How to Get Rid of Split Ends—No Haircut Required
After you get a trim, there’s a beautiful but all-too-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, colouring, and all kinds of other elements that rough up our strands.
To be clear, the only way to truly banish this dreaded hair affliction is to snip them off. However, 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, Alessandra Saman, and Melissa Brown of Mêche Salon in Beverly Hills to nab their favourite split-end treatments, which can all be whipped up in the kitchen with items hiding in your pantry.
Keep scrolling to see their favourite DIY split-end treatments!
DIY Mask #1: Coconut Oil Treatment
Spectrum Coconut Oil ($9)
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:
- Start with thoroughly shampooed and towel-dried hair.
- Take a scoop of coconut oil (about a quarter of a handful), and work it into your hair, starting at the roots and ending about midshaft.
- Clip your hair up, wrap it in a towel or plastic wrap, and wait 30 minutes.
- 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 them out.)
- 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.”
DIY Mask #2: Avocado Protein Mask
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, and 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, leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes, and then rinse well with warm water.
DIY Mask #3: Fish Oil Repairing Mask
“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, and 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 plastic wrap, and leave it on your hair for 40 minutes.
- Follow with a double shampoo to reduce buildup and prevent limp strands.
DIY Mask #4: Honey and Olive Oil Treatment
The moisturising combo of honey and olive oil nourishes damaged hair, and as an added bonus, it’s 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 to 30 minutes, rinse, and then wash your hair with a moisturising shampoo to remove any residue.