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How to Get Rid of Split Ends

What Are Split Ends? – Split ends are the splitting apart of the hair strand longitudinally and are caused by unhealthy habits, conditions, products or genetics. The scientific term for this condition is Trichoptilosis. Split ends are very common and almost always need to be treated in order to suppress.

3 types of split ends

Generally speaking there are three types of split ends. The first is the most common kind that starts at the tip of the hair with a single split and moves upwards. The second type is much like the first but reoccurs multiple times up the entire length of hair. Third is the kind that happens in the center of each strand and creates a hole in the middle. This can be seen by bunching the hair together and pushing the two sides apart of a single strands which will reveals a large opening in the center.

Cutting

It is a good idea to cut hair regularly, especially if it is suffering from split ends. If left uncut splits in the hair will continue to lengthen. It is recommended to cut roughly ¼ inch off of hair as needed depending on the severity. Generally it is a good idea to cut hair every 6 to 8 weeks. In between cuts it is a healthy habit to trim off individual split end strands a small distance above the split ends. Make sure to use a good pair of hair cutting scissors that are sharp enough or this can add to the problem rather than help. By cutting off the split ends it is giving each strand of hair a new start and a stronger unified end. This, of course, is not a long-term preventive measure seeing as the hair will split again if left to it’s normal routine. Split ends can be a reaction to many different factors such as nutrition, product treatment and washing habits. It is important to take all of these into account and not just how and when the hair was cut last.

Washing

Don’t over wash hair. It tends to cause damage and remove healthy oils. Also, taking regular hot showers will dry out the scalp. Instead use a little bit colder water for the scalp and hair. Try to limit the amount of showers taken each week, as it is better for skin, hair and the water bill. Find a shampoo that is not too rough on the hair and scalp and has some healing properties like aloe Vera. Here is a suggestion. Also find a deep conditioner to leave in for a short while that contains healthy natural oils like coconut and jojoba. Try this! After each shower instead of rubbing the hair with a towel or blow-drying it, simply squeeze out the hair gently with a towel and let it air-dry.

Products

Minimize the amount of hair styling products used each day as many of these contain harsh chemicals. Resist dying hair too often and never bleach hair if possible. There are some products however that will help maintain healthy hair and seal up split ends, like this one here. Always try to use quality products with naturally healing ingredients as mentioned above.

Nutrition

You are what you eat. This applies to hair as well. Stay away from processed food. Eat foods rich in calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin A, protein and natural oils will help maintain smooth, strong silky hair. These foods include spinach, salmon, oysters, sweet potatoes, eggs, lentils, Greek yogurt, walnuts coconut and almond milk.

Protect

Wearing hats and scarfs over the head will protect hair from heat and wind damage. It will also allow for natural oils to remain on the scalp that give hair a beautiful shine. When brushing don’t back comb or brush the hair roughly as it damages it by pulling and breaking away the scales. Combs are usually the safest and most delicate with hair. Do not yank or pull unless necessary. Over brushing is not necessary either and could lead to more split ends.

In the end each individual has a different set of circumstances and must figure out for herself what works best. This often times requires the process of elimination. Whatever happens, do not give up. I have never seen a pair of split ends that could not be put back together.