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How to Naturally Fix Dye Damaged Hair
Organically grown by small farmers in Thailand, an effective remedy for healthier hair, claims scientists worldwide
I often think back to the days when I would color my hair with chemical hair dyes that regularly make my hair drier and frizzier. You know, just fond memories that cross my mind when I'm desperately piling on hair treatments which often make my hair greasy for weeks (and expose my body to hormone-disrupting chemicals). It did not take me long to notice that despite the $300 multi-hour salon treatments, my hair would regularly revert back to dryness and frizziness - and, I swear, it always happens right before a big social gathering! Well, you may be surprised to learn that I still enjoy dyeing my hair black, and I've found an all natural ancient Thai way to have it like that for much longer than I used to.
Anyone who colors their hair knows how vulnerable dry and frizzy hair is to breakage. Hair becomes this vulnerable because hair dyes intentionally weaken hair so that the dried up cuticles thirstily absorbs colors. That's how the colors stick. Unfortunately, dry hair also absorbs all other chemicals that it touches. So I, and countless ladies worldwide including you, are tricked into using more chemical products to treat this chemical damage, which just speeds up this vicious cycle of damage, fix, more damage, more fix and even more damages and fixes! We waste too much money and too much of our lives trying to fix sort out this cycle we are trapped in!
I later found out that this vicious cycle is not an accident. Many hair products and treatments contain harmful chemicals and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). These chemicals burn both hair and scalp over time, damaging existing hair and preventing new hair follicles from growing properly if at all. The long-term results: fading hair color, thin brittle hair, and eventual hair loss.
EDCs are associated with cancer, asthma, chronic diseases and other serious health issues. A study by Silent Spring Institute found 45 EDCs in 18 tested hair products with up to 84% detected EDCs not listed in the product ingredients. It’s no wonder why I was stuck in that vicious cycle.
Well, chemical hair products are out window, but what now? I tried using Thai makrut oil on my hair since it's common knowledge in my country (Thailand). It worked well - my hair was fuller after just having used it 3 times. But the experience was far from a perfect 10/10; the oil was too runny and hurt my eyes with its acidity when it and leaked down to my face!
One day, I bumped into a childhood friend from Tak - a province in eastern Thailand. A tall, beautiful, tan (the type you know she got from spending time at the beach) woman sporting purple highlights in a field of gorgeous brown dyed hair. We connected instantly with our passion for dyeing hair, but there was one clear difference: hair is way healthier than mine!
Confused, I ask how her hair was so healthy. She explained that she uses Thai makrut oil. Makrut has been proven by many scientists to be extremely beneficial to hair and scalp. It doesn’t just cleanse the scalp and moisturize the hair strands to make hair look thicker, but it is also shown to significantly increase hair growth activities.
I'll admit I physically cringed and looked to see if her eyes were red. Upon confirming they weren't, I just had to ask how she was able to get past the runny acidity. “I don’t use makrut oil alone! I would have to wear goggles if I did,” she laughed. “My grandma has a secret mixture,” she revealed. “I add Thai coconut oil and sesame oil to it as well. This makes the mixture thicker, less acidic and more easily absorbed by hair!”
She shared some of the mixture she had. Just after the first use there was a clear difference and it was not just the thickness of the oil. Apart from the thickness I was familiar with from Thai makrut - my hair was softer and shinier.
Turns out research has also been done worldwide about the effects of coconut oil and sesame oil on hair as well. Thai coconut oil gives you softer and stronger hair because it coats the cuticles to improve water retention, prevent protein loss, and protect from damage. The added benefit being that the color deposited in the cuticles stay in for longer. Sesame oil promotes blood flow to the scalp, delivering nutrients hair follicles need to grow in strength and volume.
This mixture protects and nourishes both the hair and scalp, resulting in thicker, healthier, beautiful hair! It’s all organic with no involvement of chemicals or EDCs to keep away hidden-scalp damage, chronic diseases and environmental problems. She even shared a mixture with turmeric and ginger!
She also taught me four factors that greatly effect hair health:
2. Overall health
4. Hair/Scalp health
"This cannot magically cover diet, but it is made of all-natural healthy ingredients, does not mess up hormones, and I completely guarantee number 4," she cheerfully chimed, "so you're basically over 50% of the way there already!"
I use the Thai makrut mixture as a pre-wash treatment. I would pour it on my hands and gently apply it and massage it all over my hair. To make sure it gets fully absorbed, I leave it in for 15 minutes (and exercise while I'm at it!) before washing it off.
While my dryness and frizziness didn't disappear overnight, in just one month my hair is dyed just the way I want it while feeling fuller, softer, and more hydrated than ever! There is even a giveaway that you can enter below for a chance to win one of her nourishing scalp revival sets! I recommend you try it!
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"I was skeptical, but this is all I need to hydrate my hair now. Can't believe this is all natural!"
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ALL-NATURAL HAIR MASK REMEDY INSPIRED BY TRADITIONAL THAI WISDOM
Helps hair cuticles keep hair dye colors for longer periods of time
Naturally promotes long-term hair growth and slows down hair loss
Specializes in countering and repairing all types of chemical hair damage
Nourishes, moisturizes, and nurses damaged, dry and thinning hair back to health and strength
Restores volume by cleansing and re-conditioning the scalp with nourishing vitamins
Sustains growth for a lifetime with moisture-retaining shield, protecting hair from the environment, heat, and pollution
Visible results in as soon as 4 weeks
Formulated without: parabens, petroleum, phthalates, SLS, SLES, PEGS, TEA, DEA, silicones, or artificial dyes or fragrances.
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"No more 3 hour long keratin treatments"
"Keratin treatment used to be my fix every time I had dry hair after dyeing. I also tried conditioners but it only made my hair more greasy - but the problems just came back faster.
I am glad I found this natural remedy. I've used for almost 4 months now, my dyed hair is much thicker and much healthier!"
Samantha (Verified buyer)
BRING YOUR HAIR, BODY AND FACE CARE ROUTINE TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH MORE PURE NATURAL CARE
Indulge your hair with Thailand's finest and richest extracts for a revitalized and rejuvenated look. Ideal for the following hair and scalp conditions: dry and frizzy, thinning and shedding, fading natural hair colors, and itchy flaky scalp from dandruff or lice!
You're protecting your hair, but don't forget that strong hair comes from the scalp and roots. With Sudtana Bergamot, Ginger and Turmeric Roots and Scalp Reviving Treatment, you'll give intense scalp nourishing and revitalization for increased and healthy hair growth!
Treat your hair, scalp, face and body with Sudtana's all natural chemical-free total care package. Nourish hair, revive scalp, cleanse face and moisturize skin all with the best organic ingredients sourced from Thailand for healthier and more beautiful hair, face and skin.
Normal & Oily hair: 1-2 times per week (day or night)
Dry hair: 2-3 times per week (day or night)
Use as a 15 minute Pre-Wash Treatment
Apply a generous amount onto hair
Gently massage all over hair
Leave for at least 15 minutes
Rinse off with shampoo
Establish a routine! With so many products on the market, sometimes it's hard to keep track of what we have used!
Use side-to-side motions with your hands (be conscious of fingernails!) when applying any hair product. Rounded motions may feel nicer, but will cause your hair to tangle up and possibly damage the cuticles.
What to do during the 15 minute pre-wash? Relax, or do some working out - you'll be showering afterwards anyway!
Apply before bedtime
Normal scalp: 1 time per week
Damaged scalp: 2-3 times per week
Use as leave on treatment overnight
Divide your hair into sections
Apply 1-2 drops to each section
Gently massage all over scalp and hair
Leave overnight and dream of softer hair
Wash off with shampoo in the morning and live the dream!
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Powerful, Proven Way to Get Stronger, Silkier and Thicker Hair
Repairs and restores your hair’s lustrous volume and shine after years of damage from products with dangerous chemicals.
Rich in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids which strengthen and nourish each hair strand for maximum results.
FREE from chemicals, preservatives and synthetically made fragrances commonly found in over-the-counter hair masks.
Made with 100% pure and organic ingredients which means you can have healthy hair which looks great.
Stimulates hair growth and slows down hair loss by improving blood circulation giving you fuller and denser hair.
Promotes a healthy scalp by treating dandruff, protecting it from infections and helping it fight against lice and insect bites.
Ingredients 100% ethically sourced from local organic farmers at a fair price which gives a better quality of life to their families and their communities.
Thai makrut oil has been valued for its naturally powerful anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-fungal and antibacterial cleansing properties for generations.
Detoxifies Scalp: strips away built-up chemical and bacterial residue that clogs and dries out hair roots.
Natural Antioxidants: makrut oil encourages blood flow, ensuring weak hair follicles are properly nourished with the oxygen and nutrients.
Shields hair from Oxidative stress, an oxidation reaction that contributes to hair graying and hair loss.
Balanced Coconut and Sesame, it goes the extra mile by repairing hair damage by moisturizing and transitioning dull and lifeless hair into a shinier and livelier mane!
Coconut Oil** Nourishes our Hair From the Inside Out
The beneficial properties of Coconut oil are boasted about by the shiny and thick haired natives of tropical and coastal regions of the world.
Low Molecular Weight: Coconut Oil fully penetrates and nourishes hair follicles from the inside that other oils can't reach.
Reduces Protein Loss: Translates to less graying hair - and stimulates hair growth and length, adding more volume and bounce.
Moisturizing Coat: Softens dry hair, preventing further hair breakage and split ends while giving it a nice shine and luster.
Shielding Effect: Protects hair from heat sources, environmental damage, and water sources (such as chlorinated pool water or ocean water).
Sesame Seed Oil* for Complete Scalp Health
Familiar throughout the world, Sesame seed oil’s nourishment comes from its vitamins, minerals, antibacterial,antiviral, and antioxidant properties.
Revitalizes Scalp’s Surface: Rids scalp of dryness,itchiness, flakiness, dandruff, head lice, and bacterial infections.
Protects hair shafts: Creates a barrier that protects from pollution, residue build-up, and loss of moisture.
Naturally, Sesame seed oil’s benefits shines greatest when working together with Thai makrut and Coconut.
Ginger Root Oil* Enhances Scalp Blood Circulation
Ginger has been treasured in medicinal treatments for centuries - to the point of gaining religious significance in certain cultures. The roots of Ginger, in particular, are used for medicinal purposes.
Stimulates Blood Flow: Ginger root oil is rich in chromium, magnesium and zinc, which act as circulatory agents that stimulate blood flow on the scalp.
Cleansing Properties: Possesses antisceptic, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties which contributes to scalp cleanliness.
Soothing Moisture: Soothes dryness and itching feeling from dandruff.
Ginger root oil alone may not directly cause new hair to grow, but it fosters a rich environment for existing hair to flourish.
Turmeric Root Oil* Nourishes the Scalp to Promote Hair Growth
Turmeric is a key ingredient in Asian cuisine for its health benefits such as: preventing various forms of cancer, treating Alzheimer's disease, boosting immunity, and remedying digestive problems (along with aiding weight loss), and purifying the skin.
Contains Curcumin: Natural compound with powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.
Scalp Cleansing: reduces redness from blemishes and fighting skin conditions such as eczema.
Scalp Stimulation: Curcumin absorbs vitamin D, which is needed to stimulate hair follicles to grow.
All in all, Turmeric works as an exfoliator and cleanser for hair and scalp. It keeps existing hair healthy while invigorating and revitalizing the scalp to promote hair growth!
Peppermint* To Soothe Scalp Conditions and Inflammations
You probably have used health products containing Peppermint before, but have you used it on your scalp?
Scalp Repair: Natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties soothe and repair the scalp.
Contains Menthol: Menthol is a natural vasoactive compound that prevents veins from narrowing, resulting smoother blood flow.
Prevents Hair Thinning: In the context of the scalp, menthol opens previously weakened veins that were unable to deliver the nutrients and oxygen hair follicles require to grow.
The Sudtana Method: Why Our Products are 100% Organic, Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly!
Sudtana was born with the inherited herbal wisdom of our grandfather, the village doctor, and the mission to share honest sustainable and ethical products made mainly from ingredients and herbs natively found in Thailand and South East Asia that have been scientifically proven. By meticulously controlling everything step of the product process - from ethical raw material sourcing, natural extraction and small-scale manufacturing - we are proud to say that our products are 100% natural, organic, sustainable and friendly. A process we are proud of and call the Sudtana Method.
The Sudtana Method directly helps and incentivizes small farmholders and growers to use organic farming methods - while maximizing product quality and efficacy for our users by using only organically grown 100% natural ingredients that are scientifically proven to work their purpose.
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"Great! Makes my hair feel so smooth even after the first use. Best part is it has with no chemicals!"
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"2 months in and my hair hasn't seen breakage since! I love it!"
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"Fantastic scalp serum. My scalp feels very clean and my hair does not feel as dry as often when I'm out all day!"
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"My hair was a wreck from the salon and this just reversed that after 1 month."
Here are the answers to a few of the most common questions we hear:
1. Who Are We?
We are Sudtana, a family business based in Thailand. We have 6 core values centered upon making the lives of those around us healthier and happier, and it drives our actions, goals, and ethics every single day.
We Have a Growth Mindset: ‘Listen, learn & think positively’ Having a growth mindset means embracing challenges, persisting in the face of obstacles, acknowledging that effort is the path to success, learning from criticism, & finding lessons and inspirations from the success of others. Through active listening and empathy, we have access to unlimited knowledge and the means of understanding and using it to make more well-informed decisions to guide our actions with purpose and direction.
Holistic Health Oriented: ‘Mind, Body & Soul’ We are motivated to engage in healthy attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors
We Believe in the Power of Nature We believe that tapping into the healing power of nature will keep our mind, body and soul at peak condition
Think like a Scientist ‘Hypothesis, Fact & Data Driven’ We take the scientist’s approach to avoid biases and tunnel-vision in order to find the true path to helping those around us achieve sustainable, healthy, and happy lives.
We Share because We Care We believe in sharing knowledge with others so every member can have healthier and happier lives.
We Work Harmoniouslyas a team We believe that to achieving greatness requires the power of harmonious teamwork
2. What hair problems does it help with?
Our formula helps with a range of hair problems such as dryness, thinning, frizziness, brittleness, shedding, and hair fall; and a range of scalp problems such as chemical burns, bacterial infections, flakiness, itchiness, dandruff, and lice. Sudtana's hair mask and scalp serum repairs them simultaneously: it nourishes and protects existing hair making it healthier, thicker and reducing hair fall while also nourishing and cleansing the scalp to ensure a clean and healthy environment for hair growth. So whether it be problems from your hair, our hair mask and scalp serum are natural solutions for you.
3. How do I know this will work for me?
The underlying reasons for hair problems are oftentimes very personal, but nearly all of them have the same two-step solution. Whether the root of the issue stems from lifestyle, hormones or something in your environment, the first solution to resolving hair issues is to: 1. nurse existing hair stands back to being as healthy as possible to prevent further damage and 2. Increase and sustain hair growth. That's exactly what our hair mask and scalp serum does - they nourish and protect your existing hair while nourishing and cleansing your scalp for more hair growth.
All the natural ingredients used in our products are all backed by research from top universities and they have helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world already. If for any reason you’re not satisfied, or even for no reason at all, we offer a 30-day, no-questions-asked, money-back guarantee.
4. How many bottles should I order?
Like other treatments, extended use leads to exponentially positive results. So, we recommend at least 2 bottles of each to ensure continuity. Clear results start coming after 1 month of regular use.
5. How do you source your ingredients?
We take pride in how we source our ingredients. We visit each farmer individually and carefully observe their methods. We only source from those that practice organic farming practices, so no chemicals contaminate our products.
6. How do I use it?
The hair mask is a pre-wash treatment. Pour a generous amount on to your hands and massage it on your hair and scalp. Leave on for 15 minutes and wash off. The scalp serum is a leave on treatment. Part your hair into sections and drop the serum on to scalp. Gently massage into the scalp and leave on.
7. How often should I use it?
For the hair mask, it is recommended to use 1-2 times per week if your hair is normal or oily; and 2-3 times per week if your hair is dry. For the scalp serum, it is recommended to use 1 time per week if your scalp is normal; and 2-3 times per week if your scalp is damaged.
8. How long does a bottle last?
Depending on your hair type and how much hair you have, a bottle should last 1-1.5 months.
9. Is the safe to use?
You can be sure that you are safe from harmful chemicals because the Sudtana's hair mask and scalp serum uses only natural and organic ingredients with no additions of chemicals.
10. Where is it made?
Ethically sourced, extracted and manufactured in Thailand
11. Is this a replacement for any sort of medicine?
No. While this supports your health in a variety of ways, is does not treat any disease, and does not replace any medicines you might be taking. If your doctor currently has you on any treatment plan, don’t stop that plan unless he tells you.
12. What does the EWG ingredient score mean?
EWG rates ingredients and products on its safety and hazard on human health. Scores are between 1 to 10. A score of 1 indicates low health hazard.
What are people saying about Sudtana Hair Mask and Scalp Serum?
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"I love my hair when its colored - but I always have to give up my healthy hair. I was used to have dry hair because even after treatments, it seems like it always came back dry after a few weeks. But thank to this, my hair is thicker and healthier without all the chemicals"
- Angela (MX)
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“Unbelievable all natural organic products that show results just after first use. Not sure how long it needs to take effect biologically, but from my first month, my scalp is a lot less dry with a lot less hair fall. Just amazing.”
- Jessica L. (CO)
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“This is my first time using an all natural product and did not expect that I could seeing results this quickly. Just 2 washes and I can already feel my hair being more thick and silky. No wonder Asian women look so young. Thanks for sharing this recipe! ”
- Melani (OR)
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“Shipping was not slow and came in very good packaging. I've been using for 5 days now and I can feel my hair being more nourished and thicker. I especially love the fact that it combs down my frizzy hair very easily and quickly.”
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2 Effect of coconut oil on prevention of hair damage. Part I AARTI S. RELE and R. B. MOHILE, Research & Development Department, Nature Care Division, Marico Industries Ltd., Andheri, Mumbai 400 058, September 30, 1999.
3 Health Effects of Coconut Oil-A Narrative Review of Current Evidence. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30395784
4 Oxidative Stress in Ageing of Hair. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2929555/
5 Promotion Effect of Black Sesame Oil on Hair Growth in an Alopecia Model of C57BL/6 Mice. http://www.jbr.or.kr/journal/article.php?code=5524
6 Potential of herbs in skin protection from ultraviolet radiation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3263051/
7 Qidwai, Waris, Salman Raza Alim, Raheem H. Dhanani, Sana Jehangir, Aysha Nasrullah, and Ammara Raza. “Use of folk remedies among patients in Karachi Pakistan.” J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad 15, no. 2 (2003): 31-3.