By Chloe Kenyon- Deputy Editor
Split ends – Two words that when joined together, add up to horror for womankind everywhere.
As a female, with hair probably too long for her own good, I too have endured the agonizing discovery that the ends of my hair have decided to spontaneously make a break for it many times before; hair follicles splitting down the middle and attempting an escape.
I understand their pain; surely they’re just sick and tired of being abused by a curling wand on a daily basis. But empathy for our long suffering locks does not solve our problem. Luckily, these tips and tricks might.
- Hair serum. – Applying hair serum to the ends of your hair after washing can help to soften the harsh areas. The serum acts as a conditioner, treating and smoothing split ends.
- Olive oil. – Heat olive oil to a warm (not hot) temperature and apply this to your hair. The olive oil will act as an inexpensive but effective hair mask, adding moisture to your split ends and thus treating them of their dryness.
- Leave in conditioner. – Again, this method will smooth and moisturize split ends.
- Heat protector. – More prevention than a treatment, but still an incredibly important step that many of us tend to skip. Heat protector does what it says on the tin; protects your hair from the heat of styling tools and therefore, prevents split ends from forming.
- Turn down the temperature. – Another prevention method is washing and styling your hair without the heat. Hot water can cause your hair to break and split. Instead, try washing your hair with cooler water. And when blow drying, why not switch to the cool air setting? Your hair will thank you for it.
- Be gentle. – Split ends occur much more frequently after washing. When hair is wet, it is at its most fragile. Instead of tackling those knots with a brush, use a wide toothed comb and be gentle with your ends. And instead of roughly towel drying your hair, use an old t-shirt instead.