Split ends are caused when hair is damaged, either by
harsh shampoos, too much direct from the sun or a hair dryer, perming or
bleaching or very often simply because the tips of hair are very old.
The only cure for split ends is to have them trimmed off;
if left, they may split further up the hair, making it look dull and lifeless.
HAIR: In top condition, the scaly outer shell, or
cuticle, of each hair lies flat and smooth along the
whole length of the shaft.
Split End Treatments:
Mix 1 tsp honey with 2 Tbsp olive oil, then beat in 1 egg yolk. Massage on hair
in small sections. Wrap head with shower cap for 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo.
Massage hair and scalp with warm avocado or olive oil. Wrap hair securely in a towel. Leave oil on hair about 8 hours or overnight. If left on overnight, put a shower cap over head to avoid staining pillows and bedding. Wash hair, then rinse with a vinegar /water solution.
Hot Oil Treatment
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup boiling water
Place olive oil and boiling water into large glass bottle or jar with a lid. You may need to wrap a towel around the bottle to avoid burning yourself. Shake very well until oil is emulsified. Massage into hair, taking care not to burn your head. Put a shower cap or plastic bag over your hair and wrap your head in a hot towel that has been soaked in hot water then wrung out. Leave mixture on your hair for 1/2 hour, then shampoo as usual.
Mainly due to hormonal problem, the sebaceous glands tend
to become overactive and produce too much sebum.
Tips on managing Greasy hair:-
Avoid too much brushing of hair because it might
further stimulate the oil glands that are already over-active.
Wash your hair every third or fourth day or even more
frequently, depending on individual comfort. A good nourishing liquid shampoo is often the best answer. Its important to use only the best shampoo for oily hair.
Excessive oiliness if neglected can lead to falling
hair. If treated in time it can be prevented.
Wear your hair in easy-to-manage, well cut style. Light
perming can help as it lifts the hair slightly away from the scalp, making
it less easy for the sebum to travel up the hair shaft.
May result from
hereditary or hormonal problems-or due to a result of damage caused by over-use
of heated rollers, hot hair dryers, perms and bleaches.
protect your hair:
By using very mild shampoos
and good quality conditioners.
By having them trimmed
By going in for once-weekly
hot oil treatment. Use warm olive or almond oil and massage it carefully
into the scalp and hair.
Leave the oil on overnight, if
possible, by covering the hair with a plastic bath cap and a toweling
turban. Wash the oil off the next day by applying diluted shampoo directly
to the scalp before applying water.
To recondition the hair, shampoo hair with homemade shampoo or a shampoo
from the natural foods store. Rinse and towel dry. Apply regular mayonnaise
(not salad dressing) to the hair. Massage in. Let sit for 10-15 minutes,
shampoo again lightly and rinse with an apple cider vinegar and water
Dandruff is a dry scaly condition of the skin on the scalp
and less often, on the face and the torso.
It comes in tow types:-
It is the simple kind
consisting of white dry flakes falling from the scalp. The result is due the
rate at which the scalp sheds its dry skin cells, which in turn depends on the
health and diet of the individual stress, too seems to be related.
Can be controlled by:-
(i) Paying more attention to health hygiene.
(ii) Consuming more fresh fruits in your diet.
(iii) Drinking plenty of water.
(iv) Rinsing the hair carefully after shampoo.
(v) Brushing gently to rid the hair of trapped cells.
(vi) Lightly massaging the scalp to dislodge the dandruff
If a simple routine like this does not work, consult a
dermatologist on the use of anti-dandruff shampoo, which might slow down the
rate at which the cells are shed from the scalp.
(B) Seborrhoeic Dermatitis:-
If the scalp is very greasy,
an individual might end up with this type of dandruff, which is thick, oily,
scaly, crusted and weeping.
This condition almost always needs medical care and
attention, but if it is mild you can treat it at home by either using an
anti-dandruff shampoo or trying home remedies. The best remedy however is to
wash hair regularly with a shampoo containing selenium compound or cool tar
extracts. Consult a dermatologist if the problem is severe or persists.
on Managing Dandruff
Restore the health of the scap by bringing about a
positive change in your diet and living habits.
Light oil massage, can help to dislodge the existing
dandruff flakes. Massage the scalp carefully. The fingertips should be used
to move, the skin on the scalp in small circulatory motions.
Keep your scalp very clean. This can be achieved by
washing hair twice a week with liquid shampoos.
Dandruff can be infections. Keep your belongings clean
and separate to eliminate the chances of infection. Whenever you wash your
hair, soak your hair brushes and combs in hot water containing antiseptic
Treatment with herbal extracts has been found to be
effective. Herbs like heena, amla, lemon, reetha have antiseptic properties
and are wonderful cleansers.
Bring about a positive modification into your
lifestyle, to eliminate stress and overcome dietary deficiencies.
Besides the anti-dandruff creams, lotions, oils and
shampoos available in the market, there are many simple house hold remedies to
fight dandruff described below:
Mix two tablespoons of cosmetic vinegar and six
tablespoons of hot water. Dab with cotton into the scalp, parting the hair with
a comb apply all over the scalp. Preferably it should be used at bed time. Tie a
scarf over the hair to avoid staining the pillow. Next morning wash the hair
with shampoo. After the hair is thoroughly cleansed pour over as a last rinse a
mixture of three tablespoons of cosmetic vinegar and one cup of hot water. Then
dry the hair thoroughly. This should be done twice a week for three months.
Hot oil therapy is another method to cure dandruff.
Massage hot oil into the scalp at bedtime. Next morning an hour before bath, rub
lemon juice mixed with cosmetic venegar (mix 1:2 ratio) into the scalp. Give the
hair a good wash and egg shampoo.
Give your hair a hot steam bath. Massage hot oil with
a hot damp towel and leave it on the head like a turban so that the steam can
fight dandruff. You may use two towels for this purpose.
Here is another beauty tip for your hair. After giving
your hair a good wash, boil five teaspoons of dried used tea leaves in lime
water and use it as a last rinse after shampoo. This gives the hair a lustrous
shine and provides nourishment too.
More treatments options for Dandruff:
Make an infusion of 1 ounce each of fresh or dried rosemary and sage in 2 cups of water. Let steep for 24 hours, then use daily as a hair rinse.
Boil 5 heaping Tbsp dried thyme in 2 cups water for 10 minutes. Strain and cool. Pour 1/2 mixture over clean, damp hair. Massage into scalp, do not rinse. Use second half of solution another day.
Instead of shampooing, massage handfuls of baking soda into the hair and scalp to absorb oil and to loossen dead skin on scalp. Rinse thoroughly, use no other shampoos. While initially the hair may seem dry, after several weeks, dandruff will be gone and hair will be smooth and shiny.
1 cup water
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 handful of fresh mint leaves
Strain and pour into a container. With fingertips, massage solution into the scalp, let dry without rinsing out.
Use the hot oil treatment recipe given on this page.
Soothing Herbal Hair Rinse
Combine equal parts of dried rosemary, comfrey, witch hazel leaves and nettles to make about 1/2 cup. Add to 2 cups of water in a covered pot. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep overnight. Strain. Shampoo and rinse hair then use herb tea for a final rinse to relieve itchy, flaky scalp.