The last few months of the year fly by, and you might have skipped essential treatments like deep conditioning and trimming split ends. You don’t want to start the year with a break-up, so why are you walking around with broken hair? Here are a few causes of split ends, and what you need to do to remove them and start 2017 off right.

What Causes Split Ends?

Split ends occur when your hair is damaged or abused. By stretching the strands and irritating them, the epidermis is disrupted, and the hair starts to come apart. The most common culprits of split ends are your hairbrush (from excessive brushing or brushing while wet), heated appliances like curlers that dry out the hair, and hair ties or accessories that pull and break hair.

While you want your hair to look good, you’re probably causing unexpected damage without even knowing it. Often the only split ends solution is to cut them out.

Schedule Quarterly Cuts

Even the best-kept hair is prone to wear and tear, so experts suggest getting a trim every eight to twelve weeks. You might be able to stretch this into sixteen weeks with proper conditioning and moisturizing, but eventually, your hair will start to look worn and frayed.

As a rule of thumb, if it’s been more than three months since your last cut, it’s time for a trim. You don’t need a completely new hairdo, but you should at least go in to clean your ends up.

Don’t Try This At Home

If you’re in a hurry, you might be tempted to grab a pair of scissors and take care of your dead ends themselves. This is a major faux pas, as kitchen scissors are duller than those used by stylists and can actually fray your hair. While your hair might look good at first, you’re causing more split ends in the long run.

Dry Your Hair Gently

Split end prevention is hard, but the best way to keep your locks looking great is to treat them delicately. Don’t rub a dry towel immediately over your hair when you step out of the shower; try a soft cotton towel instead that will gently soak up moisture. Try to air dry as much as possible before attacking your hair with a blow dryer and hair brush. This will reduce wear and also seal in moisture — preventing a humid, frizzy look.

You might not be able to remove split ends from your life permanently, but with these steps, you can reduce them and prolong wear. In the meantime, make an appointment today for a healthy trim and fresh cut.

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