Stop the Split: How to Prevent Split Ends
As we get closer to winter, we need to start looking for ways to step up our hair care to protect against the cold, harsh weather that's ahead of us. When your hair starts drying out, your ends are the first that will start to suffer from it. The ends are already more susceptible to damage since they're the oldest part of your hair and the furthest way from your scalp's natural and moisturizing oils. Dry ends will become weak and brittle which will lead to breakage and splitting.
Once your ends start splitting there's no going back. No matter what a product claims, there's nothing short of a haircut that will effectively get rid of them. Without regular trims, those ends will just continue to split further up on the hair strand and make your hair generally more damaged and brittle. A good habit to get into is to get a trim at the beginning of every new season. The change in weather can take a toll on your hair and getting that trim in will cut off any developing split ends before they're able to cause too much damage. Even if you're trying to grow out your hair, trims are necessary to maintain strong and healthy hair. We know the word haircut might be sending chills up your back but there is a bright side. While you can't fix split ends once you get them, the right hair regimen will help you prevent them in the first place.
In between haircuts, you'll want to work on returning the moisture to your hair that the dry winter air is taking away. To moisturize your hair, use a moisturizer that's water-based so that it will actually penetrate your hair shaft. Follow up with an oil-based product or natural oil to seal that moisture in and prevent it from evaporating.
In addition to your daily maintenance, make sure to also do regular deep treatments once a week. A deep conditioner or hair mask will help to give an extra boost of moisture and will keep it healthy and happy. When applying the treatment, be sure to start adding the most to your ends and then work upward to your roots.
If it looks like your ends really need it, use the baggy method while doing your deep treatment. Using a plastic bag, saran wrap or a plastic cap to cover your hair after applying the hair mask or deep conditioner. You can either cover your entire hair or just cover you ends. Leave it on for 3-4 hours or even leave it on overnight to really allow your hair to soak up the hydration.
Lastly, use low-manipulation hairstyles to avoid as much wear and tear as possible. When done correctly, protective styles can be a great way to protect your hair from the elements. Just don’t forget to give your scalp some extra TLC while having one in.
If you feel helpless with split ends, these tips can go a long way to helping you take back your power from them. No matter what season or what the weather has to throw at you, you can be sure that your ends, and your hair in general, will be hydrated and happy!