The bad news is split ends are an inevitable part of life, so no matter how much you condition it, they will still have a way to come into your life.
Many factors are behind the cause of split ends, such as extreme weather conditions, blow-drying, curling, straightening, coloring, and using chemical hair products.
What is the best home remedy for split ends? Although the most effective way to get rid of split ends is to trim your hair, some home natural remedies to treat split ends include oils, home-made hair masks while avoiding to over-brush and over-wash your hair.
Split ends, also known as “trichoptilosis” or “schizotrichia” in medicine, occur due to the splitting of hair towards the end of the strand – thus its name.
There is no way to prevent split ends permanently, therefore usually the only way to cut them off to prevent further damage.
This means that you don’t have to go to a salon or anything for any harsh chemical treatments. Simply just follow these tips and tricks at the comfort of your own house to get the best results.
Coconut oil treatment:
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Coconut oil is regarded as one of the best oils of skin, nails, and hair. It can be used if your damaged hair follicles, dandruff, and dry ends. It is recommended to use a DIY hydrating coconut hair mask.
Although coconut oil does not join the ends back together (since split ends cannot be repaired), it makes your split ends appear less frayed and additionally, much more smooth. It will make your dry hair more hydrated.
For the DIY hair mask, all you need to do is
- start with your hair washed with shampoo and towel-dry it.
- Use small amounts of the oil and add more if needed since natural oils are considered to be relatively heavy.
- Ensure to stay away from the roots.
- Take a little bit of the oil and start from the ends to the mid-shaft of your hair.
- After you are finished, tie your hair in a bun and wrap it in a towel to keep for half an hour.
- At last, all you need to do is shampoo your hair until all the oil is completely gone from your hair, to ensure that it does not build up. It is recommended to try this treatment bi-weekly.
Create an avocado protein mask:
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This avocado mask is used to prevent split ends from occurring. It is considered to be a nutrient-dense mask that keeps your hair strands healthy, thus keeping split ends away from affecting your hair.
This mask requires an avocado, an egg, and some olive oil. Eggs are a rich source of protein and essential fatty acids and avocado is a rich source of vitamins and folic acids to restore life to dry and frizzy hair.
These three natural ingredients are a rich source of fatty acids, amino acids, and Vitamins A, E, and K. When combined, they soften and protect your damaged hair follicles.
To make the mask, you need to first mash the avocado and combine it with egg. Next, add little bits of olive oil until you see the consistency getting thicker than the store-bought conditioner. After applying, leave it for 10 to 20 minutes, before washing it with warm water.
Honey and olive oil mask:
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Honey, a humectant – in simple words, it is an ingredient that moisturizes – has emollient characteristics, therefore making it a great ingredient to treat split ends in dry hair. On top of this, honey is also useful in treating dry scalp and increases shine in your hair. When mixed with olive oil, it creates the perfect combo for damaged hair.
To create the mask, all you need to do is get three tablespoons of olive oil with two honey (recommended to use raw honey) and mix them. You should ideally apply it to your already shampooed hair and leave it for around half an hour. Wash your hair thoroughly, later on, to ensure all remaining residues are gone.
Over-brushing and over-shampooing is a big NO:
While it is true that you should brush your hair often and shampoo your hair to keep it clean, over-brushing or over-shampooing can increase the occurrence of split ends in your hair. Alcohol-free shampoos
Researchers have seen that brushing wet hair and shampooing too often can lead to structural changes.
Moreso, permed, or colored hair is much more susceptible to these changes.
Therefore, to treat split ends or to prevent it from occurring, make sure not to brush your hair too forcefully or vigorously. In addition to this, depending on your hair type as well as skin, please remember to not wash your hair more than one to three times every week.
Use natural oils in the ends of your hair:
Oils such as sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, or argan oil can help in treating split ends as a protective sheathing.
- Sweet almond oils come from almonds and can also be used as a leave-in conditioner or used in damp hair as a protective sheathing. Just add raw organic honey with sweet almond oil to replenish your hair.
- Argan oil, on the other hand, is extracted from the kernels found in argan trees located in Morocco. It is a deeply moisturizing oil, which also helps your hair to shine. To use the oil effectively, ensure to apply several drops of the oil onto your hair (damp or dry), and gently comb it.
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Alongside coconut oil, the curd is also regarded as one of the best ingredients for your hair. It has moisturizing qualities that can soften your hair and prevent any sort of breakage from occurring. To make a mask, you may combine a teaspoon of olive oil and organic honey with around four tablespoons of curd. Apply the mask on your hair and leave it for an hour before washing it thoroughly.
There are many other home remedies like apple cider vinegar which can be used for dandruff, black lentil, the banana mask which you can explore too before going to a salon for a trim.