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6 Tips For Preventing And Treating Split Ends

| Hair & Beauty | March 2, 2012

Split ends occur when the protecting hair cuticles get stripped away from the ends of hair fibers, therefore leaving your hair fibers weak and causing your hair to start fraying.  Although more often seen in long hair it can also occur in short hair that is not in good condition.

Cut those split ends!Here are six tips for preventing and treating split ends

1.  Get a trim every six weeks.  When getting your hair trimmed, make sure you cut at least 1.5 inches above your split ends.  Cutting your hair is the only way to get rid of split ends.  If you leave it too late, you run the risk of the split ends continuing up the shaft of the hair.

2. Towel Dry.  Do not excessively rub your hair with the towel.  Vigorous rubbing can cause split ends!  Instead squeeze the excess water out your hair with the towel.

3. Minimize heat from appliances.  Heat from blow-dryers, hair straighteners, curling tongs and heated curlers dry out your hair making it more susceptible to damage and breaking.  If possible, leave your hair to dry 90% naturally before picking up a blow-dryer and use a lower heat setting to minimise the heat damage.  Also using a heat protecting spray or serum before applying heat can help

4. Condition. Use a deep leave in conditioner through your hair to add moisture

5. Careful brushing.  Being too rough with a brush or comb can damage your hair.  Never over brush and make sure you comb your hair gently.  If you find a knot, don’t aggressively brush/comb through it.  Untangle with your fingers first and then proceed.

6. Protect your hair from the sun.  It can damage your hair just as as it can your skin.  Try wearing a hat to protect it from the harmful ultra violet rays and look for conditioners that contain sunscreen in order to protect your hair

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