The heat from styling tools, hair dyes, sun exposure and hair treatments such as perms are just a few of the things that can damage hair. They all harm the protective outer layer of hair, called cuticle, which over months, sometimes years, of this abuse, might become seriously worn down or even be completely stripped away. That’s when split ends occur. Unfortunately, once the damage is done, there’s nothing you can do to repair it. What you can do, instead, is improve the appearance of hair and prevent split ends from occurring again in the future. Here’s how:
How to prevent split ends
To prevent split ends, you just have to reduce the amount of damage done to your hair. Try to limit the use of your styling tools to special occasions only and, whenever you can, let your hair air dry. If you really have to use flat irons, a blow dryer and other styling tools, then use the lowest possible setting. Also, don’t hold the blowdryer too close to your hair. To prevent sun damage to your locks, always wear a hat, or even a scarf, whenever you go out in the sun. In addition, dying hair, getting perms and other harsh treatments should be done as infrequently as possible.
How to treat split ends
But what can you do when the damage has already been done? Well, since you can’t repair split ends, the best thing to do would simply be to cut them off. It is also a good idea to have your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks. This will remove new split ends, keep your hair healthy and looking beautiful. In the meantime, if you need a quick fix to hide split ends, you can apply a leave-in conditioner with silicones on your locks. The silicones will temporarily seal split ends together so, although they are still there, they won’t be noticeable.
Do you have split ends? How do you deal with them?