Your hair is your main beauty accessory: It’s versatile, a focal point and can be shaped into many quick easy hairstyles. So when your hair isn’t looking its best, you don’t feel your best.
Hair is prone to damage, especially in the form of split ends. The daily grind of washing, combing, styling and chemical treatments can cause the hair cuticle (the outside protective sheath of the hair’s shaft) to wear away. Once the cuticle is damaged, the inner layer of hair is exposed and it becomes weakened, dehydrated and damaged. This makes the hair more likely tosplit at the ends. Tight, elastic bands or any bands with metal parts can also damage the hair, especially if left in for a long time. Try using more gentle hair-accessories such as scrunchies or ribbons, which are kinder on the hair.
You can’t treat split ends without cutting them off – they have to be trimmed to be fully removed. Some products claim to fix them, but it’s only temporary fix. Split ends occur most often at the tip but can show up anywhere in your hair. And split ends just don’t stop; they split into two, three or more ends and reduce the length of your hair. As they split more and more, they spoil the beauty of your hair.
Usually, split ends are lighter, uneven and have a different color than your normalhair color. Split ends tend to make your hair dull and lifeless. And the longer the hair, the older the ends and therefore longer hair is more prone to split ends.
With beautiful hair comes great responsibility – the responsibility of looking after your beautiful mane. The good news is that you can easily avoid split ends, grow your hair longer and still create quick easy hairstyles. That’s why we’ve put together these five great prevention tips to help maintain those gorgeous locks.
5.) Getting a Regular Trim
Getting regular trims and cutting off the split ends prevents hair from splitting further and keeps the hair healthy. As a result, the hair will grow stronger and longer. If you are feeling brave enough and aren’t due for a full haircut, you could take care of the split ends yourself. Trim them off using a small pair of hair shears. Normal scissors are not recommended, as they can fray the hair and lead to more split ends. Cut single strands about 1/4″ (6mm) above the split. Don’t cut too close to the damage, as the split may reappear later on. If hair has a small ball directly above the damage, cut above this. As soon as the hair has been trimmed, the difference of quality and color can be seen instantly.
4.) Oil Your Hair
Coconut oil or olive oil can also help prevent split ends. Massage it in as you would a hair mask. Apply the oil to the middle and ends of the hair. Avoid applying the oil near the scalp, as this can cause a buildup of dandruff or even damage the roots. Oil up to twice a week, leaving it on overnight under a cap and sleeping with it. The next day, wash and shampoo the hair and rinse. Use oils thatare nutrient-rich such as argan oil, castor oil, almond oil or extra-virgin olive oil. This can lubricate the hair shaft, prevents it from splitting and seals in the moisture of the hair.
3.) Use Leave-In Conditioner
Conditioners and other commercial treatments sometimes claim to get rid of split ends. In fact, they seal the split ends shut to hide them from view, and the damage is still there. They can be used as a temporary fix, but don’t rely on them long-term, as this may lead to further damage. Split ends cannot ever be cured with any hair treatment. Applying conditioner every time you shampoo the hair can reduce the chance of getting split ends. For dry hair, use the kind containing natural oils, and for oily hair, use a light conditioner. Conditioner works to restore moisture to the hair as well as shields against breakage, dryness and frizz. Whether you have damaged hair or not, a good leave-in conditioner is a must for everyone’s beauty routine.
2.) Use a Wide-Toothed Comb
“Wide-toothed” refers to the large spacing between the teeth of a comb, which makes it easier to detangle hair, a huge benefit of which is no hair breakage. Less friction is created when using a wide-toothed comb compared to a medium- or fine-toothed comb. This makes it more gentle on the stands of hair and prevents breakage and split ends from occurring. If there are a lot of split ends, maybe it’s time to start using a wide-toothed comb.
1.) Protect Hair From High Heat
Everyone loves quick easy hairstyles, but it’s recommended to avoid styling your hair excessively. Hair straightening, blow drying and brushing hair when it’s wet can all lead to split ends. You cannot avoid some heat damage, but you can limit split ends by preparing the hair for styling and making a few changes to your beauty routine.
Squirt a drop of heat-protecting styling serum into your hand. Rub the serum into your hands, then work it into your hair, starting at the tips. Do not apply the serum to the scalp. Comb the product through your hair. Always apply before blow drying or running a heat styling tool such as a flat iron through the hair. Another tip: Use a lower temperature setting when blow drying hair. Even though it takes longer, the cooler temperature will help close the cuticle and make the hair shiny.
Have you tried any of these techniques? Tell us in the comments below or share your split end prevention tips with us on social media – tag @topfivecom and #top5splitends.