Keeping your hair from splitting is always desired. This guide is about remedies for split ends.
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To maintain your split ends in between hair cuts, twist a section of hair between your fingers. You will notice that the dry and damage hairs stick out from the twisted section. Simply take some scissors and snip these off. As you let your hair unravel, you can see that the split ends diminish greatly. There is very little chance of ruining your hair cut as you're basically just thinning out the ends.
Source: I learned this tip in boarding school when an opportunity for a hair cut was far and few between.
By abrupt_silence from Seattle, WA
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Here are questions related to Remedies for Split Ends.
Are there any natural or inexpensive remedies for split ends?
Yep scissors, lol - sorry I couldn't resist that! But actually I have long hair & I cut 1/4 inch off every month to keep it healthy.
What can I use to help my frizz and split ends on my shoulder length hair?
By Mandie B from Empire, AL
My hair is below my waist, finally. First, there is no cure for split ends; that part must be cut. Prevention is the next step. As others are saying, condition, condition, condition. Allow your hair to air dry rather than using any kind of dryer. Don't wash your hair every day, or at least don't use shampoo; a water rinse will be enough in very hot weather if your scalp gets sweaty. Also use gentle shampoos and follow the directions others have posted. I have used most of those and they work.
How can I fix split ends except trimming? Please suggest some alternative solutions. Thank you.
By Ananya from Karachi
I was a hairstylist for 35 years (as were both of my parents before me) and I can honestly tell you that there is no way to 'repair' split ends other than trimming them off. Anything else is just a smoke and mirror cover up fix because hair is a dead appendage. Spending a bunch of money or time trying to repair it would be like trying to put a piece of scotch tape on a piece of torn paper hoping it will look better and hoping it will not tear any further. Please know that split ends can continue splitting up the hair shaft so your best safe bet is gentle handling of your hair and trims as needed.
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I am looking for a moisturizer for dry hair and split end treatment.
Christina from Jacksonville, TX
My sister was working towards her license, and she had a great technique if you can't handle cutting them all off. Take small sections of hair, twist them tight. The little ends that stick out of the twist, are usually dead, clip just those off. But don't cut chunks off, re-twist smaller sections, and what I'm talking about are single hairs that randomly stick out, there may be a lot of them, but they're one or two hairs not chunks of hair. The smaller and tighter the twist, the more of them will pop up. Dry hair, of course. You wouldn't believe how much hair I have, and for me this can be time consuming. If you do this with very sharp sheers, you'll see improvement. Then, moisturize the rest to prevent more. Hope that helps.(05/23/2007)
Also, after swimming, rinse your hair in a weak Apple Cider Vinegar solution, 1 tablespoon per 16 oz. of water to "neutralize" the chlorine residue as often and quickly as possible. Don't sit in the sun when by the pool. Wear a fun hat, if possible. Don't swim at all if you bleach or frost/highlight heavily, or risk losing all hair. Conditioners don't work too well, only "coat" the hair, so try the above natural treatment. I believe you'll like the results. Trim off whatever split ends that you can and really analyze exactly what your hair is exposed to.
If you ride in a convertible, beware of sun damage. Wear a hat. If you use strong hair spray, search for something in a pump that is alcohol free. Rave use to make one, I believe and it is cheap, but may no longer. Go to beauty supply and search for one brand. Alcohol truly damages the hair and scalp. Avoid it and Chlorine. Good luck and God bless. (05/27/2007)