Here are some valuable tips to help you prevent or repair damaged hair. But first, let’s identify some of the culprits behind those nasty little split ends!
Hair’s worst enemies
Various factors can lead to your hair’s deterioration. In many cases, breakage and split ends result from subjecting your hair to repetitive, harsh treatment. Perms, colouring, bleaching, highlights, styling, straightening and relaxers can traumatize your hair and damage it over time.
Blow-dryers, flat irons and curling irons, not to mention brushes and combs that are ill-suited to your hair type, can also stress your tresses, causing breakage and split ends.
Rough brushing habits, braiding hair and tying it back frequently with an elastic can also increase the risk of breakage.
Other factors, such as wind, swimming (in salt or chlorinated water), summer sun, and cold winter temperatures can damage even the most luscious locks.
Breakage and split ends: What’s the difference?
Breakage and split ends both occur when a hair strand ages prematurely and has weakened keratin. Hair prone to breakage can become damaged from root to tip, while split ends affect only the tip (hence the name). Split ends cannot be repaired; the only solution is to visit your hairdresser for a trim. As for breakage affecting the rest of your hair, you’ll be glad to know that there are ways to fix it!
Three guidelines for healthy hair
- Your general health has an impact on the state of your hair. In short, you need to eat well, drink enough water (for proper hydration) and exercise.
- Cut back on the use of styling products (especially gels and lacquers), which dehydrate the hair fibres.
Select hair care products that moisturize as they cleanse. Many shampoos and conditioners contain emollients that help combat the drying effects of frequent hair washing.
A good hair care routine
When in the shower, lightly massage your hair and scalp for about a minute. Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue that could prevent the hair fibre from breathing.
Towel-dry your hair, without rubbing, and gently untangle it with a wide-toothed comb.
If needed, apply a specific hair treatment. Your Uniprix beauty consultant can recommend the right product.
Let your hair dry naturally or use the warm (not the hot) setting on your blow-dryer.
Remember to also visit your hairdresser on a regular basis to have your hair trimmed, as this will help strengthen it.
There are various repairing hair treatments available at the pharmacy. To get the most out of these products, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. You’ll also want to discover the Echosline range of professional hair care products, exclusively at Uniprix.
Looking for personalized advice? Visit your local Uniprix. A beauty consultant will help you select the best hair care products for your hair type.