Our hair goes through a lot of abuse. Whether it’s the sun, chemicals in our hair products and air pollution, our locks are bombarded every day, leading to breakage.
This causes split ends, which can ruin any hairdo, no matter how much you try and tease them into some form of semblance.
Sure, a single trip to the salon will get rid of them, but your hair will not stop going through its fall cycle.
This means you will see those split ends again. Rather than spending all that money, just use split end repair DIY remedies.
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Check For Split Ends
First, check for them by examining your hair closely using a mirror. You can find split ends at the tip of your hair but they can also be present in other places.
Here are some signs you should look out for:
- White tips at the end of your hair.
- Hair tips split into two or more strands.
- Knots in single strands.
Common Causes Of Split Ends
Split ends are common because our hair is exposed to a range of irritants and a lack of care. Some of these include:
- Irregular oiling.
- Using hot water to wash hair.
- Exposure to excessive pollution, heat, and dust.
- Excessive use of hair styling products such as straighteners and sprays.
- Excessive chemical treatments, such as hair coloring and treatment.
- Exposure to hard and/or chlorinated water in swimming pools.
How To Repair Split Ends
Prevention is better than cure as they always say. If you don’t have time to head to the salon to get those split ends fixed, just use these split end repair DIY solutions:
1. Treat Your Hair To Coconut Oil
Coconut oil can nourish hair from the roots and strengthen your locks to prevent breakage and ugly ends. Here is what you need to do.
Start by shampooing and drying your hair with a towel. Then take a dollop of coconut oil and work it in your damp hair.
Start from the ends and then work your way to the roots. Tie your oily hair up, wrap it in plastic and leave it for half an hour.
Once time’s up, shower again and make sure you get all of the oil out.
Shampoo twice if you have to but make sure you rinse your hair thoroughly after.
Repeat this treatment once every two weeks but make sure you use a small amount of the oil each time or you will strip your hair of natural oils trying to get it out.
2. Use An Egg Mask
There is a reason why your mother and grandmothers insist you should apply eggs to your hair. It’s a tried and tested treatment that has no drawbacks.
That’s because eggs are high in protein and essential fatty acids that can strengthen hair and prevent breakage/split ends.
In fact, it also forms a shield around our hair that keeps it safe from pollutants for a while.
To make an egg mask, whisk one egg in a bowl and add two to three drops of olive or almond oil as well as one tablespoon of honey in it.
Shampoo and dry your hair and comb out the tangles before applying this mixture all over it.
Allow half an hour to pass by and then rinse off the mask using shampoo. The smell will go away after a while, don’t worry.
3. Slather On Some Mayonnaise
Believe it or not, mayonnaise is good for more than sandwiches. It can also be used to make hair stronger and prevent split ends.
The vinegar maintains pH balance to restore damaged hair and the protein in the egg yolk nourishes our locks.
You don’t have to get a brand either. Just make your own at home.
All you need to do is add one or two eggs, 3 tablespoons of almond oil, and 1/4th cup of vinegar in a blender and blend.
Just make sure you add the oil slowly as the mixture blends.
Once you have prepared the mayo, coat your hair with it from root to tip.
Allow it to remain on your hair for 20 minutes and then shampoo with lukewarm water to rinse it off. Do this two or three times a week to repair split ends.
4. Use Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is an excellent cure for damaged hair and this includes split ends. It’s quite easy to make a mask from as well.
All you need to do is get two or three aloe vera leaves and strip them of the aloe vera gel.
Mash it up to make it a paste and then apply it all over your hair. The mask will be quite sticky so make sure you use gloves.
Wear a shower cap and allow the mask to soak into your scalp and hair for half an hour or 40 minutes. Then rinse off the gel using a mild shampoo.
Repeat this treatment once a week and your hair will start to grow stronger and you should see the last of those split ends in a month of using the treatment.
5. Trim Split Ends Yourself
If you have some skills with a pair of scissors and have appropriate scissors, you can just cut those split ends yourself at home.
Make sure you use small hair shears, though. Other types can damage those strands and cause more split ends.
Be patient and cut single strands that are about 0.25 inches above the split. Cut closer than that and you make another split appear instead.
Plus, also focus on split ends that bunch up above damaged parts and cut above them.
Split end repair DIY solutions are great if you need to freshen up your hairdo quickly or don’t have time to go to the salon regularly.
The aforementioned tips can also save you a lot of money down the line as well.
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