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Dermatologists Reveal the At-Home Healthy Hair Remedies That ACTUALLY Work

At-home healthy hair remedies are needed now more than ever.

As we can’t visit the salon and really shouldn’t be shopping in stores all that much, we need to take care of our strands on our own.

For some of us, this is a very dangerous game. We might not even know where to begin, which means our tresses could be missing out on some much-needed love.

Fret not, we did some research for you. Some of the top dermatologists around were kind enough to reveal the at-home healthy hair remedies they highly recommend.

Trust us, you likely already have everything they recommend to treat your strands to a little R&R.

Peep their favorite remedies below!

Coconut Oil

Dr. Kaveri Karhade, a medical and cosmetic dermatologist in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a huge fan of using coconut oil for healthy hair.

“While it has been used for centuries in India, there is actually a lot of recent science to support its use,” she notes. “It is the only oil that has been scientifically shown to penetrate the hair shaft and strengthen it, leading to less hair breakage and flyaways. Its high affinity for hair proteins, which lend hair its strength, means reduced protein loss when used as a pre- and post-wash product.”

Dr. Karhade mentions that there is a specific type of coconut oil she prefers above all the rest.

“I personally prefer fractionated coconut oil, as it has a much milder fragrance than regular coconut oil,” she shares. “Massage it into the scalp and ends using your fingertips, leaving it on for approximately one hour, then shampooing off and conditioning like normal. If done weekly, it can not only help strengthen the hair and lead to healthier locks, it can help reduce irritation, itching, and dryness.”

Avocado and Honey Hair Mask

Dr. Marnie B. Nussbaum, a board-certified dermatologist, is a lover of hair masks, specifically an avocado and honey one.

“Take one medium avocado and mix it with 2 tablespoons honey,” she says. “Apply the mix to dry hair for 15 to 20 minutes. The unsaturated oils in the avocado are extremely hydrating and the honey acts as a humectant to draw the moisture in and keep it there.”

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🥑Avocado honey hair mask🥑 . Ο ήλιος και η ζέστη αφυδατώνουν τα μαλλιά μας. Η μάσκα μαλλιών είναι απαραίτητη για να τα διατηρήσουμε υγιή και λαμπερά όλο το καλοκαίρι! . Προτείνω αυτήν την εύκολη και σούπερ θρεπτική συνταγή με υλικά που έχουμε στην κουζίνα μας: . ✅Αβοκάντο Είναι πηγή λιπαρών οξέων και βιταμινών Β που συμβάλλουν στην υγεία των μαλλιών ✅Ελαιόλαδο Θρέφει την τρίχα και την προστατεύει από τη θερμότητα ✅Μέλι Κλειδώνει την υγρασία στην τρίχα . Θα χρειαστούμε: 🍃1 ώριμο αβοκάντο 🍃2 κ.σ ελαιόλαδο 🍃2 κ.σ μέλι . Χτυπάμε τα υλικά μας στο μπλέντερ. Εφαρμόζουμε σε νωπά μαλλιά, εστιάζοντας στις άκρες. Τυλίγουμε με σκουφάκι και αφήνουμε για μισή ώρα. Ξεβγάζουμε . . Sun and heat can damage our hair and leave them dry. A nutritive hair mask is essential to keep our hair healthy and glowing during the summer! . I suggest this easy and deep conditioning recipe which is made with simple ingredients: . ✅Avocado It is a source of fatty acids and vitamin B that promote hair growth and health ✅Olive oil It soothes hair and protects it from heat ✅Honey It locks moisture . We will need: 🥑1 ripe avocado 🥑2 tbsp olive oil 🥑2 tbsp honey . We mix all the ingredients in a blender. We apply the mask on damp hair, focusing on the ends. We put on a shower cap and leave for 30 minutes. We rinse off. . . #friday #fridaydiy #diyhairmask #avocadohoneyhairmask #nutritive #restoring #conditioning #dry #damaged #hair #summer #natural #recipe #loveyourhair #whollyskincare

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Tea Tree Oil

For those with dandruff, Dr. Nussbaum advises adding a few drops of tea tree oil to your go-to shampoo.

“Tea tree oil has been shown to have antifungal properties that will decrease the yeast in your scalp, which causes dandruff,” she notes.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

Another at-home remedy Dr. Nussbaum suggests is an apple cider vinegar rinse.

“For some extra shine, combine 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup warm water,” she shares. “After you shampoo and conditioner, tip your head back and pour the mixture over your scalp and down the hair shafts. Massage for a few minutes and rinse. The apple cider vinegar will kill bacteria, breakdown product buildup, and get your hair shinier than ever. Only do it once or twice per week.”

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Do you even Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse Bruh? I’ve been doing this instead of conditioner for the last month in an attempt to really clean out the beach/sweat/hot mess/mama life/dry shampoo mess of hair that I’ve got! Keep in mind, I only wash my hair once a week (mayyyyybe twice if we’ve been swimming/beach/super hot and sweaty) and I’ve been loving it! I love the way it makes my hair feel- smooth and super silky after I’ve rinsed it! Plus I’ve had a lot less build up (hello- always living off of dry shampoo here) which means a lot less itchy of a scalp. Score! . . APPLE CIDER VINEGAR HAIR RINSE . 🍎 upcycled @healthade bottle 🍎 2-4 (I like 3) TBSP raw unfiltered ACV 🍎 3 drops each: Lavender, Cedarwood, Cypress and Rosemary EOs 🍎 Fill the rest with filtered water . . 🍎ACV restores PH balance of scalp and helps fight dandruff . 🍎 Lavender: calming, dandruff fighting . 🍎 Rosemary: hair growth and circulation of the scalp . 🍎 Cypress: circulation of the scalp (blood flow) hair follicle strengthening, growing . 🍎 Cedarwood: hair growth, dandruff . . Shake before each use, after shampooing, pour onto scalp with head tilted back and allow to gently cover scalp and run down hair into tips. Allow to sit and soak on scalp for a few minutes before rinsing! . . Have you ever, or do you use Apple Cider Vinegar in your hair? How do you like it? . . #upcycle #upcycledfashion #upcycleart #upcyclersofinstagram #nontoxicliving #nontoxicbeauty #nontoxiclife #applecidervinegar #applecidervinegarbenefits #applecidervinegarshampoo #diyhaircare #applecidervinegarrinse #hairhealth #hairrinse #lavenderoil #cedarwood #cypressoil #essentialoiltips #essentialoillife #granolamama #hippiemom

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Nettle and Horsetail Tea

Dr. Lamees Hamdan, CEO and Founder of DL.MD, suggests drinking nettle and horsetail tea.

“These two herbs are great for encouraging hair growth,” she says.

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Today I wanted to tell you guys about the amazing benefits of horsetail tea for hair growth! Horsetail is a herb that contains high amounts of silica, which forms collagen (a protein found in skin, hair, nails, etc). Silica will strengthen the hair, and since horsetail also has antiseptic properties, which helps to get rid of oily scalp and dandruff, and it's also a remedy for eczema, psoriasis, and other scalp problems. For this recipe I used dry horsetail, and it kind of looks like dried grass. I took about 2-4 tablespoons of the herb and I let it steep in 2 cups of boiled water for 4 hours. I also added a few essential oils to help boost circulation and make the tea a little stronger. The oils I used are Rosemary essential oil, cedar wood essential oil, and patchouli essential oil. Patchouli will help to treat oily scalp and dandruff, which can both be a cause of hair loss. Cedar wood oil stimulates the scalp and increases circulation to promote growth and slow hair loss. Aromatherapists also say that the use of cedar wood oil can treat hair loss and various types of alopecia 🌿 I've talked about Rosemary oil before in depth on previous posts, but it also stimulates growth and increases circulation to the scalp. I'm going to be trying this rinse out tomorrow and I will have a post up on how I use it and what I think of it! I'm going to be storing it in a mason jar in the fridge to keep it fresh for multiple uses. You guys can also drink this tea, obviously without the oils in it 😅 It will have an amazing impact on hair growth from the inside, but drinking this tea is NOT recommended for pregnant or nursing women so be aware of that 😇❤ . . . . . #longhaircare #longhairproblems #haircareroutine #longhairdontcare #longhairproblemsxo #horsetailtea #stimulategrowth #diy #diymask #tearinse #tearinseforgrowth #cedarwoodoil #rosemaryoil #patchoulioil

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Aloe and Rosemary Essential Oil

Dr. Hamdan also notes that a mix of aloe and rosemary essential oil can really help with hair growth.

“I always keep an aloe plant in my garden and use it fresh,” she shares. “Pulverize the 4 tablespoons of pulp of the fresh aloe plant. Then, add a drop of rosemary essential oil and 1 teaspoon of castor oil. Apply the mix to your scalp and hair 30 minutes before washing/showering. Do this twice a week. Rosemary is a herb that is well known to stimulate hair growth. Aloe has a similar pH to your hair’s pPH and nourishing minerals, like copper and zinc, which are essential for hair growth.”

Scalp Massages

One final at-home remedy Dr. Hamdan suggests that literally anyone can do is giving your scalp a nice massage.

“You can also get into the habit of giving your scalp a quick massage every day, helping to encourage blood flow,” she mentions. “Blood brings in the nutrients and oxygen to your hair cells.”

Products to Keep at-Home

Of course, these dermatologists also recommended products that weren’t necessarily the at-home healthy hair remedies that come to mind when we think of the phrase. Still, we couldn’t help but share them. We just want to make sure you’re properly caring for your tresses while in quarantine by any means necessary.

SEEN Hair Care

Dr. Iris Rubin, dermatologist and founder of SEEN Hair Care, knows plenty of SEEN products that work for a variety of different hair problems.

SEEN Skin-Caring Shampoo is great since its sulfate-free, so it won’t strip your color or dry out your hair like sulfate-based products can,” she notes. “The Skin-Caring Conditioner is silicone-free, so it provides weightless moisture and shine without leaving a silicone heavy residue that can dull the hair. Our Skin-Caring Blow-Out Cream provides UV and pollution protection to hair, as well as reducing frizz and adding shine. Overall, SEEN Hair Care reduces frizz by 65 percent at 80 percent relative humidity when used as a regimen.”

DL.MD 13.5.1 Multivitamin

A multivitamin is something Dr. Hamdan wants everyone to start with.

“Because hair follicles are one of the fastest growing cells in our bodies, they need many vitamins and minerals,” she states. “I prefer DL.MD 13.5.1 Multivitamin, as it’s meant to be taken once in the morning and once in the evening. This makes sure your hair cells always have ‘access’ to the needed vitamins. Also, with 98 percent absorption rates (compared to three to 20 percent for pills and gummies), you know that what you are taking is actually getting absorbed and utilized by your body. Many of my clients have seen a noticeable reduction in hair loss in four weeks of use.”

RE-Fresh Scalp Care

Anyone who suffers from dandruff, Dr. Nussbaum suggests stocking up on RE-Fresh Scalp Care.

“Their shampoos and conditioners are gentle enough to use every day and contain two percent salicylic acid to fight flakes and help control any scalp itching and irritation associated with dandruff,” she says.

Dove and Shea Moisture

Some final recommendations from Dr. Nussbaum are likely product lines you already know and love.

Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo is great at repairing damaged hair, as it contains keratin repair actives and nourishes the strands as well,” she notes. “Shea Moisture is an effective line at hydrating and repairing hair. It is a natural line, made without silicones, parabens, and phthalates and has a range of products for different hair types.”

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