We all have them. No matter what color your hair is, how you style it, or how long it is… they exist. Luckily for you, I will be telling you about my top favorite products to use to help prevent getting split ends! First tip: get trims regularly! I know… it doesn’t seem to make sense to those of you who are trying to grow your hair long. “I’m trying to grow it, yet you want me to cut it??!!” When your ends are damaged, the cuticles will split apart and start to break off outward, preventing your hair from actually growing. By getting regular trims from your stylist, you are able to have healthy, split end free hair allowing you to grow those luscious locks! No, you won’t look like Rapunzel the next day after your appointment… but you will gradually be on your way! Plus having a healthy trim just looks a million times better anyway! Don’t have the time nor money to see a stylist consistently? …Then follow along with me through these important steps and products to help you end your relationship with those frayed ends for good!
1. Use A Wet Brush After The Shower:
The Wet Brush (Target): $8.99
Split ends occur when you have a brush that tears at your hair. These brushes are seriously god sent! After the shower, my hair is full of tangles and knots and used to be torture to get a brush through it…. until now! This brush effortlessly glides through your hair, no tangles- no knots! It doesn’t pull or tug at your hair and leaves it silky smooth. And it comes in super cute colors like pink, purple and aqua blue! You can use the Wet Brush on wet or dry hair.
2. Use Deep-Repair Masks:
I use this mask about once a month, or during times when I feel like my hair is really damaged and could use the extra loving. I use bleach in my hair a lot, so this product has come in super handy in keeping my strands healthy! It contains macadamia, argon, chamomile and tea tree oils which leaves your hair soft, silky and nourished. Omg and does it ever smell amazing! When I use this product, I like to apply it right after I shampoo and then put on a shower cap, leaving the mask in my hair for about 30-40 minutes. Then I rinse it out… use my wet brush… and viola: strong, moisturized and split end free hair!
3. Apply Moroccan Oil On Your Ends
If I was stranded on a desert island, and could only take one thing…. this would be it. I’m dead serious. This product not only makes your hair unbelievably healthy and soft, but it smells ridiculously good as well! (And I’m a huge sucker for anything that smells great!) This oil is super light-weight and wont weight your hair down. And not to mention it speeds up the drying time for gals like me who are always on the go! I use this religiously every single day, working it mostly in just my ends to help seal my split-ends and repair any unwanted fly-aways.
4. Use A Heat Protection Spray Before You Straighten Or Blow Dry
It is extremely important to use a thermal proactive spray before stressing your hair out with a hot flat iron or blow dryer. These are huge culprits in giving you split ends, which you can avoid by simply spraying a few spritzes through out your hair prior to use. This is my favorite thermal protective product because it protects against heat up to 428 degrees! It forms a protective barrier around your hair to seal in moisture and prevent it from frying and breaking due to extreme temperatures. Plus it’s organic which is wonderful!
5. Finish With A Healing Shine Spray
By using a shine spray, not only are you making your hair look ultra smooth and shiny, but you are also helping to heal your hair shaft and prevent it from breaking! I use this after I finish blow drying and straightening for that extra bit of sleekness. I also like to use this product even on days when I wear my hair in beach waves by spritzing some in after I use my sea-salt spray. The Miracle Shine Spray smells exactly like a mix between Sweet Pea and Plumeria…. which is to die for! Your hair will smell fabulous through out the whole day!
Here are a few other handy pointers to prevent those gorgeous cuticles from fraying:
-Take Folic Acid and Biotin
-Don’t aggressively tear out your hair ties
-Don’t put ties in too tight
-Avoid heat as much as possible
-Don’t over wash your hair
Hope all of these tips and products help! Let me know how they end up working for you and which ones you love the best! XOXO
Laurie Berry is a professional makeup artist and stylist. In addition to being the Beauty Correspondent for Flower City Fashionista, she also blogs about all things preppy, fashionable, and fabulous at Upstate Stylista.