Having split hair ends could be very frustrating. Usually hair look very dry, frizzy and unhealthy.
Once you start working on treating the problem, please, keep in mind that it might take some time. However, you will eventually end up with beautiful, shining hair; please, do not be discouraged.
What causes split ends?
There are many reasons for your hair to be splitting in half; usually it is not just one thing but a combination of the few:
- Overuse of harsh chemicals: hair sprays, dyes, gels, hair foams (these products contain alcohol which is extremely drying to the hair) etc;
- Frequent hair dyeing and bleaching;
- Exposure to heating devices such as hot curling irons and wands, flat irons and hot hair driers;
- Environmental pollution and condition: heat, cold, dry or humid air; dust and dirt;
- Exposure to UV rays from sun;
- Mechanical impact and damage from cheap comb, hair pins and hair jewelry;
- Unhealthy life style: consumption of alcohol, smoking and such;
- Diet lacking vitamins and minerals.
- There are other reasons including poor health and hormonal disbalances. It is always advisable to contact your doctor and perform a full physical checkup.
How to stop split ends?
The bad news is that once you have split ends, it is almost impossible to fix them.
That is why visit your hairdresser and let him or her trim your hair and chop off dead ends hair. You will see that your hair will look better and healthier right away. It is always advisable to trim an inch off your hair ends once every 2 months.
- The best treatment for split ends is prevention: change your diet to include a variety of food rich in fatty acids, vitamins and minerals;
- Reflect on your lifestyle and see if you can make any healthier changes;
- Make a habit of treating your hair with a hair mask twice a week;
- And this is what we are going to concentrate today in this blog post – homemade hair masks for damaged hair.
How hair masks help with split ends?
Hair masks have many benefits for your hair depending on mask’s ingredients. So, hair masks can:
- Strengthen hair
- Supply hair with vitamins and minerals
- Enrich it with protein and keratin.
If you browsed my blog a bit, you probably noticed that I provide my reader with two options to solve a beauty issue: I offer a list of commercial products with brief description good reviews by the consumers, so you can easily decide which product suits your needs.
I also offer an alternative solution for those who like natural and homemade beauty products. I personally think that both methods are fine and working; the choice depends on individual preference.
In this blog post I offer you home remedies for dry hair and split ends, that will help you to strengthen your hair (and prevent split ends from happening). If you are interested in commercial hair products, please, follow this blog post HERE.
Things to consider when making your own hair masks
Because natural DIY products do not contain any preservatives, they should be prepared right before using them and only enough for 1 application;
- Apply masks at least 1 time a week for 6 weeks to see results;
- To prevent mask from drying too fast on your hair and enhance penetration of good ingredients, always make a “hair sauna”. It is very easy to make it: apply a mask, cover your hair with a shower cup (or plastic bag), secure it with hair pins, and then cover your head with warm scarf, towel, or you can simple put on a warm hat;
- Apply mask with a special brush starting from the roots and continuing to the ends;
- Apply as much mask to the ends as possible;
- For even application, comb your hair after applying mask to the full head (I usually skip this step, guilty ☺);
- Most masks should be applied to wet, towel dried hair unless otherwise mentioned.
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1. Cognac mask for healthy shiny hair
This mask contains cognac that has been used for hair masks for a very long time in Russia. Cognac improves blood circulation and has ferment complex that is very beneficial to our hair. Also cognac will neutralize unpleasant smell from egg yolk. Egg yolk will provide your hair with protein necessary for hair strength.
1 raw egg yolk
1 tablespoon of cognac
1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Mix all ingredients together
- Apply to hair and make a “hair sauna” – cover your hair with plastic bag and then with scarf
- Wait 30-40 min and rinse off with warm water
- Apply this mask once a week for 6 weeks for the results
2. Mask with Burdock Root Oil for Hair Growth
Burdock oil has a number of benefits for the hair. It is rich in calcium, flavonoids, iron, lactone, potassium tannin, resin, inulin and essential fatty and amino acids. It helps straighten the roots of the hair, meaning that your hair grow strong right from the beginning. Burdock root oil is also excellent for hair growth and thinning hair.
3 tablespoons of burdock root oil
1 tablespoon of honey
- Mix all ingredients
- Apply mask to hair roots using brush
- Wait for 30-45 minutes and then shampoo as usual
- Repeat application 2 times a week for 6 weeks.
3. Honey and Lemon Deep Conditioning Mask for Dry Frizzy Hair
This mask will nourish and moisturize your hair.
1 tablespoon of 35% table cream
1 tablespoon of raw honey
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon of olive oil
- Mix all ingredients very well together
- Apply to hair paying extra attention to the ends
- Make a “hair sauna” with plastic bag and scarf
- Wait for 30 minutes, wash off with warm water and shampoo as usual
- Apply mask 2 times a week for 6 weeks.
4. Apple and Peach Hair Mask for Brittle, Damaged Hair
I cannot even begin to list all the good components of this mask. It is full of minerals such as iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, niacin, folate, choline and vitamins: A, C, E and K. So, this mask will nourish, moisturize and strengthen your hair.
1 fresh apple, pureed
1 fresh peach, skinned and pureed
3 tablespoons of milk (it would be better if you use 35% table cream)
- Combine all ingredients along hair length
- Make a “hair sauna” (see instructions above)
- Leave mask for 40-45 min
- Rinse off with warm water
- If you used milk, then you do not have to shampoo your hair after.
5. Hair Mask with Castor Oil and Egg
Castor oil protects hair loss and can even assist in hair growth. It moisturizes your scalp, ease dandruff and leaves your hair smooth and shiny.
1 tablespoon of castor oil
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice
- Mix all the ingredients together
- Apply mask from roots to the ends
- Leave on for an hour
- Rinse off with warm water and shampoo after
6. Yeast mask to Nourish Your Hair
Yeast is a fungi that is rich in Vitamins B (riboflavin, thiamin, pantothenic acid) which are essential for hair strength and growth.
It also contains folic acid, amino acids, niacin, biotin and mineral substances, which all moisturize, nourish your hair making it strong, healthy and smooth.
2 tablespoon of dry yeast
6 tablespoons of warm milk
- Mix yeast into milk, whisk, let yeast dissolve in the milk completely
- Set aside for 15 minutes to start fermentation
- Apply to your hair and scalp
- Cover with “hair sauna”
- Leave mask on for 1 hour
- Rinse off with warm water
- You do not have to shampoo your hair after the mask
7. Gelatin Hair Mask For Split Ends
Not many people know that gelatin is a pure protein which makes it an excellent source to strengthen your hair. Actually, gelatin is very beneficial when taking orally because it strengthens your bones, skin, teeth etc, however this is another topic.
Gelatin also makes your hair very glossy and some people use it as a straightening treatment for wavy hair. However, it is also another story.
There is an important thing to consider when preparing gelatin mask for hair: gelatine solidifies very fast. In order to avoid that, you MUST use “hair sauna” to prevent gelatin from drying and solidifying.
2 tablespoons of powdered gelatin
1 egg yolk (room temperature)
2 tablespoons of hot milk
- Dissolve gelatin completely in hot milk (you can use hot water as well)
- Set aside and let milk cool a bit (about 15-20 min)
- Whisk in egg yolk
- Wet your hair and apply mask starting from the roots to the ends
- Make a “hair sauna”
- Leave mask on for 40-45 min
- Rinse off with warm water and follow up with a shampoo if you’d like (but you don’t have to)
8. Using oils or oil infusions for hair ends
Carrier oils are an excellent source to moisturize and revive hair dry ends. Do not apply oils to the full length. I read that some hairdressers and even doctors do not advise using oils along the full hair length. In their opinion your hair follicle would sense presence of oil or even excess of it and will stop producing natural oil. In other words, applying oil to the full hair length and especially to the roots can cause dry and damaged hair.
You are ok with masks that have other ingredients because the amount of oil is very small. Also, an exemption goes to both burdock and castor oils because they stimulate roots and hair growth. However, it is not advisable to use masks with oils applied to hair roots more than 1 time a week.
Any oil of your choice: avocado, grapeseed, olive oil, aloe vera oil, almond, sesame, jojoba oils are fine.
You can also use oils infused with different herbs for enhanced results. Follow this post HERE to learn how to make oil infusions.
You can also add few drops of different essential oils. Helthline website has a very good article outlining how to use different essential oils to solve hair issues.
- Warm up the oil using double boiler (water bath) and apply to your hair ends
- If you have long hair, you can clip your hair up
- You do not really have to use “hair sauna”, however using it will keep oil warm longer. That will allow for better hair nutrition and moisture. You can just wear shower cup without a towel over it.
I hope you were able to find some hair masks that you can try at home. Remember, that when it comes to split ends, it is better to consider how to avoid split ends until it is too late. Also, you should be using holistic approach to the problem meaning that applying hair masks could be not enough to solve an issue. You also should consider your eating habits, lifestyle choices, and be mindful on what products you use and how much exposure to heating devices and environmental factors your hair has.
You could also browse some other Homemade Hair Masks by following this LINK.
Please, consider learning more about aloe vera and how great it is for skin and hair care. You could learn about DIY Aloe Vera Hair products by following this LINK.
Drop us a comment, share your experiences and tips. Thank you.