Just like any other beauty flaw, split ends are an unwanted nuisance most people have to deal with. Unless you’re a celebrity with a personal hairstylist who can tend to your everyday needs, you more than likely have a few frayed ends that mess with your style.
What Are Split Ends?
Split ends are hair splinters that are caused by damage to the hair shaft. If left untreated, they can lead to unwanted breakage that makes the hair strand shorter. While split ends are a common nuisance that everyone deals with, it doesn’t mean you have to live with them. At unDONE, our Boise hair salon stylists are here to help you not only prevent split ends but deal with them when they inevitably show up. That’s why we’d like to provide you with the following ultimate guide to preventing and dealing with split ends.
Preventing Split Ends
It should be no surprise that brushing your hair aggressively can damage your hair. Your hair can be easily be broken making it prone to split ends so it’s important to treat it delicately. When you brush, make sure to glide gently as you slowly work out tangles. Make sure to work your way from the bottom up to gently detangle your strands rather than trying to brush from top to bottom. If your brush meets a knot, simply stop and start a little further down and continue working your way back up.
It’s also important to use the right tools to brush and detangle your hair. Our Boise hair salon stylists recommend using special detangling brushes and combs to help you reduce wear, breakage, and friction. However, the right brush depends on your specific hair type. If you’re not sure which one would work best, never be afraid to ask for a recommendation.
Reduce Heat Exposure
How hot you set your styling tools matters when it comes to preventing split ends. The hotter you set them, the more damage you will inflict upon your tresses. Our Boise hair salon stylists recommend setting your styling tools on a lower setting to see if it will get the job done. While it might take you a little longer to achieve your personal style, it will seriously help you prevent any annoying split ends.
It’s also important to work with clean hair when you’re using your styling tools because heat and oil can actually cook your hair. Make sure to properly wash your hair of built up products before you style your hair.
While it’s important to clean your hair to prevent damage when you style it, it’s just as important not to over-wash your hair either. You should only wash your hair every few days and when you do, concentrate on keeping the shampoo on your scalp rather than working on your ends. Even more, when your hair is wet, it’s more prone to breakage, so be gentle when you brush it.
Avoid Overly Hot Water
When you shower, it’s important to avoid overly hot water when you wash and condition your hair. Instead, you’ll want to opt for cold or lukewarm water instead since hot water can cause your hair cuticles to swell, making them more prone to split ends. By rinsing your hair at a lower temperature, you will help close the cuticle and seal the hair shaft while making your hair soft and shiny in the process.
Getting Rid Of Split Ends
Get Regular Trims
To be honest, the only way to get rid of split ends is to have them cut out. Once your hair shaft has split, there is really nothing left that you can do. However, if you’ve been working on growing your hair out and don’t want to have to cut it, your Boise hair salon stylist can provide you with a light dusting which helps to remove split ends without cutting your length.
Use The Right Products
If you have split ends and are looking for a way to manage them before your next trim or dusting, the only thing you can do is conceal them by using the right hair care products. For frazzled ends after styling, smooth the frays with a touch of styling cream or serum. We recommend using Undone’s Everyday Miracle Treatment, Amethyst Oil, or Versatile Styling Creme to help seal the hair cuticle while fighting frizz and flyaways.
You’ll also want to hydrate your tresses since split ends need a ton of tender loving care. That’s why we also recommend our specially formulated shampoos and conditioners that proactively work together to prevent further breakage. These include Undone’s Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner, and Everyday Miracle Treatment that work to deliver silky smooth hair with radiant shine.
Nourish With A Mask
If you’re looking to replenish your hair of moisture and lost nutrients, our Boise hair salon stylists recommend using Davines Minu Hair Mask that is formulated to deeply nourish and hydrate your hair without weighing it down while also making it soft and silky. Just apply to towel-dried hair after shampooing and leave it on for approximately 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
Consider A Brazilian Blowout
A Brazilian Blowout helps to improve and prevent split ends because the treatment contains keratin, the same protein hair is made out of. Picture liquid protein being wrapped around every strand of hair, building strength and resistance to future damage. It also helps promote hair growth due to the decreased time spent blow drying or flat ironing it to perfect that smooth look everyday. Plus the strengthening qualities of the Brazilian Blowout helps to protect your hair from heat. And we all know, the less heat used on your hair the better!
At unDONE Salon, we are here to help keep your hair strong, healthy and beautiful. Our Boise hair salon stylists are experienced and eager to work with you and help you avoid split ends and breakage while obtaining the cut or hair color you want to achieve. Contact us at (208) 287-2010 or schedule an appointment online today!