October 18, 2012

Guest Post: How to Prevent Split Ends

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*This guest post was submitted by Rachel Martins who is a makeup artist and a freelance Hair Care Specialist. She is also as passionate advocate of preserving mother earth.

Having split ends is inevitable. The daily wear and tear that your hair experiences are enough to cause hair breakage. Having split ends specifically can be pretty embarrassing. A lot of women go through this hair problem without knowing how to handle it. To help you avoid split ends, there are two areas you need to know about it—the cause and the prevention. We’ll look into these two closely and hopefully it will guide you in handling your hair better.

Causes of Split Ends

Split ends don’t just appear overnight. It’s a result of uncontrollable situations and poor hair management. Most women don’t even know that what they’re doing causes split ends. Here are some of them:

Don’t Overheat. There is nothing wrong with styling your hair. However, when you do it excessively using heating tools like hair blowers and curling iron, this can cause split ends and eventually ruin your hair. Heat itself will kill the moisture in your hair, making it dry and brittle.

Don’t Overkill. When you apply too much chemicals in your hair, this will also result into split ends. Chemical procedures done excessively such as hair color, perm, and rebonding will cause split ends in the long run. Overly applying sprays, gels, and waxes will also cause the same thing to your hair.

Comb Gently. Sometimes we want our hair to look so good, we over comb it. Combing your hair excessively can cause split ends. It causes your hair to break because of the friction between the comb and the strands of your hair.

Pollution Kills Hair. Different seasons and weather conditions can affect your hair. May it be the rowdy wind, the scorching heat, or the freezing cold, these weather changes can cause your hair to break and have split ends.

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How do you prevent split ends?

It’s easy to avoid split ends. The very basic thing is to be mindful of how you handle your hair. Here are some simple steps you can do to prevent split ends from happening.

Be Gentle. You have to be gentle in managing your hair. From the shampoo you use, to the exposure you give to your hair, you have to make sure that you give your hair some TLC. Always use a conditioner after you shampoo to maintain your hair’s moisture. Wear a cap when you swim. All these little things that you do to take care of your hair have long-term benefits.

Use the Giant Comb. Detangling your hair is like a mini battle you have to face after shower. The best way to go about this is by using a wide-tooth comb. Do not comb your hair immediately after bath. Combing wet hair causes forced stretching that inevitably results to hair break. Let it dry for a short while then use a wide-tooth comb for easy detangling.

Don't Rub-to-Dry. As much as possible avoid using hair blowers and irons to dry your hair. When using a towel, just pat your hair. Do not rub it. Hair breakage is usually caused by the friction between your hair and towel.

Trimming the Ends Religiously. Trimming your hair regularly will prevent the dry ends of your hair from turning into split ends. An ideal maintenance period is to trim every 4-6 weeks. Trimming regularly will also make your hair healthier and fuller.

Split ends can be avoided. It’s just a matter of knowing how you can better take care of your hair and use products that are suited to your hair. There are many hair products in the market that treat split ends, too! But then again, prevention is always better than cure. You need to protect your hair from split ends even before it happens. Start with the above-mentioned tips and you’re well on your way to gorgeous, split-ends-free hair!

How do you prevent split ends?


  1. Split ends is an issue I have as I have to constantly style my hair. I love these tips though. I also use Herbal Essences split ends cream, which works so well.

    1. Oh nice, have to try that product! Perhaps you need to get more trims or be careful with your washing/drying techniques?

  2. I should really switch to a comb when my hair is wet...I use Redken Anti-snap as a leave in treatment and it helps a lot!

    1. Ohh will have to try that! Yeah I try to limit what I do while my hair is wet and usually let it air dry


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