Who likes split ends? Nobody! Anyone who is in love with their tresses would squeal in a terrified manner at the sight of those two pointy ends which indicate a lot is wrong with the health of your hair. And believe us when we say, a haircut is not a split ends remedy every time. Who would want to lose length over split ends?
So, what exactly is the perfect split ends remedy that can put an end to the hair woes? Let’s find out.
- What causes split ends
- How to get rid of split ends at home
- 1. Egg yolks
- 2. Beer
- 3. Honey
- 4. Chamomile
- 5. Black lentils
- 6. Papaya
- 7. Coconut oil
- 8. Aloe Vera
What causes split ends
In most cases, there are pretty basic reasons for getting split ends. These happen due to everyday bad hair habits, or even due to some oversight on your part. For instance, you may be swimming everyday for fitness, but not realising how the chlorine water of the pool is actually contributing towards your split ends and dry, brittle hair. Similarly, using products that are full of chemicals, frequent chemical treatments and not oiling your hair regularly can lead to split ends. Also, not trimming your hair on a regular basis also leads to this.
How to get rid of split ends at home
This is where we come in with a bunch of home remedies and more for your mane. We know how much you love your hair and in the fast-paced lifestyle of today, when you are literally racing against time, you are not getting the time to take care of your hair. So we will list down just the things you need to do to ensure that you do not get split ends.
1. Egg yolks
The egg has been one of the most potent and best ingredients for healthy and shiny hair. Don’t believe us? Just ask your grandmothers and mothers! Egg yolk may be frowned upon for its cholesterol, but as far as a topical application on the scalp and hair is concerned, it is a boon. It is especially an effective remedy to counter split ends and flyaways and control frizz in case of dry hair. Further, it is also a natural conditioner for the hair. With its abundant protein content, egg yolks give your hair the strength and health it needs and prevents split ends.
- Take one yolk
- Mix it with two tablespoons each of olive oil and almond oil
- Add honey to the mix (two tablespoons)
- Whisk the mixture and apply it on the scalp and hair
- Keep it on for 45 minutes
- Rinse off using a mild shampoo and warm water
- Use this once a week for best results
Well, if you don’t like to drink it, then dunk your hair in it! We are not joking! It’s true. Beer is an amazing ingredient for healthy hair and is good at reducing and treating split ends as well. It is also a good source of protein and corrects the damage done to hair follicles by external aggressors and pollutants.
- Shampoo your hair normally
- Give a final rinse with beer
- Keep it on for 2 minutes
- Rinse off
Honey is known to be a healing agent and thus acts fast on split ends as well. It is a humectant, which means it locks in moisture and prevents dry scalp and hair which is one of the reasons for split ends. It is also antibacterial in nature. The best way to use it is by making a honey hair mask.
- Take honey in a bowl
- Add curds, olive oil and egg to it
- Create a mask and apply on the scalp and hair
- Keep it on for 25 minutes
- Rinse it off with a mild cleanser
A lesser-known, but the supremely effective ingredient that works wonders on the hair is chamomile. It is antiseptic in nature and helps reduce dryness, thus taming frizziness and preventing split ends. It also helps keep the hair and scalp clean of any dirt and grime which may accumulate and lead to issues.
- Steep two chamomile tea bags in hot water
- Let it cool and use the water to rinse the hair
- Another way to use is by massaging your hair with chamomile oil
5. Black lentils
You may have heard your mother saying countless times how having pulses daily prevents premature greying of hair and also maintains its health. Turns out, she is right! Black lentils or black pulses are also good at preventing split ends. You can not only consume them, but also create a hair mask out of them. Black lentils are a rich source of phosphorus, fiber and folic acid. Folic acid, as we all know, is instrumental in supplying oxygen to the hair follicles and strengthening them.
- Take half a cup of lentils and make a powder
- Add one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds
- Add a cup of curds and blend the mix
- Apply the mixture on the hair and scalp and let it sit for an hour
- Rinse it off with a mild shampoo
Papaya is full of many nutrients that affect most aspects of our lifestyle positively, hair being one of them. Make sure you pick ripe papaya, though. The fruit is a rich source of vitamin A which regulates sebum production and keeps your follicles and scalp hydrated. This helps with hair growth and prevents split ends.
- Take one raw papaya
- Add yoghurt to it and blend to make a paste
- Apply on hair and scalp and let it sit for 45 minutes
- Rinse off using lukewarm water and a mild cleanser
7. Coconut oil
Now this one is a familiar and age-old product. Coconut oil is so old it sometimes feels like a vintage legacy of beauty that has been passed on for generations. Our grandmothers used the ingredient for beautiful hair and glowing skin. Our mothers did too. And so are we. The only thing that changes is perhaps the potency, as we move towards brands while the older generations were fortunate enough to get it from natural sources. Coconut oil is a natural moisturiser. It softens and smoothes the hair and also helps get rid of split ends. Further, it gives a health boost to the hair.
- Massage your hair and scalp with coconut oil for some time
- Keep it on for 2 hours
- Wash off with a mild cleanser
- Make it a weekly or twice a week exercise
8. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is an all-rounder in the truest sense. It can be used on the skin, on hair, on inflammation, on sunburns, basically for every beauty issue. It is also an excellent cure for split ends. This is due to the presence of proteolytic enzymes that help in cleansing dead cells from the scalp. This helps the hair breathe and grow further. It is also antibacterial and anti-inflammatory in nature, which keeps the scalp soothed.
- Extract aloe vera gel from 3 leaves
- Apply it on your hair and scalp
- Leave it on for 40 minutes
- Wash off with a mild cleanser