Hair advice: How to put a stop to split ends
Using a good shampoo and conditioner, avoiding over styling and using a wide toothed comb are just some of the ways to avoid split ends.
That’s according to the experts at online hair and beauty retailer Hairtrade.com who have revealed the secrets to putting a stop to split ends.
Investing in a good shampoo and conditioner is a must as is using a heat protect spray if you can’t live without your hairdryer and straighteners.
Other tricks like avoid towel drying and patting your hair dry instead are also listed, as is combing with a wide toothed comb.
Experts have also picked out the products which will help keep split ends at bay.
The site’s in-house blogger Maja Tisma said: “As our hair grows out the fragile tips of each strand become exposed to wear and tear. An array of factors contribute to split ends, including heat styling, brushing, overall hair condition, the length of your hair, and even genetics.
“Some people are more prone to split ends because they have drier hair in general. For example, someone with fine hair may be more likely to experience split ends than someone with thicker, stronger, naturally-glossier tresses.
“However, despite genetics, there is plenty that we do can to prevent split ends. Proper hair care is the secret to keeping ends healthy and fresh long after our last haircut.”
Here are the site’s top tips for preventing split ends:
1. Shampoo and conditioner
Investing in a good shampoo and conditioner is a must if you want great looking hair. Cheap supermarket alternatives will not have the same effect as a salon professional shampoo.
Those with moisturising formulas are a good choice as they will keep the ends smoother and silkier. If you have oily roots, consider using a shampoo for oily hair once or twice a week.
The rest of the time, use shampoo which is formulated to soothe and protect hair. Your conditioner should also be rich and loaded with emollients and natural extracts.
2. Avoid Towel Drying
We’ve all done it – stepped out of the shower and towel dried our hair. Towel drying can be very damaging. Instead, press a clean towel over your wet hair to remove some moisture.
3. Use a wide-toothed comb
Always comb wet hair from the ends up with a wide-toothed comb, rather than combing from the roots with a brush or fine-tooth comb. Be really gentle to prevent damage to your ends, then work the comb up to the roots.
4. Minimum heat styling
Try to keep heat styling to a minimum. So, if you’re straightening your hair each day with a blow dryer and flat iron, it may be damaged all over, including the ends. If you can’t live without your straighteners, invest in thermal protective sprays which are applied before blow drying. They create a barrier which makes it harder for heat to damage hair.
Here are the sites top four products for stopping split ends:
1. Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Treatment Primer Cream
A primer cream nourishes hair, decreases blow-drying time and protects from heat damage – perfect for preventing split ends. The formula in this product will keep hair healthier, from root to tip.
2. Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo
This is a moisturising shampoo which contains pure Awapuhi extract and is perfect for those who want to keep ends soft and silky.
3. Moroccanoil Treatment for All Hair Types
Apply a small quantity of this product to damp and it will add shine and softness. It’s a healing formula which nourishes and helps to repair damage. Since it keeps hair so soft and supple, it’s also a great way to stop split ends before they start.
4. Clynol Repair Rescue Treatment
This intensive treatment is applied once or twice a week to damp hair. Leave in for five or ten minutes, then rinse out and style as usual. It features a repair complex which smooths, softens and moisturises hair. Also, it promotes mirror shine.
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