If your once-sleek, -silky, -shiny hair has lost its pizazz, split ends may be the culprit. Split ends (when one hair strand separates or splits into two or more fragments) result from damage of all kinds. The best way to prevent them is to learn what causes them and avoid those things or take precautions to minimize damage. Here are common root causes of split ends.
Unfortunately, regardless of how you style your hair, your actions could be causing split ends. If you blow dry your hair, the longer you expose it to heat the more you increase the likelihood of split ends. If you must use a blow dryer, allow your hair to air dry as long as possible first. Apply a heat-protectant to the ends, direct the air toward the scalp and middle of your hair rather than the ends, and keep the dryer moving constantly to distribute heat. Better yet, dry on the cool setting to eliminate the heat entirely.
You might assume towel drying is safe since it doesn’t involve heat. Wrong! Rubbing your hair briskly significantly ups the risk of split ends. Instead, use your towel to gently squeeze hair to wring out water, then wrap the towel around your damp head so it can soak up more moisture. Finish up by letting it air dry naturally.
Brushing Wet Hair
Hair is most prone to becoming damaged when it’s wet. Never use a hairbrush on wet hair. Instead, gently detangle using a detangler or leave-in conditioner and a wide-tooth comb. The key word is gently! You may be in a rush to get out the door, but ripping a comb or brush through to speed the process will damage your hair.
A day at the pool or beach can wreak havoc on hair. Chlorine and saltwater dry the ends of the hair and make it brittle and prone to breakage. A swim cap is the best way to prevent chlorine damage. You can also wet hair with fresh water before diving in (your hair will absorb less pool or ocean water) and apply a pre-swim hair treatment.
That’s right: tossing and turning on a scratchy pillow case is abrasive on hair. You can’t not sleep. You can switch to a silk or satin pillowcase to minimize damage.
The Trim is Your Friend
Try as you may, you may occasionally end up with split ends — especially if your hair is long. The only way to get rid of them is to have your hairstylist snip them off. In fact, preemptive hair trims will remove weakened ends before they split.
Beauty is but one of the many elements that amount to a woman’s life, yet one of the most important by which she is judged. If you’re suffering from thinning hair or moderate to severe hair loss, New-U Hair Replacement will personally work with you to address all your hair loss issues and concerns about hair restoration. To schedule a free consultation contact New-U Hair Replacement Specialists today!