How to Get Rid of Split Ends
Aggressive blow-drying, coloring, perming, UV radiation, poor nutrition, and even the wrong shampoo can all cause split ends.
5-Minute Crafts has prepared a guide to show you how to get rid of split ends and prevent them from appearing.
Method 1: Use a hair mask or conditioner.
A hair mask and conditioner hide split ends perfectly. If you prefer a conditioner, choose one that is leave-in. Apply it to your clean, lightly towel-dried hair after washing it. Spread the conditioner along the length of your hair, avoiding the roots, and then comb it gently moving upwards from the ends.
A hair mask is a deep conditioning product. It helps hydrate your hair and make the hair shaft stronger. Once a week, apply a thick moisturizing mask to your clean hair, or a special mask that restores split ends. It will temporarily smooth the scales and significantly improve the look of your mane.
Method 2: Moisturize your split ends with nourishing oils.
Natural oils can help with split ends. They moisturize and nourish hair, making it smooth and shiny. Argan and sweet almond oils will be your best choice. Apply a few drops to towel-dried ends and spread the oil evenly. However, be careful not to apply too much at once. Start with a small amount of oil and increase the amount if necessary.
Method 3: Try DIY hair treatments.
DIY treatments can help you fix split ends just as effectively as store-bought treatments. These 3 effective masks deeply moisturize and restore damaged hair:
- Avocado mask. Mash up an avocado and mix it with an egg. Add a few drops of olive oil, stir the ingredients well and apply the resulting mask to the hair (focusing on the ends). Leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes, and then rinse well with warm water.
- Honey mask. Mix 3 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 tablespoons of raw honey. Apply the mixture to shampooed hair and leave it in for 20 to 30 minutes. Rinse it out and then wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove any residue.
- Egg mask. Take an egg yolk, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and a tablespoon of honey. Stir the ingredients well, then apply the mixture to your wet hair and leave it in for 30 minutes. Rinse it out and wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove any residue.
Before using any DIY mask, test it on a small patch of your skin, for example, on the inner part of your elbow. This way, you’ll make sure you’re not allergic to any of the ingredients in the mask.
Method 4: Wash your hair with cool water.
If you like taking hot showers, it can worsen your split ends problem.
Hot water opens the hair cuticle and makes the hair more brittle. Cool water, on the other hand, closes the cuticle, helping it fit tight around the hair shaft and making your hair smoother and shinier.
Method 5: Brush your hair carefully.
If you brush your hair too aggressively, it can lead to brittle hair and split ends. Here are some rules that can help you avoid any mistakes:
- Never brush wet hair. This is when your hair is at its most vulnerable and more prone to breakage and snags. Wait until your hair becomes at least half dry.
- Avoid metal combs. They can scratch the scalp and cling to hair, causing new split ends.
- Don’t backcomb your hair, as it tugs on the scales of your hair, lifting them and leaving them vulnerable to being ripped off.
Method 6: Cut the split ends.
Unfortunately, the methods mentioned above only disguise your problem and restore the look of your hair for a short period of time. The only reliable way to get rid of split ends is to trim them regularly. The recommended frequency is every 6 to 8 weeks.
Bonus: How to prevent split ends from appearing.
After you’ve trimmed your split ends, you need to make sure that they don’t appear again. Here are some tips that can help you with this:
Choose all-natural shampoos that contain no harsh ingredients.
Use a conditioner after shampooing or use a leave-in conditioner.
Use nourishing and moisturizing masks on a weekly basis.
Limit services that damage hair, such as coloring and chemical straightening.
Use a heat-protection spray and minimize the use of heat.
When blow-drying your hair, focus on the hair roots and the main part of the hair, avoiding the ends.
Be gentle when towel drying your hair and avoid twisting and wringing.