We put our hair through a lot, from washing and brushing, to coloring, blow drying, flat ironing, and curling. It’s no surprise that we get split ends and breakage. Below are tips from the stylists at Flirt Urban Salon in San Diego on understanding split ends and how to prevent them.
What Causes Split Ends?
Split ends are damaged strands of hair that have frayed or split. If you want to get scientific about it, this fraying is known as “trichoptilosis”, caused by the weakening of the hair shaft and the stripping away of its protective layer. Split ends are usually the result of rough hair brushing, styling tools, UV rays, lack of nourishment, and other environmental factors.
Why Are Split Ends Bad?
If you leave split ends untreated, they can continue to split and break off, reducing the length of your hair and causing frizz. Split ends also make it harder for your hair to grow. Below are some tips for how to prevent split ends.
Brush Your Hair Gently
Gently detangling your hair is an essential step in helping to prevent split ends. Your hair is actually more breakable when it’s wet, so start by gently running your fingers through your wet hair. Then you can use a wide-toothed comb, starting at the bottom of your hair strands and working your way up to the mid section and finally the roots. Using a detangler like Bumble and bumble’s Prep Primer or Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer can also help you prevent split ends during brushing.
Keep Your Hair Hydrated
Moisturized hair not only looks shinier and healthier, it’s also less prone to split ends. Keep it nourished with a hair mask one or two times per week. We adore Bumble and bumble’s While You Sleep Damage Repair Masque, which you can pick up at Flirt Urban Salon.
Use a Strengthening Shampoo
Another great way to prevent split ends is to try shampoo and conditioning products that are specifically designed to strengthen. Bumble and bumble’s Full Potential Shampoo and Conditioner is made for breakage-prone or thinning hair.
Use a Heat Protectant
Regularly styling your hair with hot tools can also cause split ends. Invest in a heat protectant like Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer and apply it before blow drying or styling.
Change Up Your Ponytail
If you always put your ponytail in the same spot on your head, it can cause breakage in that area. Switch up your ponytail regularly, going from high to low. Be sure to use gentle hair ties that are soft rather than rubbery. Sephora’s Quick Fix: Hair Ties or Flexx hair ties by Emi-Jay are a good option. You can also use a claw hair clip instead of a hair tie.
Trim Your Hair
Even if you follow every step to prevent split ends, we still recommend getting a regular hair trim every one to two months. It’s the best way to nip split ends in the bud and prevent them from causing more damage and stunting hair growth.
Contact Flirt Urban Salon in San Diego
To learn more about how to prevent split ends, or to schedule a haircut, contact Flirt Urban Salon in San Diego. We offer free consultations and also sell the full line of Bumble and bumble products: Call us today at (619) 501-6890.Contact Us