Split Ends? Here’s what you need to do!

Split Ends? Here’s what you need to do!

Split ends are a common hair issue many people face. The ends of your hair have been with you the longest and will need special attention. It might not seem like a serious issue at the moment, but it can do a lot more damage when it begins to travel up the hair strand. So how do you fix this problem?

What Causes Split Ends?

The outermost layer of the hair, called the hair cuticle, will be the most exposed to damage and can develop cracks. When the cuticle is lifted, the delicate inner layer of your hair is then exposed to damage, dehydration, and breakage. This gives your hair the dull, frizzy, and hard to maintain the look. Here are some of the common behaviours that can cause


split ends:

  • Aggressive combing
  • Combing while hair is wet
  • Exposure to harsh weather
  • Using heated styling tools
  • Not getting regular trims
  • Lack of hair conditioning
  • Washing hair daily
  • Chemical hair treatments (colour, relaxer, perm etc)
  • Using too many styling products (gel, mousse, wax, hair spray etc)
  • Using low-quality products
  • Sleeping on rough pillowcases
  • Lack of sufficient proteins, minerals, and vitamins

Why Are Split Ends Bad?

If split ends are so common, why should I have to worry about them? Once your hair splits, the damage will only get worse. The split will travel up the hair shaft and damage the entire strand beyond repair. Since these split ends don’t have the smooth, outer cuticle layer anymore, they are prone to tangle with other hair strands and give you even more split ends. With more tangles, you will also have more breakage, shedding, and an inability to grow your hair length longer.

Beyond just the physical disadvantages of split ends, there are also visual factors to consider. They are usually lighter than your natural hair colour, which can make your overall hair colour look uneven and discoloured. Without the cuticle, your hair will lose the shine that it once had. It’ll also appear brittle and lifeless. Split ends can be a sign that your hair is in trouble, and needs saving, so here’s how to save it.

How Do I Get Rid Of Split Ends?

Sadly, you can’t glue the broken hair strands back together. The only proven method to effectively remove split ends is to cut the ends off. This can be difficult to hear if you’re trying to grow your hair out, but getting regular trims to maintain your healthy hair is better than dryness and splitting. We recommend going for a hair appointment every six to eight weeks regardless of hair length. The longer you wait for that trim, the more the split will spread.

How Do I Prevent Split Ends?

Now that you know what split ends are and how to remove them, you’ll also want to know how to prevent getting split ends in the first place! There are many different ways that you can try out beyond hair trims:

    • Be Gentle: When you wash, brush, detangle, style, and touch your hair, take it slow and go gentle
    • Avoid Heat Tools: Heat can cause cuticles to lift so it’s best to avoid it. But if you must, be sure to spray heat-protector on your hair before styling
    • Drink More Water: Healthy, hydrated hair is more effective against the harsh environment
    • Oil Your Hair Before Washing: Oil forms a protective layer around your hair and reduces the damage taken during the washing process. It also nourishes and moisturizes the hair. Some good oils to try are argan, coconut, sesame, jojoba, and almond oil.
    • Use Conditioner: Nourish and strengthen your hair by conditioning your hair after shampoo
    • Avoid towel-drying: The friction caused by your hair rubbing against the towel can increase split ends. Opt for a microfiber towel or let your hair dry by itself
    • Use satin or silk: Satin and silk are both smooth and prevent your hair from snagging. Invest in silk pillowcases, hats, and scarves instead of buying rougher fabrics.
    • Get protective or low-maintenance hairstyles to protect your ends.

 

 

Once you adjust the way that you treat your hair, you’ll begin to see your hair come back to life! If you have any questions, please contact us.

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