Split ends can affect anyone, no matter the length, color, texture or thickness of your hair.
You may already be way too familiar with split ends. You like to have long hair and only trim the slightest amounts off as seldom as possible. And you only do this because the split ends are starting to take away from your otherwise-glorious beachy waves. They are the bane of your existence.
Another possibility is, you’ve seen a few split ends here and there and are curious about what caused them, and what you can do about them.
Either way, read on to learn more about what causes these unsightly ends and how to get rid of them for good.
What are split ends exactly?
When hair is exposed to excessive stress, usually caused by mechanical damage (the sun, styling tools, blow dryers, etc.) or chemical damage (chlorine, salt water, styling products), it causes damage that makes the strands fray or separate into fragments – hence the name, split ends. If left to their own devices, split ends will continue to spread up the hair shaft and leave your hair looking less than fantastic.
What can I do about split ends?
The only way to completely get rid of split ends is to cut them off, but fortunately for you, there is a multitude of ways to help prevent split ends from happening in the first place. Here are some of our top tips for eliminating those frays for good.
Break from heat styling and drying
One of the easiest things you can do to prevent split ends is to take a break from your heat tools like curlings irons, wands, straighteners and dryers. Even if it’s just a few days a week, your hair will thank you. Now’s your chance to try a new “no heat required” style like a messy updo or another gorgeous date-night style.
Protect against heat
If you’re reluctant to take a complete break from heat styling and blow drying, try using a protective treatment before exposing your strands to high temperatures. We love this Smoothing Keratin Treatment, which can be applied to damp hair before your blow out. It also reduces frizz and provides humidity protection for 24 hours.
DIY hair mask
You’ve probably heard of some of the DIY treatments you can try at home that help moisturize and protect your locks, reducing the likelihood of split ends. Here are a few of our faves with ingredients you probably already have at home:
Olive oil and honey
Mix three tablespoons of warm olive oil with two tablespoons of raw honey, and leave in for a half hour. Then, rinse, shampoo and condition your hair.
Packed with nutrients like biotin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin D, egg yolk contains some of the same proteins found in healthy hair. Applying yolk to your scalp can make hair stronger and less prone to splitting or breakage, or you can apply the yolk directly to the ends of the hair. Either way, cover with a shower cap and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water, then wash as normal.
You may already be using coconut oil to moisturize your skin or to sautee your favorite foods. This multipurpose oil can also be worked into dry or damp hair (ends to mid-shaft) and left on for 30 minutes. Afterward, rinse, shampoo and condition your hair.
Trim hair regularly
If you do nothing else to keep the split ends at bay, we recommend heading to your local Fantastic Sams salon for a trim every 6-8 weeks. Even if you’re trying to grow your hair out to a longer length, a regular trim promotes healthy hair and helps prevent any split ends from traveling farther up the hair shaft.
Ditch the brush
Brushing your hair can stimulate blood flow to the scalp, which promotes hair growth – but using the wrong type of brush or an improper technique can actually do harm to your tresses, causing breakage and split ends. Try a wide-tooth comb instead, especially when your hair is wet and likely to have more tangles. But, if you do insist on a brush, start at the ends of the hair, working gradually in small strokes back toward your head to avoid pulling tangles through your whole length.
Mind your water temperature
When shampooing or rinsing your hair, the water temperature can play a role in the health of your hair. Cooler water helps close the hair follicle, sealing it against potential damage. If you can’t fathom a whole shower in cool water, wash and rinse your hair as normal, then do a finishing rinse with cool water to help keep your hair smooth and healthy-looking.
Whichever recommendation you try, whether it’s one or all, you’ll be on your way to healthier hair and getting rid of split ends for good.
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