Dry, damaged hair can be the result of the unnatural things that we do to our tresses, like teasing, dying, stripping, bleaching, perming and relaxing. The natural elements, like sun and wind exposure, can also wreak havoc with hair. Professional treatments for dry damaged hair are very costly, and can contain harsh chemicals. But you can treat and repair your damaged hair with home remedies containing gentle, natural ingredients. Essential oils, eggs, olive oil and shea butter have been used to treat hair for centuries. You can also protect your delicate locks from further damage with your own natural homemade shea butter hair dressing. It’s great for styling freshly washed hair.
Organic Deep Treatment Repair
Use a whisk to combine 2 tsp. of olive oil with an extra large or jumbo egg. Whisk in three-fourth cup of mayonnaise, blending well until it’s smooth and creamy, with no lumps.
Whisk in 3 drops of peppermint essential oil, 5 drops of jojoba essential oil, and 5 drops of rosemary essential oil. Mix your damaged hair treatment well and pour it into a plastic cup or container.
Wash and rinse your hair with cool or lukewarm water. Remove excess water by gently patting your hair with a towel. Avoid rubbing or wringing your hair, because wet hair is much more susceptible to damage than dry hair.
Pour the damaged hair treatment mixture into the palm of your hand, and apply it liberally to your scalp in small amounts. Massage your scalp gently, and comb the treatment through the hair strands with your fingers. Apply a little extra to dry, damaged, split ends.
Cover your head with a shower cap, tucking all of your hair up into it. Leave the treatment on your hair for 15 to 20 minutes. Your body heat will encourage the ingredients to stimulate your scalp, and nourish your damaged hair to encourage repair. Don’t be tempted to hurry through the treatment by using the heat from a dryer, though. Let your body do the job naturally.
Use lukewarm or cool water to rinse the damaged hair repair treatment from your hair. Pat dry, and style your hair as you normally do. Use the formula every 2 to 3 days.
Protect Damaged Hair from Further Injury
Melt 8 oz. of shea butter. Either heat it over low on the stove, or at half power in the microwave. Remove the shea butter from the heat and set it aside as soon as it has melted so you don’t risk burning it.
Heat 4 oz. olive oil and 2 tbsp. of ginger mint herb tea over medium heat on the stove. When the solution comes to a boil, turn the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir the infusing oil and tea frequently so that it doesn’t burn.
Remove the infused tea oil from the heat, and strain it through cheesecloth or coffee filters into a mixing bowl. Add 4 oz. of castor oil and 30 drops of peppermint oil and stir. Whisk in one-quarter tsp. of cayenne, a scalp stimulant, and blend well. Pour the melted shea butter into the tea mixture and whisk to mix thoroughly. Pour the shea butter hair dressing into a jar or container and let it cool at room temperature. It will set in about 1 to 2 hours.
Scoop out a teaspoon or so of the shea butter dressing and warm it in the palm of your hand for a minute to soften it. Rub your palms together and apply the shea butter mixture to your scalp and hair. Style as usual.
Cap the container and store the shea butter dressing in a cool, dark location for 3 to 6 months. It’s safe and healthy to use to condition and protect your hair as often as you like.
Whip the solid shea butter hair dressing with a hand mixer to make it creamy, if you wish.
Never use hot water when washing or rinsing your hair, because it will cause even more damage.