Split ends are an unfortunate circumstance we all fall prey to at some point or other. Hard to avoid, split ends are nearly impossible to repair 100%, but with proper hair care and quick treatment, they’re not something you are doomed to live with or even deal with frequently.
Tip #1: Prevention
Prevention is the best medicine, which rings true for split ends. Once you have a split end, it will only get worse until treated, which likely means cutting it. However, keeping your hair well-maintained and conditioned will prevent split ends and keep your hair healthy. Here’s how:
Condition, Moisturize, Hydrate
Dry hair breaks easily and is more prone to developing split ends, so make sure you are conditioning frequently and regularly to maintain moisture and hydrated strands.
Consider washing your hair every other day instead of every day so that your natural body oils can heal – too much washing dries out your hair and scalp and your natural oils are very healing. That said, when you do shampoo, focus on massaging the product into your scalp rather than your strands, and apply the conditioner to your ends for more protection.
Try using a hair mask every few weeks or so to keep your hair moisturized, soft and shiny.
The type of hairbrush you use is as important as how you are brushing and how often. Use a padded brush with soft, flexible bristles to gently style. Back-combing and excessive brushing will lead your hair to break and can encourage split ends, so take care to not overdo it. Make sure to always brush from the ends to the roots to avoid tangling and damage.
Treat Wet Hair with Care
Wet hair is especially susceptible to damage and is its most vulnerable state. Do not rub wet hair with a towel excessively. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb to dry and comb from the ends to the roots. Also avoid brushing hair entirely when wet. Wet strands can stretch up to twenty-five percent, so remember to treat it with care.
Minimize Use of Hot Appliances
Hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons and the like are styling staples, but using excessively can encourage development of split ends, as hot appliances weaken hair and make it more prone to breakage. When you do use them, make sure to apply products that protect from the heat. Same goes for coloring.
Eat More Healthy Fats
Your diet is a major contributor to the health of your hair overall. Include more healthy fats to add shine and strength. Fish, olive oil and avocados are great choices to start!
Tip #2: Trimming
Regular trims every 6 – 8 weeks will help keep split ends under control, but it’s a good idea to go ahead and trim each split end as you find it – the earlier the better, as you can stop it before it goes further up the hair shaft and worsens.
Tip #3: Intensive Product Treatment
While split ends may not be 100% repairable, intensive product treatments including deep conditioning can help make them less visible and help the hair shafts to regrow. To learn more about these options and more, call us at 303-722-5400 and talk to Misha. Split ends are a burden, but not something you have to live with when properly managed.