Burnt hair most commonly occurs from overuse of curling irons or other heat treatments used for styling purposes over time or from an accident. While burnt hair can be difficult to remedy, there are some natural treatments that can help to restore moisture and begin to repair the hair faster. These remedies have not been approved by the FDA, however, so consult your doctor before starting any new treatments, especially if you are already on medication or using topical prescription treatments.
Whole Eggs and Coconut Oil
According to Jethro Kloss, author of "Back to Eden: The Classic Guide to Herbal Medicine, Natural Foods, and Home Remedies Since 1939,” a mixture of whole eggs and coconut oil can help to soothe and repair burnt and extremely dry hair. To make and use this mixture, combine 1 whole egg with 5 tbsp. coconut oil in a small container and whisk thoroughly to combine. Massage the mixture onto the roots of the hair and along the hair follicles, making sure to get the mixture from the root to the tip. Leave the mixture in your hair for 30 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water and washing with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. This treatment can be used once per day as long as no skin or scalp irritation occurs, and larger portions can be made up to 48 hours in advance for later use.
Aloe Vera Gel, Vegetable Glycerin and Avocado Oil
According to Julie Gabriel, author of "The Green Beauty Guide: Your Essential Resource to Organic and Natural Skin Care, Hair Care, Makeup, and Fragrances,” a mixture of aloe vera gel, vegetable glycerin and avocado oil can be used as a topical treatment for burnt hair. To make this mixture, combine 2 tsp. aloe vera gel, 2 tsp. vegetable glycerin and 4 tbsp. avocado oil in a small bottle and shake or stir to combine. Pour a small amount of the mixture onto your fingertips and massage the liquid into the hair follicles, starting at the root and ending at the tip. Leave the mixture on your hair for 20 to 25 minutes with a towel around your neck before rinsing and washing with moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. This treatment can be used every day as long as it doesn’t cause any irritation. Unused portions of this mixture will keep in a cool, dark place for one month.
Geranium Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil and Jojoba Oil
According to Colleen Kaye Dodt, author of "The Essential Oils Book: Creating Personal Blends for Mind & Body,” a mixture of geranium essential oil, rosemary essential oil and jojoba oil can be used to help treat burnt hair. To make this mixture, combine ½ tsp. geranium essential oil, ½ tsp. rosemary essential oil and 4 tbsp. jojoba oil in a small container and shake to combine. Pour a small amount into your hands and massage it onto your wet hair. Leave the mixture in for 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water and washing with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. This treatment can be used every day as long as it doesn’t irritate your skin, and unused portions will keep for two months in the medicine cabinet or cupboard.