10 Must-know tips and tricks to stop split ends
Unfortunately, split ends are something that everyone has to deal with and, once you have them, the only real way to get rid of them is to trim them out. They are annoying and they do make hair look untidy and a bit dull, but if you seem to be getting more than your fair share of split ends, there are things you can do to stop that happening. If you care for your hair in the right way and you nourish your hair properly, you can keep split ends to a minimum, even when you are growing your hair out. Here are ten great tips and tricks that will help stop split ends.
1. Change the way you shampoo
Rough treatment will cause split ends and that starts with the way that you shampoo your hair. When you shampoo, don’t pile all your hair up on top of your head and then scrub away like crazy. Lather up the shampoo on your head and into your scalp, and then run your fingers down the full length of your hair. Scrubbing away at the ends of your hair will only cause tangles, and the dreaded split ends.
2. Don’t wash your hair too frequently
Washing your hair too often will also cause split ends. How often you wash your hair will depend on how greasy it gets and that will vary from person to person, but most people do not need to shampoo their hair every day. Try extending the gap between shampoos and see how you feel. Some people can go as much as five days between shampoos without their hair looking greasy.
3. Always condition your hair
Every time you shampoo your hair, use conditioner or nourishing mask on the ends. Dried out hair becomes brittle and that then causes split ends. Always apply conditioner to the ends of your hair to replace some of the moisture that you just washed out. When you do apply conditioner, leave it on for at least two minutes and then rinse out with clean water.
4. Use a hair mask once a week
Treating your hair to a hair mask every week or so will give your hair the deep down treatment that it needs to keep split ends at bay. Whether you use a store bought hair mask or something as simple as mayonnaise, it will nourish and moisturise your hair and help keep it soft, shiny and healthy.
5. Turn down the heat
Everyone should know by now that too much heat can damage hair, but that doesn’t mean that you have to abandon all of your heated styling tools. It is better for your hair if you just let it air dry, so do that whenever you can. When you do use heated tools, use them at a lower temperature setting. Avoid scalding hot showers s too, that can dry out your hair as well.
6. Use a T-shirt to dry your hair
Rubbing your hair dry with a towel pulls your hair about too much and will damage it and cause split ends. Either put your hair up in a towel and let the towel absorb the moisture out of your hair, or gently rub your hair with a T-shirt. A T-shirt is more absorbent than a towel and it is smoother so it won’t damage your hair quite as much as a towel will.
7. Try a beer rinse
Beer is a great hair conditioner and it contains all the right nutrients to help make your hair stronger. Give your hair a rinse through with beer after you have shampooed and leave it in your hair for about ten minutes before you rinse it out again. The dark beers are usually the best, because they contain more of the ingredients that will make your hair strong, shiny, and soft.
8. Brush your hair from tip to root
You could be causing split ends by the way that you brush your hair. For a start, you should be using a soft bristled brush because hard, inflexible bristles will snag on tangles and pull at your hair too roughly. It’s also best to start brushing your hair at the tips and work your away up. If you try to brush your hair from the roots, all the way down to the tips, you will move every crossed hair down to the tips until you eventually yank them out and cause your hair to break.
9. Take extra care with wet hair
Wet hair is extremely vulnerable to damage, so extra care should be taken when brushing it. The best thing to do is not to use a brush at all on wet hair. Use a wide toothed comb instead and gently tease out any tangles, don’t tug at them.
10. Get regular trims
Following the tips above will reduce the number of split ends that you get, but inevitable, the only way to get rid of split ends is to cut them out. You could try to cut out the splits ends yourself, but getting a regular trim is the best way to keep split ends under control. If you leave split ends too long, they will just get worse.