The post-trim feeling is possibly one of the best experiences in the world. Bouncing out of the salon with freshly washed and cut hair is guaranteed to improve your mood by at least 50%, but as much as we’d love it to, the salon-fresh feel doesn’t last forever. Thanks to heated tools, brushing, colouring and all sorts of factors, split ends are commonplace and seemingly unavoidable. That being said, there’s no need to waste your money by rushing to the salon prematurely. We’ve gathered a list of 8 of the best tips designed to give you a bit of buying time and stop any more split ends from appearing, so listen up!

Beware of brushing wet hair

This is not only a good tip on how to treat split ends, but also on how to treat your hair in general. In an ideal world, we’d tell you not to brush your hair when it’s wet, but we’re all busy people who have places to be and people to see. We know you’re going to be tempted to wrestle through the knots after you’ve towel dried your freshly washed locks, so we’re offering a compromise. Don’t say we aren’t good to you! After you’ve applied conditioner in the shower, use a wide toothed comb to gently work through the kinks and knots in your hair. Doing this prevents the usual breakage experienced after ad-hoc brushing, and so lessens your chance of getting even more of the enemy split ends.

Don’t towel dry

Us, busy gals, don’t always have time to blow dry our hair after a shower, and most of us tend to reach for the towel to soak off the excess moisture left in the hair after washing. The thing is, using a traditional towel to soak up the water is a recipe for disaster. The abrasive texture of the towel wreaks havoc in your hair, causing breakages and roughing up the hair follicles, causing or worsening split ends. Instead, use a microfiber towel or even a soft t-shirt to gently dry off your locks. Try and avoid roughly tousling your hair, and instead GENTLY squeeze most of the moisture out before wrapping as usual.

Invest in deep conditioning hair masks

Achieving healthy, happy hair is no walk in the park. You wouldn’t forgo moisturising your skin but expect it to glow, so why expect the same of your hair? To lessen your chances of split ends, and conceal the damage already done, make sure you incorporate a deep conditioning mask in your hair care routine, every 3-4 shampoos. A mask doesn’t have to pull at the purse strings – you can grab one at your local pharmacy or drugstore for the price of a coffee.

Make your hair treatments go further

Another good tip on how to treat split ends is to boost the effects of your moisturising hair mask by covering the head with a towel or cling film after applying. Wet your hair in the shower or over the sink, apply the mask and then cover with a warm towel or cling film. Leave the mask on for up to 30 minutes for a really deep condition, before rinsing out as usual. The covering will help trap the heat coming from your head, which will intensify the effects of the replenishing mask and leave you with silky soft hair.

Protein isn’t just for the gym

Believe it or not, your hair strands are made up of a variety of proteins. A really easy but often overlooked way to keep your hair healthy is by adding a boost of nutrients to your diet. In particular, folic acid has been found to help the production of red blood cells and improve hair growth. Folic acid can be bought in a bottle or found in green leafy veg, wheat and oranges. Another nutrient essential for healthy hair is biotin, which strengthens hair by improving its keratin infrastructure. Biotin can be found in brown rice, lentils and peas, or bought in a drugstore.

Grab a beer

A cup of flat beer might sound more at home in a house party than in your beauty regimen, but this tip on how to treat split ends seriously works. Pour the cup’s contents into a spray bottle, before spraying evenly over dry hair. Leave on for an hour, before washing the hair as usual with a gentle shampoo. The protein in the beer will bond with those in your hair, and help mend damaged and broken hair follicles – which in turn will lessen the appearance of split ends. Who’d have thought it?

Can’t take the heat

If you want healthy hair that looks well-cared for, your best bet is to drop the styling tools, like, now. Repeated use of hot tools on your hair causes the protein structures to temporarily change, leaving your hair damaged, broken and to put it plainly – a bit of a mess. Heat also zaps the hair of its moisture, leaving it dry and frizzy. You might as well wear a sandwich board with ‘split ends here’ written on it. If you can’t live without the heat altogether, make sure you use a thermal protecting spray before each styling session, and a nourishing mask as directed above.

Reach in the kitchen cupboards

Another tip on how to treat split ends without cutting your hair is to use natural products. Treating your hair doesn’t mean a costly trip to the salon when you can find everything you need to make a nourishing hair mask right in your kitchen cupboards. To make a mask that packs a serious punch, mix together one egg yolk, 3 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of honey. Apply the mixture over the hair and let it soak for one hour before washing as usual. If you repeat this process every fortnight, you’ll begin to notice a real difference in the appearance and quality of your hair, and at no extra cost! Bargain.

We hope you’ve found some new tips on how to treat split ends in this list. If you have any more tips, please leave them below – we’d love to hear them!

Stay beautiful!

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