Hair damage is caused by frequent dyeing, regular use of flat irons, daily blow drying, chemical treatments, a harsh climate, or an underlying medical condition in more severe cases. A wide variety of hair care solutions are available in supermarkets, pharmacies, and online for under $20. The question is: which of these are right for us? Different types of oils, which are time-tested remedies for damaged hair, are explored below along with oil-based hair care products and the brands marketing these products at reasonable prices.
Coconut Oil & Coconut Oil-Based Hair Products
The molecules in coconut oil are small enough to penetrate the hair and hydrate it from the inside out. Coconut oil protects the hair shaft from becoming waterlogged thereby preventing further damage to the hair. Applying this oil to the hair half an hour before a shower will protect the hair from absorbing excess water and reduce frizz. The following brands of coconut oil can be ordered from Amazon: Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Viva Naturals Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
Coconut oil-based hair products can also be used to treat hair problems. St. Tropica Organic Coconut Oil Hair Mask is sold in drugstores as well as online. Shea Moisture KIDS Extra Moisturizer Detangler is available in 8-ounce bottles. This product is ideal for detangling hair and is suitable for curly, straight, thick and thin hair. Premium Nature Coconut Oil Hair Mask moisturizes the scalp and strengthens the hair. It also reverses hair damage caused by split ends, over-processing, over-styling, and excess heat. A set of coconut-based shampoo and conditioner is being offered on Amazon by Desert Essence. The shampoo and conditioner will help to guard against hair breakage. Another brand, Herbal Essences, is also offering its Hydrate Coconut Milk online.
Jojoba Oil & Jojoba Oil-Based Hair Products
Rich in vitamin C, B vitamins, copper and zinc, jojoba oil is an oil-like wax extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant which grows in the desert regions of Arizona, southern California, and Mexico. Owing to its oily composition, it can be used to moisturize the scalp and treat dandruff. This oil can be used on its own or incorporated into hair conditioner for added protection against dryness, dullness, and brittleness of the hair. Viva Naturals Organic Jojoba Oil can be purchased online as well as from drugstores. The wax esters present in this product condition the hair thereby preventing breakage and split ends. The 4-ounce bottle comes with an easy-to-use pump for precise dispensing.
One can also buy a set of jojoba oil-based shampoo and conditioner to treat damaged hair. Nature’s Gate Shampoo and Nature’s Gate Conditioner each come in 18-fluid-ounce bottles and are enriched with jojoba oil, panthenol and pro-vitamin B5, which soften the hair making it easy to comb.
Extracted from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant, castor oil can be used as a natural hair conditioner thus making it ideal for damaged hair. It lubricates the hair shaft, enhances flexibility and reduces the chances of breakage. Rich in ricinoleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid), castor oil acts as an intense moisturizer thus making it a dependable dandruff solution. The oil can be applied to the hair in diluted form before or after shampooing or added to the shampoo bottle in small amounts.
Banyan Botanicals Organic Castor Oil is sold in 16-ounce bottles. Home Health Castor Oil is available in packs of 8 fluid ounces. Each bottle of Beauty Aura Castor Oil contains 16 fluid ounces of the oil’s goodness. Body Wonders Castor Oil weighs the same but costs slightly less, whereas Sky Organics Castor Oil costs a bit more for the same weight.
Argan Oil-Based Hair Products
Also known as Moroccan oil, argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the Moroccan argan tree. Its composition of fatty acids and vitamin E make it suitable for treating hair damage. When used in the form of a hair mask, it strengthens both the hair and scalp. Its benefits are immediate – improvement will show after the first use itself.
ArtNaturals Organic Argan Oil Shampoo and ArtNaturals Organic Argan Oil Conditioner are sold in bottles of 16 fluid ounces each and are suitable for dyed hair. Available in 8-ounce containers, ArtNaturals Argan Oil Hair Mask is fortified with wheat, oats and quinoa proteins which allow it to strengthen the hair. It also contains extracts of argan, sage, ivy and green tea which heal the scalp and hair follicles.
Silk 18 Natural Hair Conditioner by Maple Holistics is a unique combination of argan oil, jojoba and 18 different silk amino acids which help to retain moisture in the hair. Suitable for all hair types, this hair conditioner is compatible with any shampoo and is sold in 8-ounce bottles. Professional Series Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask by Arvazallia offers protection against split ends. It repairs damaged hair by deep conditioning and hydration. This hair mask can be purchased online. OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner can also be purchased online.
Almond Oil & Almond Oil-Based Hair Products
Almond oil is composed of omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids, magnesium, calcium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and B vitamins, which are essential for optimal hair and scalp health. Its antioxidant properties make it desirable for the treatment of damaged hair. Almond oil can be used on its own by applying it to the ends of the hair before drying to rehydrate the strands and prevent frizz. NOW Solutions Sweet Almond Oil can be purchased in 16-ounce bottles by those who desire softer and stronger hair. For those who prefer not to use the oil itself, Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care with Almond Oil Dandruff Shampoo is a good alternative. Each bottle contains 23.7 fluid ounces of the almond oil-enriched product.
Other Hair Products
There are plenty of other hair damage solutions which are priced below $20 such as Dove Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Shampoo, Pantene Gold Series Repairing Mask, Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength Shampoo, Aveeno Nourish + Conditioner Leave-In Treatment, and Honest Conditioning Detangler.
It is also advisable to invest in hairbrushes specially made for damaged and weak hair. Wet Brush is a rubber paddle brush with smooth synthetic bristles and costs less than $10. Crave Naturals offers its Detangling Brush in two different colors – black and pink. It has bristles of varying lengths to detangle hair by gently separating them without tearing or breaking them. Suitable for fine, thick and curly hair, the Detangling Brush is both functional and affordable. You can also try a blow dryer which is suitable for damaged hair. Always use low heat settings to avoid hair damage.