Tips to Avoid Split Ends
Split ends are one of those hair nuisances that nobody wants to deal with, yet we all do deal with them at some point or another in life. Known as Trichoptilosis in scientific terminology, split ends are normally caused by excessive damage done to the hair through means of heat styling and harsh brushing techniques. Lionesse would like to provide you with some tips to combat and avoid split ends in the article below.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
Rather than washing your hair every day, try to wash it every other day or even twice a week. This way, your hair is better able to develop its own natural oils to coat the hair, leaving behind soft, silky, smooth tresses, sans damage from over drying.
Brush Your Hair Properly
When brushing your hair, opt for a cushiony paddle brush that provides plenty of leverage and less damage to the follicles. When brushing your hair, always hold the hair as if you were creating a ponytail over the side of your shoulder, in front of you, and brush from the ends to the roots to avoid pulling down on the hair.
Only condition the ends of your hair and work the remaining product upwards towards the crown of your head. Never go in with product on the crown and work your way down to avoid weighing down your hair. This will create smooth, great looking hair that is free of tangles and knots. Allow the conditioner to sit on your hair for about two minutes – and contrary to what you’ve heard, don’t completely rinse the conditioner from your hair all the way. Leave just a little to provide that extra touch of softness.
Blow Drying & Heat Styling
When blow drying your hair, ensure you don’t apply direct heat to the ends of the hair – this is especially true if you plan on using another heat styling tool. Even when using another heat styling tool, such as a flat iron, try to avoid the ends of your hair completely – at least for a few days until the natural oils in your hair have had time to work their ways through to the end. One final, most important note – always use a thermal protectant spray or serum to protect the hair before heat styling.
Don’t Over-trim Your Hair
Many women go in for trims much more often than is necessary. By taking proper care of your hair, you can avoid making excess trips to the salon to have trims done. If you notice you have a split end on a hair or even a few, whip out your hair cutting scissors and simply remove those split ends from your hair. Cheaper, faster, and saves the rest of your hair from being trimmed excessively.
When towel drying your hair, don’t ever rub the towel all over your head in a messy fashion. Rather, grasp your hair in the towel and simply squeeze gently to remove the excess water from the hair.