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Winter takes a toll on hair, drying the locks and causing them to break and form a frizzy ring around the top of the head. One of the biggest reasons why hair drys to an unmanageable mane is due to over processing.

Women, and men, use too many products on their hair. The heating iron, blow dryer, hot rollers, straightener iron, perms and hair colors all dry out hair. Split ends are unattractive and difficult to hide. A person could spend a fortune on hair care products, but the best conditioners are available from your kitchen pantry.

A very ripe avocado and one-half cup of mayo mixed together in a blender makes an excellent mask for the hair. Apply the paste to clean, wet hair and cover with a plastic cap. Rinse after 30 minutes. Hair will absorb the much-needed oil and be easier to style. Don't use a blow dryer unless absolutely necessary.

A vinegar or green tea rinse will really make hair soft and shiny. Purchase grape seed oil, extra-virgin olive oil, safflower oil, sweet almond oil and vitamins A and E oils. Alternate between the several oils. Warm any one or two of the oils and coat the strands of hair with them. Place a warm, damp towel over hair for 15-30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. When the oil has washed out, rinse with cold water to close the pores.

A small amount of any one of the above oils can be rubbed between the hands, then smoothed over hair. Don't rinse out, style as usual. Avoid the appliances that dry hair out. Allow to dry naturally.

Coconut oil can also be used. Add a drop or two of essential oils such as jasmine or gardenia. If the oils of vitamins A and E are not available, break open the vitamin capsules to use.

Be careful not to use too much oil. It can make hair appear oily and dirty. Concentrate on areas where split ends are located and on the tips of the hair for easy styling. Watch the video for good advice on hair care. The products used in the video may work well, but the natural remedies mentioned here are just as good or better.

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