Split ends are annoying and unattractive and lead to frizzy hair that’s just a hot mess. Can you get rid of split ends without cutting your hair? The key is to keep your hair well moisturised from the start. That’s why we’re addressing both problems today with the best home remedies for dry hair and split ends.
If your hair is kept well moisturised, then split ends will also be kept at bay. These home remedies work well if you keep them up as a regular part of your hair routine. They will work for any hair type whether curly, straight, processed or natural.
Since my tresses are usually under some type of chemical colour treatment, I like to keep it well moisturised with ingredients that are as natural as possible. This lessens harsh effects on my hair from adding too many parabens and other foreign ingredients in my hair which themselves can lead to dryness.
How to Get The Most out of Home Remedies for Dry Hair and Split Ends
You want to use fresh ingredients as best you can and you want to use them right away as soon as you mix your concoction. It may sound tempting to make a batch of any of the below treatments and save some for your next wash. Unfortunately, the potency will not be the same if left for days even if you put them in the fridge.
Use organic ingredients when you can. Remember, you’re trying to avoid adding chemicals to the hair. You also want the most natural version of your ingredients without any unnecessary processing to strip any of the goodness from them.
What Causes Split Ends?
Split ends come from a number of places:
- Over-manipulation of hair – combing, brushing or fussing with it too much
- Chemical treatments such as colour and relaxer without adequate moisture added back
- Dry hair
- Washing your hair
- Washing your hair with hot water (it’s always recommended to seal your hair follicle with cold water at the end of your wash cycle
- Exposure to the elements – dust, air pollution and our environment affect our skin and hair
- Not trimming your hair
- Some products like gels and oil sheen sprays
- Chlorine from the pools and our water
Split Ends Remedies That Work
Your hair is made up of lots of protein and so it’s not surprising that natural ingredients rich in protein help to strengthen your hair follicle and seal any tiny cuts and splits. Here are several ways to treat your hair with protein:
Of course, egg yolks are rich in protein and have long been a favourite way of getting more protein in your hair. You can choose to use actual raw eggs or use mayonnaise in your hair since mayonnaise has a smoother consistency which will be easier to apply.
Eggs and mayonnaise both leave your hair smooth while building up resistance to breakage. If using eggs, you may want to mix it together with another ingredient from this list.
Yogurt is also rich in protein and will help to repair split ends while leaving hair smooth and manageable. Use plain yogurt without any added flavourings or sweeteners. You can mix this with eggs if your hair is particularly dry and in need of repair. If not, use only one of the ingredients listed so far, egg, mayonnaise or yogurt as too much protein can have a negative effect on the hair follicle.
Who knew? Beer is also rich in protein and the sugars in the beer will bond to damaged follicles leaving you with smooth hair that won’t tangle as easily. You want to use flat beer as frizz will have the exact opposite effect you’re looking for. Simply apply the beer to your hair after shampooing and allow to penetrate the hair for a couple of minutes before rinsing thoroughly and styling as usual.
Bananas moisturise your hair well, aiding its elasticity so that it won’t break as easily when being handled. The potassium plus all the vitamins in a banana will also strengthen your hair and add shine and softness. After shampooing, mash a well ripe banana with coconut or avocado oil and apply it to your hair. Leave in for 15 minutes, covered with a plastic cap or hair steamer and then rinse with warm water and style as usual.
Avocados are also filled with proteins, fatty acids that moisturize hair as well as vitamins A, D and E which all help to restore your hair health. I love to use ripe avocados in my hair treatment along with honey and aloe vera. That combination always leaves my hair smooth, soft and well manageable when it’s time to style. Mix all ingredients together by hand or with a personal blender and apply to clean hair. Allow to sit in your hair for at least 20 minutes before rinsing and conditioning your hair.
As mentioned above, aloe vera is my secret ingredient, especially for dry hair. Aloe vera softens my hair so much it’s incredible plus its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory which makes it great for use on your scalp. This helps to keep your scalp fresh and free from flakes and itchiness. This aloe vera mask works wonders for dry, damaged hair. Aloe vera oil or gel will work too if you’re not able to find the leaf.
I have to give honey its own line even though it again was mentioned above because on its own it is also a powerhouse ingredient for your hair. Honey is a humectant which means it draws in moisture from the hair to help prevent it from getting dry. It’s also antibacterial which will again help your scalp health. An awesome split ends hair treatment from this list would be to combine an egg with a banana and some honey. Apply this to your clean hair and allow it to penetrate for at least 20 minutes before conditioning.
Coconut oil is one of those oils that have the ability to penetrate the hair shaft, moisturizing it from the inside out. It does take time to do this however so you may want to pre-poo overnight with this oil for maximum benefit. To do this, saturate your hair with extra virgin coconut oil at night. Cover with a plastic cap then an old t-shirt or cotton wrap. Place cotton balls behind your ears to catch any dripping as you sleep.
Your body heat combined with the time will help the oil to penetrate your hair. When you wake, cleanse and style your hair and enjoy well moisturised, smooth and repaired hair. If you’re like me and not a fan of coconut oil because of skin irritations, all-natural avocado oil is amazing for this as well.
Hot Oil Treatment
If you’re not a fan of the overnight pre-poo method, perhaps a hot oil treatment will be more up your alley. Combine coconut or avocado oil with a few drops of lavender oil which promotes hair growth. Warm this mixture in the microwave till very warm but not too hot to touch. Massage it into your scalp and work it down your hair shaft. Cover with a warm towel or preferably a thermal treatment cap and allow to penetrate for 20 minutes before going through your wash cycle.
Papaya is a fruit I love to include not only in my healthy smoothies but also in my hair and skin regimen because of its high concentration of Vitamin A and folic acid. This vitamin promotes the production of the natural sebum your skin and scalp produces to keep itself moisturised. Folic acid also promotes hair growth. Papaya is also great to use on your skin in a weekly face mask, simply mix it with a bit of yogurt for a smooth and even skin tone.
These treatments won’t help severely damaged hair. If your hair has a lot of split ends then you will need a trim. Then keep up with the above home remedies to avoid getting back to a place of dry hair and split ends.