How to Get Rid of Split Ends According to an Expert

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How To Get Rid Of Split Ends...The Right Way!

28 August 2017
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

On a good day, your hair looks glossy and is styled to perfection. Your color looks bright and even, complementing your makeup perfectly. But what is that happening at the ends of your mane? Are those the dreaded split ends we see?

If you’re a normal woman who regularly styles your hair using heat, chances are good you’ve spent time wondering how to get rid of split ends once and for all. There’s no miracle way to fuse your ends back together (trust us, we asked), but there plenty of strategies for minimizing visible damage to your hair in the future.

Split ends happen, but they don’t have to ruin the look of your hair. Trust us. To get real deal advice on when to save (and when to chop) split ends, we called on Ruth Roche, Pureology Global Artistic Ambassador.

Although Roche is perfectly willing to hand over a dozen product recommendations and styling tips that will downplay the look of dry, damaged ends, she’s not planning to mince words on the subject. Once your hairs have split, the only way to deal with the problem is to cut the ends off and start fresh.

Ready for tough love with a side of excellent haircare and hairstyling advice? Roche has you covered. Your hair is about to look a lot more beautiful, thanks to her expert tips.

Why do split ends happen?

All things might be fair in love and war, but when it comes to hair, rough treatment is just too much. Your strands are incredibly delicate, particularly when it comes to heat.

When Roche sees regular clients sitting down in her chair with noticeably split ends, she attempts to address the root of the problem before ever touching her scissors. In other words: How are you doing this to your hair?

Split ends usually occur when hair is not cared for properly...It splits because it’s weak, dehydrated, and heat damaged.

Ruth Roche

By the time you’re noticing crunchy ends, it’s too late to fix the problem. According to Roche, the best thing you can do is start fresh by planning a haircare routine that can help hydrate and nourish your strands.

Oh, and always make sure you’re using heat protector. No excuses! Roche always tries to recommend that her clients use a thermal protector.

“[Pureology’s] Colour Fanatic is perfect—prior to blow-drying,” Roche says. “This can help protect your ends from the heat.

How can we help reduce the appearance of split ends, even when we’re not heat styling?

Here comes the fun part: picking out new products and steps to add to your daily routine. Roche’s primary concern is making sure your hair is being cared for properly. That means a focus on hydration, strength, and heat protection.

However, products are only one piece of the hair care puzzle. You’ll also want to rethink your styling and maintenance routine.

To help reduce the appearance of split ends, you should get regular trims, Roche says. “Use the correct haircare products and use the proper type of brush or comb to gently detangle and style.”

Pro tip: Brush in small strokes from your ends up the shaft of the hair. That way, you’ll detangle any knots without yanking on the full strand. We’d also recommend sleeping with your hair in a bun or braid at night, which can help protect the ends of your mane from friction-based damage.

Once the strand is split, is there anything that can be done to save it?

Roche only has one answer for you.

“Once a hair is split, it is split,” she says. “The only way to fix it is to cut the end to make it blunt and fresh again...If you are preserving the length, ask for just a trim].”

The difference may seem small, but even the most minimal cut can help get rid of most of your split ends.

Of course, any woman who’s ever gotten her hair cut can tell you it’s not as simple as whacking off the extra inches. Growth takes time, so many of us are unwilling to part from our hard earned length. Still, Roche says even a light trim will save your mane from most of the damage.

“If you are growing your hair out, get a one-eighth inch trim every six weeks,” she adds.

Looking for a temporary fix that doesn’t involve shears? Roche is a big fan of Pureology’s Strength Cure Split End Salve, a leave-in treatment that reduces the look of split ends, as well as the brand’s Strength Cure Fabulous Lengths heat protectant serum.

What’s more, Roche’s product routine suggestion is an excellent choice for blowout addicts.

“I recommend using Fabulous Lengths throughout the strands and at the ends...as well as the Split End Salve on the ends prior to blow drying,” the stylist says. “Although the salve does not repair or get rid of the split ends, it cosmetically smooths them and helps prevent hair from splitting further

For added protection, swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner for the entire Strength Cure hair system. It will help you discover the perfect balance of velvety softness.

Are there any hairstyles that hide split ends well?

When you’re growing your hair long, those strands are inevitably going to take a bit of rough treatment. Whether you forgot to brush your mane for a solid week or can’t bring yourself to invest in a quality hair mask, those lengths are the real victims.

In short: Long hair will nearly always develop a few split ends. It’s just the nature of the style. If mermaid-length waves are bound to split, it stands to reason the cut that’s mostly without visible damage is one that’s being trimmed all the time. A bob, lob, or crop is your best bet for a hairstyle that helps hide the look of split ends without split ends, particularly if you’re getting it touched up regularly.

In the interest of disguising your split ends instead of chopping them off entirely, a shag or similarly dramatic cut can put an end to your visible damage blues.

“Cuts with lots of texture can help to hide split ends,” Roche explains. “Smoothing products such as [Pureology] Cuticle Polisher will add shine to the ends, minimizing the appearance of damaged ends.”

Damaged ends, please be gone. We don’t have time for you.

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