Split ends are year-long problems. During summers, the weather is too hot and cause split ends and during winters, the dryness causes split ends. The weather aside, several lifestyle choices contribute to split ends – hair styling products, dust, heat & pollution. Lack of certain essential nutrients like Vitamin E and other minerals also contribute to split ends. While it might not be a terrible problem, splits ends are an indication of exceptionally dry hair.
Since there are not many solutions to split ends it is always suggested that one should follow a good hair-care regimen to avoid them. However, we have compiled 5 near-perfect solutions to get rid of split ends.
Prepare a Papaya Hair Pack
Choose a ripe papaya and peel its skin. Cut into half, remove all the seeds and blend the flesh of the fruit with yogurt thoroughly. You can optionally also add few drops of vitamin E or coconut oil. Apply the mask all over your hair with special concentration on the tips.
Use a polythene bag or a shower cap to cover your hair, and let it dry for half an hour. Then wash the now dry mask with a very mild shampoo and a light conditioner if necessary. Do not blow your hair dry. Use towel or let it dry naturally in the sun. When done at least once a week, this helps get rid of the split ends.
Break an Egg
Eggs are rich in protein and antioxidants. The proteins & minerals in eggs provide necessary nourishment to the hair. Magnesium in the egg strengthens the hair from the roots to the tip and the fatty acids cover the hair. So, eggs are an all-round hair-care agent! This naturally implies that egg packs are very effective when it comes to getting rid of split ends.
Break an egg yolk into a bowl and add a table spoon of olive oil & honey. Apply this mask carefully using the brush along the length and ends of the hair. Allow the mask to settle on your hair for about 60 minutes. Wash away the hair pack with warm water and then shampoo and condition. This hair mask can be applied twice a week for effective results.
Give yourself the Oil Treatment
Oil is great to rid the hair of split ends. Take a table spoon of coconut oil, castor oil, almond oil and coconut oil. Heat the oil mixture to a warm temperature. To get the desired temperature, warm the oil in a small bowl placed in a very hot bigger bowl of hot water. You can also add few herbs (like Basil or Tulsi) in the warming oil. Apart from acting as anti bacterial and antifungal agents, herbs give a very soothing and fresh essence to the oils mixture.
Now, apply this hot oil mixture to your hair from root to tip. For effective application, separate the hair on your head into four sections – two up and two down – and then apply to each section. Once hair is covered massage the oil into the scalp to restore the hair moisturizer and nourish the scalp. Also, apply oil along the length of the hair and cover the tips too. Use a warm towel to wrap your hair and leave it on for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, shampoo your hair. To remove the oil effectively, you can mix baking soda with your shampoo. Ensure that you do not use too much shampoo since the oil might give you the feeling that it has not been rinsed off, while it really has gone away.
Make a hair oil mixture with Fenugreek Seeds
Soak fenugreek (methi) seeds in water overnight. Grind it coarsely and pour the grounded powder into a bottle and pour coconut oil into it. Keep the bottle out under sunlight. Wet your hair with lukewarm water and carefully apply the oil from the roots to the. Ensure you apply the oil on your scalp too since fenugreek seeds contain necessary nutrients required to regulate hair growth and its anti bacterial properties keep dry scalp, dandruff and other bacterial and fungal problem away. Apply the oil and leave it for two hours and then rinse with a mild shampoo.
Keep filling in the bottle with more coconut oil as and when you use some. This one is totally worth the effort and positive results show up in a month’s time.
Milk your hair
Drinking milk is good for health and applying some to your hair directly also helps nourish it. Pour some milk into the spray bottle and spray the milk all over your hair or smear the milk on your hair before head bath and wash after 30 minutes of application. Milk is natural moisturizer and leaves the scalp cool and hair shiny. Milk serves as an excellent conditioner and you do NOT need any conditioner after shampooing since the milk is enough! Apart from these tips to get rid of split ends, there are some other basic things that you MUST do to avoid the recurrence of split ends:
- Retain moisture in your hair by oiling regularly.
- Use hair brushes that are flexible and soft on the hair, preferably a brush with Nylon bristles.
- Detangle your hair carefully with wide toothed comb.
- Avoid using very hot water to wash your hair.
- Make sure you condition you hair at least thrice a week.
- Make sure you get your hair trimmed every 2 months.
- Use light herbal products and avoid sprays, gels & mousses as much as possible.
- Have a balanced diet and drink plenty of water and exercise regularly.
- Preferably do not use hair dryers or curling & straightening irons. The high temperatures cause hair to split.