If you’ve been obsessively looking at the ends of your hair in the hope that you can stare your split ends away, we’re glad that you’ve found this article. While split ends can seemingly rob you of your dreams of having perfect hair, you won’t have to fret over it anymore because we’re here to present you with the best hair tips and tricks to get your hair looking shampoo-commercial worthy!
Ways to prevent split ends:
- Leave your hair open for a while during the day
- Avoid washing your hair everyday
- Don’t towel-dry your hair
- Trim, trim, trim
- Don’t brush your wet hair
- Try and go heat-free!
- Use a silk pillowcase
- Try a hair mask every once in a while
Leave your hair open for a while during the day
If you’re that woman who always has her hair tied up in a top knot while at work, we suggest that you switch it up a bit and maybe go for a hairband instead. By twisting your hair up into that one position over and over again, you end up placing quite a bit of stress on just that one region, leading to breakage and split-ends.
Avoid washing your hair everyday
Contrary to what you may have heard, washing your hair daily is not a great idea. The excess water and shampoo can dry out your hair and strip it of its natural oils and minerals, making your hair prone to breakage. Stick to cleansing your hair around two to three times a week if you have dry to normal hair. If your hair tends to get oily quite quickly, you may need to wash it a couple more times than normal but don’t go about washing it every single day.
Don’t towel-dry your hair
To all those impatient folks drying their hair with towels out there, please wait a moment. We’ve all found out that after vigorously rubbing our wet hair with a towel only makes us resemble Medusa. When your hair gets particularly knotted (which is inevitably going to happen when you towel-dry it), combing it out requires much more force than usual, leading to more split-ends. Why not leave your hair wrapped up in a towel turban-styled instead?
Trim, trim, trim
It’s time for that bi-monthly haircut! For those of you that crave lusciously long locks, it may seem as if we’re trying to crush your dreams but we assure you that this is not true. Just by getting your hair slightly trimmed in a way that only gets rid of the damaged part of your hair, you’ll find that your hair looks and feels a lot healthier.
Don’t brush your wet hair
Yes, we’ve got another tip for you related to wet hair. As wet hair is less flexible, it snaps a lot easier as well. We suggest that you brush your hair after it has completely dried because that way, it becomes less susceptible to breakage.
Try and go heat-free!
I will use heat appliances as a little as possible!” This is the very mantra that we want you to repeat daily. Whether you’re using a straightener, curler or even just giving your hair a quick blow-dry, you’re actually sucking out all the natural moisture from your hair every time you do so. Applying heat to your hair is one of the most efficient ways of making it brittle. If you’ve been straightening your hair before going to work every day for a while now, we suggest that you henceforth start skipping the process at least a few times a week!
Use a silk pillowcase
We know that this might seem like the stupidest idea ever but once you try it, you’ll be able to notice the difference in your hair. By merely swapping your cotton pillowcase with a silk one, you can prevent your hair from becoming rough and broken. As cotton is quite a coarse material in comparison to silk, it actually harms your hair while silk, on the other hand, works to protect it.
If you’ve gone way past the prevention stage and are desperately looking for tips on how to repair the damaged split-ends, don’t worry. We’ve got your back with these tips given below.
Ways to repair split ends:
Get a Keratin treatment
Keratin is the main protein that forms your hair. By undergoing this treatment, you inject extra protein into your hair. This protein helps moisturize and strengthen those especially weak strands that appear to be broken or seem like they’re just about to break.
Try a hair mask every once in a while
Whether you choose to invest in a good moisturizing hair product or to DIY with some natural remedies, applying a hair mask is always a great way to inject some life back into your hair.
We’ve shared the recipes for some of our favourite hair masks with you below:
Egg whites and lemon
With the egg to revitalize those brittle strands and to pump in a few extra vitamins, and the lemon to help remove any extra grease from your hair, you’ll be able to combat the worst of your split-end troubles and with minimal effort. Simply mix the whites of an egg with the juice of half a lemon and apply this concoction onto your hair, leaving it on for about 45 minutes before rinsing it off with water. Then, carry out your regular shampoo-conditioner routine.
Olive oil and honey
This mask acts like your hair’s knight in shining armour. The honey helps strengthen your hair follicles and also provides your hair with an enviable sheen while the olive oil works to moisturize and repair dry hair.