That those who have never had problems with forks raise your hand! Person ? No wonder, this is a universal problem… If it is not really possible to get rid of it permanently, there are however certain solutions to fight against hair forks and limit the inconvenience.
Let's start with the basics: the hair is actually different layers of scales stacked on top of each other, held together by keratin. Problem, with humidity, UV rays or pollution, keratin ends up drying up on the lengths. As a result, the scales come off and the hair splits! A real hair disaster insofar as it is not possible to repair split ends... Fortunately, several tips can be used to fight against hair split ends, especially before they appear.
Tip #1. Eat healthy
And yes, we don't think about it spontaneously, but good hair health starts with a healthy diet. Omega 3, proteins and trace elements such as magnesium, for example, considerably strengthen the hair fiber and hinder hair forks.
Tip #2. Limit friction
Repeated friction against textiles, chairs or even car seats tends to split the hair. This is why it is advisable to put your hair on the side to reduce contact during the day. At night, we opt for a loose braid or a good old nightcap.
Tip #3. Brush gently
Did you know ? The hair fiber naturally produces a protective oil commonly called “sebum”. Good brushing distributes the sebum over the entire length. But be careful, we avoid brushing too vigorously! A gentle brushing, carried out in a hurry is enough. On the technical side, we use boar bristle brushes or horn combs, and we intervene from the tips to the roots.
Tip #4. Go see your hairdresser
Cutting your hair is clearly an unstoppable weapon against split ends. A cut of just 1 or 2 cm not only removes most split ends, but also strengthens the hair (therefore preventing the split ends from riding up), and restores thickness and allure to the ends.
Tip #5. Eliminate (or failing that limit) exposure to heat
Is aimed here the inopportune use of the hair dryer and the straightening iron! The hot air from the hair dryer dehydrates the hair fiber and promotes the appearance of split ends. Better to let your hair air dry or use an absorbent towel to trap the moisture. On the brushing side, it is advisable to replace the straightening iron with a steam iron.
However, if you want to continue using these traditional tools, then apply a heat-protective treatment beforehand. The latter forms a protective layer that protects the hair against exposure to heat. Try all the same to space out as much as possible the use of the hair dryer and straightening iron.
Tip #6. Apply a care to fight against hair forks
Oils, shampoos, conditioners, masks… there are many anti-split treatments. State of play:
- The oils
We use rich and nourishing oils such as castor, argan, avocado, carapate, shea or even grapeseed oil. They fortify and coat the hair fiber. The oil is applied all over the hair by kneading in a circular manner, or only on the ends, and left to act preferably all night. It is also possible to add drops of oil in your conditioner or in your mask.
After the oil bath, place the shampoo. But not just any! We choose a mild shampoo, ie without sulphates, in order to preserve the keratin. The shampoo should also be nutritious and moisturizing. We also think of supplementing the shampoo with a suitable conditioner.
Once a week, we make a hair mask. We put in particular on a mask based on keratin. Its active ingredients reduce cuticle damage and the appearance of split ends.