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5 Easy Ways To Strengthen Hair And Prevent Split Ends

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How To Prevent Split Ends Naturally

If your hair is prone to frizziness, dryness, or split ends, I’m sure that at some point you’ve wondered “How can I strengthen my hair?” We all want healthy and shiny hair, but there are a variety of factors that can cause it to become dry, brittle, and riddled with split ends instead.

Dryness isn’t just a problem for your skin — it can be really hard on your hair as well! Dry hair is brittle hair, and brittle hair is much more prone to breakage. But the good news is that you don’t have to resign yourself to a lifetime of split ends.

Learn how to strengthen and protect hair ends below with the help of a few simple tips!

How To Strengthen Your Hair: 5 Simple Tips

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1. Check Your Diet

Healthy hair starts with a healthy diet. A low-protein diet can actually result in hair loss, so make sure you’re getting an adequate amount of protein from meat, dairy, eggs, legumes, and other protein-rich foods.

Healthy fats are another important contributor to healthy hair. Healthy fats help your scalp produce the natural oils that keep your hair and scalp hydrated. Make sure you’re getting healthy fats in your diet from sources like avocados, fish, and nuts.

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2. Use Heat Sparingly

Heat is one of hair’s worst enemies! It dehydrates your hair, causing it become brittle and prone to breakage. Many of us use hot styling tools on our hair daily, but it’s important to avoid using them when possible to give your hair a break.

When you do use hot styling tools, you can help mitigate some of the potential damage by using special heat-protectant hair products. If you’re unfamiliar, check out this helpful article from Allure listing their 10 favorite heat protectants.

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3. Use Gentle Tools

Hot styling tools aren’t the only tools that can cause damage — hair tools like combs, brushes, and elastics can hurt your hair too!

If you use a brush on your hair when it’s still wet, you might be doing more harm than good. Wet hair is more prone to breaking, so it’s important to be very gentle with it. Swap your brush out for a wide-tooth comb when your hair is wet.

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4. Apply A Nourishing Hair Mask

Everyone’s hair could use a bit of T.L.C. now and again, and a good hair mask can help to rehydrate and nourish dry or damaged hair.

Related: 11 Simple Tips For Taking Care Of Your Aging Hair

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5. Give It A Rest

You’d be frazzled if you never had time to rest, and your hair is the same way. You can give your hair the rest it requires by styling it less often — these second-day hair tips can keep your hair looking great!

How do you deal with dry hair or split ends?

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  • Just a tip, if you put a mask on your hair that has egg in it, be sure that you rinse it out with lukewarm water, not hot because the hot water will ” cook” the egg and you will have a hard time washing it out. I know from experience!

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  • I perm my hair once a year and get the curl to last longer than that sometimes. The only styling I do with my hair is drying with a hair dryer and diffuser. I do try and get it trimmed every 2-3 months which help with the split ends. Also when I wash my hair I put conditioner on first and comb it through , lather the shampoo on top and rinse. This helps somewhat with my coarse, thick hair.

  • At the risk of sounding like a commercial, if you color/bleach your hair, find a salon that uses Olaplex. I get full highlights every 3 months and I have few split ends and almost no breakage. Cost ranges from $10 to $20, at the discretion of the stylist. It’s a two step process at the salon with each appointment and another step at home. You have the third step at home, but don’t use it as my hair seems to be in good shape. You can read more on-line, but if you are having real problems with breakage or split ends, try this. I travel a lot and when I need highlights I will go out of my way to find a salon that uses Olaplex. No, I don’t have a connection to the company, but it is so good, I wanted to share.

    • YES! Olaplex ROCKS! My stylist says Matrix (I think) is making this type of product now and she likes it better! I can’t believe I have thick healthy hair again after 25+ years of bleach highlighting my hair. What a difference!

  • My grandmother works mayo into her hair and leaves it in overnite (in a shower cap). Then washes it out the next morning. She has the softest, shiniest hair! Mayo is mostly oil and egg so it stands to reason that it would work.

  • I would love to try some of the products to mitigate heat damage, but I’m concerned that they may cause yellowing. Has anyone tried any of them?

    • Exfoliate scalp gently with hot water and baking soda paste. Rinse thoroughly. Massage daily with fingertips. Encourage your pores to produce natural oil (sebum) in this way.

    • Hi Michele, I give my hair a coconut oil hair bath once a week. On my dry hair I apply organic coconut oil till saturated I then wrap in a hot wet towel that I put in the microwave to get warm. Be careful it gets very hotI wrap that on my head and then apply a shower cap. I leave in for 2 hours. Then wash and condition as needed. If you decide to a leave in all night then you can take the towel off before bed but keep the shower cap on. Repeat weekly or every 2 weeks. Hope this helps. Good luck

    • Take a cup of Stinging Nettle Tea and 2 cups of water let it boil then turn off and cover let it sit for and hour and cool.

      I put on my hair with coconut n oil working it in. Cover with a shower cap. I leave on over night, but usually an hour is fine. I was it out with my baking soda shampoo, which is equal amounts of soda and water. I work it well into my hair then I use equal or a third of apple cider vinegar and water. I pour and work it well as it fizzles in my hair. I then rinse with water.

      I have very dry, thick horse hair. This makes it shine and it’s so soft. I use the nettle hair rinse once a week. I don’t use the two cups in one treatment.

    • Also, rinsing your hair with cool water after shampooing closes the cuticle and helps retain moisture which in turn promotes growth. Scalp massages are good for producing hair growth.

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