Split ends are damaged hair tips that have split open. Split ends weaken the hair shaft and once a hair has developed a split end it will continue to split further and break off. Our hair is delicate and modern living with heated styling products means our hair is damaged regularly. Even the sun damages our hair, which is why it is important to protect it and prevent the damage that causes split ends. There are many home remedies that can help you protect your hair and prevent split ends. This article will explore the natural home remedies that have been proven to care for your hair and reduce split ends.
Eggs have always been used in home remedies for protecting hair due to their high levels of nutrients and softening properties. To prepare a useful egg shampoo, simply beat one egg and add the mixture to a litre of water along with a handful of fresh rosemary. This mixture will cleanse, moisturise and nourish your hair. Rinse well after application.
Cream of papaya mask
This is a nourishing mask that leaves the hair rich and lustrous. Simply mash up half a papaya with the seeds removed. Add a few tablespoons of natural yoghurt and apply to your hair. Leave the mixture to be absorbed for at least twenty minutes and then rinse your hair with cold water.
Avocados are wonderful for treating dry hair and split ends. Take half an avocado and mash it into a rich puree. Add two tablespoons of sweet almond oil and apply the mixture to your hair, focusing on the bottom half of your hair where the most damage is usually to be found. Leave this for half an hour to work its way into the hair follicles then rinse well with cold water.
Beer hair tonic
Beer is another old fashioned recipe for hair health that can work magic on damaged hair. Simply dip your hair into a container filled with beer. The ends of your hair should be fully submerged into the beer. Leave the hair soaked in beer for 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
How to prevent split ends
The best way to help hair is to prevent it ever developing split ends in the first place. There are a number of ways to recover from split ends and the first thing to do is cut off the damaged part of your hair. Split ends will only get worse so it is important to remove them quickly whenever they occur. Trimming your hair at least every 8 weeks is the best way to avoid split ends. If you do not want to do this then there are other ways to limit any damage from split ends.
Always use a good quality conditioner whenever you wash your hair. It is a good idea to use a deep conditioning treatment such as a hot oil treatment once a week, too, to keep hair healthy. Limit the amount of heated styling products you use. That includes hair dryers, curling tongs and straighteners, as these always damage hair. Try to use a heat protector spray whenever you use these items in order to limit the damage they do to the hair shaft.
Hair dye damages hair so when you touch up the colour, it is best to only dye the roots not the whole head. It is always best to avoid bleaching the hair as this is highly damaging. Of course many people dye their hair. It is not always easy to avoid dying our hair if we want to keep our hair our favourite shade. One tip that is easy to follow is to avoid brushing your hair when it’s wet. Wet hair is very fragile and brushing it when it is still wet can tear the hair, break the shaft and even pull hairs out. After washing hair, it is always advisable to use a wide tooth comb to untangle the hair gently and wait until it is a little drier before styling.