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How to Prevent and Treat Split Ends

from www.beauty-tips.net

There isn’t a single girl in the world who hasn’t dealt with split ends, so don’t feel bad if your hair is suffering from “split mites.” The main way to rid your hair of split ends is to cut them off, or hide them with a good conditioner and serum; however, once you wash your hair, the damage will be visible again. So it’s worth diving deeper into the subject of preventing split ends beginning with the causes.

Causes of Split Ends

There are certainly ways to avoid getting split ends, but first you have to know what causes the hair to fray. It all happens because the protecting hair cuticles get washed away, thus leaving hair fibers weak because the oils from your scalp aren’t able to reach the hair tips. When this happens, your hair begins to slowly fray similar to a string.

Not getting sufficient oil to the tips isn’t the only cause of split ends. Having a dry scalp, using chemical treatments, coloring your hair, eating poorly, using brushes too frequently, and using hair heating tools like blow-dryers and flat irons are all causes of split ends.
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Home Remedies

Instead of spending a bunch of money on products that have more chemicals in them, opt for some household items to help maintain healthy hair and prevent split ends.

  • If you have castor oil, mustard oil, and olive oil, grab a bowl and put one spoonful of each into the bowl. If you only have one or two types of oil, it’s fine because you can just use what you have. This in turn saves you money!

  • Mix the oil(s) together and apply the mixture to your scalp and hair from root to tip.

  • Use a shower cap or plastic bag on your hair so that you don’t get oil on your face; once you have the cap on, run hot water over a towel big enough to lay on your head. When you’ve done this, wring out the towel, and then lay it on your hair for 20-30 minutes.

  • When the oil treatment is done, wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. This split end-prevent home treatment can be done once a month, or even every other week.

If you have eggs and almond oil handy, here’s a great tip to add volume and shine, while also treating your hair for split ends!

  • Mix a small spoonful of almond oil in with one or two eggs, and apply the mixture to your hair and scalp.

  • Leave the goop on your hair for about 10 or 12 minutes, and then rinse with cool water; after you’ve rinsed thoroughly, shampoo and condition like normal.

  • You can use a shower cap or plastic bag to contain your hair, and this treatment can be done once every few weeks.

Avocado is also great for preventing split ends if you apply it to damp hair.

Just mash an avocado up as well as you can, and smooth it over your damp hair from root to tip.

Put your trusty shower cap or plastic bag on, and wait 15-20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing.

If you’re feeling frisky, you can warm up some olive oil and add it to your avocado. This is great for a once a week treatment.

Instead of using that tasty mayo on your sandwich, smooth it over your hair. It’s a good replacement for the avocado and olive oil treatment, and you won’t feel guilty for using it on your head instead of putting it on your sandwich!

Healthy Hair Diet

Having a “healthy hair diet” that can prevent split ends might be different from having a heart healthy diet depending on your personal preference. If you’re not concerned with your cholesterol, eat red meat twice a week for great doses of protein, iron, B vitamins and zinc, which are all great for growing healthy hair.

If you’re just not into eating meat, or can’t because of health issues, you should go for egg whites, which are great sources of protein. Eating low-fat cottage cheese is another great way to obtain protein because your hair loves this nutrient, and cottage cheese goes great with almost every meal!

Assuming you’re trying to get slim, bacon is probably the last thing you should eat. However, bacon does has some benefits for your hair because it’s got a fair share of B vitamins, zinc, and protein packed in every tiny strip.

But no matter whether you choose to snack on bacon or egg whites, just make sure that you consider your hair when choosing foods. And don’t forget the aforementioned home remedies for split ends either!


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