Cutting your hair can help keep it healthy, particularly if you have split ends, however, the instrument you use to cut your hair can actually do it more harm than good.

Scissors/Shears

Scissors come in all shapes and sizes, and many of them have varying uses. From cutting meat to cutting hair, the effectiveness of the scissors depends largely on the type and sharpness. The primary difference between scissors used to cut hair and regular scissors is how sharp the utensil is, with dedicated hair scissors being sharper than regular scissors.

Sharpness is vital as dull blades don’t allow for a uniform cut and can also destroy the hair resulting in split ends and damaged hair. Have you ever used a pair of dull craft scissors as a kid and tried to cut too many pieces of paper at once only to have the paper fold and get pinned between the blades? The paper would undoubtedly end up bent and damaged as a result of this wayward cutting. By using dull blades that are not meant for hair, this is essentially what you are doing, pinching the hair between the blades and reaping havoc on it as you cut. You may not notice the damage right after a haircut, but a few days later if your ends start to split or you notice the ends of your hair are dry and duller than the rest of your hair it may be time to look at your scissors. If you plan on cutting your hair with scissors, invest in a pair of proper hair cutting scissors and only use it for hair (as cutting other material can dull the blades).

Razors

Razors are a fantastic way to get some pretty awesome hairstyles but, like scissors, they can cause split ends. Once again if the blades are dull, you’re more likely to damage your hair inadvertently. Take note of any pulling sensations as that is almost always a surefire sign of friction or pulling, which will lead to split ends. If you’re getting your hair cut by a stylist be sure to inform them of any pulling sensations immediately as to not further damage your hair. If you cut your hair yourself be sure to have your blades replaced as often as necessary.

Preventing split ends when styling

Unfortunately, split ends cannot heal they need to be cut, but there are a few preventative measures you can take to avoid split ends altogether. Firstly, moisturize your hair. Without proper hydration, hair is far more prone to breaking. Many hair care products contain ingredients (like alcohol) that can dry your hair. Instead, opt for alcohol-free products that make your hair healthy. If you’re in the market for a good hair moisturizer then give the Vitalize Hair and Scalp Treatment Oil a try, it contains many ingredients to keep both your hair and scalp healthy and moisturized.

Heat tools can also damage your hair; in fact, too much styling with heat can weaken the hair significantly and make it more prone to breaking. One good preventive measure is to limit the amount of heat exposure to your hair and invest in a good heat protectant. The Vitalize Edge Control contains a thermal-activated heat protectant to keep your hair safe when styling with heat tools.

Lastly, limit the amount of harsh chemicals you expose your hair to. Chemically altering your hair will weaken it considerably, and if you have to use chemicals then condition and moisturize your hair regularly to help your hair recover and regain strength.

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