Each hair type has its advantages and disadvantages. All of them are susceptible to split ends to a certain extent, but thick hair is regarded to be the most likely to get split ends on a constant basis. This is particularly disturbing if you want to have longer hair and you have to keep cutting it. That’s why it’s better to pay some extra attention to your hair in order to prevent hair damage.
Without further ado, here are some useful guidelines to prevent split ends:
Use Only High Quality Hair Products
Don’t try to save money by buying cheap hair products. It will prove to be very counter-productive in the long term. This applies to any type of products: styling, shampoos, conditioners or treatments. It’s much better to use a small quantity of a good hair product and to get the desired results than to use half a bottle of a cheap one and to still look as if you’re having a bad hair day.
Cheap hair products can contain harmful substances that will deteriorate your hair. This can lead to many issues, including split ends, so don’t risk your hair’s health for a few extra dollars. It’s better to use products that are as pure as possible so look for natural and efficient ingredients.
Reduce The Use of Electric Devices
Even if the hair dryer, curling iron and flat iron might be very useful, you can end up damaging your ends if you go overboard. Strong heat will dry the ends and make them split in a quite short period of time. Always apply a special product before styling your hair and use electric styling devices as rarely as possible. If you just can’t live without straightening your hair, then check out our hair straightener brush, the even heat distribution of the brush means your less likely to get split ends like you would using a straightening iron. If you’re unsure on the best hair straightener for your hair check out our previous post How to choose a hair straightener.
Protect Your Hair Before Swimming
Regardless where you choose to swim, you should never forget to take care of your hair. The salty ocean water or the chlorine found in pool water can seriously dry out your hair. The most commonly recommended thing to do is to get a good swimming cap. If you don’t feel like using one, then be sure to wash your hair thoroughly after swimming. Let’s face it, living in Australia it is almost impossible to not get your hair wet in summer, so follow these steps and prevent split ends!
Moisturise Your Hair
If your hair is dry, it needs special care otherwise the ends will split and your hair will look dull and unhealthy. When you have lots of split ends you’ll be forced to cut it and it will take years for it to grow back. So avoid this unpleasant issue by hydrating your hair correctly using hair masks and conditioners.
Know your hair type and search for appropriate hair masks. Apply a generous amount on the ends and avoid using it from the roots. It’s important to know that your hair will look oily if you apply the hair mask on your scalp too. It’s best to apply it starting from ear-level down. Keep this in mind when you apply conditioner too and don’t forget to condition your hair after every wash. The mask and conditioner will also detangle your hair so it will prevent hair breakage and unpleasant knots.
De-Tangle Your Knots
If you get some knots in your hair, don’t rush and tear them down. You’ll only rip your hair out and damage the remaining hair’s ends. Put some conditioner on your fingers and gently de-tangle your hair in front of a mirror.
What to do if your ends are split beyond repair…
If you didn’t take care of your hair and it looks very unhealthy, dull and damaged due to the huge amount of split ends, be bold and trim it. Avoiding this will make the split go up and cause further damage. Don’t use just any pair of scissors that you find around the house. Get very sharp professional scissors and cut the hair above the split end.
So there you have it! Follow these simple guidelines to prevent your hair from splitting, regardless of your hair type.