Handling hair roughly with appliances such as combs and brushes can lead to split ends over time. Persistently dry hair can also lead to split ends. While the ultimate fate of split ends are the end of a pair of scissors, you can manage the appearance and protect against future split ends by incorporating moringa oil into your regimen.
Moringa oil is produced via pressing the seeds of the moringa tree, which has several different names among which are drumstick tree, horseradish tree and ben oil tree. The tree is cultivated in the Himalayas, parts of Asia and Africa, and can survive long periods of drought. It has properties similar to olive oil and is also excellent for cooking.
Moringa oil is high in palmitoleic, oleic and linoleic acids, fatty acids and Vitamins A (much higher than carrots) and C (higher than oranges). Moringa oil is pale yellow and odourless. Apart from split ends, moringa oil can also aid in scalp circulation when used for scalp massages. It’s a nourishing, moisturising, non-drying oil with excellent emollient properties.
So that’s all the good stuff out about moringa oil. Now let’s get to how you can use it on your hair for split ends: –
How To Manage Split Ends with Moringa Oil
As I said in the beginning of this article, the future of split ends is at the end of a pair of scissors. However, to further prevent it from going up the shaft and manage it while trying to come to terms with trimming, here’s what you can do about it.
After washing and conditioning, apply 4 – 5 drops of moringa oil in your palms, rub together and spread through the hair focusing on your ends. Smoothen throughout hair. Leave in for about 10 minutes then style your hair. You can also apply the same amount to your hair, the night prior to a wash.
How to Prevent Split Ends with Moringa Oil
This is especially useful if you wear extensions. After taking out extensions or before combing/brushing your hair, apply 4 – 5 drops of moringa oil in your palms, rub together and spread through hair then detangle hair gently. The moisturising property in the oil naturally detangles hair and knots. I recommend switching to finger combing as much as possible to aid the work of the moringa oil.
Bonus Benefit: Soft & Shiny Hair Recipe
You can also expect softer and shinier hair with this delicious recipe containing castor oil and moringa oil. You will need your favourite natural conditioner, 3 tbsp of castor oil and 6 drops of moringa oil.
Mix all the ingredients together and apply for a soothing deep conditioning session. Cover with a shower cap and leave in for 45 minutes with or without heat (better with heat). Rinse out and style as usual.
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