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How to Avoid Split Ends

Tell Your Dead Ends to Split With These Foolproof Tricks


Are your dry, split ends in need of some TLC? Allure shows us a three-pronged attack to kick dead ends for good.

"The ends tend to be the most damaged part of anyone's hair," says hairstylist Kristin Ess, who works with celebrities including Lauren Conrad. "And if you have long hair, your scalp's natural oils don't get all the way down to the ends, so they're usually a little duller than the rest." Good thing she's honed a technique for making them look healthier. And nope, it doesn't involve going on a search-and-destroy mission for split ends. Here's her advice:

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Every time you style: If you're starting with wet hair, rub a dime-size amount of a lightweight leave-in conditioner into your ends; if your hair is prone to flyaways, smooth some over the lengths as well. (Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Hair Leave In Conditioner is Ess's favorite.) "I like to avoid using oils on the ends because they attract dirt and dust, which will make them look even duller," she says. Then, when your hair is dry, flat-iron just the ends — even if the rest of your hair is wavy — to make them look smooth and shiny.

Twice a month: Deep condition your ends in the shower using a pure oil like jojoba, which you can find in most drugstores. "Your ends will soak up the moisture," says Ess. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, and then shampoo it out.

Every two or three months: Get a trim. You know you should. You know it'll make your hair look healthier. So start doing it already.

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