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How to repair damaged hair follicles

There comes a point in everyone's life when you realise your hair has seen better days. Your hair breaks off easily and looks lifeless, dull, frizzy and drab. Your hair has been damaged because of chemicals, heat, humidity and neglect. If cutting the damaged hair follicles is not an option, there are numerous products on the market that will help you repair your dry, damaged hair. Or you can opt for a home remedy that has been used since the time of Cleopatra for amazing, vibrant, silky, smooth hair.

Pur�e the following ingredients together in a blender: 10 drops of tea tree oil (It helps restore moisture and unblock hair follicles in your scalp by dissolving away the dead skin cells.); half an avocado (This adds moisture to the hair follicles as well as increasing body and texture.); 1 tsp of honey (moisture and frizz control); ½ cup coconut oil (for moisture and flexibility); 1 egg (cholesterol to bind the hair follicle and moisture); 10 drops of lavender oil (shine and moisture); half a banana (moisture and body); and ½ cup cool water (to coat the hair). (This recipe works for medium shoulder length hair. If your hair is really thick and/or long, double or triple this recipe for your needs.)

Remove from blender and heat in a microwave for 15 to 20 seconds in a dark plastic bowl. You want it warm but not hot so it will penetrate deeply into the hair follicles and repair the damage faster.

Start at the scalp and massage the mixture thoroughly into your scalp. It may tingle or burn a bit at first because of the antiseptic properties of the tea tree oil. This is completely normal.

Slowly work the mixture into your hair, make sure to coat each strand thoroughly. Pay special attention to the ends. This is where the damage is greatest.

Cover completely with a shower cap or plastic bag. As you move about, your body releases heat through your scalp. This heat is trapped under the plastic, driving the botanical mixture further into the hair shaft for a deeper healing.

Leave your hair like this for an hour.

Rinse with cool water and a small amount of shampoo formulated for dry hair or a baby shampoo.

Massage 5 drops tea tree oil, 7 drops lavender oil, and 2 tbsp coconut oil into wet scalp and hair. Comb through gently with a wide tooth comb.

Let dry naturally and style. Repeat two times a week until your hair looks healthy again.

Tip

Fresh works best, but it will keep for five days in a refrigerated airtight container that is dark. (The light breaks down the essential and fatty oils in this mixture.)

Things You'll Need

  • Blender
  • Water
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado
  • Egg
  • Honey
  • Banana
  • Plastic bowl
  • Microwave
  • Shower cap or large plastic bag
  • Dry hair formulated shampoo or a baby shampoo
  • Lavender baby wash
  • Wide tooth comb
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About the Author

Amy Switzer has been writing since 1991, often as a freelance ghostwriter. Her work includes content for plays, blogs, brochures and direct mail, and her articles appear on eHow.com. Switzer holds an Associate of Arts in English from the University of Louisiana. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in psychology at Walden University.