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Is there really anything worse than split ends? Whether you’re trying to grow your hair out for a super long hairstyle or simply want a well-manicured, finished look, dead-looking hair can really rain on your parade. And while split ends aren’t totally avoidable, there’s a chance you’ve developed certain hair habits—like washing with super-harsh shampoo—that aren’t doing your ends any favors.
In an effort to get rid of split ends and prevent them in the first place, we’ve dug into what causes split ends and rounded up the best split end repair tips and hair care products (including a split end treatment). We're teaching you how to get rid of split ends and keep your hair looking gorgeous and healthy, and even talking about how to cut split ends. So, without further ado, if you’re at a loss for how to stop hair breakage that leads to split ends, this article is for you!
Before diving into the nitty-gritty of how to address split ends, it’s important first to know what you’re dealing with. Essentially, split ends occur when the outermost protective layer of your hair’s cuticle deteriorates over time due to environmental factors, as well as normal wear and tear. Think: excess sun exposure, heat styling, chemical processes, etc.
Will you be able to identify split ends easily? The answer is yes. Split ends are often also dry and brittle, but if you really want to know if your strands are spliting, take a look at an individual piece of hair. There will be small breaks toward the end of the strand. They often look like little trees with "branches" shooting off in different directions.
There are quite a few factors that contribute to split ends. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) states that many of the hair care myths you once thought to be true can actually do more damage than good. Keep reading to learn a few, which account for three of the most common causes of split ends.
Remember that saying about brushing your hair for 100 strokes a day? Scratch that! The AAD states that brushing should be kept to a minimum, as those 100 strokes can actually result in split ends.
It’s no secret that heat tools can cause damage to your strands—including split ends. The AAD recommends using flat irons on dry hair on a low or medium heat setting, no more often than every other day. Curling irons, according to the AAD, should only be left in place for a second or two.
Not only can heat styling do damage, certain hairstyles—even heat-free ones—can do harm. The AAD warns against continuously wearing braids, cornrows, ponytails, and hair extensions, as these styles pull on the hair and can cause tension that leads to breakage. Yikes!
The real question is—how do you get rid of split ends? Unfortunately, the only way for full split end repair is to cut off your damaged ends. However, if you’re about to Google “how to cut split ends,” we should warn you that it’s best to turn to a salon over DIYing. The last thing you want is for your damaged hair fix to turn into a haircut nightmare!
Cutting your ends can be an excuse to embrace a new hairstyle, so losing a bit of length doesn’t have to be a total tragedy. One beauty look we’re loving right now is the lob. Longer in the front and shorter in the back, it’s the best of both worlds. Here are 22 Ways to Style Your Lob Haircut in 2019 for inspo.
The good news is that there are a variety of steps you can take to help prevent split ends. Here are a few tips you should try to maintain your hair’s healthy look:
While hair mousse and hair gel are fabulous on their own, what if you could find a product that not only helps to style your hair, but also helps to protect your strands and reduce future damage, too? Well, that’s exactly what the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream Leave In Conditioner does. This split end treatment seals split ends and strengthens long hair while offering 450-degree heat protection. Apply it as a leave-in treatment, then style as usual.
Alternatively, you can use the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion. This hair treatment helps create a protective barrier against harsh UV rays and excessive heat styling, making this leave-in product just what your hair has been searching for all this time.
Split ends occur when you have dry, damaged hair, which can easily break. To avoid this, be sure to ditch overly harsh hair care systems and opt to add a moisturizing shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask, like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Repair Remedy Balm, to your regular hair care routine.
Like we said, split ends are annoying and disheartening. Wouldn’t it be great if there was some sort of hair mask that could help repair split ends, as well as other types of hair damage while providing your tresses with some TLC? Lucky for all of us, there is one!
Behold, the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm. This rinse-out hair mask is formulated specifically to repair five different signs of hair damage: split ends, weakness, rough texture, dull appearance, and dehydration. Just how much damage can this hair mask help repair? Up to one year’s worth! No, we’re not kidding—this treatment mask is powerful and luxurious, and it can repair up to one year’s worth of damage to your strands.
What’s more, it’s super easy and quick to add the mask into your hair care routine. Simply swap it into your routine a couple of times a week in place of your regular conditioner.
For maximum results, use the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo. This shampoo and hair mask (as well as the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner on the days you don’t use the mask) are designed to be used together as a complete system, which is why they work so well together.
It’s probably your first instinct to grab a paddle brush and run it through your freshly-washed locks. Unfortunately, what you may not know is that hair is actually most susceptible to being damaged when it’s wet—which means when you’re brushing out those post-shower tangles, you’re actually causing breakage. Of course, that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to living with tangled hair. Instead of using a brush to detangle knotty hair, opt for a wide-tooth comb to gently work out knots while your hair is wet.
Say it ain’t so—your tried and true ponytail could be causing split ends, as we touched on earlier. If you want to reduce the appearance of split ends for as long as possible, decreasing the frequency with which you sport a pony is a good place to start. When you’re constantly putting your hair up, you can cause stress on your hair, which can lead to breakage from roots to ends.
Look, we’re not crazy: We know you’re going to want to rock a messy bun every now and again, as well as the perfect ponytail at the gym. When you do, just take our advice and steer clear of hair ties with any metal accents and let your hair down as soon as you can post-workout. Believe us, your locks will thank you.
While most of us think of our long, flowing hair when it comes to having split ends, facial hair can actually fall victim to split ends as well. We’re talking about beard split ends. The key to avoiding and managing beard split ends? Well, it’s similar to how you want to take care of the rest of your mane: regular trims and hydration. Here's the breakdown.
OK, you don’t necessarily have to keep your beard short, but you do have to keep it trimmed. An unruly beard that isn’t kept groomed can result in some unflattering split ends.
Hydration is key! While you shouldn’t use a conditioner on your beard, you should use a moisturizer formulated specifically for facial hair. The L’Oréal Paris Men Expert 3-Day Beard Moisturizer is formulated with vitamin E to keep your facial hair in its best condition while you rock that signature scruffy look. Bonus: It’ll also leave your skin feeling energized! Apply it as the last step in your skin care routine morning and evening.
No matter how much you want to avoid trimming your ends, even if you take the best care of your hair ever, eventually the day will come when you’ll need a haircut. To be prepared, read up on The Best Haircuts for Every Face Shape.
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