What are Split Ends?
Split ends are the result of wear and tear on your hair. Since the ends are the most exposed and vulnerable, this is no surprise. They are incredibly common, and unfortunately cannot go away on their own.
How quickly do split ends develop? They can be caused immediately by extreme damage, but typically evolve over a period of time due to various smaller factors. You cannot really fix a split end, but there are are ways to avoid, reduce, and disguise them. Let’s talk about the various hair hacks that can help you to maintain healthy locks.
Often split ends are the result of physical damage, the general way in which you care for your hair. For instance, aggressively styling, brushing, and touching will break down the hair cuticles and increase the likelihood of getting split ends. This is particularly typical for those with thick or very curly hair. Consider reducing the amount your brush your hair, as over-brushing can easily cause damage. Your hair is very fragile, so if you want it to flourish, treat it with care! You can easily check to see if you’re brushing too harshly: listen to the sound the brush makes through your hair. If you hear a scraping or ripping, you’re likely applying too much force.
2. Regular Haircuts
Although you can mask and disguise split ends, there is no way to fully fix them other than by getting regular cuts. If you don’t, you’re more prone to split ends; the longer the hair, the more vulnerable the ends! Moreover, the longer you wait, the higher the risk of getting split ends farther up in the hair shaft – these hairs will be unsalvageable! By getting regular trims, you can nourish your hair and be more in control of your hair length.
3. Reduce Heat
Heat is one of the most common causes of split ends. When you apply heat to you hair, the ends are put in an extremely vulnerable position. Chronically using heat can dry out your hair and even change the structure of its proteins. Using heat every once in a while is okay, but when possible, reduce your heat usage or let your hair air dry instead. When you do use heat, consider using a heat protectant to reduce damage.
4. Internal Factors
Internal factors refer to general lifestyle aspects such as diet, hygiene, and general health. Your hair is inseparable from your body, so if you feel malnourished or dehydrated, your hair is likely not feeling too hot. Treat your body well by staying hydrated and nourished and in turn, you’ll be nurturing your hair.
5. Hair Accessories
Everything you put in your hair has the potential to cause damage; accessories can be very taut, resulting in potential tears and easily causing damage. Unfortunately, the chunky or pinching accessories in your latest hairdo could very well be contributing to your split ends. Try opting for accessories without metal, which can easily break your ends. Additionally, consider experimenting with some gentle, cute hairstyles that will leave your hair happy and healthy.
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