No matter what our hair texture may be, we all suffer from split ends. The idea that split ends will disappear over time is completely wrong. While there are ways you can get rid of split ends, or at the very least, mask them, it’s always better to prevent them from cropping up in the first place.
Here are various ways you can prevent split ends:
1. Haircut Using Hot Scissors
Experts at Cost Cutters know that hot scissors which have temperatures of up to 310F are a foolproof way to prevent split ends permanently as these things use high heat to seal the cuticle of the hair thereby curing split ends.
2. Get Your Hair Trimmed Regularly
The longer the hair, the more susceptible it becomes to split ends. Book an appointment with your hairstylist every 6-8 weeks to keep your ends as healthy. If you want long in between trims, split ends will reach higher up your hair shaft.
3. Don’t Over-Shampoo Your Hair
Be mindful of over-shampooing your hair. That means you should not wash it frequently and you should use just the right amount of shampoo.
4. Use Argan Oil Products
Argan oil is considered haircare’s liquid gold. Use hair products containing argan oil such as a deep conditioner or a serum which you apply on wet hair. Argan oil is an oil extracted from argan fruits which grows in Morocco. It is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, and provides moisturizing and anti-inflammatory benefits.
5. Avoid Very Hot Showers
Scalding hot water prevents the hair cuticles from getting rid of buildup which in turn causes split ends. Use lukewarm water or the coldest water you can deal with particularly when rinsing.
6. Don’t Blow Dry Your Ends
So here’s the thing – the more heat you expose your ends to, the more damaged they become. Focus the dryer on the roots and upper parts of your hair instead of the ends.
7. Dry Your Hair with a Microfiber Towel
A microfiber towel not only dries the hair, it does so gently. Wrap your hair in a microfiber towel after showering to allow it to absorb the excess moisture.
8. Use Hair Accessories That are Metal-Free
The accessories you put in your hair can damage it especially if you use those that contain metal as the pieces can snag and break your hair.
9. Avoid Overheating Hot Tools
Overheating the styling tools used on hair causes damage and split ends. Use the low or medium setting instead. And if possible, use hot tools less frequently. If you rely heavily on these tools however, be sure to apply heat protectant spray which provides a protective barrier between your hair and the tool.
10. Use a Nourishing Oil
Hair oil is great at concealing split ends. Choose a product that contain moisturizing and nourishing ingredients.
Another thing to note when it comes to caring for your hair is to always consider the ingredients used in the hair products you use. This can make a big difference. As much as possible, steer clear of synthetic compounds along with silicones, mineral oils, parabens, propylene glycol, ethanolamines and phthalates. Go for advanced formulations with natural ingredients instead.
Here’s a video showing how you can protect your hair from damage caused by heating tools: