What Is a Good Home Hair Remedy for Color Damage?

Replenish thirsty locks with a quick and simple home remedy.

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Coloring your locks may look super-hot at first, but bleaching and chemicals can zap out moisture, leaving your hair dry, brittle and damaged. Replenish thirsty locks with a quick, simple and easy home remedy. Expensive salon treatments are great for a little indulgence, but many quick home fixes can do the same job for a fraction of the cost.

Skip the Shampoo

A serious contributor to dry hair is over-washing your locks. Skip the shampoo for a couple of days to allow the natural oils from the scalp to coat those strands and bring the moisture back. It may sound gross, but washing your hair every day can do more damage than good. When you hit the shower, use a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for color-damaged hair. Rinse with cold water to allow the hair cuticles to seal in moisture.

Vinegar Wash

It may not offer the same sumptuous scent as your favorite conditioner, but vinegar has a lot to offer your dry, damaged locks. Rinsing your hair with two parts warm water and one part apple cider vinegar is likely to bring your locks back to their shiny, former glory. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it to work its magic for 30 minutes before washing. The vinegar mixture removes product build-up and repairs the hair and scalp damage caused by excessive bleaching.

Mayonnaise

Mayo may complement your side of fries, but it can also complete your hair care routine. Switch your regular, deep conditioning treatment for mayonnaise to tame frizz and fight damaged locks. The eggs and olive oil found in mayo contain vitamins A and D, which offer moisturizing properties. Apply the mayo on damp locks and leave to penetrate your hair for around 20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold or lukewarm water; finish with your regular shampoo and conditioner formulated for colored hair.

Olive Oil

Oils have been used in hair care for centuries, and the humble olive oil has plenty to offer today. Skip the expensive hot oil treatments and recreate your own at home for a snippet of the cost. Apply a generous helping of olive oil to your scalp and hair to put back the moisture the bleaching has stolen. Wrap your hair in a warm towel (heated by your hairdryer or radiator) and leave the olive oil to get to work. Once the towel has cooled, remove and rinse your locks for a super-soft finish.

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