How to revive dry, damaged or coloured hair naturally

Hair is prone to getting dry or damaged, which can affect how healthy and shiny it looks. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to restore vitality back into your tresses.

Eat healthily

You are what you eat, and this popular saying is certainly true if you want to restore health to your hair. A nutritious, balanced diet bursting with vitamins and minerals can make hair look glossy and shiny, keeping it in tip-top condition. Opt for omega-3 rich foods such as salmon and flaxseeds, wholegrains, leafy green vegetables, nuts and beans for the highest impact on hair health.
 

Don't overwash

Excessive hair washing strips it of its natural oils, leaving it susceptible to breakage and damage, whilst drying out the scalp. Instead of daily washes, cut back to every two or three days. Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel after you wash it, as this encourages split ends. Instead, simply wrap wet hair in a cotton towel and allow the towel to absorb the moisture.
 

Condition your hair

Who says you need to buy expensive hair conditioning products to get your locks looking lovely again? There are plenty of natural products that work just as well. A mashed avocado applied to hair, for example, is a wonder home treatment that can revive damaged hair. Rich in essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins, avocado applied weekly to your hair can bring life back to your tresses. 

Alternatively, if your hair is looking dull and dry, add moisture and shine to it by rubbing olive oil into your strands, and leaving for up to an hour before rinsing. Macadamia oils and shea butter are also currently riding high as natural choices for giving some oomph back to lacklustre locks.

Add shine to colour damaged hair by rinsing it with tea for a DIY boost that can enhance colour. For blonde hair, chamomile tea will give it a natural lift, whilst black tea will enrich dark hair and make it look glossy.
 

Hairstyles

How you style your hair and the accessories you use could actually be damaging it. Tight ponytails and clips or hair bands may break hair strands, for instance, so wear your hair loose during some point each day to give it a break. Bear in mind also that the brush you use can also cause damage to your hair, so consider using one with natural bristles. 
 

Get your hair cut

Regular trims can add vitality back to your hair by snipping away split ends. A regular cut can also restyle your hair, making it look better and allowing you to feel better, too.
 

Ditch the dryer

Drying your hair with a hairdryer can cause dryness and damage over time, especially to hair that is already suffering. Reduce the impact of using a hairdryer by allowing wet hair to dry naturally, now and again. If this isn't an option, consider getting an ionic dryer instead, which is safer for hair and cuts the amount of time it takes to dry it.