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Hair Loss, Dry Hair, Split Ends? 10 Natural Remedies for Common Hair Problems

• Mar 11, 2013

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Samira Asemanfar, owner of the hair mask bar TheBroot, teaches us how to treat our hair woes the natural way, and shares some remedies for organic DIY at-home treatments.

1. Brittle Hair
“Add protein to your diet,” suggests Asemanfar. “Eggs, poultry, or beans will help keep your hair strong and growing.”

2. Fine Hair

If you have thin hair, banana, egg, and oils work wonders. “The banana is one of nature’s best remedies, while the egg is a mighty protein that will give your hair the strength, shine, volume, and texture of your dreams. Oils add strength and moisture.”

Strengthening Hair Mask
Ingredients:
— 1/2 Banana
— 1 Egg
— 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
— 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
— 1 tbsp. Honey
— 2 oz. H20

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in blender; apply and leave on for 30 to 45 min or 15 to 20 min with a thermal heat cap; thourougly rinse out all mixture from hair; wash with shampoo; condition and do a final rinse with cool water close the hair cuticle to seal in the moisture.

3. Hair Loss

Vitamins B-6 and B-12 should be your new best friends if you want to get your hair’s growth cycle back in gear. Eat dairy and meat products such as milk, yogurt, and poultry to get those B benefits.

4. Frizzy Hair

Rinse with the coldest water you can bear, close the hair cuticle,” says Asemanfar. “This will make hair look sleek and helps tame frizz for a smoother finish.”

5. Split Ends

Straight hair is prone to split ends and should be treated gently,” says Asemanfar. “Brush out your hair before wetting and applying any treatment to prevent knots and breakage.”

6. Coarse Hair

Mayonnaise and avocados are natural deep conditioners that will give your scalp a little TLC, in addition to promoting hair growth.

Rehydrating Hair Mask
Ingredients:
— 1/2 Avocado
— 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
— 1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
— 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
— 1 tbsp. Honey
— 2 oz. H20

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in blender; apply and leave on for 30 to 45 min or 15 to 20 min with a thermal heat cap; thourougly rinse out all mixture from hair; wash with shampoo; condition and do a final rinse with cool water close the hair cuticle to seal in the moisture.

7. Dry Hair

Try adding a little bit of honey to your conditioner as a remedy,” suggests Asemanfar. “It is a humectant that will seal in moisture and deliver the deep cleanse your hair is craving.”

8. Oily Hair

Stay away from applying too much of any product to the scalp, as it causes overproduction of oils. Also, keep clear of any deep conditioning products—a basic conditioner in small quantities added to the ends of hair will do the trick.

9. Dry Scalp

Try using the terrific trio of oils (coconut, jojoba, olive) to send an itchy scalp and dandruff packing.

10. All Hair Types

Lets be real: Everyone has hair issues! “You’ll usually find that the people who embrace their hair’s natural characteristics [texture, body, and color] have much healthier locks,” says Asemanfar. “Avoid harsh chemical processes that permanently alter your hair, and embrace organic ways to bring out the best in your tresses!”

General Maintenance Hair Mask
Ingredients:
— 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
— 1 Egg
— 2 tbsp. Honey
— 1 oz. H20

Directions:
Mix all ingredients in blender; apply and leave on for 30 to 45 min or 15 to 20 min with a thermal heat cap; thourougly rinse out all mixture from hair; wash with shampoo; condition and do a final rinse with cool water close the hair cuticle to seal in the moisture.

This is a great list! Ladies, do you have any remedies to add 🙂

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merry
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5. Split Ends

Straight hair is prone to split ends and should be treated gently,” says Asemanfar. “Brush out your hair before wetting and applying any treatment to prevent knots and breakage.”

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although every natural has her own approach to dealing with her hair, this one strikes me as just plain wrong.

first, i would not brush my hair. second, i wouldn’t brush it dry. third, i think all hair is prone to split ends, esp. dry, kinky hair. fourth, i think brushing it dry will contribute to all kinds of split ends.

Chichi
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I don’t use a brush, but dry detangling (whether I use my comb or my fingers) allows me to seperate the STRETCHED hair better and remove the shed hairs gently. I can untagle my strands better when they are dry as opposed to the wet and shrunken.
But as you said…to each his/her own.

NaturalHairMojo.com (@NaturalHairMojo)
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I detangle my hair when it is dry, especially if I have a perm rod set or some other style that leaves my ends tangled. However, I use a comb or my fingers, like ChiChi said, and would NEVER use a brush.

Joan B. in S. C.
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For the General Maintenance Hair Mask recipe listed under #10, at what step should I be using this? Is this a pre-poo or should I use it after my shampoo, but before my deep conditioner?

Leesa
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This would be done as a prepoo.

Tati
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I would stay away from adding egg to any hair mask. It’s almost impossible to remove from kinky, coiled hair. Cold water, lukewarm water, doesn’t matter, I’ve done it all before and ALWAYS get bits of egg stuck in my hair after rinsing.

Put eggs in your mouth, not your hair.

mlank64
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I wonder about the egg thing too. First the molecules in eggs or any other food item that has protein in it is too large to penetrate the hair shaft, so it would seem rather a waste of time to do these type of “protein treatments”. You have to get a protein conditioner that is hydrolysized or small enough to actually penetrate the hair shaft. As far as I know the only foods that can penetrate is coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil.

Vanessa
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Bits of Egg? Sorry, then you’re doing it wrong. Even “professional” formulae use egg. The obvious error is the use of heat (or already cooked eggs). Eggs harden when heated in any way. And once there’s breakage due to protein deficiency, you’re almost always certain that an egg mask will arrest it or reduce it. Yes, it’s THAT good! The correct way to use it is to whip the whole egg (or egg white) alone or with other things like oil, honey, glycerin, etc and apply on hair. Cover up with a wrap (like a saran wrap or a bag)… Read more »
Tati
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I DONT USE HEAT. read my post below. Plus I said even with cold water it doesn’t work. Egg just doesn’t work for some naturals

danielle
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I love using egg in my masks and have no problem getting it out…

Darlyne
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I know what you mean, but try leaving it in for about 10 minutes, then wash out, if anything, maybe a little under 10 minutes. good luck to you

Leesa
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I’ve been using the yoke of the egg only, and haven’t seen any whiteness in my hair. The egg white is the part you don’t need, as the protein is in the yoke. You can save the egg white and cook it for a healthy breakfast.

Leesa
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Try separating the egg white from the yoke and only use the yoke which is where the protein is. The egg white can be saved for later and cooked as a healthy breakfast.

Vanessa
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While you’re right about the yolks being better for the hair, Egg whites (albumen) are one of the richest sources of protein, hence why bodybuilders gobble them up. It’s almost pure protein. While the egg yolk does have protein in in (2.7g per egg), most of the protein is in the whites (4g per egg)

Abiola
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is there a specific type of honey i should be using?

also isnt honey sticky? doesnt it get messy?

Carla
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Nope. It’s never been messy or sticky in my DC. I use a blender to mix it very well with the banana, avocado, etc. Typically you should only use about a teaspoon and it can be regular honey.

Hope this helps! 🙂

Carla
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I didn’t see the reply button under your comment earlier, so I posted my comment again so that folks will see it.
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I wouldn’t necessarily discourage anyone from using egg in their deep conditioners. I’ve NEVER had a problem with using egg in my deep conditioner (I use it twice a month during the winter and once a month during the rest of the year), but I use a blender to make sure the dc is blended very well. It works like a charm, but as someone mentioned earlier “to each his/her own.”

NaturalHairMojo.com (@NaturalHairMojo)
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The only time I have heard of people having problems with egg in their DC is when they sit under the dryer. Scrambled eggs in the hair are probably very hard to remove. The solution to that? DC without heat, or cover your conditioning cap with a hot towel (google “homegrown steam treatment” for a how-to).

Tati
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I’ve mixed it with a blender and I never use heat on my DC since I have very porous hair and it absorbs quickly. Still, the egg hardens.

Also, like the above poster mentioned, the protein molecules in egg are too large to effectively penetrate the hair shaft. Protein treatments with hydrolisized keratin are small enough and work best with my hair, so that’s one suggestion for naturals who want to stay away from egg in their hair.

Vanessa
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Maybe it’s something you’re mixing the eggs with that’s reacting with the egg and causing it to harden.
And Eggs do work for some heads of hair. Maybe it isn’t for you.

Leesa
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Are you wearing a plastic cap? My egg yoke mixed with my oils and avocado never gets hard. Make sure you’re mixing it well (leaving out the egg white) and placing a plastic cap on your head for at least 30 minutes.

Carla
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I wouldn’t necessarily discourage anyone from using egg in their deep conditioners. I’ve NEVER had a problem with using egg in my deep conditioner (I use it twice a month during the winter and once a month during the rest of the year), but I use a blender to make sure the dc is blended very well. It works like a charm, but as someone mentioned earlier “to each his/her own.”

Ev`Yan
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Am I the only one who cannot do mayonnaise masks? I tried it once because people can’t stop talking about its benefits, & as I was rinsing it out of my hair, I couldn’t stop gagging. I hate mayonnaise in general, but putting it on my hair? My personal hell. Eww.

Dani
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I agree with you about the smell but my hair loves it so i go around this problem by adding essential oils and nice smelling conditioners to make it smell better hth!

Dani
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Another thing that i’ve found helps me with frizz and single strand knots is flax seed gel. I just finally tried it after hearing alot of good reviews on it and i can see why so many like it! My hair whenever i use store bought gels is defined but crunchy! No matter if i put leave in conditioner before or after and dipped my head in a bucket of oil my hair was still a crunchy mess! Lol i pretty much gave up on gels until i tried this. I get the definition am looking for with a soft… Read more »
Joan B. in S. C.
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Please tell me in what section of the dollar stores I need to look to find flax seed. Thanks, Dani!

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I tried the egg and mayo mask before but it didn’t work 🙁 I think my hair just happens to be very picky. My trouble is with moisture it just won’t stay locked in.

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Where can we find the ingredients? I never purchase anything to consume without first knowing what in it. Thanks in advance.

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Yes,egg is good for hair.Egg also prevents the hair from getting grey.Thanks.

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Who in the world even has straight hair not this Black girl!

Ariana
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Lol! Straight is the shape of our hair follicle which is why when it grows it curls like a ribbon and also why it is more sensitive to brushing and combing.
Weird. People with straight hair actually have round hair follicles so when it gets damaged you don’t notice as much! ?

rahana
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the health of your hair starts from within.. instead of putting the ingredients on your hair.. eat it instead!

Christian
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I’ve tried the “Rehydrating Hair Mask” with the Avocado before but I quickly and painfully found out I’m actually allergic to Avocado. I was wondering if anyone would happen to know if there is anything I could substitute the avocado with that is still hydrating?

Vanessa
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Use bananas. Make sure you strain out the banana bits to prevent them from getting stuck in your hair, or use banana baby food.

Christian
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Thanks a lot,I shall try that.

LC
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How often do you recommended using these hair mask? My hair is fine and is starting to break off bad.

Clementina
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Split ends if not treated and it’s brushed promotes breakage because the tip of the hair is now thin. However,to detangle the hair comb from tip to mid- strand then to the root of the hair.

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I love mayo,coconut oil and black castor oil. My staple deep conditioner
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Janet Diaz
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These are really helpful. Thank you so much for the tips. These are so simple and easy to try. Hair loss occurs when your hair didn’t get sufficient nutrients, when there is hormonal imbalance, or some other medication problems. These tips can strengthen and shine your hair and also reduces hair fall. Thank you.

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I’d like to know if I can use the mayo that we eat.

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Yes, you can use grocery store mayo.

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