If you are like me, there is nothing worse than noticing split-ends in your hair. We work hard at deep conditioning and using thermal products to protect our locks yet they still sneak back up on us! There are some great ways to help out those split-ends and even prevent them in the first place. Read on:
- Learn to work the second day hairstyle. Over shampooing is the number overlooked reason for getting split ends. Of course not showering is not an option. But, it is important to note that sometimes tossing your hair in a bun on top of your head is actually very healthy – for your hair! Washing your hair every other day will allow the body to repair your hair with your own natural oils — which leaves your hair silky, smooth and protected – and naturally so! And, to boot, you might even be surprised to find that some styles do work better with second or even third day hair.
- Brush your hair wisely and correctly. For daily brushing you should choose a cushioned paddle brush with flexible bristles. Be careful with hard plastic brushes and hard bristles as they will tug and rip your hair if used for normal daily brushing on knotted hair. Do NOT brush and tug the brush downward along your hair from root to tip on your first pass through! This is an easy way to damage hair. Instead, work from end to root. Carefully brush through your ends first, then, slowly work up to the midsection. In a final stroke, you can pull your brush through the entire length of your hair. Also, invest in a wide toothed comb for use on wet hair. The wide tooth comb will gently glide through your hairand loosely manage your locks without causing as much breakage.
- Shampoo only your scalp and condition your ends. I was taught this simple trick as a young girl. First, let hair hang down normally 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 and away down the drain. And then, be sure to apply conditioner to the ends of your hair. Let that sit in your hair for a couple of minutes to soak in. And finally, when you rinse your hair, don’t completely rinse it dry of the conditioner, leave a little bit in there. Of course rinse most of it out, don’t leave so much left that hair has a greasy feel.
- Towel drying or blow drying? It’s best to go natural and avoid the heat – if you can. But even towel drying can lead to damaging spit ends. It’s best to wrap your towel around hair and gently squeeze different areas to draw moisture out. If blow drying achieve a particular style and if your blow dryer is to be the only heat styling tool used, do your best to avoid placing direct heat on hair ends until absolutely necessary. Once the roots and upper lengths of your hair are dry, then lead the blow dryer through your ends with a brush. However if you are blow drying as just one step in the full styling process, do your best to avoid direct contact with your ends altogether. Instead, concentrate most drying around the roots and upper lengths of hair, allowing ends to catch the “second hand heat” of the air blowing through them.
- Straightening and curling. While straightening hair, it is best to use a brush or comb to guide. Choose the portion you are ready to straighten, run a brush down your hair, and follow with your straightener. This aligns hair in one direction and reduces the risk of straightening a strand of hair in a creased or bent position, which could instantly break it off or cause damage and split ends. For curling begin at yourroots and guide your hair through the curling iron as you twist up. By doing this you constantly shifts the portion of hair receiving direct heat, and the ends are last to experience the heat. This way, ends will only take in as much heat as needed to hold the style.
- Without doubt, a trim will be needed at some point to control your split ends. Proper hair care will allow you to stretch out the timing in between your trim appointments to every six to eight weeks and maybe even longer! It may sound counter-intuitive, but this is why it’s actually best to get frequent trims if you’re trying to grow longer, healthier hair.
We can all admit that healthy hair is tricky to maintain. But, by subtly changing your daily routine and incorporating these easy tips, your hair will absolutely love you, and everyone will absolutely love your hair!