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Split Ends? Hair Stylist Tips for Prevention and Treatment

Finding a split end in my hair is always a bad thing. Once I find one, I can’t help but look for more. And finding split ends is like looking at splitting nails or ready to pop pimples. I know it is bad to pick at them, but sometimes I just can’t help myself!

But, why is it really so bad to pick at your split ends? “Ever tried pulling a tiny fray from a fabric only to horrendously watch it unravel before your eyes? The same thing happens when you pick at your hair! It’s going to unravel all the way up,” says stylist Regina Ventimiglia.

“Besides the obvious, it can get very addictive and become, Trichotillomania. A disorder where the urge out ways logic and can be very destructive to not only the hair but ultimately your mind. Getting addicted to ripping split ends from your hair can lead you to therapy to stop the addiction,” adds stylist Arturo Swayze, the owner of Arturo Salon.

So, if you shouldn’t be picking at your split ends, what should you really bed doing to fix them? “Nothing except cutting them off,” explains stylist Andrea Claire in Singapore. “There are temporary fixes that help seal the split ends but really to fix them requires scissors.”

Why do you need scissors to really fix a split end? My favorite explanation comes from stylist Casey Yee of Beauty 101 Blog. “I like to describe split ends as a frayed rope: think of what your rope would look like if you kept picking at the frayed part at the end. Even if you split it into two ropes neither of the pieces would be as strong as they were while they were combined. Adding conditioner, hair color, or olive oil isn’t going to fix the frayed bit. It might smooth it out for a quick fix but the only way you can get rid of split ends is to cut them off so they don’t continue to split even more.”

 

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    While you might only be able to fix split ends with a trim, there are plenty of ways that you can prevent those split ends from forming or even temporarily smooth them over to minimize their appearance while you get to the salon.

     

    I asked professional hair stylists for their favorite ways to prevent and treat split ends, and they had a lot of tips! In general, anything that helps to protect or hydrate your hair will help with split ends. However, I was surprised just how many tips there were to prevent hair damage.

     

    Image: Morguefile

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    "Keeping your hair conditioned with great products, shampooing 2-3x a week and brushing your hair every night and use a leave in treatment like Renée Furterer leave-in repairing serum."
    Arturo Swayze from the Arturo Salon

    Try:
    Renée Furterer  KARITÉ Leave-In Repairing Serum $30

  • Be Gentle With Wet Hair 3 of 8
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    "Don't brush wet hair, invest in a wide tooth comb. Don't use a bath towel to dry your hair."
    - Regina Ventimiglia

    Try:
    Sephora Detangling Comb $8 DevaCurl DevaTowel $12

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    "Improper use of heat is major cause. Therefore, it is important to learn what setting of heat to use when styling hair. Using proper products to protect heat damage is also important."
    - Vikki Parman

    Here are our favorite tips for How to Prevent Damaged Hair While Heat Styling.

  • Tips for Blow Drying 5 of 8
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    "You can temporarily improve the appearance of split ends by polishing the ends of the hair with a boars hair or natural bristle round brush. With hair blowing down the shaft, blow hair dry in section paying special attention to twirling the brush through the ends. Use a few drops of Argan Oil when the hair is dry to give it polish and shine. Get to the salon for a trim when you can."
    - David Todd, David Frank Salon

    Try:
    Wigo Cushion 100% Boar Bristle Brush $19.99
    Josie Maran 100 percent Pure Argan Oil $48

  • Hard Working Serum 6 of 8
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    Vernelle Murphy, from Salon V loves Kérastase Resistance Fibre Architecte. This serum has two phases, but it is the first one that is really different. Intra-Cylane and Pro-Keratin work on the structure of the hair to reinforce and fill in damaged hair fibers.

    Try:
    Kérastase Fiber Architecte $42

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    "Any kind of oil treatment or leave in conditioner is great to do at home. Sleeping with a silk pillowcase will keep you from damaging your hair at night."
    - Patrice Vinci

    Try:
    Darshana Natural Indian Hair Oil $38
    Morning Glamour Satin Pillowcase $10.99

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    "At home you can apply coconut oil to the ends of your hair in between haircuts."
    - Ashleigh Serdan owner of Ashtin Salon in Corona Del Mar, California

    Try:
    Nature's Way EfaGold Coconut Oil $10.99

 

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