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Split Ends: Causes and How to Prevent

Updated: Feb 7, 2023

Split Ends: Causes and How to Prevent

Split ends can be a nightmare, especially if you have been practising a good haircare routine. And most people do not understand why they get split ends even after doing regular hair trims. They usually keep on recurring after trimming them. Well, if this is you, you need to stick with me to the end.

But before we get down on how to prevent split ends, let's look at why you are getting them.

Why Do You Get Split Ends?

Normally, split ends occur when the hair strands become dry, brittle and weak. Due to their weakness, you may notice your styling comb has a few strands whenever you try to comb your hair. You may have short hair on one side if no action is taken. I know this is hard to take in, but the truth is dry, weak and brittle breaks easily.

However, over-washing your hair, sun exposure, bleaching and regular heat styling are the main contributors to weak hair strands. If your hair is exposed to all these contributing factors, you will likely experience chronic hair loss.

But the good news is, split ends can be treated.

How to Avoid Split Ends

Split ends can be restored but can not be avoided. And below are some of the best hair practices you can practice to minimize hair breakage.

Handle Your Hair Gently

Most people think scrubbing their scalp hard when shampooing helps remove all the dirt. While proper washing is recommended, using a lot of force or over-washing does more harm. Try to be gentle. Make use of a quality dry shampoo in between washes.

Use good hair oil or leave-in conditioner, especially if you have curly or kinky hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to help lower the combing force and reduce the chances of hair breaking or splitting. Avoid over-combing.

Once you rinse your hair, ensure you do not apply a lot of force when towel drying.

Protect Hair Cuticle

Heat is one of the contributing factors to split ends. Before you use any heating tools, make sure you have applied for a leave-in conditioner or hair serum with heat-protectant properties. Better still, avoid overheating your hair to avoid damaging the strands.

If you love swimming, make sure you apply a pre-swimming moisturizer. A swimming cap will come in handy if you do not have a moisturizer. After swimming, ensure you wash, shampoo and rinse your hair properly to avoid damage.

Get Regular Trims

As your hair grows, it becomes brittle and damaged. This makes it likely to split. Getting regular trims can help keep the split ends under control. While hair trimming will not prevent split ends, doing it regularly helps strengthen your hair strands.

For best results, consider getting your hair trimmed after 6-8weeks. Talk to your stylist to know how often you should book your appointments, depending on your hair type.

Avoid Regular Chemical Treatments

You need to give your hair special care if you love chemical treatments. Make sure you treat your hair regularly and space the retouching period to at least three months. Make sure you use hair serum that can lock in moisture and protect your hair from sunlight and harsh environmental aggressors.

Wrapping Up

Split ends are common; no matter how strong your hair is, it can be vulnerable to damage. However, with the above tips, you can successfully keep your hair healthy and minimize your chances of getting split ends. Try them out and let us know.

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