How to prevent and control hair splitting
There’s nothing you can do about split ends except cut them off, but you can prevent them from reappearing by taking care of your hair.
Method 1 Cut the split ends
First check if you have split ends. The scientific name for split ends is longitudinal hair breakage, a phenomenon in which the hair fibers break lengthwise.
General splitting of the hair ends
Repeated splitting of the same strand of hair
Splitting in the middle of the hair
When cutting your own split ends, always use hairdressing scissors, even if it’s just a small strand of hair. Regular hand scissors can wear out the ends of your hair and cause more split ends.
Knots in the hair are not really split ends, and dry curly hair is especially prone to tangles.
Cut your hair regularly, every 6-8 weeks. Hair is damaged to a greater or lesser extent over time. Cutting your hair 6 mm to 2.5 cm shorter each time will prevent split ends and keep your hair healthy and strong.
Note that you only really need to cut your hair when split ends appear, so the frequency of cutting should still be properly adjusted to your hair type, styling and care.
Cut your own split ends with hairdressing scissors. If you cut below the damaged area, the hair will continue to split.
Don’t rely on hair care products that claim to “cure” split ends. These products work to unite the split ends but don’t actually heal the damage, but they do help to create healthy hair and prevent split ends from occurring in the future.
Method 2 Avoid damage from chemical exposure
Most chemicals do not damage hair to varying degrees. Chemicals that you are exposed to from perms, highlights, hair coloring, and even chlorine in the water from bathing or swimming can damage your hair.
Avoid exposure to chemicals. Natural is beautiful. If you must color your hair, use the mildest hair color you can find. After using chemical products on your hair, be sure to take care of it diligently.
Take protective measures before swimming. Using a no-rinse conditioner, oiling your hair or wearing a swim cap are all effective protective measures. Washing your hair thoroughly before swimming can also prevent your hair from absorbing harmful substances. It is also important to wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo after swimming.
Pay attention to whether the water used to shampoo your hair is harmful or not.
Clean water may also contain substances harmful to your hair, mainly chlorine. You can use a filter to reduce the amount of chlorine in the water.
High concentrations of calcium carbonate can make the water “hard”. If you live in the United States, check this map to see how “hard” the water is in the area you live. If you live in a hard water area, it is useful to buy a water softener.
Method 3 avoid combing and brushing hair to cause hair damage
Many people don’t know that the tips of the hair are actually very fragile and that brushing too hard or too many times can damage the hair.
When you reach a knot and can’t go down, you can’t pull back the comb and try to comb down again. This type of combing is most likely to damage your hair because when the comb is pulled back, the fibers in your hair will be lifted and when you comb down to that part, the hair will break.
Use combs and hair brushes that do not damage your hair. If your hair is thicker than average, then you may need to use a comb with thinner teeth. Generally speaking, combs are less damaging than hair brushes. In short, remember that combing is about getting the hair through, not pulling hard enough to cause damage.
Don’t comb your hair too many times. Combing 100 times is totally unnecessary and will only bring split ends.
Comb your hair gently. Start by combing through the ends of your hair, then work your way down from the top. When you get to the knots, don’t pull down hard with the comb, stop first, then smooth out the knots with your hands, and then comb through. You should be especially careful if your hair is wet at this point. If you have curly hair, comb it while it’s still wet.
Wear hair accessories that don’t damage your hair
The black hair bands with metal rings are the worst because the metal joints can damage your hair, and the thin black hair bands can damage your hair even more. There is also a wide green hairband with a glue-like interface, which is much better than the black hairband. Smaller than the green hair ties are the yellow hair ties, which are suitable for finer hair. These two types of hair ties are also made of clear plastic, and they are good for holding the ends of braids. Those big blue hair bands are the best for hair, and it’s easy to make your own, but they’re available in almost all hairdressing stores.
Method 4 Avoid damage from the sun
It is important to prevent the sun from damaging your hair, because UV rays not only damage your skin, but also your hair.
Wear a hat. If your hair is long and thick, you need to buy a hat that must fit your hair, preferably in a bun before wearing a hat.
Use a conditioner with sunscreen, or mix it with sunscreen on your hair.
Method 5 Avoid damage when washing and drying your hair
Washing hair incorrectly and using shampoos that are too harsh or contain hair damaging ingredients are also harmful to your hair. Rubbing your hair with a towel can cause great damage to your hair, and blowing with a hair dryer can also damage your hair.
Use the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair. Of course don’t wash your hair every day, a daily treatment is enough.
Wash your hair properly. Shampoo should only be applied to the hair close to your scalp, don’t pile up all the hair hanging down on your scalp and rub it together because when you wash the shampoo off your scalp, the shampoo will flow down to the hair underneath, in fact your hair ends only need so much shampoo. The conditioner should be applied to the hair that is hanging down and washed out after a while. Note that hot water will dehydrate the surface of your scalp, so use as low a water temperature as you can tolerate.
Deep condition regularly. If regular conditioners don’t work, then you need to do a deep treatment once or twice a month. To do a deep treatment, apply conditioner, jojoba oil or coconut oil to your hair and wash it out after a while.
Gently squeeze your hair dry. Rubbing your hair dry hard with a towel can be very damaging to your hair. It is better to wrap your wet hair in a towel and squeeze it dry, then let it dry naturally.
It is not advisable to over-iron. If you use a hairdryer or perm often, your hair is likely to be damaged because the heat will steam out the moisture on your hair. Blowing your hair too hot or too close to your hair can damage it.
If you have split ends everywhere (even if you don’t), then you can use repair honey (the kind used in hair salons), which can fix all kinds of hair frizz, curl and split ends.
Drink more water.
You can’t use a hairbrush when your hair is wet because it’s fragile and easily broken when it’s wet. Use a comb with denser teeth if you have less hair, and a comb with sparse teeth if you have more hair.
Eat a balanced diet. Pay attention to a variety of vitamins and proteins so that you can grow healthy hair. Vitamins sold in drugstores can also accelerate hair growth.
Curly hair in particular should be treated gently. If the weather is warm, be sure to let your hair dry naturally. If the weather is cold and humid, put a diffuser on your hair dryer and turn the wind to medium or low. If your hair is tangled, comb it in the shower while there is still conditioner in your hair.
The ends of your hair should not be washed with shampoo. Even natural sulfate-free shampoos have the ability to wash away oil, and the ends of your hair are not protected by as much oil as the roots. Likewise, conditioner should only be used on the ends of the hair, and if used on the roots, the roots will quickly become oily.
When deep conditioning dry hair, rub coconut oil, avocado oil or jojoba oil into your hair and wash it out overnight.
Stay healthy. Drink plenty of water and use hair care products that work for you.
Wash oily hair with a mild shampoo and use a little conditioner on the ends of your hair every day.
When blowing hot air on your hair or getting a perm, use some heat-insulating spray.
Sleep with your hair in braids or in a bun to prevent knots and split ends. You can also wear a night cap or sleep on a silk pillow.
Honey can brighten your hair and also keep it healthy and prevent damage. So if you want soft and shiny hair, use honey and don’t go for those harsh chemical products.
The conditioner should be rubbed inside your hair and then wrapped in a towel and washed out overnight.
Try different shampoos and conditioners to see which one makes your hair look healthy and strong the most.
Curly hair can become dry with more washing.
Use organic hair care products, which contain hair care elements that are usually naturally harmless and not as harsh as chemical products*.
It is not advisable to perm your hair daily.
Wash your hair regularly.
Cut your hair regularly.
Use the right tools for cutting hair. The scissors most people use to cut hair are not fast enough, so it is advisable to get a pair of hairdressing scissors and not to use them to cut anything else. Cutting hair with dull scissors will only make split ends worse.
Some people will split their ponytail into two strands to make the braid tighter. Don’t get into this bad habit because it’s no different than brushing your hair against the grain to bring damage to your hair.
Do not use straighteners or curlers every day, once every half month or once a month is better for your hair, and use a heat insulator every time you perm your hair.
You need to prepare
Hair mask (do it once a week)
Leave-in conditioner and hair softener
A detangling comb
Appropriate hair ties