Split ends are one of the most common forms of damage to hair and it can really make any hairstyle you try into a bad hair day.
But what causes split ends?
Split ends, for those who don't know, is when the hair shaft splits or frays along the hair's ends or the entire hair follicle. This can lead to breakage, dry hair ends, dead ends, and of course, split ends.
Taking care of split ends and damaged hair is necessary to make sure your hair is healthy and prevent any damage. So, here are some tips you can use to repair and prevent split ends.
Stop Towel-Drying Your Hair
Drying your hair using a towel is one of the biggest common mistakes people do when they are styling their hair once they get out of the shower. This is because drying your hair this way can cause frizzing and tangling, creating more split ends. Yikes!
To prevent this, wear a special hair towel like our Turbie Twist, which is made with cotton or microfiber. This will help reduce frizziness in your hair and absorb water twice as fast as the typical towel that you keep near your shower.
Sleep on Silk or Satin Pillowcases
Cotton pillowcases can cause friction while you are trying to get your Zzz's in. When friction happens, your hair can break, and dead ends hair will occur.
Using a silk or satin pillowcase will help straight, wavy, or curly hair keep its shape when you're lying down. For extra protection, consider using one of our Turbie Twists and a satin pillowcase at the same time. Because of its microfibers, it will absorb any water quickly if you just came out of the shower.
Wake up with healthier hair and more time in your routine!
Take Care While Blow-Drying
Make sure the blow-dryers or diffusers you use on your hair are of good quality and that you have a great blow-drying technique.
When blow-drying, avoid placing the high heat directly on your scalp to avoid burns, or on your ends. Try letting the heat go more on the roots and mid lengths and move your hairdryer up and down the length of your hair for an even distribution of heat, not concentrating on just one area. As a result of this, the ends of your hair will not bear the brunt of the heat and be spared extra damage.
Apply Leave in Conditioner
One product that is not often thought about in the hair products aisle is leave in conditioner. The fact is that once you are out of the shower, the regular conditioner you use will not help much in preventing split ends. Leave in conditioner, on the other hand, will add an extra layer of protection, helping to moisturize your hair as you let it dry.
Once you go through your typical hair styling routine, the leave in conditioner will allow you to go about your day.
Comb Your Hair While in the Shower
Tangled hair, no matter how much you brush it, can be difficult to brush. To prevent this, try using a wide toothed comb while in the shower. This is because hair is more easily manipulated when wet.
After applying conditioner, slowly let the comb go through your hair until all the tangles are out. This type of comb will go through the hair strand without damaging any ends or making new breakages. At the same time, you also should not overcomb or overbrush your hair since overdoing it can cause damage.
Hair treatments for split ends come in a variety of products, whether they are bought in stores or DIY-ed.
One kind of DIY treatment involves using two tablespoons of honey and three tablespoons of olive oil. Combine the two and put it in your shampooed hair for twenty minutes to half an hour. After that, rinse the mixture out and use a clarifying shampoo.
If you don't want to make your own treatment, try a keratin treatment. This will, when blow-dried into hair, use a large number of proteins that will smooth and reinvigorate the shine in your hair. With this treatment, your hair-styling time will be reduced.
If It's Been a While, Get a Trim
If it has been a long time without going to the salon, you can get a hairstylist to trim split ends. The more time you let your hair grow, the more breakage will occur. Obviously, after all the work you've done to prevent split ends, you don't want to add more risk and create damaged hair.
Trimming split ends is the only long-term cure to get rid of them, but this should be in conjunction with preventative measures to take care of your hair.
Say Goodbye to Split Ends in 2020
You can fix split ends easily without taking a trip to the salon. It may be temporary since no one treatment can permanently keep them away. However, taking these steps to prevent split ends will help your hair, avoid bad habits, and keep it well-nourished enough to not break.
When wondering how to get rid of split ends, keep this post in your repertoire and begin the battle against damaged hair. If you want to know more about how our products can help you in your hair care routine, contact us today.