As we head into the colder seasons, dull, dry, brittle-feeling hair can often be a fact of life...but it doesn't have to be. While the cold weather and its accompanying blustering winds can wreak havoc on your hair, with a few simple tricks you can maintain moisture and keep your hair healthy, strong, and split-fee! Below, we share tips and hairstyles to help you prevent breakage and split ends.
Split ends are strands of hair that have frayed-or as the name implies-split at the ends. The splits can inch up the strand of hair and result in breakage, frizz, and flyaways. Contrary to popular belief, the only way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off at the salon. While your hair can split and break off for a number of reasons, these seven culprits lead the pack:
1. Over-using hot tools to style
2. Using at-home haircolor to lighten
3. Too many tight ponytails
5. Drying haircare products
6. Wind and colder temperatures
7. Sleeping with your hair down on a scratchy pillowcase
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to avoid split ends and breakage.
Keeping your hair hydrated is key in maintaining its health. When hair becomes dry and brittle, it is more prone to split ends and breakage. Follow a hydrating haircare routine, alternate between using shampoo and cleansing conditioner, and learn to embrace oils in your regimen-we share how to start here!
Embrace Your Natural Texture
To avoid over-using hot tools and hair brushes, consider embracing the hair texture you were born with. Natural textures-be it curly, wavy, or straight-are trending right now. Air dry when possible or wear your hair in a protective style-more on that below!-after showering until your locks are dry.
Buns & Braids
Protective styles like buns and braids are great to help prevent split ends. When worn to bed they help to keep your locks in place-instead of getting tangled while you toss and turn. When worn out and about they can help to prevent your hair from knotting due to gusts of wind. Note: anytime you style your hair-but especially when you're styling a braid or a bun-be careful not to pull the hair too tight. This can cause anything from breakage to traction alopecia (which appears as hair loss on your edges).