Why we get split ends
Split ends are the natural result of our hair is not receiving enough nutrients, leaving it to become brittle and dry, or damage from chemical or mechanical processes.
We encourage split ends to form by:
- Using hot styling tools and blow drying hair too vigorously.
- Chemical treatments such as over bleaching, colouring and perming.
- Using poor technique when detangling hair, especially when wet.
- Over-enthusiastic towel drying.
- Unsuitable hair products that are full of drying agents.
- Lack of regular trims.
- Use of uncovered rubber bands and other damaging hair accessories.
- Dramatic changes in heat.
How to get rid of split ends
We, as stylists, can’t cure a split end once it has happened. The only way to completely get rid of it is to cut it off. That said, we have a fabulous new REDKEN product called Sealer which does a very good job of making slip ends look not split.
This is why it is essential to have regular, small trims to prevent having to have a very dramatic cut less frequently. If it isn’t trimmed the hair will just continue breaking higher and higher along the hair shaft. This causes the hair to look frizzy, dry and unmanageable. Hair products can help to conceal split ends temporarily however, again, cannot cure them. I recommend a trim every 6-8 weeks as this will help keep your hair healthy, strong and split ends free.
How to prevent split ends
The best way to prevent them is to keep your hair nourished and moisturised. Although its unlikely you will avoid them completely you can minimise them by:
- Always using heat protection before using hot styling tools e.g. hairdryers and straighteners.
- Using high quality products. Professional, salon products are always best as they contain the finest ingredients in the highest concentrations.
- When towel drying your hair DON’T be vigorous, twisting and putting a heavy towel on the top of your head! Just gently blot your hair. It was only when I happened to see a friend of mine doing this that I realised it was common practice and was horrified!
- Be patient and gentle when detangling your hair. Use the right tools in the right way. A wide toothed comb, Tangle Teezer (my personal favourite) or similar are best. Start from the ends and work your way up to the roots. This will remove the tangles and protects the hair from damage.
- Use deep conditioning masks to keep your hair moisturised or better still, come to the salon for regular, intensely nourishing treatments.
- Most importantly, get regular trims to prevent those split ends.
Healthy and strong hair is a result of how you care for it, and as Anthea said in the last blog, it’s so important to have a balanced diet and to drink lots of water. Professional advice is key when it comes to product selection. Sometimes, hair that splits easily will require more protein, sometimes more moisture, occasionally both. A professional diagnosis and prescription are the best ways to ensure you are treating your hair with the right products. Our advice is always free and any item purchased in-salon can be swapped for another if you don’t get on with it when you take it home.
Love your body, love your hair and it will love you back!