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25 Effective Ways To Treat, Prevent, And Remove Split Ends

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25 Effective Ways To Treat, Prevent, And Remove Split Ends December 26, 2017

Split ends are a recurring nuisance. They make your hair look dry, frizzy, and damaged. Moreover, your hair stops growing when you have too many split ends. Is meticulously searching and cutting off split ends strand by strand or chopping off your hair the only solution? Of course not! We bring to you the best natural ways to prevent and repair split ends to keep your hair healthy, luscious, and long. Read on to put an end to split ends.

What Are Split Ends?

A split end is the splitting of the hair shaft at the tip of your hair. It is also known as trichoptilosis or “arrangement of feathers in definite areas.” And that’s because when split ends are not taken care of, the hair strands start to break at different points, making your hair look like a feather. Now, the big question is – why do we get split ends? Find out the leading causes below.

Why Do You Get Split Ends?

Split ends are a sign that your hair is damaged. Years of improper hair care, harsh chemical treatments, and improper way of brushing lead to split ends. They can also occur if you are malnourished and are not getting enough protein, vitamins, and minerals from food or supplements. As a result, the natural oils produced by the hair follicles are unable to travel down the length of the hair, making it look dry and frizzy. What adds to the damage is not taking care of your hair externally by using natural conditioners. But don’t worry, you’ve still got time to repair your hair. Here are 25 ways to get rid of split ends.

25 Ways To Repair And Prevent Split Ends

  1. Coconut Oil
  2. Coconut Milk
  3. Moroccan Oil
  4. Argan Oil
  5. Castor Oil
  6. Almond Oil
  7. Honey Hair Mask
  8. Papaya Hair Mask
  9. Banana Hair Mask
  10. Egg Hair Mask
  11. Mayonnaise Hair Mask
  12. Avocado Hair Mask
  13. Fenugreek Seeds
  14. Onion Juice
  15. Lemon Water
  16. Aloe Vera Gel
  17. Tea Tree Oil
  18. Curd
  19. Rose Water
  20. Apple Cider Vinegar
  21. Folic Acid And Biotin
  22. Beer
  23. Walnut Oil
  24. Cutting And Trimming
  25. Candle Cutting

1. Coconut Oil

1. Coconut Oil

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You Will Need

2-4 teaspoons coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a teaspoon of coconut oil in your palm and apply it to your hair from the roots to the tips. Make sure you apply enough oil to the tips.
  2. Clip up your hair and cover it with a shower cap. Leave it on overnight.
  3. In the morning, shampoo your hair to get rid of the excess oil.
  4. Towel dry your hair. Do not use a hairdryer.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this every two to three days for best results.

Why This Works

Coconut oil is a brilliant moisturizer and a natural healer. It contains medium-chain fatty acids that enable it to penetrate your hair easily. It moisturizes and nourishes your hair and is great for preventing and repairing split ends.

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2. Coconut Milk

You Will Need

2-4 teaspoons coconut milk

What You Have To Do
  1. Take coconut milk in your palm and apply it to your hair from the roots to the ends.
  2. Clip up your hair and cover it with a shower cap. Keep it on for 1-2 hours.
  3. Rinse your hair using a herbal shampoo.
  4. Towel dry your hair. Do not use a hairdryer.
How Often You Should Do This

Once every two to three days.

Why This Works

This is a natural home remedy that will give you the feel of a hair spa done in a posh salon. Coconut milk is loaded with vitamin E that prevents recurrence of split ends, reduces frizz, and rehydrates your hair. The medium-chain fatty acids help condition and smoothen the rough edges of your hair. The vitamins C and B and the minerals calcium, iron, and magnesium stimulate hair growth.

Tip

Coconut milk is available in supermarkets, and you can store it in the refrigerator. Since it solidifies at cold temperatures, keep it at room temperature for a while for ease of application.

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3. Moroccan Oil

3. Moroccan Oil

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You Will Need

1/2 teaspoon Moroccan oil

What You Have To Do
  1. After shampooing your hair, towel dry it.
  2. While your hair is still damp, apply a small amount of Moroccan oil from the mid-shaft of your hair till the end.
  3. Leave it on to dry.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this every time you shampoo. You can also use it in between your shampoo days if you use too many styling products or tools.

Why This Works

Moroccan oil makes your hair soft and shiny and reduces the visible signs of hair damage, including split ends. It is rich in vitamin E and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help to strengthen and deep condition the hair.

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4. Argan Oil

You Will Need

1-2 drops of argan oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Shampoo your hair and towel dry it.
  2. While your hair is still damp, apply argan oil from the mid-shaft of your hair till the end.
  3. Leave it on to dry.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply argan oil every time you shampoo. You can also use it in between your shampoo days if you use too many styling products or tools.

Why This Works

Argan oil, also known as liquid gold, is extracted from the argan kernels. It reverses hair damage and helps prevent split ends. The vitamin E, antioxidants, and fatty acids present in argan oil make it an excellent rehydrating agent.

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5. Castor Oil

5. Castor Oil

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You Will Need
  • 2-4 teaspoons castor oil
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Dilute the castor oil with coconut oil.
  2. Take a teaspoon of the mixture in your palm. Rub your palms together and then apply it to your hair, starting from the roots till the ends.
  3. Clip up your hair and cover it with a shower cap.
  4. Leave it on for 1-2 hours.
  5. Rinse your hair with a herbal shampoo.
  6. Towel dry your hair. Do not use a hairdryer.
How Often You Should Do This

Once or twice a week.

Why This Works

Castor oil has a low molecular weight and can penetrate the hair shaft. It repairs and rehydrates the hair, reduces itchy scalp, promotes hair growth, and the antioxidants help protect from split ends.

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6. Almond Oil

You Will Need

4-6 teaspoons almond oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take the almond oil in a bowl and heat it.
  2. Take a teaspoon of the warm oil in your palm and apply it to your hair from the roots to the tips. Massage your scalp in a circular motion.
  3. Clip up your hair. Cover it with a shower cap and keep it on for 1-2 hours or overnight.
  4. Use a herbal shampoo to rinse your hair.
  5. Towel dry your hair. Do not use a hairdryer.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

Why This Works

Almond oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, phospholipids, vitamin E, and magnesium. These nutrients help strengthen the hair follicles, accelerate the repair process, and prevent dryness.

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7. Honey Hair Mask

7. Honey Hair Mask

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You Will Need
  • 2-4 teaspoons organic honey
  • 1 teaspoon coconut milk
  • 3 teaspoons milk
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair from the roots to the ends. Avoid the roots if you have an oily scalp.
  3. Clip up your hair, cover it with a shower cap and keep it on for 1-2 hours.
  4. Rinse your hair with a herbal shampoo.
  5. Towel dry your hair. Do not use a hairdryer.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

Why This Works

Honey helps to retain and regulate moisture in the hair. The honey mask helps prevent split ends by strengthening the hair follicles and providing hydration and nutrition to the hair.

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8. Papaya Hair Mask

You Will Need
  • ½ cup mashed ripe papaya
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the papaya pulp, yogurt, and almond oil in a bowl.
  2. Take the papaya blend and apply it to your hair from the roots to the tips.
  3. Clip up your hair. Cover it with a shower cap and keep it on for an hour.
  4. Shampoo your hair and towel dry it.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week for best results.

Why This Works

This is a natural remedy that provides deep nourishment to your hair. Papaya, almond oil, and yogurt help prevent dry and itchy scalp, promote hair growth, and improve hair health, thereby reducing the risk of split ends.

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9. Banana Hair Mask

9. Banana Hair Mask

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You Will Need
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
What You Have To Do
  1. In a bowl, mash the banana.
  2. Add the coconut milk and mix well.
  3. Apply the mixture to your hair from the roots to the tips. Avoid the roots if your scalp is oily.
  4. Clip up your hair, cover it with a shower cap and keep it on for 1-2 hours.
  5. Rinse your hair with a herbal shampoo and towel dry it.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week to see amazing results.

Why This Works

When it comes to treating damaged hair, this mask works like magic. Banana is an excellent natural conditioner. It helps improve the hair’s elasticity, thereby preventing breakage. This mask is rich in oils, antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that help soften the hair.

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10. Egg Hair Mask

You Will Need
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the egg white, coconut oil, and organic honey in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair from the roots to the ends.
  3. Clip up your hair. Cover it with a shower cap and keep it on for an hour.
  4. Rinse your hair and towel dry it.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

Why This Works

This hair mask not only helps repair split ends but also imparts shine to the hair. Eggs are rich in protein, and hair is made of protein. The egg mask provides nutrition and nourishment to the damaged hair, thereby repairing the split ends.

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11. Mayonnaise Hair Mask

11. Mayonnaise Hair Mask

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the mayonnaise and aloe vera gel in a bowl.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair from the roots to the tips.
  3. Clip up your hair and cover it with a shower cap. Keep it on for an hour.
  4. Shampoo your hair and towel dry.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

Why This Works

Did you think mayonnaise can just make wraps and sandwiches better? Turns out, it can make your hair better too! It is made of eggs and oil, both of which help hydrate the hair. This mask helps repair the split ends, promotes hair growth, and protects the hair from dryness and damage.

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12. Avocado Hair Mask

You Will Need
  • ½ avocado
  • 3 teaspoons almonds oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the avocado in a bowl.
  2. Add almond oil and whip until it becomes smooth and light.
  3. Apply the mask to your hair from the roots to the ends.
  4. Clip up your hair and cover it with a shower cap. Leave it on for an hour.
  5. Shampoo your hair with a herbal shampoo.
  6. Towel dry your hair. Do not use a hairdryer.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week for best results.

Why This Works

Avocados are rich in vitamin E, minerals, and other phytonutrients that help retain moisture in the hair and prevent further hair damage.

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13. Fenugreek Seeds

13. Fenugreek Seeds

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons fenugreek powder
  • 2 tablespoons curd
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the curd and fenugreek seed powder in a bowl.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair from the roots to the tips.
  3. Clip up your hair and cover it with a shower cap.
  4. Keep it on for half an hour.
  5. Rinse your hair with a herbal shampoo and lukewarm water.
  6. Towel dry your hair. Do not use a hairdryer.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

Why This Works

Fenugreek seed powder mask has been used for split ends since ages. It stimulates hair growth, prevents hair damage, and hydrates the hair follicles and cuticles.

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14. Onion Juice

You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons onion juice
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the onion juice, coconut oil, and almond oil in a bowl.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair. Avoid applying it to your scalp.
  3. Clip up your hair. Cover it with a shower cap and keep it on for an hour.
  4. Rinse your hair with a herbal shampoo.
  5. Towel dry your hair. Do not use a hairdryer.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

Why This Works

Though chopping onions can make you cry, applying onion juice can make prevent your hair from crying out for help. Onion juice is rich in sulfur that prevents hair breakage and thinning. The onion mask provides nourishment to your hair follicles and promotes hair growth.

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15. Lemon Water

15. Lemon Water

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You Will Need
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 liter water
What You Have To Do
  1. After shampooing your hair, give it a final rinse with lemon water.
  2. Dab your hair with a dry towel to soak the water. Do not rub the towel vigorously.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this whenever you wash your hair.

Why This Works

Lemon water is an excellent hydrating agent and a natural conditioner. It helps retain moisture and prevents breakage of hair strands.

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16. Aloe Vera Gel

You Will Need
  • 4 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the aloe vera gel and lime juice in a bowl.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair from the roots to the hair tips.
  3. Clip up your hair and cover it with a shower cap.
  4. Leave it on for an hour.
  5. Shampoo and towel dry your hair.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this two to three times a week.

Why This Works

Aloe vera gel is rich in folic acid, niacin, and other phytonutrients that help improve the hair health, add volume to the hair, and protect from sun or heat damage.

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17. Tea Tree Oil

17. Tea Tree Oil

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You Will Need
  • 4 drops of tea tree oil
  • 4 drops of almond oil
  • 4 drops of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair.
  3. Clip up your hair, cover it with a shower cap and keep it on for 1-2 hours.
  4. Shampoo and towel dry your hair.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice or thrice a week.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties and helps to maintain scalp and hair health. This mask moisturizes the hair and repairs dry and damaged hair.

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18. Curd

You Will Need
  • 4 tablespoons curd
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon organic honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the curd, olive oil, and honey in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair.
  3. Clip up your hair and cover it with a shower cap. Keep it on for an hour.
  4. Rinse your hair with a herbal shampoo and towel dry it.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week for best results.

Why This Works

Curd mask provides moisture to the hair and prevents breakage of the hair strands.

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19. Rose Water

19. Rose Water

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You Will Need
  • 4 teaspoons rose water
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 8 teaspoons water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix rose water, lime juice, honey, and water in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair.
  3. Clip up your hair. Cover it with a shower cap and keep it on for an hour.
  4. Shampoo your hair and towel dry it.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

Why This Works

Rose water boosts blood circulation and improves hair health. This mask will help your hair grow longer quickly and reduce the chances of recurrence of split ends.

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20. Apple Cider Vinegar

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 500 mL water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix apple cider vinegar and water in a bowl.
  2. After shampooing your hair, wash it with the diluted apple cider vinegar.
  3. Towel dry your hair.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a week.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar smoothes the cuticles of the hair, thereby preventing hair strand breakage and damage.

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21. Folic Acid And Biotin

21. Folic Acid And Biotin

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You Will Need

Folic acid and biotin supplement

What You Have To Do
  1. Talk to your doctor before taking a folic acid-biotin supplement for split ends.
  2. Take only the recommended dosage for best results.
How Often You Should Do This

As directed by your doctor.

Why This Works

This supplement helps strengthen the follicles and cuticles of the hair and prevents hair damage and hair loss.

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22. Beer

You Will Need
  • 4 tablespoons beer
  • 1 teaspoon honey
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix beer and honey in a bowl.
  2. Massage this mixture into your scalp and the hair tips.
  3. Clip up your hair and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  4. Rinse with a herbal shampoo.
  5. Towel dry your hair. Do not use a hairdryer.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

Why This Works

Beer contains sugar and protein that help strengthen the hair and prevent split ends.

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23. Walnut Oil

23. Walnut Oil

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You Will Need

2-4 teaspoons walnut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Microwave the walnut oil for 10 seconds.
  2. Massage your scalp and the hair tips with the warm oil.
  3. Clip up your hair and leave it on overnight.
  4. Shampoo your hair and towel dry.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this every two to three days to see best results.

Why This Works

Walnut oil is another natural remedy for split ends. It is a great source of healthy fats that moisturize the hair and prevent split ends.

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24. Cutting And Trimming

Yes, you want to grow your hair, but if you have too many split ends, it is better to get your hair trimmed – just a little.

What You Have To Do
  1. Take a professional’s help to get your hair trimmed.
  2. The hairstylist can see how many split ends you have and will remove the damaged hair.

Be patient. Your hair will grow back. Dry and unhealthy hair doesn’t look good no matter how many hair products you use. Start taking care of your hair by oiling and applying hair masks regularly.

How Often You Should Do This

Once a month.

Why This Works

Getting your hair trimmed will prevent it from looking dry and frizzy and also prevent further damage.

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25. Candle Cutting

25. Candle Cutting

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What You Have To Do
  1. Get an appointment with a professional.
  2. Sections of your hair will be twisted and the damaged hair sticking out will be burned with the help of candle flame.
How Often You Should Do This

When you have split ends that you need to get rid of.

Why This Works

Candle cutting is a new technique that originated in Brazil. It is essentially used to remove split ends. You can keep the length of the hair long and get rid of the split ends as well.

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Caution

This should always be done by a professional who is an expert in candle cutting. Remember, it is not a DIY hack. Do NOT try this at home.

These are the 25 ways you can get rid of, prevent, and avoid getting split ends. But how do you know that you have split ends?

How To Detect Split Ends

How To Detect Split Ends

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  1. Part your hair in the middle and section it.
  2. Hold one section in between your middle and index fingers.
  3. Take a look at the ends of your hair.

You will know that you have split ends if you see any of the following.

What Are The Different Types Of Split Ends And What Do They Mean?

  1. Basic Split – The typical Y-shaped split end. Your hair needs more nourishment and can be treated.
  2. Mini Split – A smaller Y-shaped split that signals the beginning of a split end. Nourish your hair with the hair masks listed above before it’s too late.
  3. Fork In The Road – A three-way split end. This shows your hair is damaged and needs immediate attention.
  4. The Tree Split – Many split ends in one single strand of hair. Your hair is damaged, and you need to get a trim.
  5. The Candle – The end of your hair has lost its cuticles and looks thinner than the upper part. You need to get a trim or candle cut.
  6. The Knot – This is a common problem and can lead to hair breakage and hair fall. You should get rid of it by getting a trim.

Now that you know if you have split ends, it’s time to use some the above methods to prevent and avoid them. Before we conclude, here are a few quick tips to take care of split ends.

Tips

  1. Use good quality hair brushes and combs.
  2. Make sure you only use hair products of a reputed brand.
  3. The products should be gentle on your hair.
  4. Try to alternate between home remedies and commercially available products.
  5. Salon treatments may be a bit expensive but are good nonetheless. Book yourself some deep conditioning appointments and go for regular hair spa treatments.
  6. If you want to snip off the ends at home, make sure you use proper hair scissors or hair shears. Using regular paper scissors can cause further damage by causing split ends.
  7. Use as few chemicals as possible.
  8. Always use protective products like leave-in conditioners, hair serums, and heat protecting serums. This will ensure your hair gets as less damage as possible.
  9. Always rinse your hair before swimming and take a quick shower after. This will help you avoid chlorine build-up in the hair and prevent split ends.
  10. Always comb gently. Avoid brushing your hair when it is damp.
  11. Keep your hair tied as much as possible. Open hair is more prone to damage.

Split ends are annoying and can ruin your look. So, take care of them before it’s too late. Try these easy methods today and get amazing results in just a few weeks. Cheers!

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Charushila is an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition and a full-time contributor to Diet & Weight Loss at Stylecraze. She believes that food has healing powers and eating good food is the best way to lose weight. A binge eater-turned-fitness enthusiast, Charushila likes to share her knowledge and experience with the world. When she is not working, she loves to cook healthy food, watch movies, travel, workout, and read Bengali literature.

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