6 easy ways to prevent split ends

When the edge of your hair is shredded to bits, you need to take action – after that essential cut. Here are five easy ways to prevent split ends.

For the past 14 mornings, I have spent at least 20 minutes examining the ends of my hair. The light is changing, so at about 9 am, I can’t help but notice how broken and bitty my head thatch really is. (At night, I have spent the same amount of time examining the top part of my head where white hairs are growing back with a vengeance). Yes, it’s most definitely time for a cut and colour. But it’s also time to prepare for damage control. Once I get these split ends seen to by my stylist, I am going to make sure they don’t get so bad next time.

The only sure-fire way to get rid of shredded ends is to cut them off. That’s the only way, full stop. But once you deal with them, you can put a plan into action to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Now, my hair is fine and brittle so it doesn’t take a lot to break. I could do with getting with more regular trims, but I’ve already committed to getting my hair professionally coloured every six weeks (although it appears it should be four) and I can’t possibly afford to do both! So prevention it is.

These are the best ways to avoid a head with toilet brush ends.

Strengthen with cold water

If you have weak hair, using a strengthing shampoo and conditioner can help toughen it up. But, because we all know how damn hard it is to choose a hair wash duo that suits all your hair needs, this might not be a possibility for you. Instead, rinse with cold water; this will seal the outer layer.

Don’t flip and rub

As soon as I get out of the shower, I flip my head upside down and give it a good old rub. While my vigorous rubbing forces the water out of my tresses, it rips the ends apart when they’re already in a delicate state. Instead, we should be gentle squeezing the water out of the hair with consideration for the ends.

Brush mindfully

Don’t start detangling your hair as soon as you’re done with the gentle squeezing. Brushing hair when it’s wet or even damp can easily cause breakage. Use a wide-tooth comb when it’s wet.

Use helpful products

If you have hair that tangles easily, use a detangling product that should also help the fight against frizz. Oils can help disguise split ends that already exist. Definitely, use a heat protection spray. Which leads me to my next point…

Cut back on the heat

When you’re used to blowdrying your hair and then taking a tool like straighteners or curlers to it, it’s hard to cut back. But try. When it comes to damage and split ends, heat is the biggest culprit. If you can’t resist, turn the heat down. The ends of hair burn easier, so leave them when you’re blow-drying.

Change your ties

Traditional hair ties can be rough on the hair – that’s why you see so many people with spiral-y rubber bands like Invisibobbles which are much kinder to the hair.

Does your hair break easily? Do you have more tips to add?

Featued Photo by Oladimeji Odunsi on Unsplash


  1. dublinfollies

    One of the best things I ever did for my tired ol locks was retire the ‘towel turban’ look straight outta the shower. Now I wrap an old T-shirt around my head and no longer get the creepy ‘tugging’ sensation on the strands near my face. (I had a proper hair turban from Penneys for a period, but I’m forgetful & lazy, so since that vanished, an ancient cotton T does the job.)

    1. townmousecountrymouseireland

      Great tip, thanks! I tend to do the towel turban thing, keeping it on for about 5 mins but never rubbing my hair with it afterwards, never brushing before drying either. An old t-shirt (I’d assume good quality cotton?) would no doubt be miles better than that though! – Aoife

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