News Flash: split ends are not a necessary byproduct of long hair. Rather, according to Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips, trichologist and hair expert at the Philip Kingsley Clinic in New York City, “From over-brushing to over-processing, split ends are often the result of what we do to our hair in the name of beauty.” Uh-oh… from hair coloring to enthusiastic brushing, consider us guilty as charged.
While we can’t reverse the split-end damage we’ve already done, we can help prevent them from occurring from now on so, listen up, ladies longing for lengthy locks.
Comb properly. Tied up with tangles? Gently work out knots and tangles with a wide tooth comb starting near the ends and working up to the root of your hair.
Never over dry your hair. Drying to get out the moisture is one thing, over drying, however, leads to dry hair prone to split ends.
Deep condition weekly. Keep hair moisturized and supple with a weekly deep conditioning treatment, like Philip Kingsley Elasticizer ($25).
Prevent breakage at the root. Just like a tree needs healthy soil, strong hair requires a healthy scalp. Give your scalp a vitamin-wash with Ouidad Biotin Lightweight Reparative Hair Serum ($42), a water-based serum infused with Biotin (thought to be the “beauty vitamin”) as well as a vitamins B3, B5, B6, C and E to nourish your scalp and strengthen your hair from the root. The result is not only stronger hair less prone to breakage and split ends, but also faster growing hair too!
Trim tresses regularly. While you cannot prevent split ends entirely, (insert tears here,) trimming your ends regularly will prevent breakage from creeping higher up on the hair shaft. Plus, uniform ends give the appearance of thicker – and sometimes even longer – locks.
Shampoo slit ends away. While you can’t really repair a split end, Nexxus ProMend Split End Treatment Daily Shampoo ($11.79) comes pretty damn close. With breakthrough technology that binds split ends back together, it gives the appearance of split end free strands until your next trim.