9 Essential Tips for Preventing Split Ends

You may have tried everything to prevent annoying split ends, and it just hasn't seemed to work. Don't worry: there are easier, healthier, and cheaper ways to flight split ends! Learn about them in this article.
9 Essential Tips for Preventing Split Ends

Last update: 07 January, 2019

Are you tired of having to cut your hair to remove the split ends? You may have already tried all kinds of specific products, such as conditioners or serums for preventing split ends, but it still hasn’t stopped them from springing up every now and then.

In this article, we give you some key tips to preventing split ends naturally, which will give you long, healthy and hydrated hair.

1. Apply a vegetable oil to your hair

Forget chemical serums, which are expensive and only moisturize your hair a while you wear them.

We propose that you replace them with nutritious vegetable oil. You’ll only need a couple of drops of to keep your hair tips healthy.

Try coconut, jojoba or argan oil. It really works!

2. Cut your split ends every three months

A woman getting a haircut.

It may hurt to hear this if you’ve been trying to avoid the hairdresser and grow out your hair.

However, if you cut only half a centimeter every three months you won’t notice the cut. Instead, your hair will continue to grow strong and healthy.

This is how you’ll avoid having to cut a larger portion of your hair later.

3. Choose a natural shampoo

Shampoo does matter. Shampoos that contain sulfates tend to dry out and damage your hair, especially the tips, even though they clean your hair and may leave it feeling great on the first day.

We recommend that you choose natural sulphate-free shampoos and only wash your scalp. Never apply the shampoo directly to your ends, since the foam will clean all of your hair.

This is how you’ll avoid creating even more breakage.

4. Apply hair masks on dry hair

Although we want hair products to work, we also tend to be in a hurry. The manufacturers know this and this is why the instructions on how to use the product usually state that we should leave in hair masks for one or two minutes at the most.

However, for a hair mask to really take effect, it’s best to apply it on dry hair and leave it in for at least ten minutes.

You can leave the mask on while you’re doing other things or leave it on all night if you’re in a hurry to take a shower in the morning.

5. Comb your hair with the right brush

A woman brushing her hair in front of the mirror.

Choosing a good comb is essential to prevent split ends. We’re not talking about expensive professional combs, but wooden ones and natural bristle brushes.

These types of combs don’t damage your hair or produce static electricity, unlike those that are made of plastic or other synthetic materials.

Every night, before you go to bed, carefully brush your hair so that the natural oils of your scalp moisturize it.

6. Beware of flat irons and hairdryers

Using the right comb is a good method for preventing split ends.

You probably already know that flat irons and hairdryers damage the fibers of your hair and weaken it. This makes it more fragile, more susceptible to breakage and to developing split ends.

Therefore, avoid these devices whenever possible. If you use them, then choose the types that harm your hair less, such as those that use ceramic or infrared materials.

7. Eat a balanced diet

Sometimes, split ends are caused by a vitamin, mineral, protein or fatty acid deficiencies.

When your body lacks nutrients, it steals them from your hair to direct them to other more important functions.

Be sure to consume the following foods daily:

  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Avocados
  • Vegetables
  • Oily fish
  • Whole grains

8. Drink water

Split ends are also related to dehydration. Getting enough water can help you with preventing split ends.

Our hair needs water just like the rest of our body. We suggest that you drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.

You can drink two on an empty stomach, two in the morning, two in the afternoon, and two in the evening, always outside of meals.

9. Massage your scalp

A good daily scalp massage, in addition to being very relaxing, will help you activate blood circulation and will also help nutrients to reach all of your hair better. This can help you with preventing split ends.

Do it once a day, making circular motions with your fingertips. Alternatively, you could get someone to do it for you while you enjoy the massage and benefit from it.

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