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These Random Household Items Can Repair Damaged Hair

These inexpensive at-home tricks will fix your brittle, damaged, dry locks, leaving you with gorgeous, healthy hair.

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Repair damage with an avocado

Here’s how to fix damaged hair with a common fruit you most likely have in your kitchen. Mash a ripe avocado (pit removed) with one egg, then apply this home remedy to wet hair. Avocados are rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals that will help restore luster to your dry hair, says Stephen Sanna, expert colorist at the Pierre Michel Salon in New York City. Leave on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse several times. Repeat once a week for damaged hair and once a month for healthy hair.

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Massage in butter

Try this home remedy if you’re wondering how to repair damaged hair: Treat dry, brittle hair with a small amount of butter for a glossy shine. Massage it into your dry hair, then cover your hair with a shower cap for about a half-hour. Shampoo as usual, and rinse all the butter out. Doug Macintosh, a senior colorist at Kieran McKenna Salon in New York City says that if you try this technique you might want to first melt the butter, let it cool, and skim the fat off the top to clarify it.

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Condition with olive oil

You can create a homemade hot oil treatment with olive oil, says Macintosh. Warm up half a cup of olive oil (do not boil it), and then rub it into your hair. Cover tresses with a plastic bag, then wrap everything in a towel. Let this home remedy do its thing for 45 minutes, then shampoo and completely rinse.

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Rinse with tea

You may think of tea as a sore throat remedy, but here’s how you can use it to fix damaged hair and give it a natural shine: Use a quart of cooled, brewed tea as a final rinse after your regular shampoo, Macintosh suggests. Tea can enhance hair color, so make sure to use a tea that works with your hair color. Blondes should use chamomile tea; black tea may darken their tresses. Brunettes should use black tea to enhance shine and enrich color.

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Restore shine with apple cider vinegar

An apple cider vinegar mist can restore luster, Macintosh says. “The vinegar neutralizes the hair’s pH and closes the cuticle,” he explains. “It’s like doing a clear gloss at home.” He suggests mixing one part apple cider vinegar to 10 parts water in a spray bottle and misting on clean, damp hair once a week. Since the mixture is slightly acidic, you don’t want to overdo it.

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Make an egg mask

Strengthen fragile hair with an egg mask. Jet Rhys, owner of Jet Rhys Salon in Solana Beach, California, suggests whisking half a cup of full-fat yogurt, three tablespoons of honey, and one egg yolk and applying it to your hair and scalp. Cover it with a shower cap and leave on for 15-30 minutes before shampooing out.

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Treat with natural oils

Available at health food stores, olive, avocado, and sweet almond oils are all wonderful repairs for damaged hair. If your hair is thick and heavy, coconut oil works well. Macintosh suggests applying small amounts of the natural oil until your hair is thoroughly covered. Top off with a shower cap and warm towel for about 30 minutes, then rinse and shampoo your hair out.

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Try jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is similar in composition to the body’s own sebum, so adding a few drops of the oil to your hair is a natural way to condition it, says Adam Livermore, an international educator for Oribe Haircare and a celebrity hairstylist. Mix a few drops with sandalwood oil, rub the mixture between your palms, then smooth it through the ends of your dry hair for instant sleekness and a way to curb and condition brittle, flyaway hair.

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Use a humidifier at night

Your home heating probably keeps the air very dry, especially in winter, Macintosh says, and that can dry out your hair. Putting moisture back into the air will help your hair from becoming more dry and damaged.

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Alex Shoemaker
Alex Shoemaker is the Digital Newsletter Editor of Family Handyman.

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