Split ends… Unfortunately, they’re a fact of life that almost every single one of us has to deal with. While having a head full of split ends isn’t the end of the world, they can be a little bit pesky. When our ends are frayed, our whole hairstyle looks a little bit duller. And for those of you who are trying to grow out your hair, split ends can be your worst enemy. It’s tough to grow your hair long and strong when the ends are fried, jagged and all different lengths.

But I’m here to tell you that there’s hope! With a few easy and simple steps, it’s possible to get the soft, smooth and healthy hair of your Pinterest dreams. And while it’s nearly impossible to get rid of split ends entirely, you can keep them under control with these tried and true tips. Take a peek…

Get a Trim

The best way to avoid your ends in the first place is to get your hair trimmed on a regular basis. Also, leave it to the professionals when it comes to getting a trim. Although you may think you can snip off those strands yourself, regular craft or kitchen scissors aren’t meant for cutting hair. The duller blades on kitchen scissors can actually fray hair and cause more split ends than you had in the first place.

Beat the Heat

I think by now we all know that over styling your hair can cause major split ends, not to mention serious damage. But, that doesn’t mean you need to cancel your blowout appointment or throw away your curling iron. Just try to limit how much heat you subject your tresses to. I try to let my hair air-dry when possible (my waves actually hold better if my hair dries naturally), and limit curling or straightening my hair to a few times a week. Luckily, messy, beachy waves are in! This also applies to showering. Hot water can strip your hair of its moisture, so try to rinse your hair out with cool water (if you can handle it).

Mask in Moisture

Treating your tresses with a hair mask every once in a while is a great way to lock in moisture and banish those pesky split ends. If you’ve never done a hair mask before, I would start with this one by Living Proof. Use it every couple of weeks and you should see an improvement in your hair’s strength, softness and overall shine. If you want to go the DIY route, try out this Avocado Hair Mask.

Shampoo & Condition Correctly

It might seem silly, but there actually is a right way (and a wrong way) to wash your hair. When it comes to shampoo, you want to make sure to massage it into the root of your hair. After you’ve shampoo’d, you’ll want to lather the ends of your hair with your conditioner and let it sit for a few minutes. I tend to avoid putting conditioner directly onto my roots, too. I notice that when I do, my hair tends to look dirty faster.

Comb It Out

Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your tresses after a shower. I love this one from Conair. It’s only $2.99 and it’s the perfect post-shower comb. You want to stay away from using harsh brushes right after you shower. When your hair is wet, it’s the most susceptible to breakage, so take care of your hair and gently comb through it with one of those big combs.

Tie It Up

If you wear your hair up on a regular basis, or even just when you workout, what kind of hair tie you use can make all the difference. Using a very tight, rough around the edges hair rubber band can easily cause breakage and lead to more split ends, which nobody wants. Try putting your hair up with softer hair ties, like these cute ones from The Twistband. You’ll be one step closer to saying goodbye to split ends, and your pony will look cuter than ever.

Do you have any tips to add to the list?

Leave them in the comments!

xo Rachel
Team LC