What Can I Do to Prevent Split Ends?

Once you’ve got split ends, there are only a few things you can do to deal with them. It's smarter to simply prevent them in the first place.

Once you’ve got split ends, there are only a few things you can do to deal with them. It's smarter to simply prevent them in the first place.

You likely know that regular trims prevent split ends. But we’ve got a few tips and tricks to keep split ends from ever becoming a problem, and we’re more than happy to share.

 

What Can I Do to Prevent Split Ends?

 

Cut Down on Sulphate-Heavy Shampoos


While everybody loves a good lather to get squeaky clean, foamy shampoos can actually cause quite a bit of damage to the hair. Surfactants are what make those lovely bubbles you crave when shampooing.

Many surfactants, particularly sulphates, can cause dryness, brittleness, and breakage on top of cleaning your hair. The result? Split ends, frizz, and a host of other issues.

Avoiding sulphates in your shampoos can minimise the likelihood of future split ends. Try a sulphate-free shampoo such as Pureology Precious Oil Shamp'oil. You can even find totally surfactant-free options, such as Pureology Hydrate Cleansing Conditioner, to maintain split-end-free hair.


Protect Your Hair From Extreme Heat


Your hair, just like your skin, doesn’t respond well to extreme levels of heat, like the high temperatures used during styling. To kick off split-end defence, use only warm water when washing your hair. The combination of scrubbing, cleaning agents, and extremely hot water can be split-end city for your hair.

Once you’re out of the shower and ready to style your hair, use a heat protectant like ghd Heat Protect Spray or Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection. Such products shield your hair from the damage imparted by heat-styling tools like blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons.

 

What Can I Do to Prevent Split Ends?

 

Avoid Consistent Use of Elastics in Your Hair


As most ladies know, long hair can be a pain. Throwing your mane up into a bun or ponytail often seems to be the best way to get your hair out of your face. However, consistent use of elastics causes major breakage in the hair and can definitely contribute to split ends.

If you have a lifestyle or job that requires your hair to be pulled back, try to find some snag-free elastic hair ties. Alternatively, try to rely on pins and clips to minimise damage.


Use a Protectant Styling/Smoothing Treatment Daily


Using a smoothing, anti-frizz cream or oil helps seal the cuticle, protect the fibre of the hair, and prevent damage in the long run.

Try a treatment oil such as Morrocanoil Original Oil Treatment on damp hair to cut down on drying time, detangle, nourish the hair, and ease styling. Or opt for a leave-in conditioner like Kevin.Murphy Un.Tangled Leave In Conditioner to smooth, soften, and minimise the threat of future damage.

So there you are! Here’s to a smooth, healthy, split-end-free future.

 

What Can I Do to Prevent Split Ends?