If your strands are heading to Splitsville, don’t fret if you can’t find time for a trim. Believe it or not, there are alternatives to chopping your hair off (well, right away anyway). We spoke with Redken Haircolor Consultant, David Stanko, to find out how to create the illusion of smooth ends, while protecting your hair from further breakage.
1. Deep Condition
After you shampoo, coat your hair with a heavy cream conditioner like Redken Real Control Intense Renewal Super Moisturizing Mask to smooth and seal crispy ends. Comb it through your strands with a fine-tooth comb to ensure the ends are receiving the moisture, and leave it on for at least five minutes. “This won’t make the splits go away, but it will make them more pliable so when you blow dry you can smooth through them a bit more,” Stanko says.
2. Mind the Heat
To prevent strands from splitting heat-protecting products are essential. “If your split ends continue to split further up your hair, instead of visiting your stylist for a light dusting, you’ll have to get a few inches taken off,” Stanko warns. Prior to blow-drying your hair, spritz on a heat-protecting spray from roots to ends, and comb it through to distribute evenly. We like Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray.
3. Smooth Dry
Blow-dry your hair as if you’re ironing a shirt. In other words, don’t rough dry! It will only make things worse. As Stanko says, “You wouldn’t just throw a shirt on an ironing board and make the iron straighten it out, would you?” For added binding, prior to blow-drying use a leave-in treatment cream like Nexxus Pro Mend on the ends to create the illusion of healthy hair.