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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 is a sure way to put a damper 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. That’s why, in an effort to help diminish the appearance of split ends and reduce the chance of having them in the first place, we’ve rounded up the best tips and our best hair care products to keep your hair looking gorgeous and free of split ends—without compromising on the length of your locks.
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, 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.
The good news is that there are a variety of steps you can take to help manage your split ends (without having to sacrifice length!). Here are a few tips you should try to maintain your hair’s healthy look:
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 means when you’re brushing out those fresh shower tangles, you’re actually causing breakage. Of course. that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to living with knotty 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. 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 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 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.
Split ends occur when you have dry, damaged hair, which can easily break. To avoid this dreaded look, be sure avoid 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.
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 hair and reduce future damage, too? Well, that’s exactly what the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion does. It helps create a protective barrier against harsh UV rays and excessive heat styling, making this leave-in hair treatment just what your hair has been searching for all this time.
No matter how much you want to avoid trimming your ends, eventually the day will come when you’ll need a haircut. To be prepared, read up on The Best Haircuts for Every Face Shape.