Your hair’s #1 enemy? Split ends! Split ends occur when the protective outer layer of the hair cuticle wears away, mainly due to external stressors such as heat styling and chemical-infused hair products. Once the internal hair structure gets exposed to these intense stressors, your hair tends to weaken and dehydrate, causing the much-dreaded split ends. Here are some hair masks that will help repair and prevent split ends.


1. Egg yolk hair mask

Egg yolk hair mask

Frizzy and rough hair can be treated with eggs, helping you bring back the shine. The egg yolk is rich in proteins which in turn help in strengthening your hair strands, preventing them from developing split ends. To prepare a hair mask, all you need to do is mix 1 egg yolk with two tablespoons each of almond oil, olive oil and honey. Apply and let the mask stay on for 30-45 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.  


2. Coconut oil

Coconut oil

This age-old recipe will help smoothen your hair and free your scalp of any dirt. Coconut oil combats problems such as hair loss, dryness and split ends. All you need to do is massage your hair and scalp with warm coconut oil and let it stay for 1-2 hours before rinsing.


3. Honey hair mask

Honey hair mask

Honey strengthens your hair follicles, preventing you from developing split ends. The anti-bacterial properties of honey helps to keep your scalp clean. To prepare a hair mask, all you need to do is mix honey, olive oil, egg yolk and curds and apply it on your strands. Let the mixture stay on for about 20-25 minutes before washing it off.


4. Banana hair mask

Banana hair mask

Banana not only acts as a natural conditioner, but also improves the elasticity of your hair, thereby preventing breakage. Prepare a mixture of mashed banana and coconut milk. Apply the mask from the roots to the tips; keep it on for 1-2 hours before rinsing with an herbal shampoo.


5. Aloe vera hair mask

Aloe vera hair mask

Infused with proteolytic enzymes that dig out dead cells on the scalp, aloe vera is a true split ends savior! All you need to do is extract the gel out of 2-3 aloe vera stems and apply it to your hair and let it stay for about 30-40 minutes before washing it away.


6. Yogurt


Loaded with many nutrients, the protein in yogurt strengthens the hair shaft, helping to prevent split ends and hair damage. Simply whip a cup of yogurt and apply it on scalp and hair, and on the hair ends. Massage well and let it rest on your hair for 20 minutes. Wash it off with cold water.


7. Avocado mask

Avocado mask

Have an avocado at home and planning to prepare guacamole? Hold on. How about an avocado mask for nourishing your hair? Prepare a mask using one avocado, one egg and few drops of olive oil. These three ingredients when combined together are loaded with Vitamin E, Vitamin K and fatty acids that soften the hair and protect hair follicles, making them healthier and less susceptible to split ends. To prepare the mask, mash up the avocado and mix it with the egg. Add olive oil until the consistency is like a conditioner. Apply it on your hair, focusing more on the ends, and leave on for 10 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water.


8. Ripe papaya mask

Ripe papaya mask

Papaya is rich in folic acid, which helps in improving blood circulation on the scalp and hair. Moreover, Vitamin A in the papaya enhances the production of sebum. By keeping the scalp and hair moisturized, this humble fruit treats frizzy hair and prevents split ends. To make a papaya mask for hair, all you need is a ripe papaya and some yogurt. Blend the two ingredients well and then apply the mask on hair. Let it rest for 20-30 minutes and wash it off with cold water.


9. Chamomile tea rinse

Chamomile tea rinse

Rich in antioxidants, chamomile tea is brilliant for treating dry and frizzy hair. Regularly using it on hair can soften your hair, clear the scalp and prevent split ends. To rinse your hair with chamomile tea, soak two tea bags in boiling water. When it has boiled, let it cool and then rinse your hair with it. Wash it off with cold water.


FAQs about split ends

FAQs about split ends

Q. Is Vaseline good for split ends?

A. Vaseline cannot prevent split ends, but the protective layer it creates can lock in moisture and prevent hair from breakage. However, there’s no evidence to support these claims.

Q. How do I stop my hair from splitting?

A. There is no one formula that can help you. To prevent your hair from splitting, you must take care of your hair and keep it healthy and damage-free. Be gentle on your hair, detangle it regularly, keep it moisturized, avoid over brushing and overuse of styling tools. All of these will keep your hair healthy, thus preventing split ends.