Whether your hair is long or short, split ends are inevitable. But because they occur as a result of some sort of damage to your strands, the only way to realistically get rid of them is to get a trim. The best course of action is to stop them before they can even get started in the first place. Learn five common reasons you're getting split ends, and what you can do to prevent them, when you read more.
1. Washing your hair too often: Too much of a good thing can be bad, right? This is exactly why you should consider your hair care routine. If you're doing the rinse-and-repeat shampoo method or washing every single day, the attentive care might be too much for your hair to handle. Stripping your strands of too many natural oils can dry them out and make them prone to breakage and split ends. That's a good excuse to skip a wash.
2. Too much brushing: If you take to a brush more than once a day, you're probably overdoing it. Aggressive brushing and struggling to take out knots is also bad for your hair. And if it feels like you're breaking your hair while you brush, you probably are. Try using a wide-tooth comb to detangle hair, which is much more gentle on your strands.
3. Towel-drying your hair: Once you step out of the shower, a good rubdown with a cozy towel is common procedure. But if you're rubbing your hair too much with a towel, you could be aggravating split ends. Lighten up and pat your hair dry with a towel, as opposed to roughing it up with lots of damaging friction.
4. Too much heat styling: Let's face it: there's no way to completely stop using a hair dryer or hot iron forever. But letting your hair air dry until it's barely damp to lessen the amount of time under the blow dryer is a good move. In addition, before you plug in any heat styling tool, remember to spray on a thermal protectant to minimize damage.
5. Chemical processing: Whether you color, get straightening treatments, or wear a perm, chemical processing damages the hair cuticle. Try limiting yourself to one chemical process, and make sure to give your hair extra TLC with a hydrating mask to prevent breakage. Also, avoid hair products with alcohol, as they will dry out already-fragile strands.