Split Ends occur when the cuticle is damaged and the fibres of the cortex unravel. The hair is dry, brittle and prone to tangling and can split at the end or anywhere along the shaft. Split ends can be a major hair problem. Although there are many hair products out there which claim that they can repair your split ends, the only way to effectively get rid of them is to cut your hair. Luckily, however, there are a number of things that you can do to control a problem with split ends once it has occurred.
Causes of Split Ends
- Over perming or coloring
- insufficient conditioning
- too much brushing or back combing especially with poor quality brushes
- careless use of spiky rollers and hair pins
- excessive heat styling and not having the hair trimmed regularly, can also cause Split Ends.
Split Ends Treatment and solutions
Split Ends cannot be mended, the only lon-term cure is to have them snipped off. What is lost in the length will be gained in quality. It may help if you reduce the frequency with which you shampoo, as this in itself is stressful to hair and causes split ends to extend up the hair shaft.
Never use a dryer too near the hair, or set it on too high a temperature. Minimize the use of heated appliances. Try conditioners and serums that are designed to seal split ends temporarily and give resistance to further splitting.
Split ends cannot be mended, just temporarily sealed. The only permanent cure is to have your hair trimmed regularly.
How to Get Rid of Split Ends
Moisturize When You Wash Hair
The dryness that split ends are known to cause can be a major problem. In order to ensure that your hair is not affected by this, the best thing that you can do is use a moisturizing conditioner when you wash your hair. Get out any tangles with a comb after you have finished showering to make managing hair with split ends easier for yourself.
Comb With a Leave-in Conditioner
One of the main problems with split ends is that they can make getting a comb through your hair seem impossible. When you use a leave-in conditioner in combination with a wide toothed comb, you will have the easiest time managing your hair. It will help ensure that you get the tangles out, which may be more common when you have split ends.
Avoid Using Hot Styling Tools
Blow dryers, curling irons and flat ironers should all be avoided until you can get a haircut. The main reason is because they are actually known to cause or worsen split ends, especially when they are not used properly. Make sure that you use curling irons and flat irons when the hair is dry and, ideally, in combination with a hair serum. Also, be sure to not overuse these tools. Only using them several times a week is the best.