For many of us, dealing with split ends can be a constant struggle. Those unsightly, dry, brittle, frizzy ends can ruin even the best hair days. And while cutting them off may be the first solution that comes to mind, it’s not your only option. Save your long hair and keep it healthy with these simple prevention and treatment tips.
1. Paint, don’t brush
While conditioning hair in the shower, gently run a wide-tooth comb through strands. This will help detangle the hair so as to avoid the typical hair breakage when brushing towel-dried hair. If you feel you need to brush your hair, do it before your shower to minimize post-shower breakage. Also be careful when washing your hair. Lather hair from the crown down in a gentle zigzag motion. Avoid twisting the hair as it can create tangles which can break it.
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2. Buy quality styling tools
Heat styling can cause split ends, but if you can’t live without blow-drying, at least make sure you’re using good quality tools. Cheap heat tools may be friendly on your wallet, but they won’t be friendly on your hair. Often dangerously overheated, cheap styling tools can burn split ends. Choose brands you know and trust and don’t be afraid to spend a little extra to keep your hair looking its best.
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3. Practice the correct drying technique
Blow-drying the right way is key to preventing the creation and further damage of split ends. Letting hair dry naturally is the preferred option to reduce damage, but it’s not always possible. If you need to blow dry, use a nozzle to control the direction of the air. Dry hair in a downward motion before parting and drying thoroughly with a round brush.
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4. Get your folic acid and biotin
Nutrients form the proteins that make up hair. Therefore, including the right nutrients in your diet will help keep your hair healthy and strong. Folic acid helps in the production of red blood cells which fuel hair growth. Green leafy vegetables, wheat, soybeans, broccoli and oranges are all excellent sources of folic acid. Biotin strengthens hair through its metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. It is found in brown rice, lentils, soybeans, peas, sunflower seeds and nuts.
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5. Use a leave-in conditioner
Conditioners that rinse out in the shower may be fine for normal hair, but if you have split ends, you’ll need to use a leave-in conditioner. A leave-in conditioner will add a much-needed layer of protection to your damaged hair and help it stay strong throughout the day. The extra lubrication will prevent split ends and breakage.
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6. Limit the damage
If you really want to get rid of your split ends, you need to limit the damage to your hair from salon visits. Hair coloring, highlights, straightening and blow-drying can all damage hair to split ends. Limit treatments as much as possible and avoid washing your hair for the next two days (this is when strands are most likely to split). Don’t give up on the salon altogether, as regular trims and trims are key to preventing and eliminating split ends.
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7. Invest in split-end treatments
Hair care has come a long way lately and the treatments are incredible proof of that. Easy to hold and easy to use, these little hair repair packets are essential for every woman’s bathroom. Split ends treatments are available in many brands and at different prices. We’ve selected eight products to help you save your strands quickly and easily.
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8. Or make your own at home
If you’re a bit strapped for money or prefer to go with an all-natural root, why not try concocting your own split ends remedy at home? There are effective concoctions that can be simply prepared with ingredients found at home. Try a simple hair mask made with an avocado, two tablespoons of egg whites, and three tablespoons of olive oil. Whisk all ingredients together until well blended and apply to hair. Leave the mask on for 45 minutes before rinsing thoroughly and washing the hair with a natural shampoo. And if that’s too much work for you, try spraying beer on your hair! The protein and sugar in the beer will help condition your locks.
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What are split ends?
Often resembling a “Y” shape, split ends are the result of hair splitting along its entire length. They occur due to damage to the strand and can lead to further breakage. Unattractive and frustrating, split ends often make hair look fried, dull, thin and uneven in length. Appearing as a generic split at the end of the hair, a curl in the middle of the hair strand, or repetitive splits on the same strand, split ends can cause tangles and be hard to get out.
What causes split ends?
Split ends occur when external stressors cause the outer protective layer of the hair to wear away. These external stressors can include heat styling, salon chemicals, sun rays, pollution, hot water, etc. Once the outer layer of hair is compromised, the inner structure becomes exposed, leaving hair weak, dry, damaged and (you guessed it) with split ends. Prevent split ends by avoiding these stressors, having regular trims, and being kind to the strands.
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