Split ends in the hair are the most common problem among those who don’t have their hair cut regularly. When hair grows to a certain length, the protective layer of the hair, a cuticle, breaks down, causing the hair fiber to split. It often happens with hair ends, but hair may also split all the way down. As a rule, split ends are 1-inch long, and they are lighter than the rest of hair.
Tips to Avoid Split Ends
Here are some tips to help you avoid split ends or delay the problem.
- Drink more water. Water tones our body and hair and moisturizes hair from within.
- Do not brush your hair often. Frequent brushing damages the hair cuticle.
- Never comb wet hair as it might weaken your hair.
- Instead of brushes with metal bristles, use a hair brush or a comb with sparse bristles. A wooden hair brush is also a good option.
- Choose shampoo and conditioner carefully to fit the type and condition of your hair.
- Do not trim your hair with blunt scissors. It makes split ends even worse.
Hairstyling to Cause Split Ends
Avoid hairstyling compositions (such as hairsprays, fixing gels, mousses, hair wax) and shampoos with alcohol content. Alcohol dries hair out and makes it brittler. When drying hair with a hairdryer, use cool air blow. Using hot air blow dries hair out and makes it thinner and brittler.
Hair Dye to Cause Split Ends
Do not dye your hair often. Whatever the quality and price your hair dye is, it dries and weakens hair anyway.
How to Remove Split Ends
If you’ve faced the problem of split ends, all you need is to cut them off and keep doing it every 6-8 weeks as well as to pick split end treatment products.
Hair Care in Summer
Get rid of hairclips as their uneven (or jagged) ends may damage and even break your hair. Protect your hair from sunlight. Excessive exposure to the sun without headwear also dries your hair out.
Hair Care in Cold Weather
In cold or bad weather, you should get your long hair into a bun to prevent static hair caused by the contact with woolen or synthetic clothing as well as to protect your hair from harmful environmental influences.