Regardless of how long or short your hair is, it can always have split ends. These are often the result of everyday pampering, which ranges from washing, combing, drying and styling your hair. All of these steps can cause the outside protective layer of the hair to wear off, which can then be damaged and prone to breakage. Although you can deal with split ends easily by just cutting them, here are some tips to prevent them from appearing again.
Don’t use too many heat tools
Although we are addicted to using heat tools to style our hair, from a blow dryer to straightener and curling iron, all of these are one of the main causes for the increased appearance of split ends. This is so because by drying our hear, and exposing it so such an immense amount of heat, we’re reducing the moisture, thus making our hair dry and prone to split ends. Therefore, the best way to avoid this, would be either to let our hair dry naturally, which is the best method since we do not apply any heat, or if you are still addicted to your hair tools then always make sure you apply a heat protectant which although doesn’t fully protect your hair, it’s still better than nothing.
Don’t dry your hair with a towel
Although this might be a habit that a lot of people can’t shake, it’s about time that we do it. Drying your hair with a towel might be one of the worst things you can do to your hair and one of the things that will cause the most split ends. This is so, because, as our hair is wrapped in the towel, all tangled up and wet, it’s forced to twist which will often result in massive breakages. Therefore, instead of putting your hair in a towel and tightly twisting it to dry it off, why not take a tower and just squeeze the water out before you let it dry.
Take a break from ponytails
Although ponytails may not be the first thing that comes to mind when talking about split ends, it might be better to wear your hair down, instead of constantly having it up. This is so because if you continue to wear your hair in the same area it might result in breakage since this part of your hair is constantly under tension. With that being said, if you’re planning to wear your hair in a ponytail, try to avoid those bands that tangle your hair and break it as you try to untangle it.
Be careful how you brush your hair
Most people when brushing their hair, start to brush it from the top to the bottom. Although this might seem like the logical thing to do, it can actually do more harm than good. This might not be the best way to go because instead of untangling your hair, you are only making the knots worse. By pulling on your hair more, not only do you not untangle it, but you also make it break, which again causes split ends. Therefore, next time you’re trying to brush your hair, why not give the other way a try. Make sure you start brushing your hair from the bottom, and then just slowly move on to brushing your roots.
In order to avoid the appearance of split ends, the best thing that you can do is use conditioner. When you’re applying your conditioner, make sure you put it directly on the ends of your hair and let it sit for a while. After the product had been sitting on your hair for a couple of minutes rinse it off. You’ll immediately feel your ends smoother and shiner, and you’ll have no trouble brushing or combining your hair. Although a lot of products are not often advised to be used, if you want to avoid getting split ends, don’t forget about the conditioner.
Give your hair a break
Although hygiene is important, you often need to give your hair a break if you don’t want to damage it. With that being said, we’re not advising you to wash your hair once a week, but maybe do it every second day, instead of doing it every day. This is so because your hair needs time to repair, and if you are constantly treating it, you are not allowing that to happen. In other words, by washing your hair every day, you aren’t allowing the production of oils which are beneficial to our hair.
What you put and how you treat your hair is crucial if you want to avoid those split ends. Everyone wants that shiny, silky hair that we often see advertised, and believe it or not, you can’t achieve that just by buying a fancy shampoo.