Split ends can unravel a chic hair look quicker than you can say coconut oil.
So, what can we do to keep these fraying strands at bay? We spoke to some of the U.K.'s top hair experts and asked for their tips on how to keep split ends to a minimum in between hair appointments.
Oil it up
"Hair oils, particularly natural oils, such as coconut oil, macadamia oil and argan oil are great products to keep hair looking and feeling healthy," Karen Brown, owner of Hair by JFK, explained. "Oils keep breakages at bay and banish any dry or frizzy ends. To give the hair extra nourishment, I would recommend a hot oil treatment. With this, you simply warm up the oil, apply it to your hair and leave it on for a good few minutes before washing the hair as normal. This will moisturize dry strands, help it look and feel healthier and shinier and reduce existing damage."
If you aren't a fan of using oils, a deep conditioning treatment can work just as well.
"To keep split ends at bay, it's important to look after your hair as best as you can, providing it with the nourishment it needs to keep it looking and feeling its best," Ross Charles, owner of Ross Charles Hairdressing, said. "I advise using a deep conditioning treatment once or twice a week to avoid breakage and also encourage having an in-salon conditioning treatment regularly too, as the stylist will know exactly what your hair needs."
Lay off heated tools
"My top tip to keep split ends at bay and your hair looking smooth is to give it a detox from heated styling tools for a while," Jay Birmingham, celebrity stylist, master extension-ist and custom wig designer, advised. "Constant use of heated tools causes damage, which dulls your hair and leaves it looking frizzy. Instead of blow-drying, try sleeping with your damp hair tied into a bun. In the morning, you will have tousled waves with no heat at all."
Trim, trim, trim
"The only way to get rid of split ends and to prevent further damage is to trim the breakages and split ends off," Leah Durrant, owner and director of Leah Durrant Hair Salon and Beauty Re:Treat, explained. "Essentially, cutting your hair is almost like resetting your hair, giving it a 'fresh start' and making it look and feel healthier."