Before you start tearing your hair out over pesky split ends, check out these simple tips and tricks. Here are 10 ways to deal with these nasty little splits that you can do at home.
1. Know What Kind Of Split You're Dealing With
I don't know about you, but I had no idea that there were even different types of split ends. The type of split in your strands indicates what you may be doing to cause this damage. Naturally Curly
breaks it down nicely, and offers tips for how to prevent future splits from forming.
2. Cut Ends Straight Across
This may come as a surprise to you, but the direction you snip your hair matters. By cutting your locks straight across, you reduce the surface area of the ends, which in turn reduces the places at which your hair could potentially splinter.
3. Reduce Chemical Use
Bleaching and dyeing can leave your hair fried, resulting in breakage. By reducing the amount of processes you put your hair through on a regular basis, you can restore your locks to luscious health.
4. Limit Heat Styling
It's no secret that heat styling, like chemical processes, damages hair. If you decide that you can't live without heat styling, however, make sure to use a heat protectant.
5. Be Gentle!
By now, I think you get that the bottom line here is to be nice to your hair. Wet hair is especially fragile, so it's crucial to be careful when detangling. It's a good idea to use a wide-toothed comb, but my favorite method to keeping the tangles at bay is to run my fingers through my hair in the shower with liberal amounts of conditioner.
6. Use Quality Tools
No matter how gentle you are with your tresses, you might still be causing unintentional damage. Invest in a high-quality brush or comb to minimize friction and tugging when detangling.
7. Create A Moisture Barrier
Dry, brittle hair is more susceptible to breakage, so daily moisturizing is a must. If you seal your cuticles, with special attention paid to your ends, you'll notice a huge improvement in your hair's overall health.
8. Hair Masks. Use Them. Love Them.
As you can probably tell, we're huge fans of hair masks. These recipes are a great way to lock in moisture at home, preventing breakage. The masks are all made with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, so be sure to check them out.
9. Overnight Treatments
If masks aren't enough to stop your ends from splitting, Indian Beauty Spot has two recipes for overnight hot oil treatments for more intense conditioning. While I haven't tried the coconut oil and vitamin E one, I can attest to the amazingly long-lasting results of the olive oil and honey treatment.
10. Emergency Trims
If all else fails, it might be time to cut your losses, literally. Elegance and Beauty Reviews demonstrates a quick and easy way to trim them yourself, thanks to creative use of chopsticks. If you do decide to use this method, make sure that you're incredibly careful, and that you're using proper haircutting shears.
Time to spill your secrets, Hair Addicts. How do you deal with split ends? Don't forget to follow us @hairaddictionmag on Instagram and continue to send us your selfies.