Whenever I’m stuck in traffic, trapped in a boring meeting for work, or wasting precious minutes of my day in a doctor’s waiting room, I have a bad habit of twisting my hair around my fingers.
What can I say? It’s a way to pass time.
And I have to say, there’s nothing worse than looking down at my finger and seeing tons of angry, little split ends staring back at me. Afterward, that’s all I can see anytime I look in the mirror – all those pesky little split hairs where the cuticle has been stripped away from the ends.
I’m aware of the things I should do to prevent split ends, but it’s easy to forget sometimes when you’re in a rush to style your hair and get out the door. If you’re as annoyed by split ends as I am, here are a few reminders of the best ways to banish these irritating pests from your hair for good.
Get a Trim
Once you have split ends, there’s only one way to get rid of them – cut ‘em. In fact, even if you’re trying to grow out your hair, you should get a trim every six to eight weeks to remove damaged ends and keep your locks looking healthy. If it’s not time for a trim and you notice just a few split ends, you can also snip them off yourself – just don’t go overboard or you may wind up with choppy, uneven ends.
Cut Back on Heat Styling
It may be tough – I know it is for me – but if you want to banish split ends, limiting heat styling is very important. Every time you use a blow dryer, curling iron, flat iron, or hot rollers, you strip your hair of moisture so it becomes dry and brittle – and totally ripe for split ends. When you have to use a heated styling tool, always prep your locks with a heat resistant like TRESemme Platinum Strength Strengthening Heat Protectant Spray. If you’re in the market for a curling or flat iron, choose an ionic ceramic material for the tool. Ceramic distributes heat more evenly and the ion plates actually use negatively charged ions to smooth your hair’s cuticle so it’s less likely to split.
Maintaining your hair’s moisture balance is key if you want to avoid split ends. Using a deep conditioning treatment once a week can help keep your locks hydrated so they don’t become brittle and prone to breakage. For the best results, look for a formula enriched with protein like it’s a 10 Keratin Deep Conditioner to moisturize and strengthen by fortifying your hair’s cuticle and shaft.