Use only high quality tools like combs, brushes, clips and ties for good results and healthy hair. Especially heat-styling tools like hot irons can ruin your hair..
..if they have sharp edges and inferior thermo-controls.
Hands and fingers are the most versatile, gentle and modern styling tools. Hair actually likes gentle heat, it closes the cuticles thus making it shiny, smooth and protected. Take a look at the illustration and microscopic picture below..
The Cortex is the fibrous inner layer of the hair. It resembles a rope. The cortex is surrounded by 6 to 9 layers of scales, the Cuticula for strength, shine and protection. Try sliding your fingers along the hair from roots towards ends, Notice how smooth it feels? Now try to slide it from ends towards roots. Feel the resistance. The scales of the Cuticula all point towards the ends, the more damaged your hair, the more open the scales. As the KERATIN of these scales wears off, you will experience split ends or breakage.
Microscopic picture of breaking hair. This could have been caused by using rubber-bands when tying the hair, using inferior hot irons for styling or chemically through straightening or re-bonding. Try a strengthening treatment instead, like the Coppola Keratin Smoothing Therapy.