Remedies For Eliminating Split Ends
Whether your hair is short, long, medium, straight, curly, frizzy, or wavy, split ends can appear at any time. Because split ends don’t discriminate, these annoying pests can quickly ruin otherwise healthy and fabulous hair. Having split ends doesn’t have to be a problem if you know the right way to care for your tresses. With a bit of TLC, your hair can look great and split ends will become a thing of the past.
So what are split ends and what causes them? When the hair’s cuticle is damaged or stripped away, this results in the hair being unprotected. The result is brittle and dry hair with ends that are noticeably split in half, creating a “Y” shape out of each strand of hair. This unsightly split is known as a split end. The problem with having a lot of split ends is that this is a sign that your hair is damaged in some way and isn’t at its strongest.
If you continue to get hair treatments that put more stress and damage on your tresses, such as chemical relaxers and dye jobs, this can make your split ends worse. The longer split ends remain, the faster they move up the strands of hair, which destroys the health of the hair itself. Many times it is due to frequent hair treatments, exposure to sun, daily heat and styling treatments, and excessive brushing that can bring about split ends.
The main way to get rid of existing split ends is to have them trimmed off. One of the best ways to avoid getting split ends in the first place is to have your hair trimmed regularly every 6-8 weeks. Additionally, practicing diligent hair care will also strengthen your hair. Between your hair care regimen and regular trims, you can keep split ends at bay and avoid dealing with them altogether. Aside from making an appointment at your local salon, there are steps you can take at home to bring out the best in your hair.
When it comes to eliminating and/or avoiding split ends, it’s all about prevention. It is important to keep your hair protected at all times. Be careful to avoid stressing your hair on a daily basis. That means decreasing the amount of heat and styling you do to your hair each day. That means no more blow dryers, curling irons, or straightening irons on a daily basis. Lessen such practices to 2-3 times a week if not less. You’ll notice a huge difference in your tresses as a result.
To keep heat off your hair, turn to updos like ponytails or chignons. When securing your hair in a ponytail, use hair bands that are coated or covered. This will prevent friction from snagging and pulling out strands of your hair – avoid using regular rubber bands at all costs. Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet and when you step outdoors, wear a scarf or hat to keep heat damage from the sun to a minimum. Also look into getting a deep conditioning done once a week in order to repair existing damage and strengthen your hair from roots to tips.
Hair masks also work to repair split ends and fortify your hair. Popular hair masks include applying mayonnaise or avocado to your hair. Mix with hot olive oil and apply to your hair and cover with a towel. After 5-10 minutes rinse out with warm water.