Last year, the whole family had a month-long ritual of pouring olive oil all over our hair at night. Yes, it was lice (totally gross, I know). While only my daughter had it, we lived in fear of it spreading and wearing oil overnight is one of the best ways to avoid the dreaded reoccurrence. The experience was a total hassle, but one upside: my hair was super shiny and healthy.
That’s because hair masks should be a regular part of your regime for healthy hair. When hair is dry, it’s more likely to split and break, especially on the weaker ends of hair. Natural oils and conditioners help repair damaged hair and restore hair’s protein, keratin.
Up your intake of protein and healthy fats, brush gently with natural hair tools, and avoid hot styling tools when possible to keep hair moisturized and healthy. Then apply one of these strengthening masks once a week to nourish, heal and help prevent split ends.
How to Heal Split Ends – 4 Ways
1.Yogurt and olive oil hair mask
Mix 1/4 cup whole fat yogurt with a tablespoon of olive oil. Apply to your hair and leave the mask on for 15-30 minutes then wash and rinse. Olive oil contains fatty acids that coat hair, locking in moisture and protecting the hair against damage.
2. Egg yolk and honey hair mask
Combine one egg yolk with a teaspoon of honey. Apply the mask to your hair and leave on for two hours before washing and rinsing. Honey is a natural humectant that locks in moisture and prevents dry, brittle hair. And eggs are packed with protein and amino acids that prevent split ends from worsening. They also restore hair shine, strength and volume.
3. Hot coconut oil treatment
Coconut oil is one of the best oils for your hair. Warm 1/4 cup of coconut oil for about 10 seconds in the microwave and add 6 drops of rosemary essential oil. Apply to dry hair, either the whole scalp or just to the ends to prevent split ends. You can also use shea butter or argan oil (like in this deep hair conditioner) if you have really coarse hair.
Wrap your head in a towel or put on a shower cap and leave the mask on for at least 20 minutes. The longer the better, even overnight. If you have trouble getting the oil out of your hair you might need to shampoo twice or add a bit of dish soap to your shampoo.
4. Herbal Apple cider vinegar hair rinse
A vinegar rinse will make your hair so soft! The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar clears out product residue and adds shine while the herbs strengthen hair.
Boil one cup water and pour over one tablespoon dried nettle, one tablespoon dried sage and one tablespoon dried rosemary. Steep for 10 minutes and strain. When tea cools add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Apply to the hair in the shower after shampooing. Pour the rinse over your scalp and strands and let it sit on hair at least a minute before rinsing.264