Daily wear and tear can weaken even the strongest hair, especially its oldest part—the ends. Research suggests this vulnerability leads to splits, exposing the inner cortex. Factors such as chemical treatments, heat exposure, and harsh brushing contribute to split ends.
Fortunately, preventing them is possible. Let’s explore how to maintain healthy hair and avoid split ends. Give your hair the love it needs by following these easy tips.
The best way to prevent and get rid of split ends is to keep trimming your hair in intervals. A good timeline is once every three months or so. This routine maintenance prevents splits from traveling up the hair shaft and causing further damage.
Even if you’re growing out your hair, small trims can make a significant difference in maintaining its health and vitality. Be confident!
Add Hydration to Your Routine
Dryness weakens hair particularly the ends. Try incorporating a weekly hair mask into your routine to boost moisture.
Deep conditioning treatments hydrate your hair, combating frizz and dryness while reducing damage for softer, glossier locks. You can purchase a premade mask or create your own using ingredients like coconut oil, aloe vera, honey, olive oil, or bananas. Trial and error!
Minimal Heat for Styling
Reducing heat styling goes a long way in preventing split ends. Daily heat usage can dry out hair and alter its protein structure. Opt for heatless curls like sock curls or cool air blow-drying instead.
Whenever possible, air dry your hair after washing and style it without curling or flat irons. If you must use heat, lower the setting and apply a heat protectant beforehand to minimize damage.
Over-brushing can lead to damage, breakage, and pesky split ends. Only brush your hair when necessary, focusing on styling or tidying it up.
Be gentle, avoiding excessive pulling or tugging, especially when detangling. Opt for a detangling product to ease out knots. Brush in small sections from bottom to top to prevent scalp tension, reducing damage and promoting fuller-looking hair.
Use a Silk Pillowcase
Transitioning to a silk or satin pillowcase is a savvy move in split-end prevention. These smooth fabrics reduce friction, preventing hair damage and breakage.
Unlike cotton, which can be abrasive and cause split ends due to nightly tossing and turning, silk or satin minimizes this risk, keeping your strands smoother and healthier. Best of luck with your treatments. Remember to ask your haircare specialist if you have any questions!
Like most other Ph.D. students, Dr. Nick Axten said that it took him a really long time to get his doctoral thesis in order. Unlike most other Ph.D. students, this newly-graduated doctor is 76 years old! And it took him a good five decades to finally graduate with his Ph.D. at the University of Bristol in mathematical sociology.
The Long Journey
Dr. Nick Axten started his research journey way back in 1970, receiving the prestigious Fulbright Research Scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh. But he returned to the UK after five years, leaving his research unfinished. As Dr. Axten explained, he was trying to do something “exceptionally difficult” at that time, during the early ’70s. According to him, some problems were too complex to grasp within a limited period, and it could take the better part of a lifetime to get the hang of them. Seven years ago, he restarted his education at Bristol, intending to finish an M.A. before starting over with a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Last year, aged 75, he finally finished his doctoral dissertation. And this year, he officially became a graduate and received his degree in front of Claire and Freya, his wife and 11-year-old granddaughter, respectively.
The Doctoral Research
After graduating, Dr. Axten now hopes to publish his Ph.D. research thesis, which builds on the ideas he was working on in the USA five decades ago. In his research, the visionary scholar proposes a new theory of understanding general human behavior based on the personal value each of us holds. According to him, this new theory has enough potential to change the traditional view of behavioral psychology by shedding new light on it. During his long and diverse career, Dr. Axten lived almost all over the UK and worked as the principal author and creator of Oxford Primary Science, a school teaching program with a new approach.