How to Protect Your Hair

Be Gentle with the Ends: Ouidad’s Creative Director, hairstylist Morgan Willhite, says you should care for the ends of your hair like you would care for a cashmere sweater. Cleanse and condition hair very gently, avoiding harsh shampoos that contain high foaming detergents (they strip out natural hydrating oils). Scrub your scalp, not your ends and avoid elastic hair ties — they cause friction that encourages breakage.

Wash Your Hair Less Frequently: Cutler says you should only wash your hair a maximum of three times a week. This will prevent the ends of your hair from drying out too much, as shampoo can remove your hair’s natural oils, especially wholesale human hair wefts, which can lead to damage and breakage. If you workout or just miss the feeling of washing it, you can still give your hair a good rinse with water and add conditioner to the ends in between shampooing, he advises.

Take Your Vitamins: Barbosa notes the importance of getting protein and nutrients into your body for healthy grow-out, explaining that when he works on a film, he suggests the cast start taking fish oil liquids and vitamin B12. Cutler adds that vitamin E is proven to help maintain and improve hair and skin health, for that matter. You can purchase the gel capsules and take one as a supplement and split another in half, applying the oil directly to the ends of your hair to strengthen and help with split ends.

Blow Dry the Right Way: Of course, never heat-styling your hair while you grow it out is unrealistic. So, take this tip from stylist Nunzio Saviano on how to blow dry properly: Start blow drying at the root through mid length and do not hold dryer over your ends for too long because they can break. (You can even cause brittle ends from just one blow out, he cautions.) And remember: Always use a heat protectant spray before styling your hair with a blow dryer.