How to Get Rid of Split Ends—No Haircut Required
After you get a trim, there’s a brief grace period of bouncy, split-end-free hair, but like all good things, it comes to an end. No matter how well you condition your locks, split ends are inevitable, thanks to the damaging heat tools, brushing, and colouring we subject our hair to. While the only way to truly banish this dreaded hair affliction is to get them snipped off, you can treat them so they’re less noticeable between cuts. The best part? You don't need a fancy hair mask or serum to do it. We caught up with stylists Jesse Montana, Alessanda Saman, and Melissa Brown of Mèche Salon in Beverly Hills to nab their favourite split end-banishing treatments, which can all be whipped up in the kitchen.
Keep scrolling to see their favourite DIY split end treatments!
Another day, another genius way to use coconut oil. This isn't the first time we've waxed poetic about the numerous benefits of coconut oil, and it certainly won't be the last. To get the maximum results from your coconut oil hair treatment, follow Montana's instructions:
1. Start with thoroughly shampooed and towel-dried hair.
2. Take a scoop of coconut oil (about a quarter of a handful) and work it into your hair, starting from the roots and ending about mid-shaft.
3. Clip your hair up, wrap it in a towel or plastic wrap, and wait 30 minutes. (While you're waiting, we recommend whipping up one of these natural face masks.)
4. Hop back in your shower, rinse, and then shampoo twice. Montana says this sounds counteractive, but home remedies can build up in your hair if you don't thoroughly get it out.
5. Repeat once every two weeks.
One last tip from Montana: "Natural oils are very heavy, so be sure to start little and add more as needed, staying off roots."
You may have to skip the homemade guac one night, but your hair will definitely thank you. Saman's concoction consists of an avocado, an egg, and a bit of olive oil to help replenish damaged hair. Best of all, it's so easy to make. First, crush up the avocado, then mix in the egg. Add olive oil until the consistency is "a little thicker than store-bought conditioner," Saman says. Apply it to your hair and leave it on for 10-20 minutes, then rinse well with warm water.
"The natural omega-3 and 6 oils in the fish oil will remedy all your split end woes," Montana says. Mix a few capsules with coconut oil and lavender in a saucepan, then heat the mixture on low heat for about five minutes. Pour it into a large bowl, dip your split ends in, and work the mixture up your hair (avoiding your roots). Wrap it up in a towel or Saran wrap and leave it on your hair for 40 minutes. Follow with a double-shampoo to reduce buildup and prevent limp strands.
The moisturizing combo of honey and olive oil nourishes damaged hair and, as an added bonus, it's also great for treating a dry scalp and boosting shine, says Brown. Her recipe is simple: Mix together three tablespoons of olive oil with two tablespoons of raw honey, and apply it to your hair after you shampoo. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes, rinse, and then wash your hair with a moisturizing shampoo to remove any residue.