Split ends occur when the protective layer in cuticles is damaged and the inner layer is exposed causes it to be weakened and dehydrated that is due to external stressors like chemicals and heat based styling.
The only proven split end treatment method is to have them snipped off, but we asked around and found several things you can do between salon appointments to improve the look of damage and prevent more splits from occurring.
- Use a wide-tooth comb:
After you apply conditioner in the shower, slowly run a wide-tooth comb through hair until all the tangles are out. This prevents the snaps and breakage you can cause when you try to brush out hair that is roughed up from a towel-dry.
- Mind your heat tools:
Inexpensive blow-dryer may be a tempting purchase, but inexpensive tools tend to dangerously overheat over time and burn ends into splits.try to use such gadgets that are of a certain brand and reliable.
- Take folic acid and biotin:
There’s a reason they say you are what you eat: Nutrients literally build the proteins that make up your hair strands. Two B vitamins in particular—folic acid and biotin—have been shown to supplement hair health, length, and thickness.
- Use leave-in conditioner:
Conditioners that you rinse out in the shower will do little to nothing for split ends, but a leave-in conditioner will add extra protection that stays on strands as you heat-style and go about your day.
- Blow-dry the right way:
Always use a nozzle on your dryer to control and direct the flow of air, and dry hair in a downward direction before sectioning off and drying completely with a round brush. This way, you spend far less time with intense heat straight on the hair. And of course, if you can naturally dry all the way, that’s always your best option.
- Limit damaging services:
There’s unfortunately no way around it—treatments like hair color, highlights, straightening, and perms all cause trauma that can result in a bevy of split ends. Try to limit service to just one major hair concern and refrain from washing strands for at least 48 hours afterward, when they’re most porous and likely to break and split. Not only will hair health improve after you go on a chemical-service diet, but your wallet will thank you.
- Get regular cuts:
Although a haircut is the only way to get rid of split ends, regular trims are your best protection against them. The longer you wait to trim, the greater the chance you have of split ends worsening and traveling up the shaft. It may sound counter-intuitive, but this is why it’s actually best to get frequent trims if you’re trying to grow longer, healthier hair. Whatever your hair type or style, our experts recommend you get a cut or trim at least every six to eight weeks.