Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How to stop or prevent split ends

What causes split ends? 
Over-styling with hot tools and chemically treating your hair all the time will cause your hair to weaken, resulting in easy breakage of the hair. Also, lack of protein intake will cause hair to become very fine, leading to dry and brittle hair, split ends and worse, hair loss! Unless you are truly diligent in caring for your hair, nasty split ends will creep up on you in no time, thanks to ravages of sun and also air-conditioning.

There is no cure for split ends, but there are ways to prevent it.
  • Go for a trim every 2 months to keep your ends in good condition. 
  • Do weekly hair treatments to keep your hair well-moisturized and to repair those extremely dry ends.
  • Use a shampoo and conditioner rich in moisturizing properties to lock-in the moisture lost from the harsh weather.
  • You should only shampoo your hair every alternate day, otherwise your hair will loose all its moisture.
  • Go without hair drying or any other hair appliances for a week and see the difference in your hair. 
  • Towel dry your hair with patting motions instead of rubbing vigorously at your hair. This is a major culprit in breaking your hair! 
  • Use a wide tooth comb to comb through your hair or a brush with wooden bristles as they are kinder to your hair. 
  • Don't brush your hair too much, and always use brushes and combs with smooth, wide-set teeth. Avoid nylon bristles and never brush or comb wet hair! If you have knots, use a wide toothed comb or your fingers to gently de-tangle from the ends up, one section at a time. 
  • Elastic bands and barrettes can cause breakage, so if you are tying your hair up in a ponytail, use a scrunchie. And if wearing barrettes, take care not to catch strands in the metal clip - ouch! 
  • Leave in conditioners with light hold or pomade applied to the end can temporarily seal the splits. However, a trim will rid you of split ends instantly and it is a must if you want to keep them under control.
Tip: Rinsing your hair with lemon juice helps unblock the follicles and allows moisture to reach the hair shaft. Apply once after shampooing and conditioning and pat your hair dry.

Have a good hair day  :)

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