Split ends are common! So, don’t worry - you’re not alone if you have them.
It’s important to prevent split ends and snip them away to keep your hair in tip-top health. Hair type, over styling, washing, weather, hair friction and diet can all cause split ends, but how do you keep them at bay? Read our top tips from our experts to maintain lush and healthy hair.
TIP #1 – VISIT YOUR SALON FOR A PROFESSIONAL CUT
A salon professional cut is essential every six weeks. We know losing length can be devastating when you love long hair but ignoring them can create even more damage. There are products to mask split ends, but they won’t go away, so getting on top of your hair care routine is essential for top results. Head to your nearest Supercuts for a trim and talk to a stylist about split ends and breakage for expert advice.
TIP #2 – DON’T WASH YOUR HAIR IN HOT WATER AND USE NON-ABRASIVE SHAMPOO
Do you wash your hair with very-hot water? If you do, you might want to consider switching to lukewarm or cold water instead. Washing hair with super-hot water should be avoided, as the heat can swell the cuticle and strip hair of its natural oils. When you wash your hair, it’s also recommended to stay away from harsh ingredients in shampoos. Instead, head to your nearest Supercuts to browse our range of professional haircare. Your stylist can assess your hair and recommend the best products for your hair type and concerns.
TIP #3 – ADD HYDRATION WITH A HAIR MASK
Hydration is extremely important for hair health. Use a salon professional conditioner, mask or leave in treatment to nourish, repair, and restore your beautiful mane. Pro tip: when you apply the mask, place a microfibre towel over your hair and leave it on for a few minutes to get the best results.
TIP #4 – USE THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR YOUR HAIR
Brushing your hair... it's good right? Well, yes, but you need to choose a good quality hairbrush and have the correct technique. When dressing out your style, we recommend using a wide tooth comb or detangling brush, as these are less abrasive. You should also brush your hair gently, working from the ends upwards, and smooth the hair instead of pulling to prevent breakage.
When it comes to hair tools, you should also limit the amount of heat you use. If you can cut back on the number of times you reach for your straightener or curling wand, your hair will thank you. Using heat daily causes your hair to stop retaining moisture, leading to dry hair prone to split ends and breakage. So, it’s in your best interest to reduce the heat.
TIP #5 - DON’T WEAR YOUR HAIR TOO TIGHT TOO OFTEN
Tight hairstyles are not great for your hair if you’re styling it this way too often, as too much tension can cause strain on your hair. Twists, knots, and ponytails are all examples of hairstyles that can put too much pressure on your strands. When it comes to ponytails; you should mix up where you place the hair tie. Having it in the exact spot everyday adds stress to the same area, causing hair to break off at the point of stress. You could switch to a silk scrunchie or claw grip instead of an elastic band, which will reduce friction.
TIP #6 – USE HEAT PROTECTION BEFORE STYLING
Styling products should be your new bestie if you want your hair to stay healthy and last a long time. Using professional hair products, like heat protectors, treatments, and oils, will help limit split ends.
Pro tip: let your hair naturally part dry to reduce the amount of heat you use when drying your hair. Once your hair is mostly dry, apply heat protection spray and give your hair a quick blow-dry to style. Less heat equals healthier hair!
TIP #7 – PRIORITISE YOUR WELLBEING
Did you know your wellbeing can also impact your hair health? If you’ve tried all these tips and your locks are still suffering, it’s time to review your overall health to see what lifestyle changes you can make to benefit your locks.
There are vitamins and supplements to help your hair get the nutrients it needs to flourish. It’s important to consult with a doctor before doing so to narrow down your problem and find the best solution for you.
What products are best depends on the type of hair you have and how you treat your hair. We always recommend a salon consultation with an expert who will examine your hair and scalp. They will then recommend the best products and options at different prices to meet your hair and scalp needs.
Find your nearest Supercuts and just walk-in or check-in online to speak to a salon expert.