10 Tricks to Ending Hair Breakage Naturally
Are you looking for natural treatments to stop your hair from breaking? Is your hair dry and damaged? How you treat your hair and what you put on it can either harm your hair or enhance its natural beauty. Here are ten tricks you can use to put an end to hair breakage.
A Word About Trimming
If you already have split ends, you cannot “heal” them back together. The only way to get rid of split ends is to have them trimmed off. Afterwards, you will need to follow these tricks and hair treatments to avoid getting more split ends for as long as possible.
1. When to Brush
Brush your hair when it is dry and before getting into the shower. Never brush your hair when it is wet. If you must, finger comb your hair when it is wet to avoid damaging your hair. To avoid getting knots while in the shower, don’t bunch your hair on top of your hair when you shampoo or condition it.
2. Hair Dryer
Cut back on hair dryer use. It will dry out your hair, your scalp, and causes split ends. Use a hair dryer only when it is absolutely necessary and use heat protection on your hair before you begin drying it. Avoid holding the blowdryer too close to your hair. The heat will cause damage to your hair and can cause dandruff.
3. Cleansing Conditioner
For dry, brittle hair, skip the harsh shampoos and use a cleansing conditioner. A cleansing conditioner gently cleans your hair without the lather and drying damage. It also conditions your hair so you no longer need separate shampoo and conditioner products in the shower stall. I switched to a cleansing conditioner (WEN) just the other month and my hair feels wonderful day after day. It is a gentler way to clean your hair.
4. Drying Your Hair
Not only should you avoid the blow dryer as much as possible, you should also pay attention to the way you dry your hair with a towel. If you step out of the shower and begin rubbing your hair with a towel, you are causing knots and damage to your hair strands. It is the same thing when you wrap your hair in a towel, except then you are also stretching and breaking your hair. Instead, pat your hair dry with a towel.
5. Natural Hair Dye
Break away from chemical hair dyes that damage your hair, cause split ends, and can cause ugly allergic reactions. Test out natural hair dyes. My favorite natural hair dye is henna. It makes my hair thicker and stronger. It covers up my grays and it looks like my natural hair color. Henna hair dyes are available in many colors, from crimson to blonde, and they are available online as well as in many health food stores.
If you want sleek, shiny hair and you want to prevent split ends, try a mayonnaise mask on your hair. Mayonnaise is made with oil and eggs, common ingredients for hair masks. To use mayonnaise on your hair, wet your hair. apply 1/4 to 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to your hair. Wear a shower cap or wrap your hair in plastic wrap. Leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse the mayonnaise out with warm water. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
7. Avocado Mask
Avocados are loaded with nutrients that are great for your hair and scalp. Once or twice a week, wash and cut a ripe avocado in half. Wrap and put one of the halves away in the refrigerator. Scrape out the other avocado half into a small bowl. Add two tablespoons of coconut oil and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Mix the ingredients until creamy. Apply this hair mask from roots to tips. Cover your hair with a shower cap or with plastic wrap. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes, rinse, shampoo, and condition.
8. Aloe Vera Hair Treatment
You probably already know that aloe vera is great for sunburn, but did you know it can also treat damaged hair and promote hair growth? It’s true, and if you grow a few aloe vera plants on your windowsill, you are in luck. Remove one or two leaves from your allow vera plant, slice them open, and scrape out the gel. Massage the gel into your scalp and apply it to your hair, including the ends. Cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic wrap. Allow the aloe vera juice to soak into your skin and hair for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then rinse with cold water for 5 seconds. Pat dry.
9. Daily Oil Treatment
One trick that has been working wonderfully for me is a daily oil treatment. Each night, before I go to bed, I warm some coconut oil in my hands and apply it to my hair and scalp. The next morning, I wash my hair with a cleansing conditioner. My naturally curly hair is always sod, has a healthy shine, and I can go six months without a trim. Other good oils for your hair are shea butter, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, and extra virgin olive oil. I also started adding a few drops of rose hip oil to my coconut oil with excellent results.
10. Egg Hair Mask
To strengthen your hair follicles, prevent split ends, and thicken your hair strands, use this simple egg mask on your hair once or twice a week. You will need one egg yolk, two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and one tablespoon honey. Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl. Wet your hair and apply the hair mask from roots to tips. Cover your hair with a shower cap or with plastic wrap and leave the mask on for 30 minutes. Rinse out hair, shampoo, and condition.