What Causes Damage & Split Ends

When you think about it, there are a lot of things that can cause damage to your hair. In fact, you may do things every day that hurt your hair without even realizing it. The result is split ends, dullness, breakage and a generally less-than-lustrous look.

The more you know about split ends and other signs of hair damage, the easier it will be for you to prevent these problems from occurring. If you treat your hair right, it will be healthier, shinier and more like the hair you had when you were a kid.

Here is a look at some of the main causes of damage and split ends:

The Way You Dry Your Hair

Most people already know that the heat put out by a hair dryer can seriously damage your tresses. That’s why it’s a good idea to use the lowest possible heat setting and to minimize the use of the hair dryer as much as possible.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that toweling your hair dry is the answer. When your hair is wet, the strands puff up and get weaker. Vigorously rubbing it with a towel can cause major breakage. Just do a little blotting instead so that your hair’s not dripping.

Heat Styling

When it comes to healthy hair, heat really is a killer. Hot curlers, curling irons and heated combs all can cause damage. Try to limit your use of these tools as much as possible. Your hair will thank you for it.

Brushing Your Hair When It’s Wet

Being wet really makes your hair vulnerable. Running a brush through it when it’s in this state is never a good idea. Use a wide-toothed comb instead. When you do brush your hair, avoid inexpensive synthetic brushes that are more likely to cause widespread harm. Spending a few extra bucks on good quality brushes and combs really makes a difference.

Washing Too Often

Washing strips your hair of essential oils and hydration that keep it shiny and healthy. This is especially true if you’re using a deep cleansing or clarifying shampoo. Try to wash your hair every other day. A dry shampoo is an excellent option for those days in between washings.

Neglecting Your Style

Has it been a while since your last trip to the salon? If so, then you are more likely to see the signs of damage. It’s best to choose a reputable salon that uses trustworthy hair products and professional-grade tools. These items will help to protect your hair from further damage. Plus, it’s always wise to regularly have a professional take a look at your hair and the condition of your scalp so that you can get expert recommendations regarding how best to care for your unique hair.

At April & Co. our hairstylists know tons of tips and tricks that could help your hair to start looking healthier today. Schedule an appointment to pamper your hair and minimize damage.