Hair Hacks: How to Prevent/Minimize Dead and Split Ends

Unfortunately, if your hair is dry and damaged, you may notice that you have dead and/or split ends. Dead ends typically fall out in small sections when you comb your hair. Meanwhile, split ends (as the name suggests) occur when the hair is so dry that it starts to “split.” In this article, you’ll learn five ways to prevent and minimize dead and split ends so you can show off your gorgeous, healthy hair.

Choose Silk Hair Ties and Pillowcases

Silk reduces the friction and potential damage that can be done to your mane. Using silk hair ties instead of elastic ones minimizes friction and breakage. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase rather than a cotton one will also reduce friction and the potential for split and dead ends.

Our Picks:

Slip Skinny Scrunchies ($39 for 6-pack, shop here)

Slip Queen Envelope Pillowcase ($89, shop here)

Avoid Excessive Brushing and Tugging at Your Hair

Brushing your hair too frequently can be damaging and cause unwanted breakage. Additionally, avoid tugging at your hair to get the knots out; this will only damage your hair more. Instead, use a detangling product and gently work at the knots with a comb.

Limit Heat Styling Tools (and Use a Heat Protectant)

Hot tools can cause split and dead ends. Instead, try heatless styling methods like braiding your hair for natural curls or wearing your hair up. If you do use hot styling tools, apply a quality heat protectant beforehand to reduce damage.

Our Pick: Ouai Heat Protection Spray ($28, shop here)

Give Your Hair Some Added Hydration

Dryness weakens your tresses, making it easier for split ends to develop. Therefore, consider using a weekly hydrating hair mask to deep-condition your hair and add moisture.

Our Pick: Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask ($30, shop here)

Use a Microfiber Towel to Dry Hair

Your hair is especially susceptible to damage when wet, so it’s best to use a microfiber towel, which is much gentler than terry cloth or cotton. If you constantly rub your hair to dry against a “normal” towel, the friction and constant rubbing will inevitably cause unwanted hair damage, which means more split and dead ends.

Our Pick: Kitsch Quick Dry Hair Towel ($23, shop here)

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