Top 10 Effective Home Remedies To Stop Hair Breakage June 13, 2017

Crack. That’s the sound of your heart breaking every time your hair decides to snap in half. Hair breakage is a pain in the… you know what… for a lot of women. Especially for those of us who have long hair that tends to be dry. But did you know that your hair can still be salvaged? Read on to find out how.

What Causes Hair Breakage?

Healthy hair is maintained by a good balance of moisture and protein. The lack of protein makes your hair stretchy and stringy while the lack of moisture can make it brittle and prone to breaking. Following are the different factors that may be causing your hair to break:

1. Over Processing

Putting your hair through chemical treatments can damage the outer layer of the hair shaft, leading to the loss of moisture.

2. Hot Styling Tools

A lot of us often use straightening irons or curling rods to style our hair. While this makes our hair look temporarily presentable, it damages the hair cuticle, drying your hair out.

3. Tight Hairstyles

Tying your hair up all the time can cause it to fray at the parts where it is secured. These weakened parts of your hair are more likely to break over time.

4. Lack Of Oils

The natural oils produced by your scalp help coat your hair and keep it from losing moisture. When you have a dry scalp, regular oiling is essential to keep your hair from breaking.

5. Combing Wet Hair

Your hair is at its most vulnerable when it is wet. Combing it at this time can weaken it, leading to breakage.

6. Irregular Trims

It is essential to trim your hair every 6-8 weeks to cut off all the inevitable damage that your hair goes through. Failing to do this causes the damage to spread, making your hair prone to breakage.

7. Diet And Illness

Factors like your diet and health largely govern the health of your hair. To keep your hair healthy, it is important to consume the essential nutrients that it needs for healthy growth.

While there are numerous factors that may lead to hair breakage, there are also numerous solutions to the problem. I have put together a list of 10 effective home remedies to stop hair breakage.

How To Prevent Hair Breakage Naturally

1. Oils To Prevent Hair Breakage

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When using oils to prevent hair breakage, there is a large variety of oils to choose from to suit your hair type. While coconut, olive, castor, and jojoba oils are popular picks, you can also use Moroccan argan oil, grapeseed oil, or a homemade blend of all of your favorite oils.

You Will Need
  • 2-3 tbsp hair oil/ oil blend
  • Hot towel
Processing Time

45 minutes

Process
  1. Pour the oil into a bowl and heat it for a couple of seconds until it is warm.
  2. Start by massaging the oil into your scalp and then work in into your hair.
  3. Concentrate on the tips of your hair as these are the most damaged parts.
  4. Once all of your hair is covered in oil, wrap your head in a hot towel and leave it on for about 45 minutes.
  5. After 45 minutes, wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo. Proceed to condition your hair.
  6. Let your hair air dry.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Oils help seal moisture in your hair while also keeping your hair shafts nourished. With regular use, your hair will get smoother and become more manageable.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Breakage

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You Will Need
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups Water
Processing Time

5 minutes

Process
  1. In a jug, dilute 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 2 cups of water.
  2. Set this solution aside and then proceed to wash and condition your hair.
  3. Once you’ve rinsed the conditioner out of your hair, pour the diluted apple cider vinegar through it as a final rinse.
  4. Do not rinse your hair any further.
How Often?

1-2 times a month.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar helps balance the production of oil in your scalp. It also helps clarify your hair shaft by removing any dirt or product buildup. This helps keep your hair shafts strong and more receptive to other natural treatments.

3. Egg Protein Treatment For Hair Breakage

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You Will Need
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup full-fat yogurt
  • 2 tbsp almond oil
  • Shower cap
Processing Time

1 hour

Process
  1. In a bowl, whip the ingredients together until you get a smooth, creamy mixture.
  2. Apply this to your scalp and hair until they’re fully covered.
  3. Cover your hair with a shower cap to avoid a mess. Wait for about an hour with the hair pack on.
  4. After an hour has passed, wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.
  5. Finish by conditioning your hair.
How Often?

Once a week.

Why This Works

This hair mask is power packed with conditioning ingredients as well as proteins. It helps nourish your hair while also sealing in moisture. This greatly helps in reducing damage.

4. Garlic For Hair Breakage

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You Will Need
  • 10 large cloves of garlic
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp jojoba oil
  • 4 drops tea tree oil
  • Hot towel
Processing Time

20 minutes

Process
  1. Peel and blend the garlic until you get a fine paste. Add the olive oil to the paste and blend for another couple of minutes.
  2. Use a strainer to separate the pulp from the garlic infused olive oil. Collect the oil in a jar.
  3.  Pour the rest of the ingredients into this jar and mix well.
  4. Take about 2-3 tablespoons of this oil blend and apply it to your scalp and hair.
  5. Concentrate on the tips of your hair as these are the most damaged parts.
  6. Once all of your hair is covered in oil, wrap your head in a hot towel and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  7. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo. Proceed to condition your hair.
  8. Let your hair air dry.
How Often?

2-3 times a week.

Why This Works

Garlic helps boost hair growth and makes your hair smoother. When combined with oils, it helps condition your hair and improve its overall texture.

5. Green Tea Rinse For Hair Breakage

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You Will Need
  • 2 green tea bags
  • 2 cups water
Processing Time

5 minutes

Process
  1. Brew 2 cups of green tea and set it aside to cool in a jug.
  2. Proceed to wash and condition your hair.
  3. Once you’ve rinsed the conditioner out of your hair, pour the green tea through it as a final rinse.
  4. Do not rinse your hair any further.
How Often?

Once a week.

Why This Works

Green tea is extremely rich in antioxidants, which help in reducing and preventing damage. This rinse will also help clarify your hair and make it silkier.

6. Aloe Vera Gel For Hair Breakage

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You Will Need

2 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel

Processing Time

5 minutes

Process
  1. Extract 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel from the leaf and set it aside.
  2. Proceed to wash and condition your hair.
  3. Once you’ve rinsed the conditioner out of your hair, massage the aloe vera gel into your scalp and hair until they’re fully covered.
  4. Leave it on for about 5 minutes. Cover your hair with a shower cap while you wait.
  5. After 5 minutes, rinse out the gel with water.
How Often?

Twice a week.

Why This Works

Aloe vera has excellent antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that help maintain hair and scalp health. It also conditions and nourishes your hair.

7. Mayonnaise For Hair Breakage

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 cup organic mayonnaise
  • Shower cap
Processing Time

30 minutes

Process
  1. Apply the mayonnaise to your hair. Concentrate on the tips of your hair as these are the most damaged parts.
  2. Cover your hair with a shower cap and wait for about 30 minutes.
  3. Once the 30 minutes have passed, wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and lukewarm water.
  4. Finish by conditioning your hair.
How Often?

Once a week.

Why This Works

Mayonnaise contains the goodness of eggs and fatty acids that nourish your hair with proteins. It is also an exceptional conditioner that makes your hair smooth, soft, and silky.

8. Onion Juice For Hair Breakage

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You Will Need
  • 1/4th cup onion juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Cheesecloth
Processing Time

30 minutes

Process
  1. First, extract a bit of onion juice by chopping up some onions, blending them, and squeezing out the juice using a cheesecloth.
  2. To the onion juice, add a tablespoon of honey and mix well.
  3. Apply this mixture to your hair and scalp.
  4. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the onion juice on for about half an hour.
  5. Once 30 minutes have passed, wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo and cool/lukewarm water.
  6. Finish by conditioning your hair.
How Often?

Once a week.

Why This Works

This mixture helps boost healthy hair growth while strengthening the shafts. The honey helps seal moisture into your hair while the onion juice boosts blood circulation to the scalp. It also nourishes your hair and follicles with its high sulfur content.

9. Shea Butter For Hair Breakage

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You Will Need
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp shea butter
  • 1 tsp argan oil
Processing Time

30 minutes

Process
  1. Pour the oils into a bowl and heat it until it is warm. Mix well.
  2. Start by massaging the oil into your scalp and then work it into your hair.
  3. Concentrate on the tips of your hair as these are the most damaged parts.
  4. Once all of your hair is covered in oil, wrap your head in a hot towel and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
  5. Wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo. Proceed to condition your hair.
  6. Let your hair air dry.

10. Vaseline For Hair Breakage

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You will Need
  • 2 tbsp vaseline
  • Hair towel
Processing Time

Overnight

Process
  1. Apply the vaseline to your hair. Ensure to concentrate on the tips as these are the most damaged parts of your hair.
  2. Wrap your hair in a towel and go to bed.
  3. In the morning, wash your hair with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  4. Finish by conditioning your hair.
How Often?

Once a week.

Why This Works

Vaseline helps seal moisture in your hair and prevent issues such as breaking and split ends. It also helps smoothen your hair and calm frizz.

Tips And Precautions

  • Never wash your hair with hot water as this will dry it out further, causing more breakage.
  • Do not comb your hair while it is still wet.
  • Detangle your hair before you apply a mask, or are about to go in the shower. This will help prevent knotting and breakage while you wash your hair.
  • When using hot oil treatments, ensure not to overheat the oils as this will cause them to lose their nutrients. It may also burn your skin.

Brittle hair can be a pain to deal with, but with a little extra care, you can restore strength and health to your hair. Have you tried any of these treatments for preventing breakage? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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