I am a 31- year-old woman and I regularly read and follow all the hair/skin care regimes mentioned in your column. My hair is thick and in good condition but my only problem is split ends. I have dry hair and I take good care of it by regularly oiling it or by using curd, eggs, and a mild herbal shampoo and conditioner, but every 2-3 months, the splits are back. I also drink 8-10 glasses of water and follow a high-protein diet. I have been trying to grow my hair till the waist for the past 2-3 years but due to this problem I am unable to do so. Please help.

A The only remedy would be to cut off split ends and then give your hair proper and regular care. Avoid tying your hair tightly with rubber bands or using hair dryers and brushes. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb. Heat pure coconut oil and apply it to your hair and on the ends. Then dip a towel in hot water, squeeze out all the excess water and wrap it around your head in the form of a turban. Leave it on for five minutes. Repeat this process thrice or four times a week. This will help the scalp absorb the oil better.

Use very little mild herbal shampoo and rinse well with water. After shampooing, take a small quantity of a creamy conditioner and massage it lightly into the hair and ends. Leave it on for two minutes and rinse with plain water. A leave-on type of conditioner or hair serum can also be applied on the ends. Do not rinse this off. Alternatively, you can mix some water with creamy conditioner and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture on the ends and leave it on. This can be used on dry hair too. Eating a bowl of sprouts daily and asking your doctor to prescribe vitamins and mineral supplements help

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