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Is there really anything worse than split ends? Whether you’re trying to grow your hair out or simply want a well-manicured finished look, dead-looking hair is a sure way to put a damper on your parade. In an effort to help diminish the appearance of dead ends as well as reduce the chances of them as best you can (since at the end of the day, sadly, they’re eventually inevitable) we’ve rounded up the best tips to keep your hair looking gorgeous.
Before diving into the nitty gritty of how address split ends, it’s important to first know what you’re actually dealing with first. Essentially, these hair woes 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.)
The good news is that there are a variety of steps you can take to help your split ends (without having to sacrifice length!). Here are a few you should try to maintain your hair’s healthy look:
1. Change the way you detangle. So often it’s probably your first instinct to grab a paddle brush and run it through your just-washed locks. Unfortunately, what most of you may not know is that hair is actually most susceptible to being damaged when it’s wet—which ultimately means you need to keep tugging to a minimum. Instead of using a brush, opt for a wide-tooth comb to gently untangle hair while it’s wet.
2. Wear a ponytail wisely. Say it ain’t so! If you want to reduce the appearance of split ends for as long as possible, then this is a sure-fire way to do so. When you’re constantly putting your hair up, you can cause excess stress to 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 pony at the gym. When you do, just take our advice: For starters, 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.
3. Use the right shampoo and conditioner. Split ends occur when your hair is damaged and dried out, which can cause it to break easily. To avoid this dreaded look, be sure 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 Mask, to your regular routine.
4. Pick the right styling products. While mousse and 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 hair and reduce future damage, too? Introducing the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion. It helps create a protective barrier against harsh UV rays and excessive heat styling, making this leave-in treatment just what your hair has been searching for all this time.