Split ends are a common problem that every woman and even men face. Split ends, known as also as trichoptlosis usually occur when the cuticle is damaged and the fibres of the cortex (the inner layer of the hair) are unraveled. They are more likely to develop in long, dry and brittle hair. Once your hair is weakened by coloring, heating, UV damage the cuticles will start to lift, leaving the cortex vulnerable to splitting.
- frequent blow-drying
- using curling iron
- using straightening iron
- vigorous brushing
- excessive dying
- not trimming regularly
- insufficient conditioning
- excessive heat styling
- using too much coloring products
- using a wrong hairbrush
- frequent chemical treatments
- improper care
You probably know that regular use of straightening iron (flat iron), blow-dryer, curing iron, hot rollers can seriously damage your hair, making it brittle and dry, especially if your is fine. The intense heat may encourage, since the heat dries the hair’s cuticles and makes it prone to breakage. It’s essential to use heat protecting products every time you blow-dry or straighten. There are some wonderful products on the market that provide a great protection against the heat while nourishing the hair at the same time.
Another cause is vigorous brushing or combing the hair. Many women brush their hair straight after washing it but this seriously damage the hair and causes them because the hair is more vulnerable to splitting after shampooing. Never brush wet hair, never. Use a wide-tooth comb instead and comb very gently. Choose a natural-bristle brush that won’t pull on hair and stay away from metal, nylon or plastic brushes.
Not trimming regularly is the main cause of split ends. If your is prone to splitting you should trim regularly (every five of six weeks) to get rid of them and prevent further breakage.
The harmful UV rays and the wind cause split ends to travel up the hair shaft causing a fracture in the hair. That’s why it’s essential to protect your hair all-year-round, especially during the summer months. Use hair products with UV filters and wear hats or head scarves.
HOW TO REMOVE
- There is no need to tell you that the best way to remove them is to trim regularly. Have hair trimmed by a hairdresser every five or six weeks – this way you will keep the ends neat and prevent further breakage.
- Use a conditioner every time you wash to nourish, keep it hydrated and healthy. Apply the conditioner over the entire hair, concentrating on the ends. Look for a moisturizing conditioner containing essential oils and natural ingredients. A good conditioner will feed the roots and repair the structure of the hair. It will leave your strands shiny and manageable and will sooth the hair’s cuticles.
- Use products (shampoos, conditioners, masks, serums, creams, mousses, sprays) designed for treating. These products seal split ends and prevent further splitting. Most of them contain high-density fluids and silicone which draw the splayed ends of the fibres together and hide the appearance.
- Use a mild shampoo that is suitable for your type. The best choice will be a mild moisturizing shampoo with ceremides and essential oils that will nourish and moisturize deeply. Stay away from harsh shampoos that can leave it dry and brittle. Never shampoo every day, even if it is oily.
- The best way to prevent them is to trim regularly.
- They occur when the cuticle is damaged, so avoid damaging by taking a proper care.
- Always detangle your strands with a wide tooth comb.
- Never brush wet hair because the hair is very vulnerable to splitting after washing.
- Use a wide-tooth comb to comb your wet hair in place of a brush.
- Limit the usage of blow-dryer, curling iron, flat irons.
- Do a deep-conditioning treatment once or twice a month to nourish and avoid damage.
- If it is prone to splitting use a leave-in-conditioner.
- Use styling products with silicone to style and to smooth the look.
- Minimize the use of heat appliances to prevent.
- Use products designed to seal split ends and prevent further splitting.
- Sometimes they may be three or four centimeters in length.
- Avoid using nylon or plastic brushes.
- Use a olive oil and rub it into the ends of the hair two times a week to nourish and hydrate.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and use hair products with UV filters.
- Apply an intensive conditioning hair mask twice a week.
- Sleep with a satin pillow case.
- The only and the best cure is trimming.