Feb. 18. 2016
Lifestyle Articles
Written By:
McKel (Hill) Kooienga
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of NS and Creator of The Method

After I shared the Guide to Healthy and Strong Hair blog post, I started to get many emails, comments, and conversations started with friends and family (hi and thanks!) about how to deal with split ends. This has been my go to lately and a super simple way to keep split ends at bay and less noticeable while you’re on the go. Unlike most natural hair masks where you’ll leave it on your hair for hours or overnight, this is meant to be applied lightly. So dive in and read THE simplest hair mask. Ever. And it smells really good.

buh-bye split ends

Normally, I’ll do my Rosemary Coconut Oil Hair Mask one night a week. The hair mask is applied all over your hair and head, you can’t quite get up and go with it– i.e. you’re a total greaseball! But it works beautifully while you’re sleeping, but what if you’re on the go or during the day and you still want to moisturize your hair? THIS is the “recipe” to use on your ends in moderation. I love using the combination of coconut oil and chamomile essential oil, not only do they smell amazing together, but chamomile essential oils are used in hair care due to their moisturizing effect, can add shine to the hair (especially my fellow blondies), conditions the hair and can help scalp inflammation when used on the scalp– yet we’re keeping to the ends with this one. I hesitate to even call this a natural beauty “recipe” because it’s ridiculously simple. It’s one that you make as you go or simply multiply the amount and make a little jar for later.

To make: Take 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil + 3 drops of cold pressed almond oil + 2 drops chamomile essential oil + 2 drops of lavender essential oil. Rub it in the palm of your hands and you’re set!

A couple ways I use this hair treatment is 1) when I’ve already styled my hair whether with hot tools (which I rarely do) or air dry waves (my go-to), 2) when I want to have some moisturizing treatment on my hair especially when it’s a little dry like in the winter, and 3) when I want to keep hair in place in curls, waves, or even in a braid. Use about 1 tablespoon or less depending on the thickness of your hair and concentrate the application on the ends of your hair only. I’ll also rub my hands together at the very end which moisturizes my hands and then I run my hands throughout my entire head of hair gently coating which takes care of any flyaway hairs! Another way you can use this treatment on split ends is to actually use this as an all over hair mask and sleep in it like the Rosemary Hair Mask.

Watch this video tutorial below on how I apply it to my ends sparingly while keeping waves and curl too- not too heavy!

The ingredients I use to mask this split end treatment is: coconut oil, chamomile essential oil, and this little jar to keep extra for later. I hope you all give this one a go and let me know how you like it! Leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram when you give this one a go–#nutritionstripped.


Healthy hair and long locks start from within- are you taking the right steps? Healthy hair, just like our skin, is impacted by our lifestyles and especially what we’re putting in our bodies. Let me help you reach your heatlh goals while manifesting a healthy head of hair! Sign up for a 1-1 coaching session with me and let’s get started.

xx McKel