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How to Prevent Split Ends

Split ends are a very common problem that affects who wants to grow gorgeous looking tresses. Split ends are most likely to appear on dry and brittle long hair but can develop on shorter hair as well. While there are hundreds of products on the market that claim that split ends can be repaired the truth is that the hair doesn't have regenerative properties so split ends cannot be repaired in any way once the damage has been done. Preventing split ends by embracing a good hair care routine or trimming our hair are the only viable options that really work.

Split ends or Trichoptlosis develop when the protective layer of the cuticle is destroyed at the end of the hair. Split ends develop for a variety of causes. The most common cause of split ends is the aggressive treatment the hair is often subjected to.

Frequent use of flat irons, blow dryers or curling irons as well as regular hair dyeing can cause severe hair damage therefore making you more prone to developing split ends. Friction and excessive brushing, overexposure to sun as well as strong shampoos can contribute to the problem as well.

Hair care specialists agree that the only way to way to get rid of split ends is by regular trimming. The good news however is that by adopting a gentle hair care routine you will develop split ends less frequently and your tresses will be and will look healthier overall. Here are a few measures you can take to prevent split ends:

  • Brush your hair before washing it or before taking a shower: this simple action can save you a lot of frustration later on. Brushing your hair before washing it will prevent tangles and split ends while also increasing the efficiency of your shampoo. Avoid silicone based shampoos which can strip the natural oils from your hair, making it more dry or try professional brands of shampoo which are gentler than regular ones. Make sure you wash your hair using gentle massage motions and you avoid using your nails.

  • You should start washing your hair from roots to the top especially if you have very dry or brittle hair. Use a generous amount of high quality deep conditioner, preferable one that has a hair thickening formula. Coconut oil is a great hair conditioner while almond oil can help you deal with frizzy hair naturally.
    Homemade hair masks are also a good idea to keep your hair well moisturized and healthy. A weekly treatment using a homemade hair masks is highly recommended for dry hair.
  • Washing your hair every other day can also be a good idea, especially if you use a shampoo with a strong formula such as an anti-dandruff shampoo. Always wear a shower cap when you don't plan on washing your hair as hot water also contributes to hair damage. Also wait for your hair to be about 80% dried before brushing it. Wet hair is more sensitive than dried hair therefore split ends are more likely to develop if you are brushing it when it's wet.

    Remove tangles by using a wide-toothed comb instead of a brush. Avoid vent brushes and plastic bristles. Try limiting the use of blow driers especially during the summer when air drying your locks is the best solution.
  • Also opting for a low-maintenance hairstyle can greatly reduce hair damage and thus prevent split ends. Reduce the use of flat irons, hot rollers or curling irons as much as possible. Another solution for preventing split ends is reducing or minimizing friction.

  • Try opting for loose updos, half up/down hairstyles or bun hairstyles. A messy bun not only looks gorgeous but is will also prevent friction while a tight ponytail will create tension and because the hair is not protected split ends might appear. Try braiding your hair before going to bed and use a satin pillow to reduce hair friction.

  • Your hair care routine should change according to the season. Because split ends are more likely to develop in summer it's important to carefully adjust the hair care routine. A good idea is to use a conditioner that also contains SPF and to wash your hair every time after being in chlorinated water because chlorine is very damaging to your hair.

    Also make sure you wear a hat during a sunbathing session. Regardless of the season don't forget to trim your hair regularly. You should schedule an appointment with your hairdresser every six to eight weeks to trim the hair ends.

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