At-home healthy hair remedies are more popular than ever. Whether you love a DIY night or just can’t make it into a salon, taking care of our own strands is a go-to these days.
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!
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 two tablespoons of 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.”
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 one cup warm water,” she shares. “After you shampoo and condition, 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, break down product buildup, and get your hair shinier than ever. Only do it once or twice per week.”
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.
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 four tablespoons of the pulp of the fresh aloe plant. Then, add a drop of rosemary essential oil and one 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 pH and nourishing minerals, like copper and zinc, which are essential for hair growth.”
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.
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 it’s 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 reduces frizz and adds shine. Overall, Seen Hair Care reduces frizz by 65% at 80% relative humidity when used as a regimen.”
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% absorption rates (compared to three to 20% 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.”
For 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 SheaMoisture
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. “SheaMoisture 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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