Split ends are your hairs way of telling you that it’s not doing so good. And its irreversible damage. Once the hair strand splits, the only way to get rid of it, is to cut. it. off. It’s THE tell-tale sign that your hair is dry, damaged and in need of some TLC.
Sometimes, a split hair, here or there, isn’t a big deal. It may be that your hair has got caught in your brush or hair band and split in the process. It happens. But if you’re noticing a lot, you need to make a few changes to get your hair into better shape. Following a cut (hopefully just a trim) to get rid of the worst, give our tips a try for healthier and happier hair:
Wash your hair in colder temperatures
Hot showers can cause damage to your scalp which in turn affects the hair follicles. Additionally, like your skin, the follicles open up with the heat and although this is good for giving skin a deeper clean, for your hair, it ‘ll just damage it or certainly start the process by making your hair more brittle.
What’s more (yep, there are many reasons not to wash your hair in hot water), it’ll strip your hair of its natural oils which helps to protect your hair. It’s also the most important reason to not wash your hair daily, so if you are, this too is only going to lead to damage.
Switch your shampoo and conditioner until your hair is healthy again
If you have severe damage, then it’s best to work with a specialist shampoo, conditioner and treatment until your hair is much healthier.
We’ve tried and tested the Kérastase Resistance range which will help to protect your hair as your washing it and go someway to repairing some of the damage caused. It helps to smooth out your hair’s follicles and strands, protecting those at risk of breakage and will help to strengthen your hair as it re-grows. Not only do they have a shampoo and conditioner to tackle mild to severe damage but they also have serums and treatments to help protect your hair when styling.
Take care when towel drying your hair
NEVER rub your hair as you get out the shower.
It can be tempting, particularly if you’re in a rush, to help speed up the drying process by rubbing your hair with a towel. But this is a sure and fast way to cause split ends.
When you’ve washed your hair, it’s in a very fragile state so you need to take super care of it. Not only should you not rub your hair with a towel but you shouldn’t wring it either. Instead, pat it dry with a towel or use a microfibre towel which will absorb, pretty quickly, a lot of excess moisture.
Take care when brushing your hair
Because of its fragility when wet, you need to be mindful of the brush that you use too.
Steer clear of round, bristly brushes until your hair is 80% dry. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb first to de-tangle your hair. A Tangle Teezer is a very effective tool to have, not just for wet hair but dry hair too. In fact, we’d suggest buying a second to keep in your hand/gym bag too; they’re compact and really do make a big difference to hair health!
ALWAYS use a heat protector
Heat is a leading cause of split end. So, if you need to use a hairdryer, straighteners or curler, always use a heat protector first.
There are many products out there that are specifically made to protect your hair when styling. But as long as you use a serum or cream that’ll give your hair some added moisture, this will go someway to protecting your hair. Not only will you get that protection, but your hair will look smooth and great for it too.
Don’t over style your hair
If you can, be sure to give your hair a little respite. Don’t wash it daily, avoid using heated tools where possible and even wearing it down a little more can be a saving grace. When we’re pulling, tugging and re-styling constantly, we can lose or damage strands in hairbands and brushes. All of which contribute to split ends.
If you’re trying to grow your hair, it can be devastating to need to have inches taken off your length. But this is what it’ll need if its left to its own devices. The only way to really get rid of split ends is to cut them out. But by having a regular cut and following these tips, we guarantee you can say goodbye to split ends for good.
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