Split ends

We all want healthy hair, and its sometimes hard to achieve. One major reason for this: split ends! Here are a few of our favorite healthy ways to get rid of split ends at home that don’t involve cutting your hair!

 

  • Use a Papaya Hair Pack! Hair.AllWomenStalk.com states that a perfect way to get rid of split ends is by halving half a papaya, getting rid of the skin and seeds and blending it until its puply. After, add half a cup of plain yogurt and mix it again. Massage this into your hair and allow it to sit for thirty minutes.

  • Mix Oils Together! Mix equal parts of castor oil, olive oil and mustard oil. Then- apply the mixture to your hair! Leave this in for thirty minutes and don’t forget to wash all of the oil out with a shampoo!

  • Use a cream tonic! After shampooing, mix a tablespoon of heavy cream into half a cup of milk. Beat this mix thoroughly and then apply it to the ends of your hair! Allow it to sit for fifteen minutes before rinsing it out!

  • Honey! Mix honey with curd and massage it into your split ends. Leave this in your hair for twenty minutes!

  • Massage in Avocado! This method is easy. Just smooth avocado into the ends of your hair and let it sit for fifteen minutes to an hour.

  • Use Mayonnaise! According to HomeRemedyShop.com, by applying this in your hair twice a week you are fighting against split ends!

  • Use a banana mix! Mash a ripe banana and add honey, egg and milk to create a paste. Apply it as a hair mask and wash it out after half an hour!

 

These are just a few of the many at-home remedies for split ends that you should check out and try!

 

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Many people don’t recognize soy milk as more than a lactose-free alternative to milk. People don’t understand that the protein found in soy milk has several health benefits- especially for your hair! Here are a few reasons why you should consider soy milk.  

 

  • It strengthens your hair! According to Livestrong.com, drinking soy milk, or even using soy milk-based products on your hair, you are reducing the chances of your hair breaking or falling out. Use soy milk to help grow out your hair and make it stronger!
  • It repairs split ends! Using a soy-based product on your hair can help converge split ends. Likewise, consuming soy milk can help repair muscle and skin tissue.
  • It moisturizes your hair! To achieve glossy and healthy-looking hair, drink some soy milk! It provides your hair with protein and hydrates your hair!

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Aloe Vera can be used to sooth a variety of health, hair and skin related problems. According to stylecraze.com, “Aloe Vera consist as much as 75 nutrients, 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids and 200 active enzymes. Aloe Vera contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and B12, Vitamin C and E, folic acid and Niacin. Minerals found in Aloe Vera include copper, iron, sodium, calcium, zinc, potassium, chromium, magnesium and manganese. These nutrients have tremendous potential in external and internal application.”

Here are 4 benefits of using Aloe Vera on your hair:

Reduce dandruff

Aloe Vera has properties in it that will alleviate an itchy scalp and reduce/ get rid of any unwanted dandruff. Stylecraze.com says, “The natural enzymes found in Aloe Vera soothe and moisturize the scalp that helps to eliminate the scalp dryness that causes dandruff. Thus its anti-fungal properties alleviate dandruff problem.  It alleviates the dry and itchy feeling that accompanies dandruff and oiliness. Aloe Vera brings a refreshing and cooling sensation to the scalp.”

Moisturize Dry Hair

Aloe Vera can be used as a conditioner to moisturize dry hair. Stylecraze.com says, “The gel like substance found in Aloe Vera leaves is similar to keratin in chemical composition. This enables it to penetrate easily along the scalp. The scalp absorbs the benefits of Aloe Vera up to 7 layers deep and provides deep conditioning to the scalp. The amino acids present in Aloe Vera add strength and luster to the hair. It also enhances the beauty and suppleness of the hair. It control frizzy hair and does not leave behind any greasy build up.”

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Promote Healthy Hair Growth

Aloe Vera contains so many vitamins, nutrients and minerals that promote healthy hair growth. Healthy Hair growth really depends on the condition of your scalp. So if your scalp isn’t clean and clear then you will have a harder time growing healthy hair. Orgniccolorsystems.com says, “Aloe Vera contains enzymes that directly promote healthy hair growth. These proteolitic enzymes are able to eradicate dead skin cells on the scalp that could be clogging the hair follicle, not allowing for the proper penetration of nutrients in the hair.”

Prevent oily hair

Aloe Vera can get rid of unwanted oily hair without leaving it dry and brittle.  Aloeverajuiceforhair.com suggests, “When mixed with the proper substance, such as lemon juice, aloe vera acts as an astringent that will remove excess of oil. Apply the mixture directly to the hair, and then leave it for some minutes. In the mean time, mix a few drops of Aloe Vera juice with a shampoo. Use the shampoo to wash the hair thoroughly.” By using Aloe Vera juice on your hair you can get rid of oily hair as well as prevent you hair from becoming oily.

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Love Your Color semi-permanent hair dye is enriched with Macadamia Nut Oil. This oil is what leaves your hair looking shiny, healthy and not over processed if you use the dye. But the real question is what is Macadamia Nut Oil and how does it benefit my hair?

What is Macadamia Nut Oil?

Macadamia Nut Oil is an essential oil extracted from the nuts of a macadamia tree. It is used in many skin and hair care products as well as for cooking.  This oil differs from others because it doesn’t leave the scalp greasy and is easily absorbed into the scalp and hair shaft. According to wiseGEEK.com, “This product is made by extracting oil from the macadamia nut which grows on a macadamia tree. Although this tree originated in various parts of Australia, many locations throughout the world have become home to the macadamia tree. The chemical make-up of this product is similar to oils that the human body produces which makes macadamia oil for hair easy for the body to absorb.”

Benefits of Macadamia Nut Oil on Hair

  • Increase Strength: The stronger your hair is the less damage and breakage you will have. When Macadamia Nut Oil is applied to your hair, (including the roots) it can increase the strength of your hair and make it strong and smooth.
  • Repairs Dry Hair: Macadamia nut oil is very light compared to other oils such as olive oil. It is easily washed out can contains important vitamins and minerals that are essential in treating dry and damaged hair. Examiner.com says, “The high absorption and deep penetration of the hair and scalp means both obtain the proper moisture they need to stay healthy. The vitamin E contained in the macadamia oil helps hair to soften and rejuvenate. Even thick, coarse hair is able to soften up. The proteins help to strengthen and promote healthy hair.”
  • Eliminates Frizz: The essential fatty acids and vitamins found in macadamia nut oil are what eliminate frizz. Buzzle.com says, “It is capable of moisturizing and strengthening rough, dry, frizzy and limp hair. This is because unlike coconut oil which penetrates the scalp, this oil coats the hair follicles and scalp, thereby preventing loss of moisture.
  • Say bye bye breakage: Macadamia Nut Oil is easily absorbed into hair, as I said before; it coats the hair and makes it stronger. When your hair is stronger you won’t have to deal with breakage. Livestrong.com says, “macadamia nut oil helps to prevent against hair breakage by penetrating the scalp and hair follicles to improve hair strength and elasticity.”

Application of Macadamia Nut Oil

According to wiseGEEK.com, “One of the most common applications of macadamia oil for hair is to warm the mixture in the microwave or on the stove and distribute it equally throughout the hair including the scalp. Most product directions suggest that the client leave the oil on the hair for up to two hours before rinsing and styling as usual.”

DIY Hair Mask

For this mask you will need 2 avocados that are peeled and pitted and 1 tbsp of Macadamia Nut oil. You can either mix them in a bowl together or put them in a blender. You should apply this mask after you shampoo your hair in the shower. Rub and massage the mixture all over your hair. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then wash out. Your hair should feel soft so you don’t need to use conditioner as well.

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Split ends are a pain; everyone deals with them at one point or another no matter what type of hair they have. Let’s be realistic the only way to truly rid your hair of split ends is to cut them off. But there are several things you can do to prevent getting them as well as repair them for a period of time.

How do you get split ends?

Wikihow.com says, “Split ends occur when hair becomes weak and begins to break near the end of the hair shaft. Environmental stressors such as the sun, heat and the use of harsh styling products contribute to the number of split ends. Other factors such as poor diet and brushing hair when it is wet also contribute.”

Here are several tips for preventing split ends:                

Get regular trims:

You can either do this yourself or go to a salon. If you do this yourself, I suggest you buy a good pair of hair scissors and not use scissors you use on paper. Stylelist.com says, “The longer you wait to trim, the greater chance you have of split ends worsening and traveling up the shaft. It may sound counter-intuitive, but this is why it's actually best to get frequent trims if you're trying to grow longer, healthier hair.” Depending on how split your ends are, you should trim your hair every 6-8 weeks.

Use alcohol-free products:

 Alcohol-free products are less harsh on your hair and won’t cause your ends to dry out. Livestrong.com says, “When products containing alcohol are applied to your hair, the alcohol evaporates very quickly. The problem is that it takes a bit of your hair's natural moisture with it, leading to dry, lifeless locks that create the need for using more products on them and, of course, even drier hair.” So next time you are shopping for new hair products look for ones that say alcohol-free, your hair will look and feel a thousand times better!

Use less heat:

Let’s be realistic; saying use no heat on your hair is almost impossible for some people. I’ve tried and failed many times. So the simple solution to that is use less heat. Instead of blow drying your hair, let it dry naturally and then use a heat protectant and whatever hot tool you want. 7beautytips.com says, “Heat is the worst enemy for your hair but it’s 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.”

Always condition your ends:

If your hair is dry you can skip the shampoo but never skip conditioner. You should only condition your hair from the beginning of your pony to the ends of your hair. Sparkpeople.com says to, “Condition your hair every time you wash it, and use a deep conditioner at least once a month. Use a leave-in conditioner on the ends of your hair for added moisture and protection.”

Don’t brush wet hair:

You should avoid at all costs brushing wet hair with the same brush you use on dry hair. It won’t only cause more split ends but it will cause breakage. Totalbeauty.com suggests avoiding brushing your hair at all when it wet. But if you can’t help it, replace your hair brush with a wide tooth comb. Stylelist.com suggests, “After you apply conditioner in the shower, slowly run a wide-tooth comb through hair until all the tangles are out. This prevents the snaps and breakage you can incur when you try to brush out hair that is roughed up from a towel-dry.”

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