DIY: 3 easy homemade hair mask recipes for split ends

Monday, April 14, 2014

How to get rid of split endsDIY: 3 easy homemade hair mask for split ends - When you hair doesn't get enough nourishment or lacks moisture, you get split ends.

The reasons for this can be plenty, like sun exposure, harsh shampoos, blow drying, straightening, dyes and bleaches. All these dry out the hair and damage the amino acids in your hair.

Dry and damaged hair breaks easily while styling or brushing. If you think your hair is not growing fast, then split ends could be a possible reason.
It’s a problem that plagues all of us…split ends. I can’t seem to get rid of them, and I hate constantly trimming my hair because I’m trying to grow it longer.  I’ve been looking into ways to remedy split ends at home, and found some really easy concoctions that you can make with just a few simple ingredients.
split ends
A. Now before you make a hair mask, here are some easy tips to cure split ends:

Get a Trim:

Get a Trim

The best solution for split ends is to get a trim. You get split ends when you dont trim your hair for a long time. Always trim your hair once every 6-8 weeks to get rid of dry & weak parks and promote hair growth.

letting hair dry naturally :

letting hair dry naturally

Avoid heat as much as possible. Heat is the worst enemy for your hair but its hard to completely avoid hair dryers and flat iron. It is best to apply a heat resistant serum to your hair before using heat. Towel dry your hair before drying,  this way you minimize the damage of heat on wet hair. Also, use flat irons and curlers occasionally instead of everyday.

Alcohol Free Shampoo :

Alcohol Free Shampoo

Avoid using shampoos that contain alcohol as it dries out hair. Use shampoos that contain natural ingredients. Also, Excessive washing with harsh shampoos makes your hair ends dry. You should not shampoo more than 3 times a week. It is better to wash your hair every alternate day than everyday. Also, do not use hot water to wash your hair.

B. Home-made treatments

Home-made treatments

And there you have it, three easy remedies for split ends!

Remedy #1
Is there anything you can’t use olive oil and avocado for?  Turns out they make a great remedy for split ends, too.  Olive oil is incredibly moisturizing for dry, damaged hair and will also make your hair more silky and shiny.  Avocado is also known to contain many nutrients and vitamins conducive to healthy skin and hair.  Combined with egg whites, these ingredients make a wonderful treatment for split ends, and will help nourish the rest of your hair as well.
1 avocado, pitted and skinned
2 tablespoons egg whites
3 tablespoons olive oil
Mash up the avocado and mix in the egg whites and olive oil. Whip until you obtain a creamy consistency like conditioner. Apply to your hair, cover with a shower cap and let sit for 45 minutes to an hour.  Rinse thoroughly and wash hair with a mild, natural shampoo to get the mixture out but let the nutrients keep working :)
Remedy #2
Beer! Who would have thought? The proteins and sugar in beer bonds to your hair, helping to strengthen and mend damaged follicles. You don’t need to mix it with anything else, just pour it into a spray bottle and spray evenly over your hair. Rinse thoroughly and wash with a mild, natural shampoo to get rid of the beer scent.
Remedy #3
In addition to being completely delicious, papaya is rich in protein and amino acids, which can help to make hair stronger. Mixed with plain yogurt, it makes a luxurious hair mask that will make your hair silky smooth and strong.
1 papaya, de-seeded and skinned
½ cup plain yogurt
Cut the papaya in half and scoop out the seeds, then use a knife to remove the skin. Mash it up with a fork and then mix in the yogurt, whipping it until you obtain a smooth consistency.  Apply to hair like conditioner, and put on a shower cap and let it sit for 45 minutes to an hour. Rinse thoroughly, but for this one you don’t have to worry about washing out the smell – it actually smells quite nice!
C. another home remedies you can try:
1. Mash 1 small Avocado and mix it with 2 Tablespoons of hot Olive Oil. Leave it on for 30 min wearing a shower cap.
2. Mix a Tablespoon of Mayonnaise, a yolk of an Egg and a teaspoon of Olive Oil. Apply on your hair for 30 min wearing a shower cap.
3. Take a bottle of Beer and pour it all over your head. Make sure the beer is fully soaked into your follicles. Leave it on for 15 min. Or you could just pour some beer into a small spray bottle spraying it on your hair before blow drying it.
4. Mash up a ripe Papaya with 1/2 cup of Yogurt. Apply on your hair and let it sit for 30 min wearing a shower cap
5. Heat up 2 Tablespoons of Honey mixed with 3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil. Apply on your ends. Leave it on approx. for 20 min.

Home remedies: How to get rid of split ends naturally with honey

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Home remedies: How to get rid of split ends naturally with honey - "Split ends occur when the protective outer layer of the hair cuticle wears away because of external stressors, such as heat styling and salon chemical services. "Once the internal structure of the hair is exposed, it becomes weakened, dehydrated and damaged, causing split ends."

Natural hair care remedies became very popular nowadays, not only because these remedies are very effective, but also, because usually we can find all the necessary ingredients for homemade hair treatments right in our kitchen.
How to get rid of split ends

A. Causes of split ends:

In the beauty industry, split hair or split ends is known as trichoptilosis. There are wide range of reasons why split ends occur.
Some causes include:
1. Overuse of chemical treatments (relaxers, perms, hair color).
2. Excessive use of hot styling tools (irons, hot curlers, blow dryers, hot combs).
3. Lack of routine maintenance such as regular trimming. Use the Split-Ender for that!
4. Excessive use of styling products such as gels, waxes and sprays or any with alcohol.
5. Use of inferior styling to ols that rip or snag hair (cheap synthetic brushes or combs, brush rollers, etc.,).
6. Environmental damage from heat, cold, wind and other climate issues.
7. Use of inferior hair care products.
8. Improper detangling techniques.
9. Shower hard water, ocean salt water, pools & spas chlorine, UV rays.
10. Overwashing.

B. How to prevent split ends:

Depending on how the split end is situated on the hair shaft, a single split can unravel and travel quite a ways up the hair shaft. But most split ends simply peel away or break off near their starting points. The best way to get rid of split ends is to prevent new ones from occurring. Here are some tips for preventing split ends:
1. Reduce Your Heat
Reduce Your Heat

Heat is often the main cause of split ends resulting from physical hair trauma, because heat quickly reduces the hair’s natural moisture balance. Heat also temporarily alters the hair’s protein structure, which would typically keep the hair’s moisture balance in check. Repeated use of heated styling tools like flat irons and blow dryers should be avoided. If heat styling is a must, only use heat on freshly conditioned, clean hair that has been sprayed with a thermal protectant to prevent split ends.
2. Trim Hair with Sharp, Quality Hair Shears
Trim Hair with Sharp

Trimming your ends regularly with sharp shears before they break off is great split end preventive maintenance. Clean cutting is very important to prevent split ends, and only sharp shears can guarantee a clean break. Make sure that your hair shears are only used on the hair. Using your scissors to clip coupons or to perform other random tasks will dull your shears.
3. Create a Moisture Barrier
Create a Moisture Barrier

Daily moisturizing with water-based moisturizing products and oiling the hair as a seal will also help prevent split ends. These products lubricate the hair fiber and keep the hair soft and supple. They also shield the hair from the harsh sun and other environmental hair stressors, like wind and humidity. Focus daily moisturizers and oils near the ends of the hair shaft, which are more vulnerable to split ends than the roots.
4. Cut Hair Ends Straight Across
Cut Hair Ends Straight Across

In addition to using sharp shears to maintain your ends, the direction of your trim is also important. Always snip straight across the ends of your hair, never at an angle. Angled trims increase the surface area of the new end and introduce more opportunities for splitting and breakage.
5. Increase Deep Conditioning
Increase Deep Conditioning

Deep conditioning weekly with quality moisturizing conditioners and protein reconstructors is great for split end prevention. Protein treatments reinforce the cuticle and hair shaft so that they can resist premature chipping, peeling and breaking, while moisturizing deep conditioners help restore the hair’s delicate moisture balance.
6. Avoid Wet Trimming
Avoid Wet Trimming

Whenever possible, trim your hair while it is dry. Some people prefer wet trimming, but this can lead to split ends, especially if the shears are dull. Think about cutting paper. Cutting wet paper does not give you as clean a cut as cutting the same paper dry. The same principle applies to your hair.
7. Cut Out the Chemicals
Cut Out the Chemicals

Chemical processes like color treatments, relaxers and perms add spice to any style, but they must get deep into the hair’s cuticle to work their magic. Unfortunately, to get inside, these chemicals must break down and degrade the cuticle. When the cuticle is weakened, split ends are bound to appear at all points along the hair shaft. For color, stick with deposit-only colors and rinses.
C. Honey hair mask for split ends
 Honey hair mask for split ends

Honey is great as a home hair treatment for split ends, especially when you mix it with curd. All you need is a half cup of curd and a tablespoon of honey, which you mix together well. Massage it into your hair, paying particular attention to the ends, and let it remain there for 20 minutes. When you rinse, just use water. This method will give your hair a gorgeous sheen!
Honey is moisturising and has the ability to cling onto moisture making it suitable for dry hair. Be aware that it also lightens the colour of your hair. Use as much as necessary (not too much or you'll be left with sticky hair), can be mixed into other ingredients such as the avocado or banana. 
Mix one egg yolk with 3 table spoons of olive oil, add 1 table spoon of honey. Apply this mask on the length and ends of your hair; let it sit on your hair for about one hour; then, shampoo and condition. If you do this hair mask, at least, once every 2 weeks, you’ll notice how much more nourished and healthy your hair will look.
And finally, remember, if you want to have beautiful, healthy and shiny hair without split ends you need to take a good care of your locks, eat healthy, nourish and protect your hair from excessive sun exposure.