Split ends are a pesky problem for most of us. Even healthy hair can be prone to even a few split ends. It’s important to know what causes split ends. Split ends are caused by the hair cuticle wearing off, exposing the inner layer of the hair. The exposed inner layer of the hair is then prone to becoming weak which can lead to breakage and split ends. That’s why it’s important that you are taking the proper steps and know how to prevent split ends. We’ve compiled a list of 7 easy ways to improve your hair health and prevent hair breakage.
How to Prevent Split Ends
Consider Regular Trimming
Don’t be afraid of getting regular trims. Hair goes through normal wear and tear no matter how healthy your hair is. So it’s not impossible for a few split ends to appear. Consider getting a trim every 4-12 weeks to remove any split ends. If you don’t cut your hair regularly, the split ends can grow up the hair strand. This could require you to cut off several inches of hair, opposed to just a few centimeters.
Pro Tip: If you are growing out your hair, read our blog on the Do’s and Don’t of Long Hair Care to protect your precious locks.
Shampoo & Condition Correctly
Believe it or not, there is a wrong way to wash your hair. To properly shampoo, you should lather shampoo into the roots of your hair. Don’t pile all of your hair at the top of your head. You can increase the risk of split ends by bending the hair unnaturally. Instead, let the shampoo run down the length of your hair as you rinse. To properly condition, you should apply conditioner at the ends of your hair. Then let it sit for a few minutes to allow the hair to absorb all of that moisture.
Use a Leave-In Conditioner
Leave-in conditioners are a great way to protect your hair from daily wear and tear. Styling, combing, brushing, and even the weather are all things that can affect your hair on a daily basis. A leave-in conditioner will increase shine, improve hair health, and provide UV protection.
Use a Wide-Tooth Comb
Never use a brush on wet hair. Instead, use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle your hair. Begin by brushing towards the roots and slowly work up the hair strand. Hairbrushes can cause breakage that will damage hair and lead to split ends.
Reduce Heat Styling
As much as we love our curling irons, flat irons, and blow-dryers, unfortunately, our hair does not love them. Styling tools can dry out your hair which makes it easier for breakage to occur. The best thing you can do for your hair is to start air drying your hair. Allow your hair to dry almost entirely (about 80%) before using a blow-dryer. This will reduce the amount of heat exposure that your hair needs to endure. For your curling irons and flat irons, use the lowest temperature possible that will work with your hair.
Pro Tip: Use our David Douglas Thermal Guard to prevent heat damage to your tresses.
Protect Your Hair
Your hair is constantly being exposed to the elements. The sun, wind, and cold can damage your hair and make it brittle. Brittle and dry hair is prone to breakage which means split ends. When you’re outside, you should try to protect your hair with hats or scarves. (Not to mention they are a wonderful accessory!)
Work Second-Day Hair
Every time you wash your hair, you are washing away natural oils. Natural oils in the hair can help keep your hair smooth and silky while adding some additional protection. Try to work second-day hair whenever you can to retain some of your natural hair oils to help protect your hair and prevent dry hair.
Now that you know how to prevent split ends, it’s essential that you incorporate these tips into your hair care regime. While it’s probably unrealistic to get rid of split ends entirely, it is entirely possible to keep them under control and prevent a breakout of split ends. By using the best hair products and styling tools, you can keep your locks healthy and beautiful.