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Split ends are a common nuisance for many. Even though your hair is resistant, the ends of it are the oldest and most vulnerable part. They eventually lose their protective layer and can split. Split ends later snag other hair and create more of them.
While there is no fix for split ends except a trim, there are many ways to prevent them from happening. Here are the things you can do:
Many mistakenly believe that hair needs constant brushing to remain in good condition. The 100 brush strokes a day recommendation is not factual. It is causing damage which can lead to split ends. Only brush your hair enough times until it looks neat. If you are having a hard time brushing because of tangles, do not force through them.
Instead, use a product that helps detangle your hair. One recommended item you can use is a wide-tooth comb that better flows through hair, reducing the chance of breakage.
Hair can get damaged when you are sleeping due to friction. Cotton pillowcases aren’t ideal as they are too rough on the hair. Try switching to satin or silk, which are softer materials that put less pressure on the hair. An alternative is to wear a silk scarf over the hair during the night to give it a protective layer.
If you’re not in a rush, it’s best to let hair air dry before you begin your styling. If you’re using irons or dryers every day, try to give your hair a break. If you have to use them, try to lower the temperature or use a heat protection product beforehand.
Also, make sure that your hair is clean before you do any styling. If it has a conditioner or you’ve not yet cleaned it, the materials inside can cook your hair.
Most people go to a salon and have all treatments done within the day. While this is efficient, it’s not ideal foryour hair. Each treatment you give reduces its strength, and the treatments cantake their toll. Instead of relaxing and coloring on the same day, try to giveyour hair at least two weeks between treatments. The ideal time for a touch-uptreatment should be eight to ten weeks.
Also, use a hair mask or instant conditioner to moisturize and rejuvenate the hair. It significantly reduces the chances of split ends. Many recommend using hair products that have natural ingredients to avoid a drying effect.
Dry hair also weakens its structure, especially at the ends. Aside from the hair mask, many other products can hydrate the hair and keep it moisturized. Staying consistent with these products will give you soft, shiny, and strong hair. If you find hair masks expensive, there are many guides available to help you create your hair mask.
Diet is also a consideration as studies have shown how split ends connect to a lake of water in the body. Dry lips can be a sign that you need to intake more water. It’s also a sign that other parts of your body aren’t getting enough hydration.
Prevention is the only option as there is no cure for split ends. If you have them, have them trimmed before it affects the healthier parts of the hair. Once you develop the habits to protect the hair, you’ll find that you won’t experience split ends anymore. Not only that, your hair will consistently look gorgeous.
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