For many of us, hair is a big part of who we are. It represents our style and personality. When you meet someone, it’s one of the first things they see. So when you find dryness or split ends, it can be a bummer. These two types of damage will stand in the way of you and beautiful hair.
Do these problems sound familiar? Take a moment to look at your hair care routine. There might be things that you’re doing – or not doing – that are messing with your locks. Maintenance is also different for everyone, so do what’s right for your hair.
By learning the causes of these issues, it’ll be easier to change your ways. Here’s the difference between dryness and split ends, and how to fix them.
The Difference Between Dry Hair And Split Ends
Dry hair breaks easily. It looks frizzy, unruly, and a bit crazy! Needless to say, it’s not very attractive. Many things can cause this type of damage. Bleaching, dyeing, and heat treatments are linked to dryness.1 Brushing wet hair or rubbing it with a towel will also cause frizz and breakage.
Hair care products are also bad news. Gels, sprays, and pomades are just a few examples. We use these for better-looking hair, but they do more harm than good.2 It’s a pretty good reason to use natural alternatives instead.
There’s nothing worse than finding a split end (or ten). Also known as trichoptilosis, split ends are exactly what they sound like. The end of the hair is split or frayed apart, causing a feathering effect. Frequent heat, towel rubbing, and dye jobs will all lead to split ends. In fact, split ends and dryness share many causes.
How To Prevent Dryness And Split Ends
1. Limit Dye Jobs
Less frequent colorings mean less damage. If you must dye your hair, allow lots of time in between touch-ups. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends waiting 8 to 10 weeks, especially in the winter.3
2. Air Dry Your Hair
Avoid blow dryers whenever possible. Let your locks air dry, and don’t rub them with a towel. Wet hair is more elastic and breaks easily. If you must use a blow dryer, choose the coolest setting.
3. Avoid Heat Tools
Straighteners and curling irons strip your hair of natural moisture. Use them only once a week, if not less. Don’t hold your hair in the tool for too long.
4. Choose Loose Hair Styles
Tight hair styles, like ponytails and braids, can stress out your mane. Let it loose when possible. When using hair accessories, limit how long they stay in your hair.
5. Use Natural Conditioners
While it’s tempting to use fancy hair products, know that they’re full of chemicals.4 This will only mess with your hair even more! Instead, condition your strands with gentle remedies. Coconut oil, olive oil, and mashed bananas are wonderful options.
6. Limit Sun Exposure
Sun protection isn’t just about the skin. Your locks need it, too. UVB radiation can actually destroy hair proteins, while UVA radiation changes color.5 To prevent dryness and discoloration, wear a wide-brimmed hat.6 It’ll protect both your hair and face.
7. Get Regular Hair Cuts
Regularly get your hair trimmed. Never, ever pull them apart. This will just make it worse! Visit the hair salon. If you want to save some cash, use a pair of salon shears to periodically snip away split ends.
Take good care of your hair. Otherwise, you’ll run the risk of permanent damage. Embrace your natural hair and treat it well.
|↑1||Talghini, Shahla, and Mohammadreza Ranjkesh. “Microscopic hair changes associated with hair coloring, hair waving and hair ironing in Iranian women.” Pakistan journal of biological sciences: PJBS 16, no. 20 (2013): 1184-1188.|
|↑2||How to stop damaging your hair. American Academy of Dermatology.|
|↑3||Coloring and perming tips for healthier-looking hair. American Academy of Dermatology.|
|↑4||How to stop damaging your hair. American Academy of Dermatology.|
|↑5||Šebetić, Klaudija, Ines Sjerobabski Masnec, Vlatka Čavka, Darko Biljan, and Ivan Krolo. “UV damage of the hair.” Collegium antropologicum 32, no. 2 (2008): 163-165.|
|↑6||Coloring and perming tips for healthier-looking hair. American Academy of Dermatology.|