If the summer heat or your usual styling routine has left your locks looking a little worse for wear, chances are that a few split ends have also reared their ugly heads. But restoring your hair back to its natural, luscious state is easily achievable with the right tips and tricks. From styling secrets to the right foods, here’s how you can stop split ends without having to go for the chop.
Brushing your hair can be incredibly damaging, especially if you’re using the wrong tools to tackle those dreaded knots. To detangle your locks, use a wide-tooth comb on wet hair when you’re in the shower, preferably after you apply conditioner as it will help soften hair, making the whole process a lot easier.
Fight Them with Food
The solution to saying goodbye to split ends starts inside, not out, as hair is a natural tissue that needs nourishing in order to grow strong and healthy. Click here to discover the foods you should be munching on for a mightier mane.
Nix the Towel-Dry Disasters
If the first thing you reach for after you’ve washed your hair is a towel – which you then use to vigorously rub all over your head and hair – you are making a big mane mistake. Towels can be very rough on the hair shaft, especially when hair is wet as this is when it’s more prone to breakage. Either blot your hair dry gently with a towel or use an old T-shirt for a much gentler “towel” dry instead.
Air-Dry Before You Blow-Dry
It’s common knowledge that heat styling hurts your hair, and it’s one of the most common causes of split ends. But blow-drying is a daily necessity for most women, so what’s the solution? After you’ve applied a heat-protection spray (another key component in the quest to stop split ends), try to let your locks dry naturally for as long as possible – ideally wait until your hair is at least 70 percent dry before you reach for your hairdryer. This will hugely reduce the amount of damage done.
Treat Your Tresses
Regular deep-conditioning treatments and hair masks are split-end saviors, especially if you stick to ones made with natural ingredients and no harsh chemicals. Click here for Savoir Flair’s top five hair-mask recipes that you can easily whip up in your kitchen.