Tips: Stave Off Summer Split Ends

Between the sun, the surf, and summer’s up-do-mania, your hair is probably in less-than-luscious condition.  Yes, we’re talking about your ends — your split ends.

The number one thing clients complain to their stylist about is the dreaded-split end, and it’s likely due to the fact that we all get them.

Allure magazine broke down the logistics of the split end with Chicago stylist Amy Abramite, who explained, “Split ends occur when the protective outer layer of the hair cuticle wears away because of external stressors, such as heat styling and salon chemical services. Once the internal structure of the hair is exposed, it becomes weakened, dehydrated and damaged, causing split ends.”

But who has the time to rush to the nearest salon for a quick snip when there’s so much summer fun to be had? Certainly not us. So here are a few ways to prevent split ends and also hide the ones you have.

1. Take a wide-tooth comb to wet hair to avoid breakage. Tangles happen, but ripping your brush through freshly towel-dried hair is a sure way to damage your locks outer protective layer.

2. Leave-in conditioner is your friend. Using a leave-in conditioning product will give your hair the extra protection is needs as you style it. A quick post-towel-dried application, and you’re good to go.

3. If you simply cannot break up with your hair dryer — it’s best to get a good one. Many bargain-priced blow-dryer’s will overheat with time, which will burn your poor ends to splitsville. Also, always direct the flow of the hot air by using a nozzle on your dryer, and dry in sections, pointing the air downward.

4. Chemical services (hair color, highlights, straightening, and perms) cause trauma to your hair that leads to split ends, and doubling up on services at one time does double the damage — you do the math. Try sticking to one service per salon visit and refrain from washing or manhandling your hair for 48 hours afterwards.

5. The one service you don’t want to skimp on is a haircut. Be sure to cut or trim your strands every six to eight weeks. Waiting longer gives the split ends time to travel up the hair shaft making the damage even worse.

6. Load up on folic acid and biotin. Folic acid (leafy greens, oranges, soybeans, wheat) is a big one for helping the body produce red blood cells to power hair growth, while biotin (brown rice, peas, walnuts, lentils) strengthens the hair and nails by metabolizing fats, carbs and proteins. The two B vitamins have been shown to supplement hair health, length, and thickness.

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