Wild hair means different things to different women. For those of us with natural curls, it can be tough keeping frizz at bay; for others, overly processed hair leads to dryness and dullness; split ends—or trichoptilosis (yikes!)—can be a total nightmare, snaking up the hair shaft and turning otherwise lovely locks into a tangled mess. Here are a few ways to keep the encroaching wild at bay.
Whether you have overly processed hair or your hair is simply on the courser, dryer side, the first step to tackling frizz is conditioning. This is especially important in the winter, when plunging temperatures and icy winds can whip locks into a dried-out frenzy. Consult your stylist for the best leave-in conditioner or hair mask, and pencil in a home spa day.
Split Up with Split Ends
The primary cause of split ends, especially in the first few weeks or months after a fresh cut is dryness. Condition, condition, condition. Also, drink plenty of water. Hydration is not only key to the overall functioning of your body, it’s also integral to hair strength and vitality.
Having said this, the way you treat your locks has a lot to do with your overall health. Try switching to microfiber hair towels for drying when you immediately jump out of the shower; the usual cotton bath towel has coarser fibers that ruffle vulnerable ends. Of course, eventually, some ends will split; even if your trying your best to grow out your hair, if you find it’s consistently getting tangled, it’s time for a trim.