Split ends. Everyone gets them and nobody ever wants them. Unfortunately for most of us, they are simply unavoidable, no matter how hard we try to prevent them. There are, however, some little known facts and tips about split ends that can help prevent more split ends from occurring and also make sure your current damaged ends don’t become worse.
- You can’t undo damages: Once your hair is split, it can not be repaired. There are definitely tricks to make the split ends appear healthier and less noticeable, but the only real fix is to snip off the split end.
- Trim your hair: We all know that getting regular trims every 6 to 8 weeks is the best way to maintain healthy hair, but for longer hair you can push it to 10-12 weeks for a trim. If you do get a split end and don’t trim your hair regularly the split can run the whole way up your hair strand!
- Don’t over-wash your hair: Washing your hair every other day allows your hair to repair itself with its own natural oils, leaving your hair smoother and better protected. If you wash your hair every day, you are stripping your hair of these oils which can make your hair more susceptible to breakage and split ends.
- How you shampoo and condition makes a difference: Shampooing your scalp and conditioning your ends is the best way to do it. Don’t pile your hair on the top of your head and start scrubbing away; that will lead to split ends. Instead, just shampoo your scalp and let the remaining suds rinse through your strands. Also, when conditioning the ends of your hair, make sure you give the conditioner some time to really soak into the strands before rinsing it out.
- Be gentle: When towel drying your hair, make sure you are not rubbing and pulling your hair in a harsh manner. Instead, wrap a towel or old t-shirt around your wet hair and gently squeeze out the excess moisture.
- Use the right brush: If you are brushing wet hair, be careful because hair is most prone to breakage when wet. With that said, using a wide tooth comb is the best way to detangle wet hair. A wide tooth comb will slip through your strands with ease and cause little to no damage in the process.