Beauty

3 simple ways to prevent split ends

Frayed ends are our enemy when it comes to achieving that luscious head of hair, so here are some preventive tips in the first part of our split end-care series
 

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We all want thick, lustrous and shiny hair that catches the light with every subtle movement we make but unfortunately, real life sometimes doesn’t allow for that.

Instead, we’re often beset with lacklustre locks that look worse for wear, announcing the need for a trip to the salon. Worse yet, we’re sometimes left with frayed and split ends, which do no good for the overall look of our hair.

Fret not, though, because we’ve got some tips and tricks for you to prevent and care for split ends.

1. Brush your hair before you shower, not after

If you’re one to detangle your hair after you bathe while it’s wet, then we come bearing bad news. Wet hair is extremely sensitive, so combing through your locks before they’ve dried will result in hair breakage, which can in turn lead to split ends. It will also make conditioning your hair easier since you’ll be able to finger-comb the conditioner through with minimal tangling involved.

Also, when brushing your hair, make sure to start from the tips and move your way up to the roots. Focus on detangling the ends of your hair first before repeating the cycle, this time starting at the roots and gliding your way down.

2. Stay out of the sun

Just like our skin, prolonged exposure to the sun can have adverse effects on our hair cuticles. This means frizzy, thinning hair that’s prone to split ends and breakage, and incredibly unhealthy hair that’s lost its sheen. We’re not suggesting to stay out of the sun completely, since that may be difficult in a country like Singapore, but be strategic about when you go out. If you need to be outdoors, step out in the morning or evening sun where possible, and wear a hat to protect your follicles too.

In the same vein, try to stay away from heating your hair, and if you must blow dry, then use these tricks to help you maintain soft, shiny hair.

3. Sleep on satin

To look like royalty, we have to live like royalty, right? Well, not really, but sleeping on satin does make a huge difference for your hair (and skin!). Tossing and turning at night may translate to potential tugging on those delicate strands, which exerts unnecessary stress on our hair. You don’t have to go through a huge overhaul in your bedroom, but do invest in at least one satin pillowcase for nights of pampering.

 

Looking to style your hair into something very pretty indeed? Check out these hairstylist tips on how to tie a pretty chignon bun for any occasion!

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