No one is exempt from getting split ends. Even those with receding hairlines may experience torn or ripped hair ends.
Regardless of age, race, hair type, texture or condition, split ends can occur. Sometimes the appearance of split ends may be genetically pre-determined.
When hair is in excellent condition it will be less susceptible to developing splits and tears along the ends than hair which is damaged. Even hair in great shape can develop trichoptlosis, the official name of split ends.
Split ends occur when the protective cuticle has been worn away or stripped off of the ends of the cuticle. Once a split end occurs there is no cure other than removing the splits by cutting them off.
Common Cause Of Split Ends
The most common causes of split ends include:
How To Trim Split Ends At Home
Once the hair cuticle is removed, it's impossible to replace. I don't care if you've read about 100 split end repair products, Typically the hair splits into two or three strands, and can be as long or two to three centimeters in length. The best treatment is to cut off the split end of the damaged fiber.
Yes it's true you can temporarily "glue" ends together, but ultimately they must come off or will continue to move up the hair shaft.
The good news about split ends is that you can actually do some of your own maintenance at home if you use the proper professional quality scissors and make sure you are appropriate about your trimming process. Contrary to some old wives tale it is never appropriate to burn your split ends off.
Supermodel Giselle Bundchen is known to take a scissors to her own split ends. When in doubt leave the scissors to your hairdresser. Hair consumers within the long hair community refer to trimming their own ends as "search and destroy."
How To Remove Split Ends:
Preventing Split Ends Before They Occur
If your hair is prone to splitting, ripping or tearing stop and try to figure out what daily behaviors you may be performing which might cause the problem. Terminate any hair care habits which may cause damage.
When you're required to use hot dryers or styling tools always protect hair with a protective treatment. Maintain a regular schedule of deep and leave-in conditioning.
Other causes of splitting can be washing or wetting hair that is tangled or knotted. Before you ever get hair wet be sure to carefully detangle. Remember that hair is like a fine lace and should be treated as delicately as possible.
Additional Notes On Split Ends
It's been proven split ends have a tendency to keep ripping if they are not removed. Whether you do them at home yourself or have a professional snip them, keeping split ends at bay is very important.
One thing to keep in mind is that sometimes after you trim your split ends your hair may seem worse before it seems better. After you're finished trimming the ends apply a leave-in conditioning cream or 100% organic jojoba oil to prevent further splits.
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