7 Practical Ways To Prevent Split Ends

It is a fact of life that split ends happen to all of us, regardless of your hair condition. It doesn’t matter how often you colour, or brush, or even touch your hair, split ends will eventually happen to you sooner or later.

So why does it happen, and what can you do to slow down or even correct the problem?

Trichoptilosis, the technical name for split ends, happens because hair naturally thins and weakens as it ages. Inevitable environmental stressors like friction and sun exposure combined with brushing, hair treatments etc. gradually strip away the outer protective layer of the hair cuticle, leaving the hair raw and exposed. This makes the hair more susceptible than ever to dryness and breakage, and since the ends of your hair are the oldest, that’s where the breakage happens creating split ends.

The main culprit is dryness and the problem can sometimes be hard to spot. And if you are wearing extensions it’s possible that your natural hair and your extension hair are splitting at a different pace, with your natural hair splitting a little bit faster than your extension hair. That’s why it’s so important to keep up with your maintenance schedule.

The only real fix is a trim. While there are things you can do to minimize the appearance of split ends, the only way to cure them is to snip them off.

But in essence you should focus on prevention rather than cure, and the best way to deal with split ends is to adapt better hair care habits.

Here are some that you may like to try when doing the following:

1. Showering

Use shampoo at the roots, and don’t do it too often, as shampoo strips the hair of its natural oils. 1-3 times per week, depending on your hair-type should be enough. Also, don’t skimp on conditioning treatments. Also you should apply conditioner or Argan Oil heartily to the ends of your hair (no higher than mid-shaft), and leave it in for several minutes before rinsing with cold water (to seal the cuticle).

2. Wet Hair

Always baby your hair, wet or dry. But wet hair is more likely to break, so it needs some extra love after washing. Don’t towel dry your hair, because it jostles the cuticle – and use a wide-tooth comb to brush through wet hair, and don’t ever apply heat to wet hair (that includes a blow dryer). Instead, wait until it’s at least fifty per cent dry, treat it with heat-protectant, then wait about three minutes before blow-drying. When possible, allow it to air dry.

3. Brushing

Firstly, don’t brush your hair too often. Secondly, use best practices when brushing by using a boar hair bristle brush on dry hair (to minimize damage and distribute natural oils throughout the hair), and always brush downwards, starting at the ends of your hair and working up. When you find a knot, use your fingers to tease it apart. You don’t ever want to tear it out with a brush. That snapping sound means your hair is breaking.

4. Heating Tools

These products and procedures will dry out your hair like no other, and even sometimes damage the outer layer of cuticle. If you can’t live without your straightener or curler, use the lowest heat setting possible and always use a heat protectant.

5. Soft Hair Accessories

Putting rough metal in your hair can damage your strands. Use soft scrunchies, ribbons, and soft metals (like copper) as they are more preferable.

6. Sleeping

Pull your hair into a loose braid before going to bed, or even utilize a silk bonnet. For extra protection, switch out your cotton pillowcases for silk ones.

7. Treatments

Indulge in hair masks, hair oils, and deep conditioning treatments, serums, and even hair supplements like biotin for a total defence against split ends. This is recommended especially for those with naturally thin hair as thin hair breaks more easily, and for those with extensions in place to compensate for the lack of natural oil distribution to your extension ends.

Information source: donnabellahair.com

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