Beauty Q&A: Is It Bad to Pick Your Split Ends?

March 10, 2021
Caitlyn Martyn
By: Caitlyn Martyn | by L'Oréal

If you’ve ever tried growing out your hair, chances are you might know a thing or two about split ends. Not only do they get in the way of a perfectly smooth blowout, but they’re one of the most telltale signs of damage and that you need a haircut ASAP. While it may be tempting to pick at your split ends, Sierra Kener, a professional hairstylist based in Los Angeles, shares just how damaging the habit can be and how to prevent strands from splitting in the first place.

Why You Shouldn’t Pick at Your Split Ends

Although picking at the frayed ends of your hair can be tempting, try not to. “Pulling at your ends strips the hair’s moisture, making it harder to grow your hair out,” says Kener. “Treatment oils are the secret to keeping hair full of life, so I tell my clients to apply an oil in their hair every time they moisturize their faces.” We love the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Deep Nourishing Treatmenttohydrate dull hair and give it a healthy-looking shine.
L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Deep Nourishing Treatment

How to Prevent Split Ends

To prevent split ends from forming in the first place, Kener recommends applying heat protection before using hot tools. Try the L'Oreal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer Pre-Iron Spray Leave-In. “Once hair is damaged, the only way to get rid of it is cutting,” she says.
L'Oreal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Heat Slayer Pre-Iron Spray Leave-In

How to Get Rid of Split Ends

“Think of your hair like a tree: If you don’t trim it, it will just keep breaking,” says Kener. “But if you maintain it and shape it in a way that allows for it to flourish, it will grow.” She recommends getting a trim every six weeks so that strands grow back strong and split-free.

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