learn about. At times, we naturals do not always treat our hair with the tender care it needs. Then we need natural hair remedies for damaged hair.
A hair treatment with various oils, such as almond oil, jojoba oil or olive oil, can replenish moisture and strengthen strands. Other ingredients like rosemary, cocoa butter, egg yolk and shea butter too repair natural hair suffering from damage. But before you try remedies for damaged hair, you should make sure you stop doing the things that cause damage.
What causes damage to your natural hair?
- Direct heat. Direct heat can cause dryness, split ends, burning and permanently straightened hair.
- Certain ingredients. Commercial products, such as shampoos, conditioners and stylers, contain ingredients that can be damaging to natural hair. They cause dryness, itchy scalp, flakes and brittle strands. Some ingredients you should avoid include sulfates, silicones and alcohols.
- Chemical treatment. This doesn’t just include relaxers and perms. A chemical treatment also includes coloring, which can alter your hair’s structure, dry it out and cause breakage.
- Incorrectly installed hair styles. Braids and cornrows installed too tightly can stress natural hair and cause hair loss.
Did you notice what is the result of most types of damage? Dryness. So the natural hair remedies for damaged hair in this article will focus on infusing and retaining moisture in your strands.
A Few Natural Hair Remedies For Damaged Hair:
“Green Gold” Hair Treatment
- 1 avocado (the green gold)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
- Mash avocado.
- Combine avocado with egg yolk and olive oil.
- Apply mixture to natural hair and leave it on for 30 minutes or longer.
- Wash hair as usual. Enjoy shiny, soft natural hair!
Strength Building Deep Conditioner (from hmbeautyrecipes.homestead.com)
- 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon unbleached flour
- 1 tablespoon buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Blend the oil, buttermilk and honey.
- Microwave the mixture for about 30 seconds or until hot.
- Mix in the flour to make it a paste.
- Apply the warm paste to wet hair and leave it on for 20 minutes.
- Wash your natural hair as usual.
Natural Hair Oil Scalp Massage
- 1/2 teaspoon rosemary oil
- 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
- Combine ingredients.
- Put a small amount on your fingertips and begin massaging your scalp. A scalp massage removes flakes and can stimulate hair growth.
- Leave the oils on your natural hair for a couple hours.
- Wash hair as usual.
Cocoa Butter Post-Wash Hair Moisturizer
- 2 tablespoons almond oil
- 1/4 cup jojoba oil
- 1 cup cocoa butter
- A few drops of essential oil, if desired for scent
- Stir all ingredients well.
- Pour the mixture into a jar until it solidifies. It will be like soft butter once it reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Melt a small amount in your hands.
- Apply to damp or wet natural hair to soften your tresses.
2 Must-Haves in Natural Hair Remedies For Damaged Hair
These remedies for natural hair are simple because the following natural products can be used alone on natural hair to repair damaged hair. You can place a small amount on your freshly washed, damp hair.
Shea butter – Shea butter has a higher amount of healing properties than other seed oils. Those healing properties are a must in remedies for damaged hair. When most seed oils only have 1 percent or less of healing properties, shea butter has 5 to 17 percent. Shea butter actually restructures dry hair. It protects natural hair from brittleness and harsh weather conditions. It quickly absorbs to the scalp without clogging your pores and thoroughly moisturizes natural hair.
Jojoba oil – Jojoba oil is structurally similar to sebum, the oil your scalp naturally produces. When sebum decreases because of the environmental stresses, age or pollutants, jojoba oil can be used to replenish a diminishing supply of sebum. If you have an overabundance of sebum, jojoba oil removes that sebum, thus cleansing the scalp. It fights frizz and infuses moisture into your natural hair.
Other Tips To Reduce Damage To Natural Hair
- Wear a satin scarf to bed. Cotton tends to sap all of the moisture out of hair.
- Cover your natural hair when it’s cold outside. According to a Livestrong article, sudden changes from cold to hot can rob hair of moisture.
- Detangle gently from ends to roots and always with a wide tooth comb.
- Air dry your natural hair after a wash. Absorb water in a towel and avoid rubbing the towel against your fragile hair, as this can lead to breakage.
- Deep condition at least once per month.
- Eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water.