Split ends are your hair’s biggest enemy. If not trimmed regularly, they will continue to split all the way up the hair shaft, damaging the entire strand till it’s beyond repair. Whether you’re covering your head with a hat or scarf, the ends of your hair are almost always exposed, and therefore, most vulnerable to external factors. To top it all, daily wear and tear can damage the hair cuticle, thereby exposing the inner cortex, and the result is… yes, you guessed it right, split ends!
While regular trims are a must, it’s also important to give your hair extra care and attention in between cuts, so that you don’t develop split ends very often. Here’s everything you need to know about fixing split ends between haircuts.
- Use a wide-toothed comb in the shower
- Limit the use of heat-styling tools
- Avoid towel-drying
- Give your hair that extra TLC
- Hot water showers are a no-no
Use a wide-toothed comb in the shower
Detangling wet hair is a strict no-no! Your hair is more prone to breakage when wet, therefore, avoid brushing or combing your hair immediately after rinsing. Once you’ve applied conditioner, run a wide-toothed comb through your hair to remove any tangles. This will prevent any breakage when you brush your hair after towel-drying.
Limit the use of heat-styling tools
While blow-dryers are every girl’s rescue agent, overusing heat-styling tools can leave your tresses dry and brittle, increasing the chances of split ends. If you cannot do without your heat-styling tools, then we suggest you take simple precautions such as using a heat-protectant spray or serum before reaching for your blow dryer or tongs, and letting your hair air-dry a little before blow-drying for a volumising touch.
The fabric of a towel is harsh. Using it vigorously on your hair can make your strands look rough and cause breakage. And that’s not all! A towel can strip your hair of natural moisture, leaving it dry and lifeless. Instead, use a cotton T-shirt or a microfibre towel to squeeze excess water out of your hair.
Give your hair that extra TLC
Avoid using metal and rubber accessories to secure your hair, instead use elastic bands covered with fabric. If you want to achieve a sleek look, then rely on products such as the Toni&Guy Classic Shine Gloss Serum to achieve a smooth finish, instead of pulling your hair too tightly into a hairstyle. Doing so will prevent your hair from breaking or developing split ends easily.
Hot water showers are a no-no
If you’ve been rinsing your hair with hot water all this while, then you need to stop this practice right away! Hot water strips your hair of its natural oils and leaves it dry and brittle. For nourished and split end-free tresses, it’s best to rinse your hair with lukewarm water if you cannot handle cold water.
Written by Fatema Habib on Nov 29, 2019