How to Prevent Split Ends

Split ends are every woman's living nightmare, and dealing with them can be a tough task. To prevent some serious further damage, take a look at how to prevent split ends to nip the problem in the bud.
Split ends are a problem that every woman must have or will face at some point in time. It is not a 'disease', but just the result of the treatment we subject our hair to. Being harsh on your crowning glory will make it lose its charm and shine, and definitely take away this title. Split ends can make the hair look like a hurricane hit it; so appropriate hair care and understanding how to prevent split ends is very important, to keep the hair healthy and controlled. Take a look at these tips.

Preventing Split Ends and Breakage

It is important to identify and use the right shampoo for your hair type. Several shampoos contain harsh chemicals that strip the hair of its natural shine. This can cause the hair to get entangled, and easily break. When the hair is tangled the ends of the hair shaft tend to split, and result in split ends. Thus, you must use a good quality shampoo to clean the hair of all the dirt and pollutants, and one that is gentle on the hair.

The use of a conditioner is as important as that of a shampoo. While a shampoo cleans the hair, a conditioner seals in the moisture in the hair, thereby proving an effective remedy for dry hair and split end prevention. This way it prevents hair breakage as it softens the hair. However, as is the case with shampoos, choosing the wrong conditioner can drastically alter the quality of the hair.

Deep Condition
Opt for a deep conditioning treatment every week. That does not mean using deep conditioning products, rich in chemicals. Just follow a simple hot oil hair treatment at home. This proves to be an effective moisturizer for dry hair, and keeps the hair shining and lustrous. Only regular use will allow you to see the effects of this deep conditioning treatment.

Keep the Heat at Bay
To prevent split ends, steer clear of blow drying, hair straighteners, curling irons, perms and any other treatments that expose the hair to excessive heat. Heat tends to suck away all the natural moisture in the hair, leaving it dry, and resulting in breakage and split ends. Also, avoid the exposure of hair to harsh sunlight for long periods, as this exposure has the same aforementioned effect.

Avoid Hairspray
Avoid the use of hairspray on a regular basis. Hairspray coats each strand of one's hair, thereby preventing it from breathing properly. This weakens the hair, resulting in breakage, split ends, and hair loss.

The Effects of Hair Dye and Bleach
Avoid bleaching and dying your hair on a regular basis. Again using hair dye regularly weakens the hair, causing it to split when combed. If you do happen to dye your hair, follow the deep conditioning procedure mentioned above to maintain the natural shine of your hair, and prevent it from weakening.

Go Soft on your Hair
Using hard water to wash hair is one of the causes of hair weakening and subsequent breakage. It is important to identify whether the water you are using is hard or soft, and use a water softener to change the water quality, to take care of your hair.

Brush it Right
Many people are unaware of the right hair combing/brushing technique. The wrong technique also causes the hair to break and result in split ends. For one, ignore the myth about '100 strokes a day'. Over-brushing can badly split the hair. Do not back comb your hair, and use a wide toothed comb in order to untangle the hair. A comb is more effective as it doesn't pull the hair out. The right combing technique is to begin at the bottom and gently proceed combing upwards. Don't tug at entangled hair. Untangle it with your fingers.

Use Minimal Hair Accessories
Try to avoid using hair accessories such as sharp hair bands, small rubber bands and various types of clips. If you must, use flat hair bands, and large scrunchies to tie your hair. The smaller the accessory, the higher are the chances of hair breakage and splitting. Also, don't tie or braid your hair while sleeping. It will weaken the hair through the night.

A Regular Trim
The only way to get rid of split ends is to get a regular trim, every 4-6 weeks. You don't have to shorten the length of your hair, but trim it just till where the split ends are. This is the best way to control and treat them. Moreover, it keeps the hair looking neat and tidy.

Though split ends can't be completely prevented, they can be prevented from causing the hair some serious damage. So, before you have to see that 'bad hair day', restore your crowning glory to its original beauty by following these tips.
By Puja Lalwani
Published: 3/5/2010
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