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What is the best treatment for split ends?

Answer: Unless we’re talking about banana splits, things that split are not usually so great. Splitting hair? The worst! Especially if you’ve been working on growing your hair out, the last thing you want to do is cut your hair to fix those damaged ends. Luckily, there are things you can do to fix split ends and prevent these mini-disasters from happening in the future:

Comb it out with a wide tooth comb
Comb your hair with a wide tooth wooden comb before you get in the shower. This will help prevent tangles from occurring in the shower, and will ultimately save you from breakage. Paddle brushes—along with bristle brushes—can be too harsh on hair and can actually end up amplifying the problem.

Be sure to use a super-hydrating conditioner, focusing on the ends to help restore the hair cuticles. Leave-in conditioners or hair masks (Rahua, $58) are also great moisturizing treatments that will protect your hair. Leave-in conditioners can be used while in the shower or right when you get out. If taking a few extra minutes in the shower seems too daunting, wait to wash your body and shave until after you apply, so that you’ll have something to do in the meantime. Don’t forget to put a plastic shower cap over your hair.

Whatever you do, be sure to use a heat-protecting spray before using any heat tools. Blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons actually draw moisture out of your hair, so by applying heat protector to your strands, heating tools will draw the moisture from the product (rather than your hair).

Avoid using hair ties and throwing your hair up into messy, knotty buns. Instead, use hair clips or bobby pins. Braids are another great option, as the hair tie only sits on a small section of hair.

If you do end up getting a haircut, aim for a trim that’s a half inch above your split ends. Hair will continue splitting if nothing is done to ameliorate damaged ends, so cutting right on them them may not stop your hair from continuing to split.

Healthy, moisturized hair always looks beautiful, so try your best to take care of your strands. Make those damaged ends a thing of the past!

What are your tips and tricks for dealing with split ends?