Dealing with Split Ends...
Split Ends? We all get them…we all hate them….but there are steps you can take to get fewer split ends between haircuts.
All hair gets damaged after a while. Get a trim of at least 1/4 to 1 inches, and you should have solved the problem. It will remove split ends and keep your hair healthy and growing strong. Hair grows about ½” a month, so if you are getting regular trims (1/4”) every 6 weeks or so, you can still “grow out” your hair and keep split ends to a minimal during the process.
To prevent damage between trims there are several things you can do. First of all, there is NO PRODUCT that will reverse the damage. There are products, however, that can help prevent further damage and put a “band aide” on the problem until your next trim. One such product is The Brazilian Blowout Split End Treatment which can be done in the salon. Utilizing a proprietary Thermo-Marine Bonding System™, this treatment fills in and binds broken hair fibers together, instantly mending split ends while a Brazilian Super Nutrient Complex prevents future breakage by protecting ends against daily styling and environmental damage.
The end result is instantly repaired, stronger, healthier ends protected against future breakage.
How can you AVOID split ends??
1) Keep chemical use to a minimum. This means color, perms, relaxers, lighteners etc. We all use them, but certainly work with your hairdresser to determine what your hair can and cannot handle and use only high quality professional products.
2) Swimming in pools can be very harsh on your locks. Wear a swim cap and wet your hair and comb through with leave in conditioner before going in the pool. After the swim rinse your hair immediately, wash with a gentle shampoo and moisturizing conditioner. I recommend a shampoo designed for Swimmers that will remove the Chlorine from the hair.
3) Love your hair! Be gentle when brushing or combing, don’t rip the brush through your tangles. For long hair, start at the bottom and work your way up de-tangling as you go, using our fingers to loosen knots. Wide tooth combs or picks work best. Wet Brush De-tangling Brushes are great!
No need to over-brush, 100 strokes is a bit excessive.
4) Use hair friendly accessories. Putting your hair up in a ponytail every day with a rubber band can damage your hair where the band sits on the hair, especially if it is placed in the same place every day. If you must wear your hair up, switch it up. Place the pony in a different place (higher, lower, to the side) – put your hair in a braid or a bun.
5) Wash your hair properly. It is best to only wash the scalp hair and leave the length to hang down your back...the length should not be piled on top of your head. When you rinse the shampoo out of your hair, the shampoo will run down the length, that is as much washing as the ends of your hair need. Conditioner should then be applied to the length to soak for a while before rinsing out. Hot water strips away moisture so rinse your hair with the coolest water you can stand. Use a deep conditioning treatment every couple of weeks.
6) Dry hair gently. Vigorously rubbing your hair dry with a towel is not a good idea. Dripping wet hair should be gently squeezed with a towel to get rid of the excess water. Once the excess water is removed, it is best to let your hair air dry naturally.
If you are using a dryer or hot tools regularly, your hair will start to show some damage--the hot air removes moisture from your hair. Using too hot a setting or holding the dryer too close to your hair will also cause damage. For those who aren't aware, hair can melt at 412 degrees F Make sure your hot tools have a digital temp setting and keep it under 380 if possible!
I hope this has been helpful!
Until next time Dolls, BE BEAUTIFUL!