You can prevent hair breakage and split ends simply by altering how you style your hair everyday. You don’t need fancy shampoos or conditioners to maintain silky, healthy hair. It’s all in how you manage it. Learn the best ways to comb and blow dry your hair for maximum hair health.
First of all, try to stay away from hair sprays and hair gels that have a lot of alcohol in them. Alcohol dries out the hair and strips its natural oils and shine, leaving it susceptible and brittle, perfect for damage. Instead, if you must use hair products, stick to products that have almond oil, avocado oil or other natural products in them to promote hair health while helping you style your hair at the same time.
Try to finger comb your hair as much as possible, and don’t just grab your hair in your hand and tear through the knots. After showering or bathing, towel off your hair by scrunching it as opposed to aggressively rubbing the hair dry. This keeps you from knotting your hair up. Apply a leave-in conditioner for dry hair or for a simple quick-fix take your regular sunscreen or lotion, put a dab in your hand, add a few drops of water, rub it in your hands, and apply to your hair from ends to roots. Instant hair moisturization that will help you get those knots out without tearing your hair.
Finger comb your hair, gently separating knots with your hands. Use your fingers as you blow dry your hair as well, gently lifting and letting fall your strands while you dry your hair. Dry your hair in sections of 3, the left front, right front, and back, blow drying the front ends first. Letting your hair lift and fall with your fingers while you blow dry from above about 8 inches away allows your hair to follow the same route and the shafts to keep from lifting, preventing fly aways, tears, and breaking. Dry the front parts first, the back of your hair last, finger combing the whole time. Finger combing also prevents split ends by keeping the hairs together and full of moisture and oils, which the fingers naturally provide and trap in.
To keep your hair shiny, finish blow drying (facing the nozzle down the natural direction of your hair shaft) on cool air to trap in the oils and close the hair shafts. This also keeps your hair healthier as it helps your strands to adhere and keep fly aways from detaching and getting loose.
Staying away from combs and from blow drying your hair by blowing your hair up the hair shaft rather than along with it is a great way to prevent and tame damaged hair. The more natural you allow your hair to be styled, the better. You may find your hair even straighter and silkier by combing with your fingers than you would have using even a high-end brush.