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We know the feeling. You totally mean to get your hair cut every six to eight weeks, but, really, who has the time?
Instead, you stretch those appointments with your stylist until you simply can’t take another second staring at those ever-growing roots, your best friend’s wedding is literally two days away or your ends are so split, they might be better described as ruptured.
But before you race to the salon waving fistfuls of cash in hopes of bribing your stylist to fit you in, we’ve got a few home remedies that will buy you and your hair a little more time. So, hit the supermarket and stock up on avocado, eggs and – bonus! – beer. It’s DIY beauty time. Cheers to that.
Go (avocado) green: Could avocado be the perfect food? Healthy fat? The key ingredient in guacamole? And it can help with those pesky split ends? We’re sold. Avocado, it turns out, isn’t just yummy, but contains oils, amino acids and antioxidants that can aid damaged hair. To make a mask out of our new favorite fruit, mash up an avocado with an egg white and three tablespoons of olive oil, cover your hair with it and let it sit for half an hour or so. (Tell your husband to back off with his tortilla chips.) Wash it out and you’re good to go. Anyone else suddenly in the mood for Mexican?
Pop open a beer: First, take a sip. Everything is going to be OK. Now, take another. Just because. Actually, go ahead and drink the whole thing. Your second pint, however, is for your hair. Besides being delicious, beer makes your hair shiny and soft. Who knew? Lean over the sink and pour it on or spritz it using a spray bottle. Massage it into your tresses for a few minutes and then shampoo that brewery smell out. Bottoms up!
Get egg on your face – er, hair: Sounds kinda gross, but an egg yolk rinse will help restore softness to your split ends. Next time you're about to sit down to watch some TV, first beat an egg yolk with a tablespoon or two of olive oil and a teaspoon of honey. Comb the mixture through your hair, pop on a shower cap and, after 30 minutes, hit pause to shampoo it out and help repair your hair.
Lose the heat: Your hair dryers, curlers and flat irons aren’t doing anything to help your hair – especially if your ends are already brittle. Try skipping the heat styling tools as much as possible to offset some of the damage. No time in the morning? Wash your hair the night before, pull it into a top knot and sleep on it. When you wake, just let your hair down and embrace your natural waves.
Quit shampooing: Well, at least quit doing it every day. In fact, if your hair is really dry, aim for washing it just a couple times a week. It may seem counter-intuitive, but the cleaner your hair, the dryer it gets thanks to your shampoo. Lucky for you, ponytails, buns and other day three ‘dos are super trendy right now.
Take prenatal vitamins: Besides sounding appropriate, folic acid, along with its brother biotin, are both B vitamins believed to help boost hair growth.
Lose the towel: All that rubbing to help dry your hair out of the shower isn’t helping things. Instead of dragging your towel over your head, try blotting and squeezing the water out gently. You also can try using a paper towel – which reportedly can be more absorbent than the monogrammed cotton one hanging in your bathroom. Less friction equals fewer split ends.