Monday, 30 May 2016

How To Prevent and Treat Hair Split Ends

Split ends is a common problem that stops many of us from reaching our hair goals of healthy, shiny, soft and luscious hair.

In layman's terms split ends occur when one hair strand becomes damaged and literally splits or divides into more than one bit. This often happens at the ends of our hair but can also happen anywhere along the length of the hair.

Split ends can be caused by a number of factors including friction, dryness, heat damage and chemical damage.

Luckily there are a number of simple steps that can be taken to prevent, and if necessary treat, split ends.


How To Prevent and Treat Split Ends

1. Dry Your Hair Gently
Don't vigorously rub your hair with a towel to dry it. Be gentle! Squeeze the excess water out of your hair gently with your hands. Ideally allow your hair to air dry after washing it.

If you use a towel to help dry your hair, wrap it lightly around your hair and gently squeeze it to draw the excess water out. 

2. Use a Wide Tooth Comb On Wet Hair
Hair is more fragile when wet. Don't brush wet hair, use a wide tooth comb instead.

I keep a wide tooth comb in my shower recess and use it while I still have conditioner in my hair. This helps remove any tangles from my hair whilst minimising the amount of hair breakage and damage.

Use a wide tooth comb with conditioner in the shower

3. Comb & Brush Your Hair Gently
Start from the ends of your hair and work your way up. Gently de-tangle any knots with your fingers.

4. Minimise Your Brushing/Combing
Do not over brush your hair. Once your brush/comb glides through your hair with no obstructions, stop. You don't need to brush or comb any more.

5. Avoid Rough Styling
Don't regularly tease/back comb your hair as this can cause breakage.

6. Use a Good Quality Shampoo & Conditioner
Dehydrated hair is more prone to breakage and damage. It is important to use a good quality shampoo and conditioner that will nourish and ideally strengthen your hair without applying any chemical nasties to it.

My holy grail shampoo and conditioner is bhave Rescue Intense Repair Shampoo and bhave Rescue Intense Repair Conditioner. These products nourish, strengthen and repair hair. They are infused with Replicine Functional Keratin and Argan Oil to reduce hair breakage. Like all bhave products they are free from any chemical nasties including parabens and sulphates, as well as sodium chloride.

bhave Rescue Intense Repair Shampoo &
bhave Rescue Intense Repair Conditioner

7. Apply a Deep Conditioning Treatment Or Hair Mask
I am currently using the bhave Deep Intense Conditioning Masque at least once a fortnight to provide intense moisture to my hair to help keep it healthy, moisturised and damage free. This product is particularly good for those of us with coloured, heat stressed or damaged hair.

bhave Deep Intense Conditioning Masque

Another great product to use is the bhave Leave-In Creme which contains macadamia nut, jojoba and certified organic argan oil. It provides hair with an extra conditioning boost and protection, and thus makes it less susceptible to breakage. 

bhave Leave-In Creme

8. Protect Your Hair From Heat
Heat weakens your hair shaft thus making it prone to breakage. Styling your hair using heat tools, such as straighteners, curling wands and curling irons are common causes of hair damage and split ends. Try to avoid or at least minimise these methods of hair styling.

If you are unwilling to give up these hair styling methods then make sure you use a heat protectant on your hair such as GHD Heat Protect Spray. My favourite heat protectant which I've using for over three years is KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Spray.

KMS Free Shape Hot Flex Spray

Another method I've used to minimise the amount of time I use my hair straightener is to undergo the bhave Smoothe Treatment. I've previously blogged about this treatment here. The bhave Smoothe Treatment lasts for up to 4 months and  has dramatically decreased the amount of time I spend straightening my hair and thus the amount of time I'm exposing my hair to damaging heat.

If you are buying a new heat styling tool always try to choose one which allows for a wide range of temperature control such as the Cloud Nine The Original Iron - Hair Straightener which allows the temperature to be varied between 100 to 200 degrees Celsius. This allows you to keep the heat setting as low as possible whilst still effectively straightening your hair. Now the bargain hunter in me needs to share with you that I noticed this straightener is currently reduced at Ry from $315 to $264. Click on the above link to shop at Ry if you are interested in this special. 

9. Minimise The Use of Your Hair Dryer
Ideally allow your hair to air dry. If you must use your hair dryer to speed up the drying process, use it on the low setting, preferably set to cool. To further minimise damage to your hair don't hold your hairdryer too close to your hair.

10. Use Hair Friendly Accessories
Tight elastics with metal bits can damage your hair especially if left in your hair for long periods or overnight. Ribbons are gentler on your hair.

11. Trim Your Hair Regularly
Trimming your hair eliminates split ends by cutting them off. Having regular hair trims every 6-8 weeks is recommended to minimise the amount of hair your hairdresser needs to trim off your hair's length to eliminate any split ends. The longer the duration between hair trims, the bigger your split ends will potentially be, necessitating more length to be trimmed from your hair.

12. Treat and Mend Your Split Ends
Now let's be honest, all the above preventative measures sound straightforward enough BUT let's also be realistic. Some of us, and I include myself in this category, are not prepared to fully give up our use of heat styling tools such as hair straighteners, curlers and hair dryers, which all increase our risk of developing hair damage and split ends. I've minimised my use of heat tools but haven't eliminated them completely. 

Traditionally the only way to get rid of unsightly split ends used to be a trip to the salon for a trim as mentioned above. However with daily heat styling, split ends can form quickly making frequent enough hair trims impractical and costly. Luckily there is now another treatment option.

bhave Fresh Ends is a relatively new product with revolutionary Raw Natural Keratin Technology which has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft and rebuild hair damage from the inside out while slow releasing ceratonia peptides, keratin and certified organic argan oil smoothes, seals and controls misbehaving split ends.

This product improves the strength and elasticity of hair, and smoothes and continually repairs split ends damage without product build up. If you continue to regularly heat style your hair, even if you use a heat protectant like I do, I'd strongly recommend adding bhave Fresh Ends to your hair care routine. It's simple, effective and a little of this product goes a long way!

bhave Fresh Ends

Are split ends a problem for your hair?

xxx
Ingrid.

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* Note: I have been using bhave products for approximately 12 months, well before the photographed bhave products 
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56 comments:

  1. Your hair looks so lovely! I recently came across Brave Hair products and was fascinated by them, so it's interesting to read your opinions on them :)

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    1. Thanks Laura! As you can tell I'm a huge fan of bhave hair care products. They tick all the right boxes for me.

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  2. Great tips! I've used some of those products and love them.

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    1. They're all products I use and love too.

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  3. I've recently switched to a natural shampoo and conditioner and have noticed the difference with my hair. It's not as frizzy, which makes wearing it out much nicer!

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    1. When my hair is in good condition I wear it out so much more too!

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  4. I get my hair cut regularly, so I don't often have trouble with split ends. I must get a wide toothed comb for the girls though. There hair is a nightmare to brush when it's wet!

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    1. Try combing your girls' hair when it still has conditioner in it before they get out of the bath. It makes it so much easier!

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  5. 1. Don't brush your hair at all.
    LOL, jokes. That's just me being really lazy with my hair hehe! DF xoxo

    www.doaner-fide.com

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    1. I think my son agrees with not brushing or combing his hair.

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  6. I am so bad at looking after my hair, I only get it cut about once a year so I normally have to get a heap of split ends cut off. I do use supposed no tangle hair ties though, but of course they still tangle my hair! I need to invest in a wide tooth comb for the shower, that's a great idea. #teamIBOT

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  7. My hair comes out too easily so I have to use a wide toothed comb in the bath and while I've got lots of conditioner in it!

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    1. Combing your hair with a wide toothed comb whilst it has conditioner in it is so much gentler on your hair.

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  8. Well there you go! I had no idea about most of these! I need to buy myself a wide toothed comb now!

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    1. A wide tooth comb is such an easy and cheap yet effective trick!

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  9. Great tips! These bhave products sound like just the ticket! I got a bhave hair product at the Bloggers United event but still haven't tried it :)

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  10. I try to use my hairdryer and straighteners as little as possible and have regular trims at the hairdresser to avoid split ends. I love my Tangle Teaser brush too, it's a game changer!

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    1. Sounds like you have it all under control Sammie!

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  11. I'm 90% grey so dye my hair every 3ish weeks. It needs to stop. Not only are my ends dry but my entire hair. I love all these tips but I'm seriously considering shaving all my hair off and starting again without the dye. 90% grey is in? right?!

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    1. My son had all his hair shaved off by his friends. He said they dared him $50 to do it and he took them up on their offer! He returned home one day with his hoodie on his head. He looked so different with no hair! Thankfully it grew back quite quickly. But there were several weeks of wearing beanies for him before his thick blonde locks returned. He did regret it and said he wouldn't do it again.

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  12. Fabulous tips Ingrid...I really must invest in some Bhave shampoo and conditioner!

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  13. We are hair care twins this week Ingrid!!

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    1. Happy to be hair care twins with you!

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  14. I'm useless at all that - too lazy - so when I go to the hairdresser (which is very infrequently) she has to cut about 4 inches off to deal with the ends. Then I get a big lecture about putting the stuff in, which I've got, just too lazy....ahhh , fun times.

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    1. I always leave my hair conditioning treatments for occasions when I have more time and definitely not on a work morning when I'm always in a rush.

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  15. I love a good conditioning mask- makes your hair feel amazing!

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    1. I agree, a good conditioning mask does make such a difference! My hair loves it!

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  16. I will look into these lines. I have not heard of them before though I do use a KMS shampoo which is amazing.

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    1. Prior to discovering bhave, KMS was my go-to shampoo and conditioner.

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  17. With a shoulder length bob, and regular trims every 6 to 8 weeks, split ends aren't a problem for me. My fave hair product at the moment is Alberto V05 Give Me Texture dry texturising spray - it is a godsend for fine thin hair like mine!

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  18. I don't own a hair dryer so I always let my hair dry naturally - at least it sounds like I'm doing something right!

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    1. You're definitely minimising your split ends and hair damage by not using a hair dryer.

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  19. I'm off to buy a wide tooth comb first thing tomorrow! Great tips!

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  20. I always let me hair air dry, but I probably make up for not using a hairdryer with over using the straightener, haha! I do use a leave in conditioner when I remember as my hair splits quite badly when it doesn't have a lot of moisture, as you pointed out.


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  21. Love a good conditioner comb through. I force my girls to do this now too so there are less tears when they get it dried and brushed by me.

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  22. I really want to try this line. I have such unruly hair and need all the help I can get! What I'd really like to find out is what is more damaging: blow drying hair or letting it air dry and using a flat iron. I've heard 2 opposite opinions on this from 2 great stylists...

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    1. Based on the significantly higher temperatures of flat irons I would think these would be more damaging than hair dryers but you'd also need to take into consideration how long you are using each of these heat styling tools.

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  23. Some great advice there. I sometimes get the odd split end and usually just cut them off. It usually tells me it's time for a trim. I use my fingers in the shower to detangle my hair which seems to work ok. :) I would love to try Behave products eventually, they sound so good! xo

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  24. I'd say that split ends aren't too much of a problem for my hair because when I went to my hairdresser 6 weeks ago, she told me my hair was in excellent condition & that next time I go I wouldn't need a cut (mind you, I'm trying to grow my hair a bit longer atm). I guess my weekly religious use of the bhave mask featured in your post (and not using a hairdryer & heat-styling tools often) has helped!

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    1. Sounds like you are doing all the right things to avoid split ends already! It's amazing what a difference they make.

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  25. Great tips here. I find that I get spilt ends in winter because I actually blow dry my hair. Summer I usually let it dry itself.

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    1. Not using heat styling tools does make a huge difference!

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  26. fab post Ingrid!! I have heard and seen so much of Bhave products online. Definitely need to check them out. Split ends were an issue for me when I had long hair, I use to spend so much time combing through my hair for spilt ends!

    Lily not Louise

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    1. Thanks Lily. Do check bhave out. They are one of my very few holy grail brands.

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  27. Oh this is perfect timing for me, I have such bad split ends. I didn't know that brushing wet hair was bad so I'll definitely stop doing that! And ribbons for hair.. I'll have to see if I can master that skill! Thank you for your great tips :)

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  28. I went for a record 18 months with not getting a single haircut. My hair was OK because I don't use heat much at all but I'm sure they were there! Great tips.

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  29. I have had to stop heat styling because of all the split ends :( So my hair looks unstyled, but is healthy! These are great tips!

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  30. One of the great things about having short hair is that there's rarely a case of split ends because it's cut so frequently - but I'm lusting after these hair care products all the same Ingrid, and they're certainly working brilliantly for you. Love the shower piccie ♥♥♥

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  31. The bhave products sound great. I really have to buy a deep conditioning masque, my hair needs it and I don't even use the straightener that much. I always use a wide tooth comb to brush my hair anytime, other it's frizz city!

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  32. I've never heard the tip of drying your hair gently. Will have to start doing that. Thanks for the great list of tips! And those bhave products should great.

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