Split ends can make your hair look dry and unhealthy. They also prevent you from achieving the sleek, shiny, glamorous styles you desire. Unfortunately, the only cure for split ends is to have your hair cut and the ends snipped off. However, there are several ways to prevent split ends from occurring in the first place. This means avoiding certain activities or practices that lead to damaged locks.
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One of the most common causes of split ends is over brushing. You may be inclined to repeatedly run a thick brush through your locks, but this can lead to breakage and splitting. Instead, try using a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles and smooth hair. This is best done while hair is still damp after a shower. If you still feel the need to smooth locks with a brush, wait until hair is completely dry and be gentle. Another way to avoid split ends is to use ample conditioner when you shower. Choose a protective, moisturizing variety to keep split ends away. Also, avoid using heated appliances and harsh chemical products. These can damage hair and make it more prone to breakage. If you must use a hot product, try preparing hair with a protective spray first. Finally, don’t use tight elastic bands to restrain hair. These pull on ends and lead to splitting.