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So many of us regularly deal with the menace of split ends. Besides the issue of aesthetics, split ends are also an indicator of damaged, brittle and dry hair. If you are looking at protecting your hair from split ends, then a hair mask made from natural ingredients can go a long way.
It could be a surprising thought at first, but all you need is a few kitchen staples to keep your hair healthy – sabudana starch and banana.
Split ends, or ‘trichoptilosis,’ occur due to the splitting or fraying of the hair shaft due to a number of factors ranging from the use of chemical products to genetics.
The usual suspects for this problem are exposure to extreme weather conditions, excessive blow-drying, hair straightening, and applying an overheated curling rod. Using chemical hair products also causes split ends, and so does taking hot showers, forcefully brushing tangled hair, and sleeping with your hair tied back.
Sabudana contains amino acids and carotenoids that aid in controlling hair fall, averting premature greying and balding. Its antifungal and antimicrobial properties help soothe hair roots or follicles, repair damaged scalp and split ends, and removing dandruff effectively. Banana, on the other hand, contains natural oils, ensuring that your dry hair gets the hydrating nourishment it needs.
So, ready to fight those split ends?
Here’s what you will need:
-1 cup sabudana starch
-1 tablespoon almond oil
-1 tbsp honey
Here’s how you can make and use the banana and sabudana starch hair mask for split ends:
Step 1: Soak a cup of sabudana in water. Put it aside for a night. In the morning, add the saubdana to 2 cups of water and heat the mixture till it comes to a boil. Sieve this mix to retain the sabudana starch.
Step 2: In a bowl, mix chopped banana slices and almond oil.
Step 3: Now, add honey and sabudana starch to the mixture, and stir it to form an even consistency.
Step 4: Blend the ingredients, till a thick paste is formed.
Step 5: Transfer the ingredients back to the bowl. Your hair mask is now ready to use.
Step 6: Part your hair in sections and apply the hair mask on your scalp, and the entirety of your hair. Do not forget to cover the full length and ends of the hair.
Step 7: Leave the hair mask on for at least 2 hours and then wash it off using lukewarm water and shampoo.
To try other variants, you could also add flax seeds and rosemary to the list of ingredients, when preparing the hair mask.
So, ladies, get ready to fight those split ends and get smooth and silky hair. Use this hair mask at least once a week to see optimal results!