Everyone of us has occasionally encountered split ends. Though they can be seen to be “normal”, doesn’t mean too many of them would be the same. In fact, too many split ends lead to brittle, dry hair and a loss of vitality. There are tons of hair care products and treatments that you can find in the market to solve this problem.
But let’s put it aside because in this article, we’ll introduce some alternatives that are much affordable and easy to implement. Here are home remedies to remove split ends naturally.
What are split ends?
Because newborn hair grows from the root (the scalp), the end of your hair strands are the oldest. Consider this: the longer your hair grows, the older it becomes towards the end.
Your hair ends are most likely the most “suffering” part of your hair because they not only cannot absorb the good nutrients that you’ve applied to your hair as well as the roots, but they are also the most exposed to chemicals, sunlight, and heat.
Consider how much straightening, iron curling, color treatment, hair styling products, sun, wind, and so on your hair ends have endured. As a result, they are the most vulnerable and fragile part of your hair.Daily wear and tear on your hair will degrade and wear down the cuticle over time, exposing the inner cortex. As a result, your hair ends up split or frayed.
Your ends can split in several ways. You may notice the traditional end split in two, as well as smaller, barely split ends. Ends that split into multiple pieces (like a tree or broom) or hairs that thin at the tip as the cuticle disappears but the cortex remains intact may be observed.
You might even notice split hairs all the way up the shaft. The common denominator is that unless we trim our hair frequently, we will all have some split ends. They are a normal part of the hair cycle.
Causes of split ends
Split ends can form quickly as a result of severe damage, but they usually form slowly as a result of minor damage factors.
Some of the most common methods of damaging and scratching the edges of your hair cuticle are…
Physical injury and manipulation. This includes styling, brushing, detangling, handling, and touching your hair, all of which gradually break down the cuticle.
Heat. There is no easier way to damage your hair and cause split ends than hot temperature styling. Using these tools too frequently can cause serious damage to hair ends that are already stressed due to other factors.
Friction. Some fabrics and materials cause more cuticle damage than others. Hats, scarves, and sweaters, as well as cotton pillowcases and towels, hasten the development of split ends. Damage is also caused if your hair is long enough to brush against the back of your shirt or jacket.
Home remedies to treat split ends
Hair masks can be used as deep nourishing treatments and oils as leave-in conditioners. These are the most common and effective split end treatments.
While professional haircare brands’ hair masks and oils can be expensive, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best natural remedies made from ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.
Sweet almond oil
Certain hair oils can reduce split ends and make hair less prone to breakage. Nut oils, such as almond oil, have lubricating properties that reduce friction during hair styling. A study on Brazilian nut oils (many of which contain oleic acid and linoleic acid, just like sweet almond oil) found that treating hair with small amounts of oil ingredients improved its resilience.
Argan oil penetrates the hair cuticle more effectively than most other hair oils due to its smaller molecules.
When the nutrients in the oil are better absorbed, the hair becomes softer and less prone to tangling. Argan oil contains vitamin E and omega fatty acids, which provide moisture and protection. The former strengthens the hair, while the latter moisturizes the ends and reduces frizz.
Olive oil’s moisturizing properties may also help to strengthen and elasticity the hair, preventing breakage or split ends.
According to Scalia, olive oil cannot repair split ends once they have occurred. While olive oil can help soften and maintain the health of your hair, the best way to deal with split ends is to get regular haircuts to remove any breakage.
DIY hair masks for split ends
Egg yolk hair mask
One of the most effective and best treatments ever is using eggs as a hair mask.
Eggs aid in the healing of curly hair and give it a healthier glow. The yolk is the main character in this story. It has enough protein to strengthen the hair and keep split ends at bay.
Eggs can also be used as a hair moisturizer and conditioner.
Use: Combining egg yolk with other ingredients yields amazing results every time. One tip is to combine the egg yolk, olive oil, almond oil, and 2 tablespoons honey. Apply the egg mask and leave it on for 30 to 45 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
It’s just as good to rinse your hair with beer as it is to drink it. It supplies sugar and protein to your damaged hair follicles, thereby controlling split ends, thanks to the malts. It not only works as a great conditioner, but it also adds volume to your hair.
How do you apply this: Apply flat beer to your hair. Effervescent beer can cause hair damage. After shampooing, rinse your hair with beer and let it sit for 23 minutes before rinsing.
Papaya & Honey hair mask
Not only is papaya a delicious and nutritious tropical fruit, but it’s also high in vitamins and antioxidants, which results in healthy-looking hair and skin.
Honey, like papaya, is high in vitamins and minerals and a good source of nutrients.
The moisturizing effect of this papaya and honey mask promotes hair growth, gently exfoliates your hair and scalp to achieve that shiny, healthy glow, and seals split-ends.
- 2 tbsp papaya pulp
- 2 tbsp honey
How to do
- Add some papaya pulp and honey to a bowl
- Mix both the ingredients together
- Apply the mixture to your scalp
- Massage for about 10 minutes. Allow it to stay for another 10-15 minutes and cover your head with a shower cap
- Wash it off with your regular shampoo and conditioner. Repeat this once a week for the desired result.
Yogurt hair mask
Yogurt has both medical and cosmetic benefits for your hair’s follicles, scalp, and roots. Yogurt contains a variety of nutrients, including riboflavin and niacin, which help strengthen the strands from the root, and vitamin B12, which promotes hair growth and prevents dandruff.
Yogurt also contains biotin and choline, which aid in the restoration of damaged hair while stimulating blood flow to the follicles. Iodine and phosphorus strengthen hair follicles from the roots while adding shine to your curls, while calcium adds volume, strength, and density to the hair.
- ¼ cup of yogurt
- 3-4 strawberries
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 egg
- Take the coconut oil, strawberries, and yogurt and blend them until you get a uniform paste.
- Add the egg to the paste and blend gently.
- Apply the mask to dry hair and let stand for about three minutes, covered with a shower cap.
- After, wash hair with a natural shampoo. This process should be repeated once every two weeks for healthier-looking hair.
Things you can do for prevention
Avoid using too much chemicals and heat
Occasional glam-ups with heat and styling products won’t hurt, but overdoing it will cause serious damage to the health of your hair shaft, making recovery difficult.
Instead, try some DIY no-heat styling that you can easily find on YouTube, and replace chemicals with natural hair oils and serums.
Wash your hair gently
Wash, brush, detangle, style, and touch your hair gently.
Remember that split ends form gradually as incremental damage accumulates over time. You can slow the development of split ends by being gentler with your hair on a daily basis.
Drink more water
Hair that is hydrated from the inside out will resist environmental damage longer and will not develop split ends as quickly.
Avoid towel-drying your hair
Towels cause friction which can increase split ends. Instead, use a microfiber towel or let your hair air dry.
Protect your hair with satin or silk!
This applies both at night (a satin pillowcase or bonnet can help prevent split ends at night) and in the winter (line your hats and scarves with silk to prevent the rough material from snagging on your ends.)
Split ends are a common phenomenon when hair is in the aging period.
Although it is not possible to prevent them completely, we can take care of them with regular trimming, using hair masks and leave-in oil from natural ingredients, reducing heat and chemical products to achieve shiny, healthy hair.