Split ends can ruin your beautiful tresses and leave them looking frazzled and dry. Thankfully, fixing the problem isn’t as difficult as it once was. A spate of treatments available to fix this problem can make having a bad hair day a thing of the past and leave you with nourished lustrous locks.
Get a haircut
Most hairdressers will recommend snipping off the split ends in your hair and then following it on with treatments and hair masks to prevent recurrence. While there are treatments to reverse the damage, they take a little while to take effect, so if getting a hair trim is an option, begin with that.
Shampoos and conditioners
Finding the right match for your hair is an important and often overlooked aspect of tackling split ends. Once you find a good shampoo that doesn’t strip your hair of its natural oils, your next step is matching it with a complementary conditioner. Your conditioner acts like an insurance of sorts, a backup for when your hair isn’t getting enough protection from the natural oils. The oils in the conditioner create a protective coating against damage from the elements, while the nutrients nourish the hair from root to tip, helping you battle split ends.
Deep conditioning hair masks
For a more serious split end problem, your regular conditioner may not be enough. A deep conditioning hair mask works much the same way a face mask does during a facial. This treatment cleanses your hair and restores lost sheen and vitality. For an at-home version, apply like a regular conditioner but let it stay in for about 20 minutes. Cover your head with a shower cap and sit tight for the mask to work its magic. The deep repair job it does will keep those split ends away.
Here are some easy DIY home remedies that can be applied like any off-the-shelf mask and washed off with shampoo and water later.
• Mix up an egg with a healthy spoonful of coconut oil and 2 spoons of olive oil to create a mask. Leave in for half an hour and rinse out with lukewarm or cold water to avoid the egg congealing.
• If you want to skip the egg, then make one with a tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Keep in for 30 minutes to an hour.
• Mix a whole mashed papaya into half a cup of plain unflavoured Greek yoghurt and apply, leaving in for 45 minutes.
• Combine a mashed avocado with 2 tablespoons worth of egg whites, in a base of about 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Leave this in for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Use a good hair serum that’s either pure oil-based or labelled as a split end mending cream. Simply work into your hair at the tips that are damaged to smoothen away the split ends. Serums work at giving you instantly relaxed hair by softening the brittle split ends, but also by treating them with the oils your hair needs.
Mind those hair styling tools
Start with swapping your hairbrush or comb for a wider toothed comb to minimise damage to already brittle hair. Avoid overusing heated styling tools like straighteners/ hair irons or curling irons. Lay off chemical straightening treatments and colouring your hair for a while.
The key to your hair problems could be hiding in your diet. Be sure you get your daily recommended intake of folic acid and biotin to avoid a split end problem. Up your intake of brown rice, peas, lentils, walnuts, soybean, green leafy veggies, wheat, and oranges.