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Split End Insanity

Alicia Boal

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Interning in the beauty industry, I hear hair tips all day long. Writing about the latest trends and how to achieve them, I can’t help but take a look at my own hair. I used to dye it all the time (come on – who hasn’t wanted to be blonde at some point?) but I went back to my natural brown color a little over a year ago now. I had never really noticed any damage in my hair likely due to all the coloring, but it’s becoming more and more evident…I have a split end problem.
Seriously – they’re everywhere! I sat on the couch watching the Hell’s Kitchen season premiere with cutting shears and went crazy cutting off my split ends Monday night. Now, Wednesday morning, I’m finding even more all over the place! I thought maybe it’s time for a cut, but I had one only three weeks ago!

Doing some research, I realized I’m doing it all wrong. The first thing I learned is not to brush your hair when it’s wet, as it’s more susceptible to damage. Combing with a wide-tooth comb is better for it. Whoops! The second culprit: vigorously towel-drying hair. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t go to town with a towel after a shower. Apparently, I should be squeezing the water out with the towel rather than rubbing. Another common split end causer is hot styling products, which I’m usually pretty good about. However, for those of you out there who are blow-dryer queens or can’t put down the flat iron, make sure you use a heat-protective product before, as this strips away natural moisturizers, leaving hair dry.

The final change I’m going to make is switching shampoos. It’s time to go to a more intense product, such as the Redken Extreme line.

If you’re having problems similar to mine, one important thing to note is that no product can heal split ends. There are products out there that claim to do so, but in reality they only temporarily hide them. The only way to get rid of them is to cut them, so head to a Hair Cuttery if you’re having problems like me and you’re up for your six-week trim. Look for a split end update, coming soon!

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