How To Stop Hair Breakage: 16 Natural Remedies

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Hair fall and breakage can make you pull your hair apart. If you are here wondering how to stop hair breakage and protect it from further damage, we have got you covered. While everyone has experienced some hair fall and breakage in their lifetime, acute thinning of hair and balding spots can be a matter of concern.

Persistent hair breakage might have deeper causes like hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies that you may have to consider. In the meantime, you may also try and add the home remedies listed here in your hair care routine to help prevent further hair loss and breakage. Continue reading to know more.

What Is Hair Breakage?

When the shafts of your hair break, resulting in split ends and shorter hair strands, it is known as hair breakage. Hair breakage usually occurs due to a dry scalp and damaged hair. Dr. Emmanuel R Loucas, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, says, “Hair breakage most often occurs from your hair drying out. The good news is that it can grow out healthy again. This is because hair breakage doesn’t affect the root.”

Wondering what is causing your hair to break? Let us find out.

Why Is My Hair Breaking?

Some of the most common hair breakage causes are:

  • Lack of moisture
  • Washing your hair with hard water
  • Heat styling and blow-drying your hair
  • Hair coloring
  • Using cotton pillows
  • Tying your hair up in a towel post-shower

Nobody wants their hair to be brittle and damaged. Listed below are some of the best natural home remedies that can help you with hair breakage repair.

How To Stop Hair Breakage Naturally

While there are multiple hair breakage products readily available in the market, you can find some organic solutions right at home. Here are some natural hair breakage remedies to get you started.

1. Vitamins

Vitamins C, D3, and biotin work exceptionally well in enhancing the health of your hair (1). It is important that the hair follicles receive proper blood supply and nutrition for your hair to be in good shape.

Vitamin C plays a significant role in the production of collagen, which is the base for the formation of blood vessels. While vitamin D3 helps in the production of the component that makes up your hair, called keratin, biotin is essential for hair growth, and its deficiency was found to cause immense hair fall (2).

You can include these vitamins in your daily diet by consuming citrus fruits, eggs, cheese, and leafy vegetables. You can also take additional supplements for these vitamins after consulting your doctor.

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You can obtain vitamin D3 by exposing yourself to the sun’s UVB rays. You can obtain it most efficiently by stepping into the midday sun for 20-30 minutes each day. You may also consume fatty fish to obtain vitamin D3 (1).

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil to stop hair breakage
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Coconut oil is a natural moisturizer that helps prevent the loss of protein from the hair. The lauric acid in the oil imparts antifungal properties to it, which protects your hair from fungal infections like dandruff (3). These properties help in preventing hair breakage.

You Will Need

  • 1/2-1 tablespoon of coconut oil (depending on the length of your hair)
  • Shower cap

What You Have To Do

  1. Massage the coconut oil gently into your scalp and spread it all over your hair with your fingers.
  2. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it on for 2-3 hours or overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this at least once a week.

Chiny, a blogger, who was experiencing serious hair breakage tried to stop it with some natural remedies. She used a moisturizing treatment made of edible mayonnaise, coconut oil, and olive oil and applied it all over her hair. Noting the results, she writes in one of her blog posts: “My hair locked in moisture for about three weeks. Within those three weeks, I felt drippings in my scalp like I was sweating. I knew it was still the oil hanging in there. This strengthened my hair and locked in moisture (i).”

3. Castor Oil

The Ricinoleic acidi  A chemical compound found in mature castor oil that moisturizes and hydrates your hair strands and promotes hair growth. in castor oil helps in increasing blood circulation to your scalp. This, in turn, nourishes and strengthens your hair and prevents breakage (4).

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of castor oil
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or olive oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix equal portions of castor oil and a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil.
  2. Massage this mixture into your scalp and along the length of your hair.
  3. Leave it on for 1 to 2 hours and wash it off with a mild cleanser.

How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 1 to 2 times a week.

4. Essential Oils

a. Sweet Almond Essential Oil

Sweet almond essential oil can help your hair regain its lost luster and thickness. It contains beneficial compounds like oleic acidi  An odorless fatty acid that occurs naturally in vegetable and animal oils and is used to prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol. and linoleic acid that help maintain the lipid metabolism balance, which can nourish the hair and protect it from further damage and breakage (5), (6).

You Will Need

  • 2-3 drops of almond essential oil
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon of any carrier oil (coconut or olive oil)

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix almond essential oil with a carrier oil of your choice.
  2. Massage this mixture gently into your scalp and hair.
  3. Leave it on for 1 to 2 hours and then wash it off with a good shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

b. Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile essential oil exhibits moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties (7), (8). These properties can help treat an inflamed scalp and dry and damaged hair. It is also anti fungal and can prevent scalp infections caused by fungi.

You Will Need

  • 3-4 drops of chamomile essential oil
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon of any carrier oil (coconut or olive oil)

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix chamomile essential oil with a carrier oil of your choice.
  2. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair and leave it on for an hour.
  3. Wash the mixture off with a mild shampoo.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 1 to 2 times a week.

5. Argan Oil

Argan oil is a rich source of vitamins A, C, and E and has antioxidant properties (9), (10), (11). It can help protect your hair from damage and breakage. It also contains linoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids, the presence of which keeps your hair moisturized and healthy.

You Will Need

4-5 drops of 100% argan oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Take a few drops of argan oil in your palms and rub them together.
  2. Apply it directly to your scalp and hair.
  3. Wash your hair after 1 or 2 hours. You can also leave the oil on overnight.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply argan oil to your hair 1 to 2 times every week.

6. Green Tea

Green tea to stop hair breakage
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Green tea contains catechins that have antioxidant properties and stimulate hair growth (12), (13). It also possesses antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties (14). Hence, green tea can protect your scalp from infections and prevent thinning of hair.

You Will Need

  • 1/2 tablespoon of powdered green tea
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the powdered green tea with coconut oil.
  2. Apply this paste to your scalp and hair and leave it on for 10 minutes.
  3. Wash your hair with cool water.
  4. You can also consume green tea.

How Often You Should Do This

Use this hair mask at least once a week.

7. Egg Hair Mask

Egg whites are a rich source of proteins (15). They are great for hair health as they can make them soft, and breakage-free. They exhibit significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (16). These activities can protect your hair and scalp from inflammation and damage.

You Will Need

  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 cup of milk
  • A few drops of lemon juice

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the egg whites, olive oil, milk, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  2. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  3. Wash your hair with a mild cleanser.
  4. Alternatively, you can also use whole whipped eggs.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 to 3 times every month.

8. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel is quite popular for its skin and hair benefits. This is mainly due to its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, photoprotectivei  The property of a substance that helps avoid direct exposure of the skin to the sun and provides protection from UV rays. , and antifungal properties (17), (18), (19). Aloe vera can help in keeping your scalp dandruff-free and prevent hair breakage and also restore the pH of your hair.

You Will Need

  • 1/2 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 tablespoon of almond oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix equal portions of aloe vera gel and almond oil.
  2. Apply this mixture all over your scalp and hair.
  3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and wash it off with some water.
  4. You can also apply aloe vera gel directly to condition your hair.

How Often You Should Do This

You can do this 2 times a week.

9. Garlic

Your hair is mainly made up of keratin. Garlic is a rich source of sulfur, which acts as a building block of keratin. It also has antifungal and antioxidant properties (20), (21), (22). Thus, garlic can protect your scalp and hair from breakage and fungal infections.

You Will Need

  • 6-7 garlic cloves
  • 100 mL of coconut or olive oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Mince the garlic cloves and put them into a container containing coconut or olive oil.
  2. Store this in a cool and dry place for about a week.
  3. Apply it to your hair and scalp.
  4. Wash it off after an hour or so.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this oil at least once a week.

10. Apple Cider Vinegar

A disturbed pH can cause your hair to become dry and damaged. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps to balance the pH of your scalp due to the presence of acetic acid in it. Acetic acid also helps in keeping your hair soft, thereby preventing breakage. Also, ACV is antimicrobial and antifungal (23), (24). These properties can help keep scalp infections at bay.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of water

What You Have To Do

  1. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to two cups of water and mix well.
  2. Use this solution to rinse your hair after shampooing.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

11. Avocado

Avocado to stop hair breakage
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The nourishing properties of avocado are due to the presence of vitamins and minerals. This fruit acts as a natural conditioner and prevents hair breakage and damage. Avocados are also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids (25). They are quite important for having healthy and lustrous hair.

You Will Need

  • 1/2 avocado (peeled)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon of butter (optional)

What You Have To Do

  1. Blend the pulp of half an avocado with an egg yolk to form a smooth paste. You can also add some butter.
  2. Apply this paste to damp hair from the roots to the tips.
  3. Massage your scalp gently with this mixture for a few minutes and leave it on for at least 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse your hair and shampoo and condition it as usual.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this at least twice a month.

12. Carrot Oil

Carrot oil is derived from the seeds of the carrot. This oil is a rich source of vitamins A and E and beta-carotenei  A natural pigment found in plants responsible for the yellow and orange color in fruits and vegetables, such as carrots and tomatoes. that are essential for healthy hair. It is also antibacterial and antifungal and has healing properties (26). All these factors can help you deal with a dry scalp and breakage-prone hair.

You Will Need

  • 6-7 drops of carrot oil
  • Carrier oil like olive or coconut oil (optional)

What You Have To Do

  1. Take about 6 to 7 drops of carrot oil and apply it directly to your scalp and hair.
  2. Alternatively, you can also mix carrot oil with any carrier oil and apply it to your hair.
  3. Leave it on for 1 to 2 hours before washing it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this at least once a week.

13. Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is one of the best ways to keep your hair moisturized without weighing it down. This is because it is much lighter than most oils out there. It is also rich in antioxidants and vitamin E (27), (28). Thus, it may help in increasing hair strength and preventing breakage.

You Will Need

2-3 teaspoons of grapeseed oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Heat grapeseed oil and massage your hair and scalp gently with it.
  2. Cover your head with a shower cap and let the oil work on your hair overnight or for 1 to 2 hours.

How Often You Should Do This

Try this treatment once a week.

14. Onion Juice

Onion juice to stop hair breakage
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Onions are rich sources of sulfur, which is a building block of keratin. Hence, onions not only help prevent hair fall and breakage but also make your hair stronger and healthier. Onions have antifungal properties and can prevent hair fall (29), (30).

You Will Need

  • 1/2 tablespoon of onion juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix the onion juice with coconut oil.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair, concentrating on your scalp.
  3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes before washing it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this at least once a week.

15. Shea Butter

Shea butter can be used as a natural alternative to your conditioner. Its hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties ensure a healthy scalp and hair (31). The highly moisturizing properties of shea butter protect your hair from breakage and further damage.

You Will Need

1 teaspoon of shea butter

What You Have To Do

  1. Take a teaspoon of shea butter and rub it in between your palms until it melts.
  2. Apply it to your hair using your fingers.

How Often You Should Do This

You can use shea butter whenever your hair feels too dry and messy.

16. Rosemary Oil

Anecdotal evidence suggests that rosemary oil may help boost circulation in the scalp, which may stimulate hair follicles and reduce hair breakage. This oil may also help reduce itchiness and promote hair growth by increasing the hair count (32).

You Will Need

  • 2 – 3 drops of rosemary oil
  • ½ – 1 tablespoon of any carrier oil (coconut or jojoba oil)

What You Have To Do

  • Mix the rosemary oil and the carrier oil of your choice.
  • Gently massage the diluted oil into your scalp.
  • Leave it on for at least 30 minutes to an hour or overnight.
  • Wash it off with a good shampoo and conditioner.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 to 3 times a week

Use these remedies to help stop hair breakage. Here are a few tips you can follow to prevent this problem altogether.

Preventive Tips

If you have brittle and damaged hair, you need to go beyond using remedies. Here are some hair breakage prevention tips that can help you restore your hair’s quality and health.

  • Trim your hair regularly.
  • Avoid blow-drying and ironing your hair every day.
  • Do not comb your hair when it is wet.
  • Do not change your hair color often, or look for a natural alternative if you plan to do so.
  • Massage your hair and scalp with a good oil every now and then.
  • Use a hydrating conditioner to keep your hair well moisturized.
  • Do not wash your hair daily as it may damage it and make it dry.
  • Follow a healthy diet that consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meat, and lots of fluids.

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Want to dry your hair properly without using a blow dryer? Use a microfiber towel and gently squeeze out the excess water from the hair and pat it dry. You may keep your head wrapped in the towel for 10-20 minutes or till it is 80% dry. You can then let it air dry.

As you can see, your hair breakage prevention strategies must be a good mix of remedies, careful styling practices, and healthy lifestyle changes. Consult your healthcare provider if symptoms do not improve with changes in grooming and other home-care measures. Meanwhile, these simple treatments or changes can help reduce breakage.

Treatment For Hair Breakage

Hair breakage cannot be treated overnight. Natural remedies and lifestyle changes are part of a process and hence the results can be slow. If you want chemical solutions, you can add the following treatments to your hair breakage prevention routines.

  • Use ammonium bi-sulfate cream relaxers, which are the least damaging to hair.
  • Use conditioning shampoos and moisturizing conditioners with ingredients that will protect the hair. Such moisture-binding ingredients include sodium PCA, glycerine, panthenoli  A chemical substance derived from vitamin B5 that is used in cosmetics, skin, and hair care products for its moisturizing properties. , chitosani  A sugar obtained from the outer skeleton of crustaceans and insects, such as shellfish, crab, shrimp and lobster. , dimethiconei  A silicone-based ingredient in beauty products to lock the moisture in the skin by creating a physical barrier and keep the hair frizz-free. , and/or silicone.

Infographic: Top Natural Remedies To Stop Hair Breakage

From hormonal changes to using unsuitable pillowcases, there are several different causes of hair breakage. However, carefully planned, natural hair breakage prevention remedies can help nip the problem in the bud. Ingredients like coconut oil, green tea, egg, aloe vera, green tea, garlic, onion juice, avocado, and apple cider vinegar can help mitigate this issue. Click on the infographic below to learn more about the natural remedies you can try to stop hair breakage.

remedies to stop hair breakage (infographic)

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Dry scalp and damaged hair are the most common causes of hair breakage. It can also be caused by lack of moisture, harsh water cleaning, heat styling, and hair dyeing. Adding foods rich in Vitamin C, D3, and biotin to your diet can help you reduce hair breakage. Try the hair breakage prevention methods suggested above to protect your hair from further damage, provide additional nourishment, and promote healing. However, if you consider taking vitamin supplements, consult a doctor to determine any deficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does breakage mean your hair is unhealthy?

No, it does not mean the hair is unhealthy. Dr. Loucas adds, “It may mean your hair is drying out from excessive washing or poor hydration.” He suggests people drink enough water daily and use conditioners and scalp oils.

Does washing hair less help breakage?

Yes, reducing the frequency of washing can help reduce hair breakage. Dr. Loucas says, “If you are experiencing excessive hair breakage, I would suggest washing your hair less frequently. 1-2 times a week is usually adequate. I would also suggest a conditioner be used along with a good scalp oil.”

Does B12 deficiency cause hair breakage?

Yes. Dr. Loucas adds, “Some people lose the ability to absorb B12, which results in more brittle hair that breaks easier. If hair breakage is an ongoing issue, I often check B12 levels.”

What medical conditions can cause hair breakage?

If you have lupus, the chances of your hair turning brittle and breaking are quite high. Those who have cancer, thyroid problems, and pituitary gland diseases are also more likely to experience hair damage and hair fall.

What is the best hair mask to stop breakage?

Although all the hair breakage solutions in this article can give you effective results, the egg mask is the best. You can also try the avocado hair mask for stronger and healthier hair.

Are lemons good for hair breakage prevention or not?

Lemons, when used undiluted, are extremely acidic and can strip your hair of its natural oils. This may lead to dry, brittle, and breakage-prone hair. Hence, too much of lemons is not good for your hair.

Can damaged hair grow back?

Yes, damaged hair can grow back as hair grows from the roots and not the ends. So, as long as the follicles are preserved, hair can grow back.

How long does it take to fix breakage hair?

Generally, it takes 6 months to a year to see improvements in your hair condition. In fact, using hair breakage prevention products that nourish your scalp and hair can accelerate this process.

What foods stop hair breakage?

Eggs, Brazil nuts, beans, bell peppers, and dark green leafy vegetables like spinach are rich in protein, vitamins, and iron, and can help with hair breakage treatment.

Does drinking water help with hair growth?

Yes. In fact, 25% of a single hair strand is made up of water. So drinking enough water helps energize and support hair growth and improves hair texture. Water intake also helps prevent split ends.

Key Takeaways

  • Natural homemade concoctions made of Vitamins, coconut oil, argan oil, castor oil, aloe vera, onion juice, and Shea butter can protect your hair against breakage.
  • Massage the scalp with these oils regularly to get smooth, healthy hair.
  • Wash your hair in cold water and avoid combing when the hair is wet.
  • Use a wide-tooth comb, deep condition your hair, and avoid using styling tools too much.

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Dr. Naveen Sharma is a renowned Ayurveda specialist with an experience of 10 years. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery(B. A. M. S) from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, in 2007. He has a professional membership with AYUSH. Dr. Sharma’s specialties include cancer, liver disorders, autoimmune disorders, lifestyle disorders, migraine, hair fall, PCOD...read full bio

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