We’ve all had to deal with the annoying problem of split ends at some point in our lives. They aren’t the end of the world, but they can sure take your look from vibrant and shiny, to dull and lifeless.

Split ends develop when external elements (such as heat and chemicals) break down the protective coating of the hair cuticle. When the internal structure of the hair is exposed, it can become weak, dehydrated, and damaged. The end result is a head full of split ends. Here are a few ways to combat this pesky little problem and put an end to split ends for good!

Get a Trim

A haircut is the only way to get rid of existing split ends but it’s also the key to preventing them. Getting your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks will help keep hair healthy and will actually help you grow longer hair.

Comb vs. Brush

A lot of us probably go right for the brush after we are done showering, but it’s actually best to use a wide-tooth comb. Hair is the most delicate when it’s wet and is prone to breakage, so be gentle on your locks and use a comb to gently detangle.

Tie Gently

When pulling your hair back, be careful which hair tie you use. Make sure to use one that has no metal on it because the metal will snag on your hair causing breakage and split ends. When you’re putting the tie in your hair, make sure not to pull super tight either. Instead, use some sprays or gels to help hold hair back.

Limit the Heat

We don’t expect you to never use flat irons, blow dryers, or curling irons ever again, but take time to ensure you are using them the right way because heat can damage your hair and cause split ends. We recommend using a product that will protect your hair from heat damage, such as our Thermal Styling Protectant Spray. When applied to towel dried hair, it will protect your hair while leaving it shiny and soft. Try to let you hair air dry as much as possible, then when using the blow dryer to finish it off, make sure you have the nozzle attachment on so you are directing the heat where you want it. Also limit using your flat iron or curling iron to a couple of times per week. The high level of heat from the irons really takes a toll on your hair!

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