Eliminating Split Ends
Put and end to split ends!
The official name for split ends is Trichoptlosis but no
matter what you call them, split ends are annoying and make
the hair appear dull and scraggly. The cause of split ends
has to do with the protective cuticle, which is stripped
from the ends of the hair fibers. Although split ends can
happen to all types of hair, typically you will see the
most on brittle or dry hair. Other common causes can include
excessive brushing, over dying, and brushing the hair while
When the protective cuticle is removed, it cannot be
replaced. The result is hair that is not split in two,
or sometimes, three strands. Depending on how bad the
split end, it can be anywhere from one-eighth to one inch
long. While there are several options for treating split
ends, the best one is to cut the damaged fibers off.
Many people with split ends think that they have to change
their monthly trim to once a week. In fact, that is not
necessary. To prevent split ends from becoming worse,
you can do other things, including trimming them yourself.
Now before you panic, keep in mind that women do trim
their own hair all the time and no one is the wiser. Even
supermodels will trim their own hair between appointments!
If you have split ends and think, you want to try to
trim them yourself, simply follow these recommendations:
Start by taking small sections of
hair and then twist them carefully going into a downward
motion. What will happen is that the split ends will
Make sure your scissors are sharp
and then snip into the twisted strands without cutting
right through. The goal is to cut into the thick portion
of the gathered strands so the damaged protective cuticles
can be removed and the hair now has a natural, layered
The key is not to cut randomly but
to keep the amount of hair cut from each section the
Remember that split ends can happen to people of both
genders and all ages. In addition to the causes already
mentioned, other things that are potential problems are
using styling tools that are inferior. This means that
the tools are snagging or ripping the hair, thus damaging
it. Typically, this would include tools such as synthetic
combs or brushes, brush rollers, and so on.
Using permanents, hair color, and relaxers or straighteners
too often will also lead to split ends along with damage
caused by environmental change such as extreme heat or
cold and harsh winds, trying to detangle your hair improperly,
washing your hair too often and with poor quality products,
overuse of waxes, sprays, and gels, and actually having
your hair cut with poor quality scissors.
Splits ends also come with numerous myths, which we will
put to rest right here:
Once you have split ends, you can
never get rid of them. Well, as you have seen from the
information provided in this article, that is simply
Split ends can be fixed in that
the split is actually repaired. In truth, once a hair
fiber is split, it is split. However, you will find
some products that will glue the ends back together
temporarily but it is not a permanent fix.
To ensure you avoid the dreaded split end, make sure
you shampoo your hair with a quality product and use one
that has Phytojoba or some other type of moisturizing
formula. After conditioning your hair, make sure it is
completely rinsed out of the ends. Additionally, after
your hair has been rinsed with warm water, you want to
do a final rinse of cool to cold water. This will help
seal the protective cuticles while giving your hair a
For the next steps, always towel blot your hair, never
rubbing rough. After blotting, apply a good leave-in conditioner
to the damp hair. Great options include Sebastian’s
Potion 9 or Phyto 7 or 9. Then, use a wide-tooth comb
to get rid of tangles. For extra shine, rub a dime-size
amount of Phytolisse or some other shine product in your
hands and then apply to your hair.
Finally, to blow dry your hair, use a round brush or
large paddle along with the blow dryer, making sure your
hair is fully dried. The goal is to ensure the ends are
dried straight since wavy or curly split ends will show
up more. Then when your hair is dry, use a heat protecting
spray and ceramic flat iron on just the bottom two inches
of your ends. You will find after going through this process
that your hair looks healthy, sleek, and the split ends
vanish from sight. The only thing you need to remember
is that unless the split ends are cut off, this is just
a temporary solution.
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