Is the dry winter air killing your volume and shine? It’s probably also causing extra breakage, especially since you’re constantly pulling sweaters, scarves, and coats over your head. Keep your curls looking fabulous with our 7 tips for fighting split ends:
Don’t Be Picky
DO NOT pick at your split ends. Doing so will only cause more breakage. Instead of picking at your split ends, use hair shears (not paper scissors) to trim them. Be sure that you clip above the damage or the split will reappear.
Deep condition regularly to keep your hair moisturized. Try using coconut oil as a pre-shower treatment. Simply soak your hair in the oil (thirty minutes before your shower, if you’re not using heat), twist it into a bun and put on a shower cap. In the shower, wash and condition your hair as normal.
Toss The Towel
Dry your hair with a cotton t-shirt. It is far less abrasive than using a towel and it will also ensure that your curls are frizz-free!
Cool It With The Heat
Put down the blow dryer (and other devices that use heat). I personally advocate going completely heat-free, but it’s especially important in the winter. Your hair is already dry and damaged from the winter weather…don’t dry your curls out even more with heat!
It’s no secret that coloring your hair is damaging. In the dry season, when your hair is particularly fragile, try to wait longer between dye jobs. You can use a color-enhancing spray like Paul Mitchell Color Protect Locking Spray to prolong your dye job.
Work that second-day hair! Throw your hair up in a bun and let your natural oils do their work, or get creative and try a new style. Some styles work better on second-day hair.
Shampoo your scalp and then apply conditioner through the length of your hair. “Scrubbing” the ends of hair will cause more breakage.