In the first part of this look at what can be done to prevent split ends we looked at 4 Ways to Stop Split Ends. Those are perfect for dealing with them at home.
If you do nothing else you should incorporate those four into your hair care routine. All the more if split ends are a living nightmare for you.
But wait? You want do all you can?
For more split end help here you go. Six ideas to be exact.
6 More Ways to Escape the Endless Split Ends Cycle
- Beware the Perils of Overbrushing?
- Of Products, Potions and Prepared Elixirs
- An Easy Way to Keep Your Ends Hydrated
- 3 Savvy Bedtime Routine Tips For Those Fighting Splits
- Attention Dye-aholics
- Is Your Protein Moisture Balance Right?
Admittedly these tips apply mostly for girls with longer hair. But I’ll bet there is enough helpfulness revealed that even girls with shoulder grazing locks can benefit.
So how many are you doing?
Oh and one more thing. While hip deep in coping with traumatized tresses I’m thinking you may appreciate a dead ends trimming method that works.
Ever heard of the search and destroy method? If not your mane may benefit from you knowing how to search out and destroy unwanted split ends.
If you’re ready to eliminate some split ends easily you may want to click that link to get proven ideas to do just that.
Anyway, let’s start with the first tip.
Beware the Perils of Overbrushing
Two words. Brush less.
Sometimes that’s all it takes – if you’re doing it wrong. And wrong can take the form of the technique you use, to the brush you use to how much you brush.
Regardless, it still mostly all comes down to brushing less.
Yes brushing is something women have been doing for centuries. Pretty much daily and without thinking. You know that whole 100 strokes a day thing?
But the problem is brushing is a source of stress in the form of friction. And stressing hair shafts with excess friction can damage the cuticle layer. Which leads to fraying and the development of unwanted split ends.
So stop it. Brush less.
Of Products, Potions and Prepared Elixirs
Ask pretty much any stylist what the foundation of healthy hair is and they’ll respond keeping it moisturized.
And if they’re being honest they’ll quickly add shampoo and conditioner alone aren’t enough.
For that matter deep conditioning products like hair masks are not optional if splits are an issue. Apply mid strand down to the ends to help lock in the moisture after your shower.
Done once a week it will restore moisture to the sections of your hair that tend to easily dry out anyway.
Oh and you want to apply your serums, leave in conditioners and what naught while you hair is still damp. This gives them time to penetrate your cuticles as you wait for your hair to air dry.
So you’ll want to towel dry first for treatments like a deep conditioner or hair mask. Doing so will work to maximize the absorption without dilution.
That’s because the less water left in your hair the more product your strands will end up absorbing.
But that’s not the only way to accomplish superior hydration.
Easy Way to Keep Your Ends Hydrated
So as you just read a great way to put splits in the rear view mirror is to properly hydrate your ends. Another way to do it is to oil them up – which is the same but diffferent. Fact is nourishing hair oil is one of the best products you can use to care for dry ends.
Two ways to do it.
Before your shower use oil as pre shampoo treatment.
Take a drop or two of like argan, olive, almond or Moroccan oil and work it between your palms. Apply to ends and slip on a shower cap. Then after 7-10 minutes lather up.
Smart way to protect things from the shampoo and hot water.
Or go for it after your shower.
In this case oil is applied to towel dried locks.
Again after warming a small amount between your palms divide your mane in half. Then start at the bottom work into your hair stopping no higher than halfway up. (Obviously you want to avoid getting anywhere near your scalp with this stuff.)
Unsure what to use?
One relative bargain is the Mielle Organics Rosemary Hair Strengthening Oil. When concentrated on the tips this nourishing oil both hydrates and smooths parched ends.
It’s a transformative product. Well worth it if you face super dry ends that quickly break out into a splits circus.
3 Savvy Bedtime Routine Tips For Those Fighting Splits
Sleep may be rejuvenate you. But it can be hard on your hair.
Fight back in three ways.
Give Your Ends Some TLC
Once a week before going to bed again apply a light oil (almond, olive, jojoba, argan) or hair serum to your ends. (Seeing the recurring theme here?) This lets you give those ends an extra shot of moisture while you sleep.
Get Your Pillow Slippery
Sleep on satin or silk pillow cases to cut down on the friction your hair is subject to at night.
Since satin and silk are so smooth your hair can safely slide around as you toss and turn. Without the pulling, catching, and moisture absorption typical with cotton.
Leaving you with
- Less breakage
- Fewer tangles
- Less frizz and split ends
Since we know you’re curious here’s a choice option that’s both affordable and highly regarded. That’s right. Love’s Cabin Silk Satin Pillowcase is an Amazon’s Choice winner.
It’s perfect for those wanting their hair to at least look close to what they went to bed with. It works to reduce the hair killing friction from cotton pillowcases unleashed on your tresses overnight. With added bonus of keeping you cooler too.
Sleep in Styles That Promise to Protect Your Ends
It’s simple enough.
If you can’t go satin wear your hair up at night in a protective style. Like loose braids, a pineapple, or something bun worn up.
While our look at this comes at it from the curly hair perspective the ideas shared apply to any type of hair.
It should be no surprise that constant coloring can take a toll on your locks.
What’s worse is the threat to your ends from over processing is cumulative. As repeated coloring stresses them like few other things can.
You see, the bleach over time changes the structure weakening your hair. That in turn makes it more prone to splits.
That ultimately means fried hair that is damaged beyond repair. And no one wants that.
That last point makes coloring an existential threat to the health of your hair. Which why you should never go on a coloring binge. Also why taking a break a break from coloring is always a good idea.
Is Your Protein Moisture Balance Right?
Reading your ends right so you know what they need – more protein or more moisture is an important skill to master.
And if you don’t think that matters you haven’t been paying attention.
Because whether it’s a protein imbalance or hair that lacks for moisture the troubled tresses that result are anything but pretty.
Does My Hair Need Protein, Moisture or Is It Fine?
Without getting too deep into this, those with color treated hair are at higher risk of having a protein deficiency.
So let me ask you, is your hair stringy?
Does is just hang around all limp and lifeless?
Does it feel brittle?
Then maybe more protein is the answer.
Fact is hair lacking for protein might well be more prone to breakage. Because at the atomic level it’s the protein bonds that keeps your hair shafts strong. It’s what holds them together and without them strength is lost.
Moisture loss is more common in hair hot styled frequently.
Does your hair feel dry?
Does it tangle easily?
Does it seem to be frail and kinda spindly? Especially the closer to the ends you get.
Maybe it’s parched.
Did you know a strand test can help you decide what your hair suffers from and what it needs. If you are not familiar with that here’s a quick video tutorial that clearly explains what’s what.
So if your hair snaps like an old rubber band or stretches like a bungee cord you may have problems.
Remember that getting this right can be the difference between amazing hair and hair that’s just there.
Do yourself a favor and pin this for later. Then do yourself another favor and follow our Pinterest boards to insure ideas these keep coming non-stop. Your hair will thank you.