Trying to grow your hair but bothered by split ends? The ends of our hair are the oldest part of the hair shaft, so understandably they get weaker over time, fray and split.
But what causes split ends and what can be done about them? Find out below in our latest blog post from Jo…
What are split ends?
“Split ends make our hair look dull, dry and frizzy,” says Jo.
“When the outer layer of the hair shaft (the cuticle) is damaged the hair can split and fray, usually at the end (that’s why we talk about ‘split ends’). However, although damage at the end of hair is most common, split ends can also occur all along the hair shaft.”
What causes split ends?
All of these can cause split ends explains Jo:
- Brushing or combing your hair too roughly.
- Over-use of hairdryers and heated styling tools – this can seriously dry out your hair.
- Drying your hair too roughly after shampooing.
- Too much sun – your hair can actually burn making split ends much more likely.
- Using rubber bands to style your hair.
- Over colouring.
- Harsh shampoos or chemical treatments.
Can split ends be repaired?
Unfortunately, the answer is no, says Jo.
They can be temporarily disguised with Wella Sebastian’s “No Breaker” which is a hibrid styling product that is infused with “WellaPlex” to help repair broken bonds and ‘glues’ together frayed ends so they look silky smooth from root to tip, but this isn’t a permanent solution.
If you’re going somewhere special and smooth, glossy strands are a must-have come in for a consultation and we’ll ensure you’re good to go.
What can be done about split ends?
Sorry – you knew this was coming. The only way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off. It may be that you just need a really good trim, or you could take the opportunity to go for a completely new look. Exciting!
How to prevent split ends
“You will never eliminate split ends altogether, but there is plenty you can do to keep them to prevent hair from splitting in the first place and to stop the fraying climbing further up the hair shaft,” advises Jo.
It’s important to have regular trims even if you’re growing your hair. she adds: “Once your hair is back in shape and looking healthy again, aim for a trim every six weeks or so.”
Gentle washing and drying
Wet hair is very easy to damage so avoid rubbing it roughly with a towel. Instead, use your towel to carefully squeeze excess water out of your hair.
Be gentle when detangling too and use a wide-toothed comb or a detangling brush.
Now allow your hair to air dry for as long as you can before turning on your dryer.
The heat is on
Go easy with the hairdryer and heated styling tools and always use heat-protective sprays to minimise those pesky split ends. I recommend Trilliant to my clients as it’s lightweight and doesn’t’ leave a sticky residue on the hair.
And don’t forget the hot sun damages hair and leads to split ends. Use a sunscreen spray in sunny weather – I like Wella’s Invigo SUN protection spray – not just when you’re lazing poolside. Your hair will thank you.
A healthy diet for healthy hair
And finally, poor diet will always affect the condition of your hair. Make it split-end resistant by eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg and staying hydrated.
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