Hi there everyone, so in this post we are going to be talking about the dreaded split end, also known by its medical term as Trichoptilosis. Oh no!
Now I have been getting a lot of messages from our readers regarding this issue, if you have been asking what are split ends, or how to get rid of them, this is a must read article, so lets get started.
What Are Split Ends?
In my personal opinion prevention is certainly the best medicine rather than trying to find a cure. Because I think for most of you guys are really not going to like the cure. We’re going to dive more in this article into the subject so you can have a better idea on what you need to do.
A somewhat of a tendency of split ends is to move upwords in your hair. By the time we decide to even deal with this problem and cut your hair off, you’re going to have to cut off a large chunk of your hair because the split ends have moved up so far.
For a lot of women I understand that they want to grow their hair long, and I totally respect that, I’m fully aware that there are some hair oils and some hair masks out there, and what they can do is that they temporarily seal your split ends, but the problem is that this is only a temporary solution.
Personally speaking, I have so much trouble dealing with split ends because the hair is so fragile. As well, there is a little bit of the tendency that when you style your hair or even brush it you will cause split ends to happen.
I naturally have long hair so I get split ends all the time, and that’s why I have to always regularly trim my own hair to try to combat this ugly menace.
If you are not trying to go after longer hair, then its not going to be practical for you to go out and try to trim your hair like I do every single month. I on the other hand have to do that, because my hair is at a length where I am pretty satisfied with it. So I am just maintaining it and trying to keep it healthy, but some of you guys are still trying to grow your hair long, so a trick that I suggest you do is to try to trim it about every 6 to 8 weeks or so, it really depends on you, you don’t even have to trim an inch or even half of an inch off, you could just trim a quarter of an inch off.
And I know that for the most part, the majority of your hair is already smooth and healthy, and that the spit ends are randomly on the strands of your hair, so what I did in the past when I was trying to grow my hair longer, I just targeted the areas where I was experiencing the split ends so in the end I did not have to remove large amounts of hair.
When you try to trim the spit ends off, use scissors that are meant for split ends and are really thin and sharp.
So here are some tips on how you can prevent split ends from happening to you.
Tip # 1: Switch to a de-tangling comb or de-tangling brush
Use this type of brush every time you want to comb your hair, they are absolutely amazing to use and to carry along with you everywhere that you go, especially if you have long hair, because then you are actually prone to have tangled hair, and tangles can sometimes can cause breakage, and then breakage can then cause split ends.
Tip # 2: Avoid using very harsh chemicals in your hair
That would include hair dyes, coloring your hair constantly, putting hi lites in your hair, if you are perming your hair, etc.
If you really want those, then still go ahead, I am not saying don’t do them anymore, just make sure you are conditioning your hair and that you have a really good hair care routine, just because those things can really dry out your hair, especially if you are bleaching your hair.
Once your hair becomes dry, its becomes brittle, and when it becomes brittle, it is actually prone to breakage, and from that there is a huge potential that your hair can get split ends.
Tip # 3: Use a towel to squeeze out the water and let it air dry
So the point to this is that if you use a towel to rub the water out of your hair, you will be creating a lot of friction, and you then will cause your hair to become frizzy.
Tip # 4: Avoid brushing your hair when its wet
When its wet it is in its fragile state, , so personally me, I do not brush my hair or even comb my hair when its wet. I wait for it to dry almost fully and then I start to de-tangle my hair.
Tip # 5: Air Dry your hair to avoid a hair dryer
If you are ever to use a blow dryer, make sure you set it to the cool setting and dry your hair that way.
You can also deep condition your hair once a week. You can have an oiling hair day where you leave the oil in your hair the entire day so that way what it does is it softens your hair, it really improves the health of your hair, and moisturizes it too.
I suggest using something like coconut oil because its probably more accessible to everybody. I personally use almond oil for softening my hair.
You want to make your hair more manageable, and away from tangles.
Well, that’s it for another article, I hope you learned a lot today, please feel free to send me a message if you have any other tips that I might have missed out on today that you use, and I will catch you guys next time, Bye!
We all know that winter is one of the best times of the year, where you can spend time with your family and friends, and the snow is an amazing thing to wake up to each and every morning.
But one thing that is not fun to wake up to each and every morning, is dry winter hair, because that just makes the day go bad.
So what do you do? No problem, we have got you covered with these amazing hair conditioning products that get rid of dryness and gives your hair a fresh and radiant bounce.
The first one is one of my favorites, and its the Rita Hazan weekly remedy. This one is quite expensive but totally worth it coming in at only $42. Its a two step system, but what it allows you to do is get your hair done quickly and make sure you can get to your event on time.
The next one I love is Vidal Sassoon ColorFinity 2 minute treatment. Wow does this stuff rock. If your hair is fading due to the winter blue, no need to hide that head, just apply the 2 minute system, and your hair color will be restored to a radiant brightness in no time.
Okay ladies onto the next one. Ouidad 12 minute deep treatment intensive repair system comes in at a great price of only $52. When your day is hit hard by a very white and dry winters days, this repair system gets your roots back on track and gets that spring and curl back into, well… your curls!
Do we have time for a few more? Oh yes we do, so on to the next one. This 4th item is going to impress for anyone looking for a hair care product that not everyone really knows about. Its the Goldwell Kerasilk Deep Smoothing mask. Totally high tech stuff packed into this little package. Its got massive amounts of great keratin and silk proteins to juice up your frizzy mess and make you look good again.
Have any more products that you think we should check out, drop us a line and let us know what you think, until next time, stay warm and hair style on!
Have you ever tried shaving with a straight razor? It is one of the most fun things you can ever do, way better than shaving with an electric shaver. In fact, Maher Chehade from stcbarbershop.com says that, “shaving with a straight razor is considered to be the mark of a true man.” Are you up to the challenge? Great! This article helps you to get started on your way. Read our tips for straight razor shaving for beginners and before long you’re going to be quite proficient at it.
Tip #1. Get to know the feel of the straight razor
Every razor is different. Grip a few of them, see which handle suits you best, which grip is just perfect. Pay attention to how comfortable you feel with a grip as you shave against the grain and across the grain. You want to feel as comfortable as possible.
Tip #2. Know the cutting angle
The best cutting angle for shaving with a straight razor is 30 degrees, maximum. It should never exceed that.
Tip #3. Make sure that the razor has been honed by a professional
Your razor should be shave ready, professionally honed and tested. Usually, this means rinsing it in oil.
Tip #4. The importance of stropping the straight razor
Stropping the razor keeps it shave ready. You should stroke the razor around 40-50 times on a leather strop before shaving. Each stroke should be even and should be done in both directions.
Tip #5. Beard preparation
Often ignored is the importance of beard preparation, just before the first straight razor shave. You may take a shower before your shave, so that the beard is fresh and clean, and has also been soaped before the shave. You should rub your face with a hot towel before applying the shaving cream. Both the shaving cream and the soap should be long lasting and should work up a enough lather.
Tip #6. Don’t go for a full shave in your first attempt
This is important. Till you get used to shaving with a straight razor, you should only go for a partial shave, not a full shave, at least, on the first attempt.
Your first day with the straight razor!
On your very first day of shaving with a straight razor, shave with the grain, or stroke from the sideburn down to the jaw on the right side (if you’re right handed). Maintain an angle of 30 degrees or less. Apply little pressure and have a relaxed hold. Use short strokes, no more than one inch long. Now, for the rest of the shave, use your regular method of shaving – whether with an electric shaver or whatever.
Your second day with the straight razor!
Repeat what you did on day one, but also shave the cheek area of the left side of your face with the straight razor, shave with the grain down to the jaw line just above the neck. Shave parts of the face that you are comfortable shaving, rather than the full face. Go only for small strokes at a time, no more than one inch. If you can, try across the grain, try it, as long as you find it easy enough. And if you feel evenly slight uncomfortable, STOP! Use the regular shave for whatever is left out.
Your third day with the straight razor!
Your third day with the straight razor should be fun, as you add the part of the beard that you left out on the first two days, from the jaw line and the chin line (on the dominant side of the face) to where it stops at the neck. For this, you should try a downward with the grain stroke.
Your fourth and fifth day with the straight razor!
Now, the tough part. For the other side of the face, use your non-dominant hand, rather than your dominant hand (use your left hand if you are a right hander and vice versa). This makes the shaving process easier. Get used to the feel of the straight razor in your non-dominant hand. You won’t get it right the first time, but keep working at it.
Your sixth day with the straight razor and beyond!
Once you get comfortable using both hands for the shave with the grain, practice shaving against the grain. The chin area is usually the toughest part to shave for most men. Spend time mastering the against the grain stroke on the chin and sides of the chin, and then from the lower part of the neck to the chin line. That’s it, you’ve now learned to shave with the straight razor! Give yourself a pat on the back!
You should never use more than two full passes for a shave. You are likely to get abrasions on the face with anything more than that. And you should always be fully awake and alert when you go for a shave with a straight razor. Remember to use an excellent after shave lotion to give you that wonderful, almost heavenly feeling, after a perfect, smooth shave with a straight razor.