Whether you’re on a rush to the office or getting ready for a big event, for many people the issue of hair can be a big one. No matter how professional or fancy or hip your outfit is, it can all go South with a bad case of unhealthy hair.

Too often, we cause that problem ourselves. Strong, healthy hair—the kind to not only shine and be aesthetically nice, but also to be less likely to break at the ends—reflects a good diet and gentle treatment. When you spend a little part of everyday using hot irons, hair dryers, hair straighteners, or hot curlers, you’re drying it out and damaging it in the process. It may look good today, but whatever great style you’ve achieved in a day will hurt your hair if repeated in the long-term.

The secret to healthy hair is to treat it well. To be gentle, to not expose it to excessively dry air or harsh, hot tools. And, when needed, to lean on some of the oldest natural remedies around. For just a few, here’s Reader’s Digest:

13 Home Remedies for Dry and Damaged Hair

Repair damage with an avocado

Mash a ripe avocado (pit removed) with one egg, then apply this home remedy to wet hair. Avocados are rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals that will help restore luster to your hair, says Stephen Sanna, expert colorist at the Pierre Michel Salon in New York City. Leave on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse several times. Repeat once a week for damaged hair and once a month for healthy hair.

Condition with olive oil

Put the moisture back into dry hair by warming up 1/2 cup olive oil (do not boil it), and then rubbing it into your hair. Cover tresses with a plastic bag, then wrap everything in a towel. Let this home remedy do its thing for 45 minutes, then shampoo and completely rinse.

Make a “shampoo omelet”

Mix one egg with a small amount of shampoo, then apply to your damaged hair for five minutes and rinse well. This treatment helps to enhance the protein in your hair.

We’ve only listed three of the thirteen natural remedies available at Reader’s Digest, so make sure to head over to the original article for more. Everyone’s hair routine is different. If pitting an avocado seems like too much work, you might want to try out just sleeping with a humidifier. If your hair is in some serious trouble, though, don’t hesitate to try one of the more intensive hair treatments. Remember, the most beautiful hairstyle is healthy hair, plain and simple.