Split ends. Everyone gets them and not one person ever wants them - are we correct? It really is one of the most frustrating things when it comes to your hair. Split ends can make your hair look scraggly, unhealthy, and it eventually becomes harder to maintain.
We put stress on our hair every single day. This can be from improper brushing, excessive heat, or harsh environmental factors (all of which cause split ends).
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a "temporary fix" either. There are a few tips and tricks that can help prevent split ends.
Read on to learn some of the best ways to prevent split ends (honest advice from a hair stylist).
1. Routine hair trims
If you want healthy hair, regular trims are essential. It's recommended that you have your hair cut every 6-8 weeks (whichever one helps you find less split ends). It is true, regular trims ensure minimal split ends and breakage!
Don't worry, if you're trying to grow out your hair, your hairdresser will be able to give you a light trim and will be able to work with you on a hair growth plan.
2. Use a wide-tooth comb
We're all so used to the regular hair brush, with the tight-knit synthetic bristles. Yes, they might make your hair feel like it's super brushed and smooth, but the reality is it can traumatize your hair. Using the wrong tools will just add additional stress to your hair!
Using a wide tooth comb will help prevent snags and decrease the amount of hair fall - two big benefits.
You should also be brushing from the root down, taking your time to gently comb through your hair. We know, when you're in a rush it's the easiest thing to just drag a brush through your hair, but think about the damage (split ends and breakage). .
Another top salon tip when brushing: Don't brush your hair when it's wet. This makes it more susceptible to breakage, resulting in split ends.
3. Be gentle
This absolutely involves brushing but so many other aspects of our daily hair routine too.
You might not realize how harsh you are with your own hair. From drying it, straightening it, styling it, and sleeping on it. We really subject our hair to some severe trials.
Try to be more mindful of how you're treating your hair. Whenever possible, let your hair air dry, use your heating tools less and less (and when you do use them put them on the low heat setting).
Even investing in silk pillowcases can make a world of difference to your beautiful locks!
Never underestimate the power of the products that you're using.
To begin, you should try and grab shampoo and conditioner that is free from sulfates and parabens (ask us what we would recommend for your hair type). This way you can be sure that you're not damaging your hair when washing it.
Also, using heat protective serums, oils, and sprays help more than you might believe. They give your hair a protective barrier, which ultimately protects against severe heat damage. If you use heating tools daily, heat protection products are a must!
You should also incorporate a deep conditioner into your weekly hair routine - this will help with hydration. Need a new product? We have the best deep conditioning treatments for all hair types - ask your stylist next time you are at Scene 826.
Taking care of your hair, even by swapping your products around, can make a big difference. Nobody wants split ends, and everybody can take these steps to help prevent them.