A 101 guide to prevent split ends

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split ends
averie-woodard

Although your hair is strong, it can be vulnerable to damage from daily wear and tear. The ends of your hair, which are also the oldest part of the hair shaft, can weaken and lose their protective layer. Several factors can contribute to split ends. Some of the most common include: chemical processing, like perms and coloring, heat treatments, forcefully combing or brushing your hair. Split ends are a common hair complaint, but there are ways to keep your hair healthy and prevent split ends from happening. Let’s look at how you can do this.

Be gentle after washing your hair

Wet hair is vulnerable to damage, so it’s important to care for your tresses gently after shampooing and conditioning. Some people have a habit of rubbing their hair dry with a towel, but this can damage it. Frequent rubbing can cause hair breakage. It can also damage your hair cuticles, resulting in split ends or frizziness. Instead of rubbing your hair dry, blot it dry with a towel to avoid breakage and damage.

Detangle your hair

Tangled hair, whether wet or dry, can be difficult to comb or brush. So always detangle your hair before drying, brushing, or styling. We recommend using a wide-tooth comb. The wider tooth allows the comb to glide through your hair without damaging the ends or causing breakage.

Hydrate your hair

Keeping your locks moisturized is also key to preventing split ends. Dryness can weaken hair, especially at the ends, and this can cause damage and split ends. To add moisture to your hair, consider using a weekly hair mask. A hair mask is a deep conditioning treatment that can infuse your hair with moisture and reduce frizziness and dryness. A mask can also reduce the risk of hair damage, resulting in softer, shinier hair.

The products in a hair mask are usually more concentrated than those you’d find in an instant conditioner. Also, the mask stays on your hair for longer — anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours, or even overnight.

You can buy a ready-made hair mask or make your own using ingredients like: coconut oil, aloe vera, honey, olive oil, bananas.

Dial down the heat

Using heated appliances on your hair, especially on a daily basis, can dry it out and change the structure of your hair proteins. If possible, let your hair air dry after washing, and then style it without using a curling iron, flat iron, or blow-dryer. If you do need to use heated appliances, try to turn down the heat setting. You can also apply a heat protectant product before blow-drying or styling to avoid heat damage.

Avoid overbrushing

Your hair doesn’t need 100 brush strokes a day. That’s a myth. In fact, brushing your hair too much can cause damage, including breakage and split ends. Instead, only brush your hair to style it or make it look neater. Avoid pulling or tugging on your hair as you brush or comb it, and use a detangling product if you need to get rid of knots.

Sleep on a silk pillowcase

Protecting your hair at night can also prevent split ends. Rather than sleeping on a cotton pillowcase, sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction. Sleeping on a silk or satin pillowcase allows your hair to glide over the pillow. Having less friction between the pillowcase and your hair may help prevent hair damage and breakage. Another option is to wear a silk scarf at night to protect your hair.

Also Read: 7 hairstyling mistakes that damage your hair!

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