Hair Care - Split Ends
Being the daughter of a beautician for about 25 years of my life; I’ve had the chance to hear and see many concerns about people’s hair, with the biggest one being about split ends. Having been prey to them myself, I can tell you first hand that there is nothing that will take care of split ends other than cutting them off. Yes ladies and gents I said the “c” word; cut…them…off.
I can’t tell you how many commercials I’ve seen about products that will miraculously fix your hair leaving it looking healthy, thicker, longer and shinier and than ever. It is sadly false advertising. The most those products may do is temporarily glue your split ends together to appear fixed.
The first thing you need to do is get your hair cut and start fresh again. I understand this can be a pain, devastating even especially if you just love your long hair or it takes forever to grow. Take comfort in the fact of how much healthier it will be once it grows out.
To avoid having split ends we need to understand what causes them. For some it can be genetics, for others it’s a matter of excessive chemical processing, blow drying, brushing/combing hair vigorously and while wet, or hair accessories that break the hair. What these often end up doing is causing your hair to dry out from ruining the shaft and drying it out; causing a loss of the hair’s precious oils.
A natural remedy to add moisture back to the hair is with the use of virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil moisturizes, heals, soothes, softens, and it contains antioxidants and vitamin E. Be sure to avoid food grade coconut oil as those are often heat processed, which removes many of its natural properties. Look for words like virgin, cold processed or raw; virgin notates that the coconut oil has not been refined.
Love Your Hair Recipe
- Virgin coconut oil
- Begin with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil at a time and gently massage into the hair (Coconut oil can be hard out of the container; roll it around in your hands until it becomes soft enough to apply.)
- Let the oil sit in the hair for about 30-45 minutes
- Wash hair with shampoo and conditioner (It may take an extra wash to remove the oil.)
- Gently blot hair dry with a towel, avoiding the use of a blow dryer
- Repeat process once a week until moisture is restored and then move to once a month or as desired
If you like having your hair colored, opt for semi or demi permanent coloring as these will fade out and are gentler for your hair. Skip the blow drying on high and go for low heat; you can also wrap your hair in a towel to remove the excess water. When your hair is wet, brush or comb through it gently so as not to stretch it. On the weekends, try going without out the damaging accessories and just let your hair down.
Until next time, discover the power of your kitchen cupboard.