One of the worst things that can happen to a man’s hair is for it to develop dry, broken hair. When this happens, it gives the hair a frizzy appearance that no amount of product in the world will completely eliminate. Therefore, it is important that every man know how to prevent split ends if he wants to keep his hair looking good.
The first thing to avoid is brushing the hair while it is still wet. The hair is at its weakest when wet and the act of brushing can cause substantial damage, including causing the hair to stop growing properly. A comb may be used sparingly while the hair is wet, but whenever possible, it is best to wait until the hair is dry or damp before attempting to style it.
Styling methods that apply heat to the hair can lead to broken hair follicles. This means blow drying, the use of curling irons or straightening irons, crimpers, and other devices can damage the hair. Use of these devices should be eliminated whenever possible and kept to a minimum the rest of the time. It may take a little longer to air dry the hair, but the damage that does not occur because one waited the extra time can be well worth it.
The type of brush one uses can have a significant impact on the chance of developing broken hair. It is best to obtain a brush with natural bristles as these are less likely to pull the hair and risk damaging it. Full nylon bristles can cause the hair to break, possibly leading to a split at the end of the broken hair shaft.
The sun can be damaging to the hair as well. It is strongly recommended that men use a shampoo that lists a sunscreen as one of its major components to avoid sun damage to the hair. Wearing a hat can also protect the hair from sun damage.
A final step in preventing split ends is the use of a high quality conditioner following each shampoo. The conditioner will help keep the hair from tangling, which can lead to one pulling excessively to remove tangles. This protects the hair from breakage as well as strengthening the individual strands and providing protection that lasts even after the hair is dry.
Knowing how to prevent split ends is important to maintaining any hair style. After all, the only way to get rid of them after they develop is to trim the hair.