How to Prevent Split Ends

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You can't mend a broken heart or a split end, but you sure can prevent them. Here are some steps to prevent split ends, anyway.

Things You'll Need

  • Sun Hats
  • Satin Pillowcases
  • Anti-chlorine Shampoos
  • Body-building Shampoos
  • Deep Conditioner
  • Hot Oil Treatments
  • Natural Bristle Hairbrush
  • Protein-based Shampoos
  • Suncreen Shampoos For Normal Hair
  • Scissors
  • Hair Salon Gift Certificates
  • Coated Rubber Bands
  • Swimming Caps
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Take care not to split them in the first place, because the only cure is a trim, according to trichologists (hair doctors) everywhere.

  • Don't brush hair when it's wet, because that's when it is at its most vulnerable.

  • Cool it on the heat styling tricks. That means cut down on hair dryers, straightening irons, crimpers, curling irons and hot curlers.

  • Buy a natural-bristle brush that won't pull on hair and ultimately break it off, thereby causing a possible split end.

  • Wear a hat to minimize sun damage.

  • Use a shampoo that lists sunscreen as a major ingredient.

  • Condition after shampooing, and use a deep conditioner once a month.

  • Try a hair split repair product. It won't actually repair the hair, but it will minimize the stray hair look you hate.

  • Get a trim every six weeks.

Tips & Warnings

  • Treat your hair as the fragile living thing it is; don't twirl, tug or abuse it.
  • A satin pillow case will minimize tangles.
  • Always use coated or covered rubber bands.
  • When you swim, wear a swim cap to protect your hair from harsh chlorine.
  • Learning preventative care is a must.
  • Too many products, treatments and fussy hairdos won't do your hair any good. Overdying and drying it are the main culprits.

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