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Split Ends: All about the Causes and the Right solutions!

Dealing with split ends can be frustrating, but there are several steps you can take to improve the condition of your hair and prevent further splitting. It is important to understand that the main cause of split ends is damage to the hair shaft, which can happen for several reasons.

Here are some common factors that contribute to split ends:

  • Overexposure to heat: Excessive use of heat styling tools such as flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers can strip moisture from the hair, making it dry, brittle, and prone to splitting.
  • Mechanical stress: Vigorous brushing, combing, or styling of wet hair can cause the hair strands to stretch and break, leading to split ends. Using brushes or combs with rough bristles can also contribute to hair damage.
  • Chemical treatments: Chemical processes like perming, relaxing, and frequent hair coloring can weaken the hair structure, making it more susceptible to splitting.
  • Lack of moisture: Dry hair is more prone to breakage and splitting. Factors such as excessive sun exposure, harsh weather conditions, and using harsh shampoos or styling products can strip the hair of its natural moisture, leading to dryness and split ends.
  • Environmental factors: Environmental factors like pollution, UV rays, and harsh weather conditions can damage the hair, making it more prone to splitting.
  • Improper hair care: Inadequate hair care practices, such as infrequent trimming, using harsh hair accessories (e.g., elastic bands with metal parts), or rough towel drying, can contribute to split ends.
  • Genetic factors: Some individuals naturally have hair that is more prone to splitting due to its texture or porosity.

Something you do every day could also be the reason! 

Dr. Eric Berg DC discusses in his YouTube channel another reason that may be affecting our hair and creating the split ends…it has to do with water! 

Here are some tips to help you solve the problem of split ends:

Regular trims: The most effective way to get rid of split ends is to trim them off. Schedule regular haircuts every 6 to 8 weeks to remove the damaged ends. This will prevent the split from traveling up the hair shaft.

Be gentle with your hair: Avoid excessive brushing, combing, and styling, especially when your hair is wet. Wet hair is more prone to breakage, so use a wide-toothed comb or a brush specifically designed for detangling wet hair to minimize damage.

Minimize heat styling: Heat styling tools like flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers can cause damage and lead to split ends. Reduce your usage of these tools or use them on the lowest heat setting. Apply a heat protectant spray or serum before styling to create a barrier between your hair and the heat.

Protect your hair from environmental factors: Exposure to the sun, wind, and harsh weather conditions can damage your hair. Wear a hat or use a scarf to shield your hair from these elements, especially during extreme weather conditions.

Moisturize and condition: Dry and brittle hair is more prone to splitting. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner that suits your hair type to keep your hair hydrated and nourished. Additionally, consider incorporating a weekly deep conditioning treatment or hair mask to provide extra moisture and repair damaged strands.

Avoid harsh chemical treatments: Chemical treatments like perming, relaxing, or frequent dyeing can weaken the hair structure and lead to split ends. If possible, minimize or avoid these treatments altogether.

Use a wide-toothed comb or brush: When detangling your hair, opt for a wide-toothed comb or brush with soft bristles. Start from the ends and work your way up, gradually removing tangles without pulling or tugging.

Be mindful of towel-drying: Instead of rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel, which can cause friction and damage, gently squeeze out excess water or use a microfiber towel to blot your hair.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle: Proper nutrition plays a vital role in hair health. Ensure you have a balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins. Stay hydrated by drinking enough water and avoid habits like smoking, which can have a negative impact on your hair.

How to avoid split ends?

Watch this video for the best advice on how to trim your split ends, how to brush and dry your hair and how to wash your hair to avoid split ends! Highly recommended. 

Should I open my split ends? 

If you open your split ends, it refers to physically splitting the hair shaft apart to remove or “seal” the split ends. While this may seem like a temporary fix, it is not a recommended solution for several reasons:

Temporary solution: Opening split ends does not address the underlying issue or repair the damaged hair. It merely creates a temporary fix by removing the split portion of the hair. Eventually, the hair will continue to split, and new split ends will form.

Further damage: Attempting to open split ends can cause further damage to the hair. It can lead to rough, frayed ends and may result in more breakage and splitting along the hair shaft.

Weakened hair: The act of manually splitting the hair can weaken it further, making it more susceptible to breakage and damage.

Instead of trying to open split ends, it’s best to focus on prevention and maintaining overall hair health. Regular trims, proper hair care, and a healthy lifestyle will be more effective in addressing split ends and promoting healthy hair growth.

While there are no products that can completely repair split ends, there are some hair care products that can help minimize their appearance and temporarily improve the condition of your hair. Here are a few options:

Leave-in conditioners: Look for leave-in conditioners specifically designed to target split ends. These products can provide moisture and nourishment to the ends of your hair, helping to temporarily smooth and seal them.

Hair serums: Hair serums are lightweight products that coat the hair shaft and provide a smooth, polished appearance. Some serums contain ingredients that help to temporarily bind split ends together, reducing their visibility and providing a healthier appearance.

Split-end sealers: There are certain products on the market that are specifically formulated to seal split ends temporarily. These sealers work by coating the split ends and holding them together until your next wash. They can be a helpful option if you’re looking for a quick fix for a special occasion or event.

Argan oil or other natural oils: Applying a small amount of argan oil or other natural oils to the ends of your hair can help to moisturize and soften them. This can temporarily reduce the appearance of split ends and make your hair look smoother and healthier.

Remember, these products provide temporary solutions and do not repair or eliminate split ends.Regular trims remain the most effective way to get rid of split ends and promote healthy hair growth. It’s important to focus on preventive measures and maintaining overall hair health to minimize the occurrence of split ends.

#MNHD Editorial Staff