Glossy, sleek, healthy hair. It’s what you picture as beautiful tresses. Missing the mark is usually due to brittle, flyaway split ends. What to do? You’ve seen the ads – promising to remedy your tattered ends. But the truth is, once the hair cuticle is damaged, there is no restoring it.
Deterioration of your hair’s outer protective layer leaves strands vulnerable to heat, chemicals, and environmental elements. In response, they fray, split, and break off. To effectively eliminate this problem, you must cut off the damaged ends. A trim is the best way to rid yourself of split ends. Then, it’s time to start anew with better hair habits to prevent the return of these unwelcome hair issues.
Drying with Care
Wet hair is especially vulnerable. Gentle drying is essential to protect your hair. Don’t attack your head with a towel. Instead, dab softly. Use a cotton towel for better water absorption and minimal friction.
Ban the Heat
Blow dryers, curling irons, hot rollers, and flat irons are tools of the hair trade. But they’re the biggest culprits in hair damage. Heat removes moisture, leaving your strands of hair dry and brittle. This makes them more vulnerable to breakage. Air drying is the best option. For styling, try to minimize the use of heated tools. When you must use them, apply heat protectant products to your hair first.
An Exception to the Heat Rules
As the saying goes, “the exception proves the rule.” When trimming your split ends, the hot scissors method may reduce the reoccurrence of those unwanted frayed ends. Cutting your hair with heated scissors may effectively seal your ends, preserving essential moisture.
Gentle vs. Aggressive Grooming
Put that brush down! Use a wide-tooth comb instead. Start in the shower, after applying conditioner. Water enhances your hair’s elasticity. This helps prevent breakage. Avoid brushing dry hair. It’s too harsh and causes friction, which leads to dry, staticky hair.
TLC Through Quality Products
Hair products can’t “fix” your split ends, but quality options can protect it and help prevent damage. Avoid shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays, and other hair care goods that include alcohol and other ingredients that dry out your hair.
Pamper Yourself & Your Hair
Take extra time to care for your hair. This allows you to air dry and style without heat. Regular deep conditioning treatments renew your scalp and moisturize your hair. You should also drink lots of water. Hydration is your best beauty aid, delivering healthy, glowing skin and hair.
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