5 Kitchen Cupboard Heatwave Cures To Save Your Damaged Hair

Saturday 06th Jul 2024 |

The sweltering heatwave has left many of us wilting, and our hair is no exception. But don’t reach for those pricey keratin treatments just yet – the solution to reviving heat-frazzled strands may already be sitting in your kitchen cupboards!

Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry M.D., a dual UK board-certified dermatologist from Scandinavian Biolabs, reveals his top 5 affordable, all-natural hacks to protect and rejuvenate your hair against the scorching temperatures:

Beer Hair Rinse
That’s right – those last few sips of lukewarm beer can work wonders! “Don’t pour out those dregs,” says Dr. Chaudhry. “Use them as a nutrient-packed hair rinse to drench strands with proteins, vitamin B, and moisturizing sugars.” Simply pour flat leftover beer over clean, damp hair and let it soak for 3-5 minutes before rinsing. The natural acids remove product buildup while the malted barley hydrates and fortifies against brittleness.

Avocado Hair Masque
Forget the guac and nachos – mash that avocado straight into your hair! Dr. Chaudhry recommends mixing one ripe avocado with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil or honey until it reaches a creamy, pudding-like consistency. “This ultra-nourishing masque replenishes moisture and seals the hair cuticle to prevent heat damage,” he explains. Apply from roots to ends, let it soak for 20 minutes under a shower cap, then rinse. The healthy fatty acids penetrate and shield strands from the harsh summer elements.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Mix 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a cup of cool water, then use this as a final rinse after shampooing. “The vinegar’s acidity helps smooth the hair’s outer cuticle layer,” notes Dr. Chaudhry. “This seals in hydration while locking out frizz and environmental stressors.”

Cold Brew Hair Spritz
Have your morning joe and use it as haircare, too! Simply brew a strong batch of black coffee or tea, allow it to cool completely, then transfer to a spray bottle. This caffeinated spritz can perk up dull, dried-out strands. “The antioxidants in coffee and tea help strengthen hair against damage from heat styling and UV exposure,” says Dr. Chaudhry. “Just mist it over mid-lengths and ends, then scrunch in for glossy, vibrant waves full of body.”

Hydrating Hair Butter
Whip up a rich, buttery hair treat by mixing equal parts coconut oil and shea butter. This thick, creamy blend will sink deeply into parched, over-processed strands while forming a protective barrier against further damage. Dr. Chaudhry suggests slicking a small scoop through mid-lengths and ends: “It’s an intensive hydrator that also shields hair’s cuticle from dryness and frizz caused by the scorching summer heat and humidity.”

“You don’t need overpriced products loaded with harsh chemicals,” says Dr. Chaudhry. “Just look to your kitchen for miracle ingredients that can hydrate, fortify, and shield hair from this brutal heatwave.”

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