7 DIY Ways to Undo YEARS of Heat Damage to Your Curls

Freeing your curls from the throes of heat damage can easily seem like the most daunting task in the world. Flat ironing for years at a time can cause your strands to lose their original form, resulting in frizzy, dry, and downright dull hair that’s always dying for a snip.

Although we don’t have access to exclusive, guaranteed-fix salon treatments at the moment, there are so many effective ways to deeply nourish and liberate dehydrated coils in the comfort of your own home. Creating these natural conditioning masks below with household items will produce healthy and rejuvenated locks you’ll hardly even recognize. Scroll through for the best DIY ways to squash heat damage for good below!

1. Deep Replenishing Avocado Mask

Who knew avocados were also extremely delicious for your hair? Rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals, they help restore luster and spring to your curls. There are many variations of this mask you can create, but the easiest and most effective is to mash one ripe avocado with an egg. Apply it generously to wet hair and leave it on for 20 minutes. Boom, damage demolition that just doesn’t quit.

2. Butter Scalp Massage

We’ll admit, we never thought that the half stick of butter in the fridge would ever come in handy for anything other than cooking, but here it is to save your mane from permanent destruction. Butter adds fundamental moisture to your scalp that helps combat frizz and over drying. For the full effect, microwave a few tablespoons and massage it into your scalp for 5-10 minutes.

 

3. Hot Olive Oil & Brown Sugar Hair Mask


We’re sure by now you’ve heard of the age-old hot oil treatment for restoring curls, but the ultimate key here is adding brown sugar into the mix. Brown sugar is an excellent exfoliant that removes dead skin cells and residue from your scalp, the key to new and healthy hair growth. This combined with olive oil is incredibly important if your curl pattern has been altered over time by heat styling. All you have to do is combine half a cup of warmed up olive oil with two tablespoons of brown sugar, massage it into your hair, and cover with a shower cap. Allow it to sit for at least 45 minutes to see the best results. Shampoo and rinse like normal afterwards.

 

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4. Yogurt & Honey Treatment

Yogurt makes a perfect midday snack and acts as a natural conditioner. It helps your hair maintain its true wavy texture, while producing mega-watt shine. Combine a half cup of it with three teaspoons of honey and leave it on for 30 minutes at least once a week for renewed sheen and structure.

5. Sandalwood Oil Hair Treatment

Just a few drops of sandalwood oil on your scalp seals in sleakness, tames split ends, and adds fragrance. Blending it with olive or jojoba oil can further smooth and provide instant relief for course, flyaway curls. No need to wash it out, you can leave it in all day, every day.

 

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6. Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Mask


Strands that are brittle or dull tend to be more alkaline on the pH scale. Apple cider vinegar works to revive by neutralizing your hair’s pH and bringing it back to balance. Mixing a couple tablespoons with water and applying after a shampoo and condition will work wonders for those coils.

7. Banana Hair Mask

The high potassium, fortifying vitamins and natural oils in bananas help soften curls and improve their overall elasticity. You can choose to mash up a ripe banana and work it thoroughly into your hair alone or add coconut oil for additional rejuvenation. Allow it to sit for an hour, then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

 

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