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My hair used to be plagued with split ends!
We stand up to our straighteners and curling irons by shielding our hair with thermal protectant products, religiously deep condition our thirsty ends, and even apply additional leave-in conditioners and creams to our damp hair before drying. But somehow, those ratty split ends still manage to nuzzle their way in.
How to tell if you have split ends: Checking for split ends is best done under a bright light or natural light. Under clear lighting, begin inspecting the hair shaft. I usually either sit by my window or under my desk lamp.
The majority of splits are located along tip of your ends but most can also be found about half an inch from your ends, so I start from the bottom up. If I see a split end, I trim it with my scissors.
Your hair will also be an indicator for split ends. A few signs:
- Your hair does not straighten well with heat, and can’t hold a curl
- You may see an an increase in breakage.
- The length of strands varies throughout your head (breakage that isn’t addressed will compound this issue)
- Your hair tends to snag on itself.
- Your ends look dull
Ways to prevent split ends:
- Decrease the amount of direct heat (blow dryer, flat iron, hot comb, curling iron) that you’re using on your hair.
- Trim your hair with sharp shears, never dull. Trimming your hair with dull blades do not ensure a clean break through the hair shaft when cut. I only cut my hair with my hair shears to keep the blade shaper, longer.
- Deep condition your hair to restore moisture to your hair. Try these 4 homemade remedies that work.
- Protein treatments help strengthen the hair shaft to prevent peeling and breaking of the hair shaft.
- Decrease combing and brushing. Along these lines, you can even try bone combs, or seamless combs, that put less stress on the hair.
- Moisturize and then seal with a oil to create a barrier for your hair, locking moisture in and keeping effects of the elements out.
- Dust your ends to keep them clean, removing any split ends periodically. If your split ends go up higher, choose health before length and cut them off (easier said than done, I know)
- Do not scrub and rub a towel every which way on and through your hair! Those wet and vulnerable hairs are then forced to crease and twist in many unnatural directions, thus promoting more breakage. Instead, wrap a towel around hair and simply squeeze different areas to draw moisture out.