We all dread split ends, we all know it can be difficult to really work with your hair when you start to accumulate too many split ends. What you may not realize is that there are some common hair mistakes that lead to split ends. The thing is, they’re mistakes and you don’t know what you don’t know – but we do know that you probably want to find out how to avoid making those mistakes so you don’t have to deal with split ends as often anymore, right?
Washing Your Hair Too Often
Most of us grew up being told to wash our hair on a daily basis, for cleanliness purposes. We want you to be clean, but it’s a common mistake that can lead to split ends. Sound odd? The thing about washing our hair is it strips our hair of its natural oils and when we strip our hair of its oils too often (every day or too often for your hair type) it can cause your hair to become dry and brittle. And when your hair is dry and brittle…split ends can begin to form on the ends of your hair. So think about how often you wash your hair, if you’re washing every day you’re going to want to reconsider and ask your hair stylist what they suggest your hair washing routine should be for your hair type.
You’re Rough on Your Hair When It’s Wet
We know that we all tend to be in a rush when washing and drying our hair, we all live in such a busy world we feel like we need to rush through the process. However, when we do that it often leads to causing damage to our hair and causing split ends. The thing is, when our hair is wet it’s in its most vulnerable state. That being said we need to make sure we’re being gentle on our hair when its wet. Avoid rubbing your wet hair with a towel when it’s wet, don’t use a brush when your hair is wet and try not to fuss too much with wet hair. All of these things put additional stress on already vulnerable wet hair. Instead, make sure you’re taking your time and really being as gentle as possible. Instead of brushes, use wide toothed combs when you have wet hair and make sure you’re not just ripping through your hair.
Using Too Much Heat
We’re all about having fun with hair styling products and techniques and using heated styling tools to do your hair. However, one thing that many experts have found is that the average person tends to use these heated styling tools too often. Even when practicing safe habits with heated styling tools, heat can put a lot of stress on your hair when you use it too often. Additionally, not using these tools correctly can put a lot of trauma on the hair. All of these things can lead to split ends forming. Make sure you give your hair a break from the heat when possible, and do your research on safe heated tool practices.