The presence of unsightly split ends can really ruin an otherwise good-hair day. You can be oh-so-careful with your hair and still… the dreaded splits creep in.
The fact is, split ends are an inevitable part of wear and tear on your hair. Here are five tips to help minimise breakage on the end of your tresses, and keep your hair looking its very best until your next professional trim.
- Use the right products. Cheap products or the wrong kind for your hair type can cause damage to your hair, so invest wisely.
- Use your products the right way. When shampooing, start with hair sopping wet. Apply the shampoo to the roots of your hair and massage into your scalp. Squeeze excess water from your hair before slathering on a generous amount of conditioner, concentrating mainly on the ends. Leave on for at least two minutes before rinsing with cool water, which will help seal in each strand’s outer layer.
- When you can, let your hair air-dry. Give it a rest from the damaging blasts of your hair dryer. After you get out of the shower, don’t rub your head vigorously with a towel, as this will snap the delicate strands. Wrap your hair while you get dressed, then gently squeeze any excess water out.
- If you must brush your hair while it’s wet, use a wide-tooth detangling comb, and do it slowly and carefully to minimise breakage.
- If you need a quick-fix way to disguise split ends before you can make it to the salon, use a serum to temporarily bind the ends together.
Of course, the only way to really get rid of split ends is to get a regular trim, so do your best to get your hair snipped sooner rather than later.