Split Ends: 7 Hair Care Tips to Avoid This

Having split ends is a universal problem that simply means one thing: your hair needs more TLC. Do that and prevent further damage with these hair care tips!

The equation is simple: split ends = hair damage. We hear this from different hairstylists, all suggesting different ways to get rid of them But the thing is, split ends are totally normal and we cannot totally take them out of the equation.

But hey, don’t get us wrong. Split ends should still be managed and prevented as much as possible. We’re just saying that if you see that if your hair tips show some signs of damage, don’t panic. To help you out, we’ve listed hair care tips to put your worries to an end.

1. Wash with care to avoid split ends

Split ends hair: A woman taking a shower and washing her hair.
Gently massage your scalp with your finger tips (and not your nails!) when shampooing your hair. Credit: Shutterstock

The key here is to think of your hair like silk. It’s soft, smooth, and delicate. So whenever you wash hair, do it gently without aggressive pulling to avoid breakage. Choose hair wash products that also go gently in doing their tricks.

Editor’s tip: You don’t need to spend a lot on expensive treatments to revive damaged hair. With DOVE Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner, you can let power serum capsules do the job! They penetrate your hair strands to repair it from within, so you reduce visible signs of damage wash after wash. 

2. Air dry before you blow dry

Brush your hair the right way: Asian woman towel drying her long dark hair
Gently squeeze out excess water from your hair using a smooth fabric.

Exposure to heat can cause split ends and other types of hair damage. And because your hair is more vulnerable when it’s wet, you shouldn’t blow dry your hair right after stepping out of the shower. When towel-drying, use a microfiber towel or a smooth fabric to avoid too much friction that can cause split ends.

3. Use the right brush

Brush your hair the right way: Asian woman combing her long dark brown curly hair
Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush when detangling wet hair.

Your hairbrush also plays a major role in taking care of your hair. Its bristles, shape, and form serve different purposes and match different hair types. It’s not a one-size-fits-all case. Avoid brushes with hard bristles that can pull, tug, and stress your beloved tresses. And when your hair is wet, use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush to detangle your hair.

4. Protect your hair

Messy two braids hairstyle: Asian woman spraying heat protectant on her long dark hair
Never curl or straighten your hair without spritzing heat protectant first. Credit: Hariono Halim

Flat irons and blow dryers have been a staple in our vanities and bathrooms. And we can’t blame you! Salon-straight and blowout hairstyles are hard not to love. But let’s not also be hard on our hair. Before styling with heating tools, make sure your hair is ready, as heat can leave them fragile and burnt on ends. Always keep a heat protectant right beside your high-quality styling tools.

Editor’s tip: Use a heat protectant that you can trust. Try the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray to shield your hair from heat while helping smooth out frizz as well. 

5. Use a leave-in conditioner

How to use leave-in conditioner: Asian woman applying product to her shoulder-length brown hair
Leave-on creams can also double as a styling tool.

To make sure your hair’s nourished and protected all day, use a leave-in conditioner that will give nutrients and an extra-protective layer to your hair to keep it healthy and strong.

Editor’s tip: Strong and shiny hair? Get it with Cream Silk Standout Straight Leave-On Cream, formulated with Hair Reborn Actives that will smoothen, soften, and strengthen your hair in just one application.

6. Pamper your hair

Split ends hair: Hair care routine for thin hair
Give your hair a mask treatment or apply a natural, homemade recipe to detox. Credit: Shutterstock

Keep your hair at its best by with hair treatments. You can get one either at your trusted salon or at the comfort of your own home. With proper care and nourishing, your hair strands can recover from the stress of styling, exposure to pollution, and other factors.

Editor’s note: You can do salon magic right inside your home. With the TRESemmé Platinum Strength Treatment Mask, you’ll get the salon-quality formula to revitalize your hair strands with smoothness and strength.

7. Get regular trims

Rebonded short hair: Woman getting a haircut at the salon
Go for regular trims to get rid of split ends and dry tips. Credit: Shutterstock

While they’re totally normal, split ends should never stay on your hair. If left unchecked, your strands will split in half and get frizzy. To avoid this, get regular trims to get rid of unhealthy ends. You can even try on a new look on your next appointment!

We’ve been taught to hate split ends but it’s time to set things straight. It’s not the culprit but rather a mere signal that your hair needs more care. Having split ends simply means you need a hair care upgrade and maybe even a new haircut. Either way, do it with love.

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