Split ends can cause your hair to look frizzy or scraggly – definitely not an attractive characteristic. When your hair gets split ends, you may find that you can never get your hairstyle quite right, or perhaps your hair looks a little less fresh and sleek than usual. Split ends are technically known as Trichoptilosis, in other words, a lengthwise splitting of the hair fiber. Thankfully, split ends are not a long-term condition and they can be treated relatively easily, either at home or at the salon. Once you get a handle on how split ends work and how you can treat and prevent them, your hair will be in much better shape going forward.
Split ends can occur on anyone’s hair, even when the hair is layered or cut in different lengths. In order to prevent split ends, first take the time to understand what causes your hair’s ends to split. Once you know what causes this troublesome hair condition, you can begin to treat your split ends and prevent future issues.
Most often, split ends occur when your hair is damaged or stressed by heat, such as blow drying, or from environmental factors, such as too much sun exposure, excessive dryness, or extreme cold. Over-brushing your hair, applying too many chemicals (such as chlorine as found in swimming pool water) or using too much styling product over time can also contribute to split ends, which give your hair a thinner look on the bottom. Washing your hair too frequently with harsh shampoo products may also be a precursor to split ends showing up on your hair. Split ends typically occur when you are overdue for a haircut, especially when you are trying to grow out your hair to a longer length.
Women and men alike can suffer from split ends. When you do find yourself with split ends, it is certainly not the end of the world. Split ends, though bothersome and undesirable, can be relatively easy to treat, either at home or at the salon. Consider these split end treatments and home remedies that you can put in place for immediate relief from split ends.
Many people choose to simply get their hair trimmed when split ends flare up. A good haircut takes care of the problematic hair condition swiftly and conveniently, leaving behind beautiful hair that is smooth and silky again. The downside, of course, is that your hair can be reduced in length, sometimes considerably, depending on the amount of damage caused by the split ends and also depending on the hairdresser’s methods and perspective. Haircuts can also be expensive, but sometimes you can get a friend or family member to assist with the trim so you can still take care of the split end problem at home.
You can also look into over-the-counter and special order split ends treatment products like light heat protection sprays, hair repair serums, hair oils, and split ends repair creams. Moisturizing shampoos and conditioners can also help to hydrate your hair, including the split ends, which can reduce the undesirable appearance of the damaged hair tips. Deep conditioning masks can provide extra moisture to hair and even help make the hair less resistance to breakage and splitting.
Now that you know what causes split ends and how to treat them, you can try your best to prevent them going forward. Although preventing split ends may not always be possible, you can often make a positive impact in the condition of your hair simply by using more gentle treatments and caring for your hair more carefully. Consider these tips on how you can try to prevent split ends from taking away from the beauty of your hair.
· Avoid over-washing and over-styling your hair. Dry shampoos can help you eliminate the need to wash every day.
· Avoid over-drying your hair with the blow dryer and try to use a cooler heat setting when possible.
· Cleanse your hair promptly following exposure to chlorinated pool water and other harsh chemicals.
· Do not go out in the cold weather with wet hair. Limit your hair’s exposure to extremely cold temperatures.
· Reduce the amount of sun exposure on your hair and use protective products with sun protection when you do go out.
· Use a rich conditioner to restore balance and silky smoothness to your hair. For extra help, use a deep conditioning and reparative mask once a week.
· Try not to skip haircuts for long periods of time.
Once you get your hair in shape without any split ends detracting from your appearance, do your best to prevent split ends in the future. You will also be prepared to try the same home remedies and professional treatments should you find yourself facing split ends again.