Split Ends? Here’s How To Keep Your Hair Healthy In Between Haircuts
By: Kenra Professional
Let’s be real with each other: For many of us split ends are the bane of our existence. They can make our hair look scraggly and unhealthy, and they can be difficult to get rid of completely. However, there are a number of things you can do to prevent split ends, lessen the appearance of split ends, and keep your hair healthy and shiny in between cuts. Here, we’ll cover exactly what split ends are, plus how to address them should they crop up (no pun intended). We’ll also share some dietary tips that are good for hair health.
What are split ends?
Split ends happen when the natural ends of your hair become damaged. This damage can be caused by a number of things, including heat styling, chemical processing, over-washing, brushing your hair a bit too roughly, and exposure to the elements, like sun and wind.
When the outer layer of the hair shaft, called the cuticle, is damaged, the inner layers of the hair shaft (called the cortex and medulla) are exposed—and this can cause your hair to split and fray. Sound less than ideal? Here’s how to deal with it.
How to prevent split ends
The best way to prevent split ends is to avoid the things that damage your hair in the first place. This means doing a few things.
Avoid heat styling. If you have to use heat styling tools, use them on a low setting and make sure to apply a heat protectant spray first.
Limit chemical processing. If you do get your hair colored or chemically straightened, be sure to use a high-quality product and ask your stylist to use the least amount of chemicals possible.
Don't over-wash your hair. Washing your hair too often can strip away the natural oils that protect your hair from damage. Aim to wash your hair two to three times per week.
Be gentle when brushing your hair. Use a high-quality brush and brush your hair from the ends up to avoid pulling on the roots.
Protect your hair from the sun and wind. When you're enjoying the outdoors, wear a hat or scarf to protect your hair from the elements.
How to keep your hair healthy in between haircuts
Even if you do everything you can to prevent split ends, they're still going to happen eventually. That said? There are a number of things you can do to keep your hair healthy in between cuts. Here’s a good list.
Use a good conditioner and a mask once weekly at least. A good conditioner and mask will help to keep your hair hydrated and protect it from further damage.
Get regular trims. A trim every six to eight weeks will help to remove split ends and keep your hair looking its best.
Use a leave-in conditioner. A leave-in conditioner can help to protect your hair from heat styling and other damage.
Avoid using harsh shampoos. Harsh shampoos can strip away the natural oils that protect your hair. Look for a shampoo that’s sulfate-free and gentle on your hair.
Moisturize your hair regularly. You can moisturize your hair by using a leave-in conditioner, a hair mask, or even just a good-quality oil. Some combination of these three items used weekly will help keep your hair in good condition to prevent split ends, while lessening the look of the ones you may have.
Additional lifestyle tips for hair health
Eat a healthy diet. A healthy diet of whole foods that includes protein, vegetables and fruit will help to keep your hair from becoming dry and brittle.
Get enough sleep. When you're well-rested, your hair will be healthier and stronger.
Manage your stress. Stress can contribute to hair loss and damage. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as yoga, meditation, or simply spending time in nature.
By following these tips, you can help to prevent split ends and keep your hair looking healthy in between cuts. Split ends can be annoying, but they can be remedied with a cut and a little extra hydration and moisturization. By following the tips in this blog post, you can help to prevent split ends and keep your hair healthy in between cuts for as long as possible. When you care for your hair, it looks its best!