If you haven't already read our blog on Split Ends, you should 100% read that one first! It's a fantastic introduction into the why and the how to conquer your ropey ends!
These are 5 ways you can prevent your hair from splitting once you've had that all important haircut!
Number 1: Oil Your Hair Before You Wash It!
Yes, that's right, oil your hair before you shampoo your hair.. shampooing can cause damage to your hair, yes very minimal damage but still, we are looking after our hair wherever we can! When your hair gets wet, it absorbs water and swells. In this state it is very fragile and therefore it is easier for splits ends to arise.
Have you ever shampooed your hair without conditioner? It feels horrific and extremely dry!
So why use oil before we shampoo? Oil forms a protective armour around your hair, reducing the damage during washing process. Plus, oil also nourishes your hair, and help restore its moisture balance. We would love to recommend our own oil however we are currently in the process of creating the perfect formula just for you! A few we would like to recommend in the meantime would be coconut oil, sesame oil and almond oil.
How do you use oil? Might seem like a silly question, however you'd be surprised to hear that most people are using it all wrong! Apply oil of your choice on the scalp. Yes your scalp! I know many of you avoid your scalp with the presumption that your hair will go greasy.. of course if you over apply you will suffer the consequences. But if you gently massage with the pads of your fingers, evenly distributing the product, finishing by running your fingers through your hair, you will be delivering goodness from your scalp all the way through to your ends! Keep it for an hour and wash as usual.
Number 2: Leave-in Conditioners
We LOVE Leave-in conditioners. Simple as that. They are amazing if you are prone to having split ends. They are usually there to protect your hair from the regular wear and tear that can happen just from combing, styling, and even environmental factors like a hot summers day!
SOS Hair Care will be launching it's very own leave-in conditioner in the near future, but in the meantime you can also rely on trusty oils or organic butters make an excellent leave-in conditioner. Coconut, almond, olive oils and shea, kokum, and aloe butter are just a few that we suggest!
Take a tiny amount (around a pea size) of oil or butter and apply to damp or dry hair, make sure you're really focusing on the frizzy areas and split ends and leave-in. Less is more when you are applying these treatments, over loading can leave your hair to looking greasy. Ain't nobody got time for that!
Number 3: Dry Hair CAREFULLY
As you know, wet hair is fragile and extremely susceptible
to damage. So we would always suggest approaching this part with as much care as you can. Many of you once coming out of the shower/bath will start rubbing your hair dry with a towel. This will naturally.
create tangles and essentially your causing friction on your cuticle. This will end up causing breakage and the dreaded split ends. Instead, try gently dabbing your hair with a towel to get rid of the excess water. In salons we used to call this "Blotting".
You may already know to use a cotton towel. Cotton towels absorbs a great amount of water, so your hair will dry faster. Already we are on to a winner! The next time you wash your hair, wrap hair in a soft cotton towel and leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then, sit back, and let your hair dry as nature intended.
Number 4: Use the correct tools!
The best way to detangle your hair after shampoo is by using a wide tooth comb or a tangle teaser! there are so many variations of these now and they are truly the work of a genius. Always start with the ends and work your way up to the root area. Starting from the root will only cause more damage and leave your hair in a worst condition than when you started! We wouldn't want to cause even more split ends now would we. When you encounter a tangle, stop and untangle gently with your comb or fingers and then continue combing/tangle teasing your hair.
If you find your hair is one big tangled mess, that's when you need to reach for the oils or your leave-in conditioner and apply a really small amount to the area.This will help untangle with ease and prevent any snapping you can incur when you try to comb hair.
We would always advice never to comb or brush your hair when its completely wet. Wait until it is almost dry, this will help you massively when it comes to brushing your luscious locks!
Number 5: Avoid Using Heat
Now, as tempting as it is to grab the old hairdryer and speed up the process, heat appliances such as blow dryers, straighteners, and curling tongs are bad for your hair. I think we all know that! even if you are using heat defence.
How do you know if your heat defence is really protecting your hair? A good way to test hair protectors is to spray the product on one hand. Leaving the other hand bare and product free. Then turn on your hair dryer and place it over the hand without the product. Gets pretty hot pretty quick doesn't it. (Do not leave it on, this will burn you and would be very silly). Now do the same on the other hand(with product) and you should notice it takes a little longer to feel the heat! if this works then it works on your hair.. but just like your hand, it will not protect your hair for long! If it doesn't work, then i think you know what to do. Throw it away!!
When you blow dry or apply heat on your hair it reduces your hair’s natural moisture, leaving it dry, rough and brittle. Constant use can cause seriously damaged hair and split ends. The best way you can dry your hair is letting it dry naturally and the best way of styling your hair is using techniques that are completely heat free!
I hope these healthy hair tips help you on your journey to healthier hair. Its your time to shine like nature intended and gain complete confidence within.
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