Home Remedies for Split Ends

by Michelle Miley ; Updated July 18, 2017

Split ends: you can't really fix them, but you can prevent them.

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Once your hair has broken into a split end, there is no way to truly fix the damage. The only way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off. Heading back to the salon for a trim every six to eight weeks keeps your hair healthy and reduces the number of split ends you have. Proper home hair care will help you avoid split ends, even if it can’t vanquish the ones you already have.

Stop Splitting Hairs

When styling your hair at home, avoid vent brushes with plastic bristles and never brush your hair when it is wet. Avoid heat styling, as well, exposing your hair to blow dryers, curling irons and other heated styling tools two or three times a week or less. Although it is hard to resist the urge, try not to shampoo your hair every day as this can dry it out and increase the odds of breakage and split ends. Always use a leave-in conditioner on your hair after shampooing and treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment once a week. When going for an updo, use fabric or elastic hair bands to hold the hair in place rather than metal or plastic clips and avoid ponytail holders with metal ends. To keep your hair as healthy as possible from the inside, eat foods high in folic acid and biotin, including oranges, soybeans, brown rice, sunflower seeds, walnuts and leafy green vegetables.