The Only Guide You Will Ever Need To Prevent Split Ends

Eesha Kokane , 30 Sep 2019

I don’t know about you, but every time I try to recreate a hairstyle I saw on Instagram, it turns out to be an epic fail—thanks to my split ends. Those pesky little suckers have the power to ruin any hair-do. Unfortunately chopping your locks off cannot always be the answer to dealing with them. So are we just supposed to learn to make peace and live with our split ends? Absolutely not! In this day and age with the best hair care products and techniques, we can keep split ends at bay and maintain healthy and soft hair. So if like me, you’re fed up and want to put an end to your split ends, here’s what you should do:

1. Hair Dusting

Firstly, we need to deal with the damage that’s already been done. If you already have split ends, then you should know that no product is magically going to fuse the hair that has split, back together. The only way to deal with the existing ones is to cut them off. However, don’t panic, you won’t have to cut off a major chunk of your hair in order to do deal with them. The next time you visit your usual salon, ask your hairdresser about hair dusting. This process involves cutting off the existing split ends but without changing the length of your hair. This should be the first step in your journey to banish split ends forever. If you’re curious about how hair dusting works, then have a quick look at it here:

2. Cold Showers

I love a nice hot shower as much as the next person out there, however, I’ve sacrificed them for the health of my hair. Hot water cascading down your hair may feel like the closest thing to heaven, but it causes your hair and scalp to dry out. This, in turn, causes dandruff and split ends. Hence, to prevent the formation of split ends, switch to showers with lower temperatures. Taking a cold shower has tons of benefits and one of them is sealing the cuticle of your hair. That’s why taking cold showers will be beneficial for the health of your hair and scalp.

Young woman reacting in shock to hot or cold shower water by LarsZ | www.shutterstock.com
Young woman reacting in shock to hot or cold shower water by LarsZ | www.shutterstock.com

3. Hair Masks

Hair masks are a great way to treat your hair to some TLC. Look for a hair mask which contains nourishing and hydrating ingredients. When you use a hair mask with good quality ingredients, your hair strands will get hydrated and hence it will be less prone to split ends. One of my favourites is the argan hair mask from mamaearth since it contains argan oil, avocado oil and milk protein. Just after a few uses, I noticed that my hair was visibly less frizzy and it was soft to the touch.

Mamaearth Argan Hair Mask | (Source: www.nykaa.com)
Mamaearth Argan Hair Mask | (Source: www.nykaa.com)

4. Wooden Wide-Tooth Comb

A wide-tooth comb should be an essential in everyone’s vanity. When you roughly try to detangle your hair, you tend to cause breakage, which eventually leads to split ends. Hence, you should gently comb your hair with a wooden comb since they gently remove the knots in your hair without any breakage. What makes them even better is that they distribute your scalp’s natural oils throughout the hair, making it look smooth and shiny.

The Body Shop Detangling Comb | Source: The Body Shop
The Body Shop Detangling Comb | Source: The Body Shop

5. Lowest Heat Setting

An occasional blowout won’t damage your hair, however, when you make it a part of your routine, that’s when it becomes a problem. Styling your hair may make it look better temporarily, but it can do a great deal of damage to your hair. The solution is not to give up styling your hair, but to style your hair with lesser heat. So the next time you grab your blow drier, flat iron or straightening brush, adjust the heat to the lowest temperature possible. This won’t fray or damage your hair, hence it will prevent split ends in the long run.

Hairdresser dries hair with a hairdryer in beauty salon by ZephyrMedia | (Source: www.shutterstock.com)
Hairdresser dries hair with a hairdryer in a beauty salon by ZephyrMedia | (Source: www.shutterstock.com)

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