10 Surprising Home Remedies for Damaged Hair

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The best home remedies for damaged hair include a healthy nutritious diet, drinking an adequate amount of water, using oils like coconut oil and castor oil for hair massage and applying egg yolks, aloe vera juice, as well as henna. Styling makes our hair vulnerable to physical or chemical alterations, which result in hair damage. Damaged hair tends to be devoid of natural oils and has a dry, coarse, and brittle look. The shaft also starts to thin out. This can be troublesome, but it can be fixed by following these proper remedies. [1]

Home Remedies for Damaged Hair

If you are looking for natural remedies with long-term results, then here are the top home remedies for you:

Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the most recommended home remedies for damaged hair. It can be applied to the hair on a regular basis to prevent any damage to it. Using olive oil helps reduce dandruff, split ends, and makes your hair shinier and more manageable. A 2015 report in the Official Journal of the International Olive Council states that virgin olive oil is a rich source of Vitamin E, which plays an instrumental role in maintaining the elasticity of hair by lessening the risk of breakage and dryness. [2]


Avocado is known to be beneficial in reducing hair loss and for preventing damaged hair. Hair loss or damage caused by vitamin deficiency can be overcome by supplying your body with all of its required vitamins. On the other hand, avocados are also used as a conditioner for promoting hair growth and providing a smoother structure to hair. [3]

A beautiful young woman holding her damaged hair

Dry hair develops when your hair doesn’t get or retain enough moisture. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Egg Yolk

According to Melanie A. Sachs, author of Ayurvedic Beauty Care, the application of egg yolks is beneficial in repairing damaged hair. Massage whisked eggs on your scalp and hair for a few minutes. Then, rinse your hair with cool water and shampoo. Eggs are also a great natural conditioner for dry hair. Another way of using egg yolk is by preparing a shampoo with egg yolk as one of the major ingredients. Mix an herbal infusion along with a beaten egg. Massage this mixture into your scalp. Leave it for about 15 minutes and then rinse it with cold water. This is one of the best home remedies for damaged hair. [4]

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has been proven to be excellent for skin since time immemorial. There are certain benefits that it provides for healthy hair as well. The gel obtained from a freshly-cut plant has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can be enjoyed when the gel is applied to the hair and scalp. It helps to clear itching, dry scalps, and brittle hair. [5]

Coconut Oil

The use of coconut oil is beneficial to fix damaged hair. Massaging your scalp with pure coconut oil will heal the damage that is caused to your hair. Coconut is a rich source of lauric acid, which has a high affinity towards hair proteins. This property makes the oil penetrate deep into the hair shaft. The oil prevents the cuticle from becoming damaged and makes the hair look healthy and fresh. [6]

An infographic on the home remedies for damaged hair

You can treat damaged hair with many natural things like aloe vera, coconut oil and eggs. Photo Credit: Shutterstock


Another way to repair and condition your hair naturally is through the use of henna. Henna, when mixed with water, and applied to damaged hair, makes it shiny and healthy. Henna binds to the keratin (a hair protein) by penetrating the hair shaft. Henna is useful in strengthening the cuticles and thickens the hair by making it resistant to breakage. This makes the hair strong when it comes out of the scalp, which repairs the damaged hair. [7]


Hibiscus leaves and flowers excellent for hair growth and the repair of damaged hair. Hibiscus leaf also possesses anti-greying properties. Applying a paste of the leaves on the scalp and rinsing it with warm water will improve the shine in the hair and also increases the volume of the hair. [8]

Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry or amla has been used extensively in Ayurveda (Indian philosophy of medicine and lifestyle). One of its many uses is in treating hair damage. Juice from the fruit can be extracted and can be applied to the hair, while dried powder can also be applied to the hair. According to Ayurveda, Indian gooseberry has many medicinal qualities, one of them being promoting hair growth. [9]

Guava Bark and Leaves

The bark and leaves of the guava plant are beneficial in increasing the shine of the hair and in giving relief from an itchy scalp. Boil the leaves and the bark of the tree and allow it to cool. Rubbing this on the scalp will improve the shine of your hair. [10]


Excessive brushing of the hair can cause hair damage. The use of a wooden brush for combing your hair is ideal. This massages the scalp and distributes the natural oils equally throughout the head. This will also help in improving circulation to the scalp. [11]

Include these remedies along with a proper diet, good sleep, and regular exercise for improving the health of your hair. However, in case there is excessive dryness or extreme hair loss, it is advisable to consult a doctor.

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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