Split ends can make the hair look dull and ugly. It is a medical condition called trichoptilosis which is caused by thermal, mechanical or chemical stress on the hair that rips the protective outer layer of the cuticle. Mostly people trim it off as and when it occurs. But this is not the permanent solution to treating those damaged hair follicle especially when you are trying to grow long hair.



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Causes for Split Ends

  • Overexposure to Sun, pollution, dust or chemicals
  • Using hot water for washing the hair
  • Harsh shampoos
  • Too many styling products
  • Hard water
  • Not trimming regularly
  • Heat treatment – hair dryers, straightners or curlers
  • Wrong hair brush
  • Teasing back
  • Holding sprays or mousse


  • Hair with split ends tends to tangle more
  • Discoloration of hair
  • Thinning of hair towards the end
  • Uneven length
  • Y shaped end hair

Home Remedies

Split ends can be easily removed by using the natural ingredients that are highly beneficial for growing healthy hair.


1.Egg mask

One of the popular methods of growing healthy hair or repairing the dull and lifeless mane is by using egg. The egg whites are rich in vitamin E which is beneficial for the hair and skin. However the egg yolk can be discarded because it is difficult to get rid of the smell later on.


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How to Use

  • Separate the yolk from two eggs and keep the egg whites
  • Whisk the egg white along with two spoons of olive oil
  • Apply this mixture on the scalp and along the length of the hair and leave it for half an hour
  • Wash it off with a mild shampoo
  • Repeat this process twice a week to remove all split ends
2. Hot oil Treatment

Hot oil treatment is popular for its deep nourishing and conditioning action on the hair. Many celebrities swear by this method of growing long and lustrous hair. Warm oil penetrates the scalp better and provides nourishment to the roots. It also stimulates blood circulation when massaged on the scalp. Split ends are damaged hair follicles that can be shred easily by this technique.


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How to Use

  • Warm two tablespoons of coconut oil or olive oil
  • Apply this oil on the scalp and along the length of the hair
  • Massage the scalp for few minutes
  • Rub the ends of the hair using both the palms
  • Wrap a warm towel around the hair and keep it for half an hour
  • Wash it off with mild shampoo

You will notice that the split ends have shred and the hair looks shinier and healthier after this treatment. Repeat this process once a week to maintain healthy hair sans split-ends.


3. Avocado

Avocados are known to be the most nutritious fruit for the hair and skin. Including 1/4th of an avocado in the daily diet fulfills the nutritional needs of the skin and hair. But it is difficult to eat it raw due to the flat and balmy taste. So, it is beneficial when used directly on the skin to reap maximum benefits from the fruit.

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How to Use

  • Cut a ripe avocado into half and scoop out the flesh
  • Mix a spoon of olive oil for added effectiveness
  • Mash this mixture and apply on hair covering the split ends
  • Rinse the hair after 30 minutes using mild shampoo
  • Repeat this procedure once or twice a week to get rid of split ends forever.


4. Mayonnaise

Applying mayonnaise on hair may sound bizarre but it works great on dry and damaged hair. Homemade mayonnaise contains egg yolk, lemon juice, olive oil and mustard powder. But commercially available mayo has added preservatives such as sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, calcium disodium, etc. These preservatives are cancer causing and so it should not be used for hair.

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How to Use

  • Prepare your own healthy version of mayonnaise using egg yolk, lemon juice or vinegar, avocado oil and olive oil or macadamia nut oil.
  • Blend it until smooth and apply all over the hair covering the split ends
  • Wash it after 30 minutes
  • Repeat this process twice a week


5. Beer

Beer rinse is a great way to maintain shiny and soft hair. It acts as a great conditioner and promotes hair growth. It works on the split ends and removes them completely.

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How to Use

  • Wash your hair with mild shampoo
  • Do the final rinse with beer
  • Leave it for 5 – 10 minutes and rinse it with plain water
  • Do this every time after shampooing the hair


6. Bananas

Bananas are rich in various essential minerals such as magnesium, sulfur, zinc, etc. So it makes an ideal food for skin and hair. It protects the hair from damages caused due to heat and pollution.

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How to Use

  • Mash two ripe bananas
  • Add an egg and a spoon of honey and mix well
  • Use it as hair mask by applying all over the hair
  • Rinse it after half an hour
  • Repeat this hair mask once or twice a week to shred off those ugly split ends.
7.Clarified Butter or Ghee

Applying clarified butter on hair is something no one would have thought about. But this is an effective remedy to remove all split ends at home. Ghee is considered to extremely good for highly nourished hair.


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How to Use

  • Warm two spoons of clarified butter
  • Massage the scalp and rub it on the split ends
  • Keep it for three to four hours or leave it overnight
  • Rinse it properly by mild shampoo in lukewarm water
  • Follow it with cold water rinse to close the scalp pores

Tips to Prevent Split Ends

  • Avoid brushing when the hair is wet
  • Avoid excess usage of hair styling products
  • Cover your hair with a scarf when outdoors
  • Trim the hair at least an inch every two months
  • Use wooden or nylon combs or brushes
  • Detangle the hair using wide toothed comb
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Condition the hair once a week
  • Retain the moisture in the hair by oiling regularly

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