Don’t reach for the scissors just yet! We’ve found some simple solutions to repair, treat and prevent the dreaded build-up of split ends. We’ll have your hair looking healthier than ever, in no time!
Thanks to a daily routine of over-styling, environmental stressors and the latest heat-activated up-do, our hair certainly goes through the mill. And because of this, it’s inevitable that split ends occur more frequently than we can tame them. But if these pesky hair fractures are getting in the way of your hair-growth plans, then there are some things you can do about it.
But before we offer some solutions, let’s recap what split ends are, and how they occur in the first place…
What's a split end?
A split end is when your hair splinters into two or more pieces, due to damage to the oldest part of the hair shaft. You can visibly see the hair shaft split, and it leaves your tresses looking untamed, frizzy and lifeless. If left untreated, they can creep up the length and damage more of your locks.
How do they occur?
Split ends are caused by three main factors; stress on the hair follicle (from over brushing wet hair, sleeping with your hair tied back etc.), chemical stress (perms, coloring etc.), or mechanical stress (heat styling from hairdryers or curling irons etc.)
Even though the only way to completely get rid of split ends is by cutting them off, there are lots of ways you can improve the look and health of your split ends, as well as prevent more from cropping up! (You can even stop the damage from climbing further up your hair shaft!)
Here are 10 ways to treat, prevent and manage your split ends, so you can feel like Rapunzel in no time!
1. Use A Hair Mask… Regularly!
If you aren’t in the position to shell out much money on salon treatments, the best thing you can do for dry damaged hair is an at-home hair mask. They are designed to nourish dry ends and replenish nutrients in your scalp, helping your hair to appear smoother and more hydrated. Any mask with a natural oil base (coconut oil, argan oil etc.) will be the most beneficial – just remember to wash the mask out completely before heat styling, as the oil will burn your hair.
2. Hydration Is Key!
If you notice your ends splitting, it means they need a serious amount of hydrating TLC! Similar to how you need to moisturize your skin when it feels dry, your tresses also need a little helping hand in the hydration department. Try looking for deep conditioners that contain biotin, keratin or proteins, as this will help re-build the broken hair shaft, making it appear a lot smoother.
3. There’s A Product For That…
In today’s cosmetic market, there are products to help just about any beauty woe: including ‘split end repairers’. If you still have a few weeks until your next hair cut and you need to conceal your fly-away ends, then look for specific products that claim to repair your broken locks. They often contain a high-intensity conditioner, and restoring natural oils to smooth frayed cuticles.
4. Heard Of Hair Dusting?
If you’re against getting your split ends cut off because you’re looking to grow your locks long, then asking your hairdresser for a Hair Dusting could be your answer! This technique removes split ends without sacrificing any length, by cutting off only the fractured part of the hair that sticks out.
5. Turn Down The Heat
Your hairdryers and styling tools have temperature settings for a reason! The higher the heat, the more damage it will inflict, so make the most of the cooler settings on your straighteners or curling iron to avoid singing your locks beyond repair! A lower heat may mean it takes a bit longer to dry your hair, but the damage you’ll save is priceless!
6. Do You Brush Right?
Brushing our hair has been something we’ve done for as long as we can remember, but did you know that the way you brush, and what tools you use, can have a huge impact on your hair health? Most people brush far too aggressively, hacking away at any knots or tangles in order to achieve a smooth style. The trick is to make it silent! If you hear any scraping or ripping, it means you’re brushing too hard! Most hairdressers also recommend a wide tooth comb, rather than a brush, and to be extremely gentle when combing wet hair.
7. Re-Think The Towel-Dry Rub
Our hair is most vulnerable when wet, so the way you treat it after a wash is crucial for damage-control. Most of us begin by rubbing our head with a towel to remove most excess moisture, but this will only promote more damage. Instead, apply pressure with the towel and gently squeeze the moisture out, or better still, let your hair air dry!
8. Book Yourself In For A Keratin Treatment
Although pricier than a hair-mask, Keratin treatments at your salon are the ultimate split-end game-changer! If your hair is prone to frizz or breakage, this treatment will restore the proteins in the hair and deliver smoother, stronger locks. They also leave your hair super shiny and much easier to manage.
9. Check Your Ingredients
When buying the right shampoo and conditioner for your needs, you need to be mindful of ingredients. Keep an eye out for natural oils, biotin, and keratin, and make sure they are sulfate-free and paraben-free – as these two ingredients strip your hair of the vital oils and nutrients it needs.
Our range of Shampoos and Conditioners are all sulfate and paraben-free, and contain a whole host of rejuvenating proteins, and even plant stem cells to restore damaged and dying hair follicles. Try them out for yourself by clicking the button below!
10. Sleep On Silk
Lastly, our final tip for preventing split ends and hair damage is to invest in a silk pillowcase. Standard cotton cases tend to cause friction as we toss and turn in the night, snagging and breaking our hair. A silk alternative will act like a shield against any rough materials or stress-damage, leaving you with much smoother hair in the morning!