As your gorgeous hair grows, split ends can occur. Caring for the ends of your tresses is important. Removing split ends can start your locks on a healthy, nourishing journey. There are various ways to prevent split ends from reoccurring to ensure beautiful, long tresses.
Removing Split Ends
Removing split ends is only the start to taking care of your hair. Maintaining and sustaining healthy tresses can be accomplished by following these steps.
Check for Damaged Hair
By examining your hair with a mirror and excellent lighting, you will be able to spot split ends. The tip of your tresses is where split ends normally occur; however, they can be anywhere throughout your tresses. Hair tips that split into two strands, a hole in the middle of your tresses, white dots at the end of your locks, or single strand knots are common occurrences of split ends.
Trim Your Hair
Trimming your hair regularly ensures the prevention of split ends. Be sure to use a small pair of hand shears to trim your locks as scissors can lead to more split ends. Cut single strands of hair at ¼ inch above the split. Cutting too close to the damaged hair can lead to more occurrences of splits. If a small ball has formed above the damaged hair, make sure to cut above the ball. Patience will be your friend throughout this long process if you have curly or thick tresses.
Do Not Cut Your Hair If You Desire It Long
While the hairdresser can trim split ends, he or she also cuts about 1 inch of your beautiful tresses along with the split ends. Hair type and health affects the time between haircuts at a beauty shop. Be sure to trim split ends yourself if you prefer not to have a hairdresser cut your locks too much.
Save Your Hair Length
If trimming split ends are preventing you from achieving your hair length goals, add layers to your gorgeous tresses. The hairdresser can trim damaged hair while leaving lower layers and length intact.
Use Natural Haircare Products
Shampoo can actually cause more damage to your lovely tresses. Use natural haircare products to ensure high quality treatment and maintenance. Shikakai shampoo and conditioner sustains and promotes the growth of your locks.
Maintaining Healthy Hair by Washing, Drying, and Brushing
Proper maintenance for your tresses can be achieved through normal routines such as washing, drying, and brushing. There are appropriate methods to caring for your locks during your regular haircare routine.
Carefully Apply Shampoo
Natural shampoo is best for your tresses; however, shampooing your hair too often can cause more damage. Natural shampoos make sure the oils secreted from your scalp stay intact and continue to help your hair grow.Wash your locks no more than three times per week, even less often if you have thick curls or Afro-textured hair. Only wash your scalp along with the hair nearest to it. Leaving the rest of your tresses down allows them to be washed from the shampoo coming down them. Make sure you wash your hair with warm water as hot water can strip your locks of essential oils. After applying a natural shampoo, rub a natural conditioner along the length of your hair. Use cold water to rinse the conditioner out after three minutes to close the cuticles.
Gently Dry Hair
Gently squeeze wet hair with a towel to remove excess water instead of vigorously rubbing your hair out. Let your hair air dry naturally. Instead of wrapping your hair in a towel, use a cotton T-shirt to prevent frizz.
Regularly Deep Condition Your Hair
A deep condition of your beautiful tresses can be completed once or twice a month to maintain healthy locks. Jojoba or coconut oil are perfect for deep conditions. Be sure to wet your hair thoroughly. Place a coin-sized amount of oil in your palm. For hair below shoulder length, use a dime-sized amount of oil. For longer hair, use a quarter-sized amount of oil. Rub the oil through your tresses, and leave in for five to ten minutes. Rinse the oil out with warm water.
Use a Gentle Brush or Comb
A brush or comb should aid in the process of detangling your hair, not pull your tresses out. A wide-toothed wooden comb or pick is best for people with thick or curly hair. For people with thin hair, a narrow-toothed wooden comb, or a brush with boar bristles is best.
Lightly Brush or Comb
Start at the tips of your hair and work your way to the roots with a brush or comb. Use your fingers to detangle your tresses before you continuing brushing. Do not tease or back comb your hair as this can cause further split ends. Do not brush more than necessary. When the brush or comb goes through your hair without obstruction, stop brushing. Only brush your hair when it is dry.
Protecting Your Tresses
Throughout the day and night, there are different ways to protect your beautiful locks. Establishing a healthy regimen will maintain and sustain healthy hair growth.
Keep Hair Protected as You Sleep
You can sleep with your hair in a braid or bun to help prevent tangles as well as breakage. Covering your locks with a sleep cap or satin pillowcase also prevents damage and tangles.
Eating the recommended amounts of vitamins and proteins ensures your body produces and grows healthy hair. Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary to create a beautiful shine for your nourished tresses. Apples, kiwi, bananas, and strawberries are fruits that promote healthy hair. Tomatoes, avocadoes, cabbage, and carrots are vegetables that aid in nourishing your locks.
Nutrient-rich oils, such as almond, argan, castor, or extra-virgin olive oil can maintain a healthy hair shaft. The oils prevent the hair shaft from splitting. Oil your tresses twice a week. Leave the oil in your locks overnight and sleep with a cap over your hair. Rinse the oil off in the morning. Only apply oil to the middle and ends of your tresses. Oil near the scalp can actually cause a buildup of dandruff or damage the roots.
Use a Hair Mask
To keep your locks healthy, moisturized, and damage-free, create a hair mask for your tresses once every two weeks. Olive oil, honey, and a natural conditioner can be mixed together to create a hair mask. Leave the mixture in for thirty minutes. Do not apply the hair mask near your scalp.
Use Hair Friendly Accessories
Bands with any metal parts or tight, elastic bands damage hair. Leaving these types of bands in for a long time damages your tresses. Scrunchies and ribbons are gentler for your hair.
You can prevent your tresses from being damaged through a variety of techniques and everyday methods.
Heat can damage your hair and make it prone to split ends. Heat denatures the keratins of the hair shaft causing damage to your beautiful tresses. Blow drying, straightening, curling, steam treatments, or heat styling can damage your locks.
Protect Your Hair Before Swimming
Apply a natural leave-in conditioner or oil to your tresses before swimming in a pool, lake, or ocean. Wearing a swim cap can protect your locks from being damaged. To reduce the absorption of harmful chemicals, rinse your hair thoroughly before swimming. Rinse and use a natural shampoo as soon as possible after swimming.
Gentle Water is Best
Minerals or chlorine in your water can cause further damage to your tresses. If your local water is hard or contains high levels of calcium carbonate, consider purchasing a water softener system. Water filters can also be purchased to ensure you are washing with gentle water.
Protecting Your Tresses from the Sun
The ultraviolet rays from the sun can damage your hair. Consider wearing a hat or your locks in a bun. Natural sunscreens can be homemade to shield your tresses from the sun.
Do Not Coloring Your Hair
Hair dyes and bleach are particularly damaging to your tresses. You can naturally color your hair with henna, coffee, carrot juice, lemon juice, etc.
Taking the time to care for your locks prevents further split ends and damage. Beautiful, long tresses can be achieved through proper care and maintenance.
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