With our society growing ever more obsessed with hair colour and heat appliances, it is no wonder damaged hair is the biggest problem hair stylists deal with on a daily basis. Thankfully science appears to be keeping up with damage control as company after company have brought out their own ‘nourishing hair mask.’
However, beautiful hair comes at a price, literally. Brands such as Kerastase and Redken have their masks on the shelves for around £20 a pot. Now girls with long and/or thick hair will understand my pain here; those pots do not last 5 minutes with the sheer amount of hair that needs to be covered. Due to this, we find ourselves searching for cheaper and perhaps more natural options. After all, how many Youtubers have we seen going through their kitchens, pulling things out from the cupboards and brushing them through their hair? Even Youtube phenomenon Promise Phan has a tutorial on her second channel on how to make an avocado and banana hair mask.
But the real question remains, which one works best?
The main ‘natural hair remedies’ are as followed: eggs, olive oil, coconut oil, lemon juice, vinegar and mayonnaise (which contains most of the above.) They are easy enough to use; apply the ingredients, either singularly or together, to the hair focusing on the ends as this is where most of the damage congregates. Clip your hair up and leave for 30 minutes. When washing out it is advised to use cold or tepid water, especially with products containing eggs to avoid the eggs ‘cooking.’
Hair masks work by restoring, or at least claiming to restore, the levels of protein, keratin and moisture in the hair. These natural products all contain fatty acids and vitamins which seal the moisture into the hair follicles. However, products such as mayonnaise will not strength and repair your damaged hair. The science behind it is simply that the proteins in the products are too large for the hair to absorb, they therefore just coat the hair, making it feel softer, smoother and look shinier for a time but will fade quickly. The hair masks you purchase in the shops have had these protein broken down so that the hair can easily drink them up and use them at the core of the hair shaft, strengthening the hair.
So realistically the kitchen hair masks are a quick fix if you need your hair to look fabulously healthy for an event. But for long term damage control, you’re going to need to bite the bullet and fork out a little extra cash. (Or save up your boots and Superdrug points.) Of course, even the most expensive hair masks can only do so much; the best cure for damaged hair is to give it a good chop! The softest part of my colour damaged mop of hair is my recently razored undercut and quiet honestly I am obsessed with the softness, I can’t stop touching it. But that’s a tale for another post.
What do you use for damaged hair? Are you shop brought or all natural? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @MissAyBeauty.