We’ve all dealt with pesky split ends, no matter how often we visit the salon. Regardless of length of your hair, split ends can wreak havoc on a perfectly practiced ‘do. There are a number of culprits responsible for the damaged ends, but luckily there are a number of ways to prevent your ends from splitting in the first place. Try out some of these tips!
Get Regular Trims
It’s important to trim your hair on a regular basis. The proper amount of time for trims depends on your hair itself. If your hair is dyed, manipulated by heat regularly, or especially dry you should probably cut it every month or so to make sure it stays healthy. If none of the above apply to your hair then getting a haircut every four to six months, or whenever split ends start occurring, is adequate.
Avoiding heat tools can be difficult,, but it is a necessary step to take for your hair’s health. Hot temperatures in flat irons, curling irons and wands, and blow dryers can damage your hair shaft and cause splitting, as well as dry out the hair shaft which can also lead to splitting. A helpful tip is to let hair air dry, use a blow dryer with a cool setting, or use heat protectant hair products. Try to limit heat usage as much as possible, and instead try to only using heat tools for special occasions.
Be Wary of Certain Hairstyles
Some hairstyles are better for your hair than others. For example, sleeping with hair in a loose braid helps keep the hair shaft from getting agitated caused by friction from your pillow during sleep. Sleeping with your hair down creates the most friction during sleep, which can also lead to breakage. Extremely tight styles, such as ponytails or buns, can also put a lot of stress on your hair during the day. If you’re going to wear your hair in a tight style, make sure to use an oil–like argan or macadamia oil–to lock in moisture and prevent breakage.