How to Get Rid of Split Ends

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When hair becomes dry or damaged, the hair shaft splits at the end. Here's how you can keep those unsightly splits from spoiling the looks of your locks.

Things You'll Need

  • Hat
  • Leave-in Conditioner Or Pomade
  • Wide-toothed Comb
  • Scissors

Keep brushing to a minimum since it promotes breakage. Brushing wet hair is a definite no-no; use a wide-toothed comb when hair is wet.

Strive for low-maintenance hair. Hair dryers, curling irons, perms and hair colors all damage hair. If you must blow-dry, use a cool setting and keep the dryer 6 inches (15 cm) from your hair.

Protect your hair from extreme weather. Wear a hat on sunny days and keep hair well moisturized in the dry winter months.

Apply a leave-in conditioner or pomade to the ends of your hair daily to keep them strong.

Snip away any split ends you spot. Cut at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) above the split. A split end will split the hair all the way up to the scalp, so snip it as soon as you spot it.

Schedule a trim with your hairstylist if you start seeing a lot of split ends.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ask your stylist to recommend thermal protection products.
  • Be wary of promises from the makers of products for split ends. These bind the hair shaft temporarily. The only real cure is a haircut.

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