Keep your hair looking long and luscious with a few simple tricks to avoid having dreaded split ends. Did you know that the scientific name for split ends is actually called trichoptilosis? This essentially means that the hair fibre splits and makes hair feel rough and even more prone to damage. Follow our four simple tips to prevent split ends, and enjoy healthy hair for longer.
Cut down on products
With so much variety on the market these days, hair oils have become very popular because they claim to give smoother ends and protect the hair follicles from root to tip. Although you might realise that whenever you don’t use these products, hair quickly turns rough, breaks and loses it’s soft touch. It is best to use these kinds of products in moderation, since hair can become completely dependant on oils and serums. Every once in a while, give your hair and break and use a leave-in conditioner on the ends.
We recommend: Jojoba Oil 100% Natural 100ml $29.95
Cut it off
Quite an unpopular alternative, but regular trims will help hair to look and feel healthier. If you don’t quite trust your hairdresser, simply take a pair of hair shears and cut slightly above the damaged areas. Make sure to cut above the damaged hair follicle, since the split will be likely to re-appear again.
We recommend: Manicare Hair Dressing Scissors 16cm $10.24
Stop using heat
Although styling products such as curlers, hair dryers and straightening irons work wonders to create quick and easy hairstyles, it is best to cut down on heat. Straighteners particularly can lead to extensive hair breakage and continuous use will damage ends beyond repair. If you are using heating products on your hair, remember to add in a light spritz of heat protectant, which won’t leave hair feeling exposed and vulnerable to heat products. Rather, they lock the hair in a seal and protect it from possible heat damage. Dry your hair on the coolest setting since this will cause the least amount of damage.
We recommend: Halo Jennifer Healthy Ionic 3900 Dryer Styler $159.95
Brushing and combing
Vigorously brushing or combing hair is another factor which leads to unpleasant hair breakage. Take care and try not to be too rough with your hair, since this ultimately leads to split ends. Carefully section off hair, and work slowly in small areas to de-tangle any knots.
We recommend: Tangl-eze Detangling Brush $12.99
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