Hair loss and split ends are some of the most common hair issues that people experience on a daily basis. With a shift in the lifestyle of today’s youth, a move towards consuming more and more junk food, a chronic lack of the sufficient amount of sleep required by the body and spending a lot of time under the sun as well as the terribly high levels of environmental pollution can make the hair look dull, dry and cause split ends by making the hair brittle.
Weather changes can affect the amount of breakage you have on your hair and can cause it to split more. Drier seasons like summers and winters are especially hard on the hair and can cause it to become dry and split. If you are suffering from split ends, here are some cheap, homemade masks you can use to revitalize your hair.
Tips to control split ends
- Every time you wash your hair, make sure you oil it before as it will reduce hair damages at the time of washing.
- For detangling your hair always use wide tooth comb especially when your hair is wet. Start combing from the ends and then step up towards the root.
- Hot water showers wash away the essential minerals off your scalp, so it is better you wash your hair with lukewarm water.
- Get your hair trimmed at regular intervals as that will make sure as soon as your hair starts developing split ends it is chopped off.
Home remedy for split ends
Papaya has proven to be effective in treating split ends. You need a ripe papaya which has to be boiled in water. The water is to be drained out and the paste is to be taken to be mixed with yogurt. Apply this mixture in the roots of your hair for an intensive blood flow.
Apply some castor oil by mixing it with the oil you use on your hair tresses, not only it will prevent split ends but also facilitates fresh hair growth. Leave it for 45 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.
Hot oil conditioning
Deep conditioning your hair with hot oils can help to restore moisture to the hair and control split hair.
Heat some olive/coconut/almond/castor oil in a microwave for 20 seconds and massage into your hair and scalp. Leave overnight or at least 45 minutes before shampooing.
With their high content of potassium, iron, zinc, natural oils and vitamins A, C and E, bananas can make your hair more elastic and strong; soft and more manageable.
Blend a ripe banana with 2tbsp plain yogurt, 1tsp rose water and 1tsp lemon juice, apply to hair, leave on for an hour and wash off.
Eggs contain essential fatty acids and proteins, which can help to strengthen the hair follicles and can help make your hair smoother, get rid of tangles and make it stronger.
Whisk the egg yolk with 2-3tbsp olive oil and 1tbsp honey, apply on damp hair, leave for 30 minutes and rinse off. Follow up with shampoo.
As disgusting as it sounds, it is one of those hacks that really do work.
Apply half cup of mayonnaise onto towel dried hair, leave on for 15-20 minutes, rinse and shampoo with something that has a potent smell to mask the mayonnaise smell.
This is a miracle worker when it comes to hair. With a high content of folic acid, proteins, essential fatty acids, Vitamins A, D and E and magnesium amongst other nutrients, it can help to nourish the hair and boost growth. It can also make it softer and get rid of the roughness of split hair.
Mash a ripe avocado with 2tbsp each coconut and olive oil to get a creamy consistency, apply onto hair avoiding the roots, leave on for 30 minutes, rinse and shampoo.
Not just a great party drink, beer can supply protein and sugars to the hair follicles and can control split ends. It adds shine and volume to the hair as well.
Let the beer sit out overnight, pour into spray bottle and spray onto the hair avoiding the roots. Leave it on, the smell will go away once it dries.
Things to remember
Don’t wash your hair daily
Washing your hair daily can lead to the natural oils being stripped off, which can in turn make the hair greasier by forcing the scalp to produce more oils. Wash your hair a couple of times a week for normal-dry hair and three times for oily hair.
Cover the hair
Use a hat or scarf to cover the head to protect it from sun and UV damage. It can also help keep the effects of dust and pollution at bay.
Do not over style your hair
Avoid blow driers and curling irons as much as possible if you have split hair as it can cause further damage and cause the hair to become frayed.
Condition the hair
Invest in a good leave in conditioner to moisturize and hydrate the hair after washing.
With these tips, you can ensure that your hair stays smooth and silky even during the summers. If you already have split ends, it may be a good idea to go for a trim to ensure the split does not break your entire hair strand and then partake in the home remedies to prevent future occurrence.