Hair Split Ends: Causes & How to Prevent
Hair split ends are common signs of hair damage. There is no way to cure split ends aside from cutting them off. The most effective way to avoid split ends is to understand what causes split ends and how to prevent their occurence.
Split ends occur when the protective layer of cuticle is removed from the ends of hair fibers. There are many factors that cause this type of hair problems including:
– Over brushing and back combing can lead to hair breakage.
– Brushing when your hair is wet. Wet hair is more vulnerable than dry hair
– Use of uncovered elastic bands.
– Repeated use of heat appliances such as blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons makes hair weak and dry.
– Over exposure to the sun damages your hair and accelerate the development of split ends.
How to Get Rid of Split Ends?
Split ends cannot be repaired. The best way to get rid of split ends is to have them chopped off. Cut 1/4″ above the split to ensure a healthy end. However, your hair may split again as it grows because the natural oils from the scalp may not reach the ends. The real solution is to take care of your hair and not to split them in the first place.
How to Prevent Split Ends?
– Get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks.
– Dry your hair gently, by blotting and squeezing, not wringing or rubbing.
– Use a wide-tooth comb with your wet hair.
– Don’t brush or comb too often to reduce hair breakage.
– Don’t backcomb your hair.
– Apply regular hair conditioner after your shampoo.
– Use deep hair treatment once a week to smooth out cuticles.
– Don’t color/perm your hair too often. Limit the use of chemical treatment to once every 8 weeks at most.
– Limit the use of heat appliances. Apply a thermal-activated hair repair leave-on conditioner before drying your hair with heated instruments.
– Apply hair serum or leave-in hair conditioner that contains sunscreen.
– Use fabric covered elastics or scrunchies rather than elastic bands.
– Wear a hat to protect your hair from sun’s rays.