Stylists are asked this question on a daily basis. How can I prevent split ends? The truth is, you will probably always have a split end or two, except on the days you get a professional hair cut. Split ends are the result of hair being damaged and weakening. So, even though you can’t prevent every split end, there is a lot you can do to manage, prevent, and strengthen your hair to minimize them and keep your hair looking sleek, strong, and healthy.
Your best defense against split ends and other hair damage is the products you use and how you use them. It is vital to the health of your hair that you purchase and use high quality salon products. These products have been formulated to help nourish your hair and protect it against damaging heat and exposure.
Once you have found the proper set of hair care products, it is important to use them appropriately. Make sure to use heat protectant when styling. Always. Straightening, curling, and blow drying your hair with high temperatures is sure to damage your hair faster than anything and it will show. Using a good heat protectant will save your strands and your look.
Washing your hair too often, or using too much shampoo can dry out your hair and leave it feeling brittle and more prone to breakage. By washing too often, you are stripping out the hair’s natural oils that keep it healthy. Try washing every other day or so to help keep your hair strong. Make sure to not use hot water only on your hair. It is good to use cooler water to rinse the shampoo from your hair.
Along with washing, you have to remember to condition your hair properly! Conditioning your hair gives moisture and nutrients to your hair to keep it soft and silky. It is vital to the experience to use cool or cold water to rinse out the conditioner as this can help your hair seal in moisture and smooths the strands. Go in for a professional deep conditioning treatment regularly to make sure your hair is moisturized. If you are having trouble finding the right products or keeping your hair healthy, your stylist will be more than happy to suggest high quality products and treatments to get your hair in shape.
Another important tip to managing split ends and keeping your hair frizz-free, is to make appointments regularly for trims. Going in for a trim to lighten up your hair and get rid of split ends is a necessary and important part of your hair care routine. Depending on your hair type, how you treat it, and your habits, you may need to go in every six weeks or so. Others can go up to six months without seeing their stylist, but it's recommended that you go every three or four months to keep your hair healthy and beautiful.