No one likes those pesky little things – they can make your hair look frizzy and downright unhealthy. There are products on the market that will make your split ends look better, but ultimately, there is no way to fix split-ends besides cutting them off – so lets look at ways to PREVENT them.
1. Learn to Work 2nd Day HAIR
Washing your hair everyday – removes your bodies own natural oils – leaving your hair dry, hence, more prone to split ends. So, learn to go at least 2 days between washing. Try a dry shampoo between washings – but make sure that you are using a dry shampoo that doesn't contain drying alcohols or other scary ingredients – such as PROPANE…….
2. Brush WISELY and CORRECTLY
There are many different brushes for different hair types but in general, for daily brushing, you should be using a brush with a flexible bristles. This helps to detangle with ease. Hard plastic brushes and bristles will tug and rip your hair apart if used for normal, daily brushing on knotted hair. Next – USE IT CORRECTLY – Work from END to ROOTS – Carefully brush your ends first, then slowly work your way up to the midsection. In a final stroke, you can pull your brush through the entire length of your hair. This also helps distribute those natural oils that are produced on your roots.
3. Shampoo ONLY your scalp
Don't clump your hair into a big pile on top of your head and begin scrubbing. This causes unnatural bending and rubbing of your hair and will cause split ends and also causes major tangling. Let hair hang down naturally and simply lather shampoo onto your scalp, then let the ends of your hair experience the “second hand suds” as you rinse the shampoo through your hair.
4. Condition your ENDS
ALWAYS use a conditioner. If your hair is fine or thin – you will have better results by just applying to the ends. However, if your hair is thicker and coarser – I suggest using conditioner all over. Good conditioners help to moisturize and pull out excess water and seal the cuticle. This results in less frizz and protected hair.
5. Towel Drying – Do it Correctly
Do not scrub and rub a towel through your hair. If you are going to use a towel to dry your hair – simply wrap it around your hair and squeeze gently, different areas to draw moisture out. If you have curly hair or frizz prone hair – I highly suggest you use the “hair plopping” method. Using a t-shirt to draw excess moisture out of your hair.
6. Wide Tooth combs or Wet Brushes to Comb Wet Hair
Wet hair is VERY vulnerable to damage. A wide tooth comb or wet brush will easily glide through hair and loosely manage your locks without causing as much damage as a regular thick bristle brush would do.
7. Blow Drying – KNOW the PURPOSE
If your blow dryer is to be the only heat styling tool used, do your best to avoid placing direct heat on the hair ends until absolutely necessary. Once the roots and mid-section is dry – then lead the blow dryer through the ends with a brush.
If you are using another form of heat styling, following the blow drying – do your best to avoid direct contact with your ends altogether. Concentrate most drying around the roots and mid-length of hair, allowing ends to catch “second-hand heat” of the air blowing through them.
Also make sure that your heat styling tools, aren't TOO HOT. Most tools will come with an adjustable heat setting. Unless you have really coarse hair, there is no need to use a high setting. Set tools to the lowest possible temp that will still give you the results you are looking for.
8. Straightening Irons
When straightening your hair, always use a brush or comb to guide. Pick up a portion you are ready to straighten, run a brush down your hair and follow with your straightener placed directly behind the brush. This aligns the hair in one direction and reduces the chances of straightening a strand of hair in a creased or bent position, which could instantly break it off or cause damage and split ends.
Don't start your curl at the end of your hair. Begin at the roots and guide your hair through the curling iron as you twist up. Starting at the ends, causes the most intense heat stay on your ends for the longest time. But by beginning at the roots and twisting hair through constantly shifts the portion of hair receiving direct heat and the roots are the last to experience the heat.
10. Get a TRIM
Part of preventing split ends is managing split ends that are already there. Proper care of your hair, will allow you to go longer periods between trims. The trick to keeping your hair looking healthy is to cut the ends off before they become split. How often, depends on your hair, but typically it is recommended at least 4 times a year.
11. Use QUALITY hair products
This may seem like an overkill – but until you have tried botanically based hair products that are free of the “bad chemicals” you don't understand the difference it can make on your hair. I was known for using what ever I could find at the dollar store or Wal-Mart, because nothing worked anyways – what was the point of spending more money on a different brand that was going to give me the same results? Until I switched my products and quit putting parabens, sulfates and the list of harmful chemicals on my hair – did I realize what a difference it can make……..
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