Professional tips on how to get rid of them
Do you notice that the ends of your hair are split and brittle, and no matter how hard you try you can’t get the desired result? Don’t despair; we know just what you’re going through and how to make your hair the envy of your neighborhood.
Although we have always heard that cutting the ends is the ultimate solution to this problem, fortunately, we can avoid this last resort and achieve long hair, care, and shine from root to tip.
Straighteners and blow dryers, climate change, the products we use, dust from the street, excessive sun, our diet and routine… everything affects our hair and especially the ends, even if it doesn’t seem like it and that’s why using only shampoo and conditioner is not enough. Many products are not necessarily the answer either, so buying everything we find in the stores is not a guarantee of hair beauty.
So what is the solution – what are we doing wrong?
- Poor nutrition: Neglecting our diet is a big mistake; proper nutrition is super important and paying attention to it is necessary. Let’s remember that everything we eat affects us internally and externally, this includes our hair. Vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin D, Omega 3, calcium, natural fats, folic acid, and foods that stimulate the formation of collagen is what hair requires for a healthy state.
Foods such as eggs, cereals, avocado, nuts, milk, citrus fruits, vegetables and legumes, olive oil, as well as many others, should be included in a balanced way in our food to ensure that we are giving the hair what it needs to grow strong, to stay safe and healthy. And we can’t forget about water, our first source to moisturize the hair is this, products like masks and silicones are just an aid and putting them as a first option is another mistake.
- Rubbing our hair: Rubbing the towel against our hair is an excellent way to generate frizz and break it; when our hair is wet is when it is more sensitive and therefore we must be much more careful when treating it, for that reason, there are specific ways of how to dry it to avoid falling into this bad habit; the right way to dry the hair is with a towel or cotton cloth (it can be a cotton shirt that you no longer use) and slowly squeeze the hair without rubbing it, folding it or pulling it, but with soft and careful touches, over and over again until we feel that we have removed the excess water and it is ready to dry it outdoors or with a hairdryer, but always with cold air or just warm to avoid burning the hair.
Another important tip is to avoid wrapping the hair in the towel and leave it like that until it absorbs the excess water because although it may not seem we are mistreating it; keeping the hair wet and folded in a cloth causes a greenhouse effect similar to when we pick up our hair while wet, and we all know that in that way the only thing we do is break the hair and generate bad smell.
- Bad combing: this is another important point to mention; how we are combing our hair and when we are combing it. First, as already mentioned, wet hair is very sensitive, therefore, we are strictly forbidden to comb our hair wet, we must always comb it before washing or wetting it; then, once we have removed the excess water from our hair, it is advisable to wait a few minutes for our hair to be between wet and dry to start untangling it, always starting from the ends, little by little and very calmly, our hair is worth gold. If we are going to dry it with a hairdryer we must be very careful not to tangle it and not to mistreat it. We recommend using a wide bristle comb, as it is a great option to avoid breaking the hair while combing it.
How many times a day do we have to comb our hair? We used to believe that to have beautiful hair we had to comb or brush our hair every day, many times a day (up to 100 times) or for a long time before going to sleep and this was because when we combed or brushed our hair we massaged the scalp and stimulated the blood circulation which helps our hair to grow more beautiful and to better transport the necessary nutrients to the hair follicles where each hair grows, However, nowadays we know that this method is no longer necessary to achieve this since we can massage with our fingertips and have a better effect.
For this reason, it is advisable to comb our hair only when our hair needs it, without overdoing it. Spending all day with your hair tied up is also harmful, we must allow the hair to be free, loose, without tightening it or without tongs, your hair will thank you for it.
- Shampoo: Misuse of shampoo or a shampoo that does NOT meet your needs is also a bad habit. First, we should look at our hair and recognize what we are missing, what our hair is asking for, or what signals it is giving us. Once we have recognized this, we have to look for the shampoo that best suits our needs, whether it is: moisturizing, repairing, sulfate-free, shine, with oils, for colored hair, for straight hair, curly hair, and many others; from the first step we must get it right and that is why we cannot underestimate the importance of shampoo.
How should we apply shampoo correctly? It should only be applied on the roots, not on the ends, if we apply the shampoo directly on the ends we will dry them out, and even if you apply conditioner or mask you will not get the same result. The natural grease that our hair produces is only able to reach a certain point, that natural grease will not reach our ends unless we have very short hair, therefore it is not necessary to apply shampoo on our ends, because what we are doing is taking away the little bit of hydration and shine that they have naturally.
We are often in the habit of applying a homemade hair mask before washing our hair, but we only recommend this if we apply oils, why? Most of our homemade hair masks contain water-soluble ingredients, so why do we remove them with shampoo if they can be easily removed with water? The hair is only able to absorb between 40% and 50% of the nutrients when we apply a natural mask, that percentage is reduced if we also apply it on dirty hair with layers of grease and dust that do not allow all the vitamins to be absorbed and reach the scalp, also the chemicals in the shampoo diminish much of the benefits of the mask that we have just applied.
For that reason, the best option is to use these masks after shampooing, with clean hair, allowing the hair to capture all the benefits without any difficulty and then remove the mask with plenty of water, massaging the hair to ensure that no residue remains and then we can apply our conditioner of choice.
- Conditioner or cream bath: conditioners and cream baths bring docility and shine to your hair however just as shampoo is only applied to the roots, these should only be applied from the middle of the hair length to the ends, but why? If we apply them directly to the scalp it can become greasy or even generate dandruff, in addition to a feeling of heaviness in the hair. There are moisturizing products that can be applied all over the hair, but we must look carefully and make sure it is indicated on the label. It is not necessary to leave the cream bath on for more than 20 minutes; more time will not give you better results. It is also important to rinse thoroughly to avoid residue.
- If your hair is dry, it is advisable to apply a mask a week, this will help a lot to prevent split ends, as it will provide nutrients and vitamins that will help you have an ideal hair all week. If your hair is mixed, apply a mask every 15 days to avoid overloading it, as this can cause the hair to become heavy. If your hair is oily you can opt to apply a mask every 15 days or do a deep moisturizing once a month. If you have oily hair wash your hair regularly but with a sulfate-free shampoo, so you can remove excess oil without mistreating your hair.
The use of sunscreen for hair is important; just as our skin can get sunburned, our hair and especially the ends also suffer the same and we must protect them in the same way. UV rays directly affect our hair, in a way that in the short term we often do not notice, but in the long term can wreak havoc.
- If our routine includes the flat iron, hairdryer, and curling iron, then heat protectors should also be part of it, this way we will be protecting our hair from heat, but above all, we protect our ends which are the most prone to splitting and burning due to the constant use and abuse of these. It is important to emphasize that heat protectants and sunscreen are not the same things.
- Applying silicones is a great tool to give more shine and hydration to our ends, but not all silicones are the same, this is why we recommend silicones with low sulfates that can be removed only with water, and in this way, we can remove them at any time, unlike heavy silicones that need to be removed with shampoo.
- Avoid the excessive use of products and chemicals in our hair, this will only cause the hair to become saturated and in the end, we will obtain a result contrary to the one we want. If we are going to apply any treatment, only apply the necessary amount, no more, this applies to the conditioner or cream bath, silicones, styling creams, shampoo, hair protectors, and everything that we plan to put in our hair. If we are not careful about this, we will begin to notice how the hair becomes heavier, loses shine, generates more dirt, becomes chewy or stiff and that’s all we want to avoid.
Beautiful hair IS possible: if we follow each of these tips, have discipline, and are consistent we will achieve strong, shiny, and healthy ends, and so we can go from having to cut our ends every month to just a few times a year.