Getting to the Root of Split Ends

June 1st, 2012 by Lorrie Walker in Blog


By Laken Darst

Summer is the time for free flowing hair and an abundance of sunbathing. But did you know that the sun can cause damage to your hair?

Split ends are a common malady of hair care. Often the problem is over exposure to high temperatures from the hair dryer or straightener.

It’s time to talk about what really causes split ends, how to prevent them, and what to do if you get them.

What Causes Split Ends

  1. Harsh chemicals found in hair dyes, swimming pools, and some hair care products.
  2. Exposure to high temperatures from a curler, dryer or straightener.
  3. The sun’s UV rays break down proteins in your hair and cause it to become brittle and easily split, according to
  4. Harsh shampoos containing chemicals like ammonium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl sulfate are damaging to hair, says Shawna Wilson from Hubpages.
  5. Abusive hair brushing such as ripping through knots can also damage hair.

Follow these steps to prevent hair from looking like it belongs on a scarecrow. In other words:

How to Prevent Split Ends

  1. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
  2. Rinse hair with cool water to seal the outer layer and prevent split ends from occurring.
  3. Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle hair after a shower. Start from the ends of the hair and comb any knots out as you move your way closer to the scalp.
  4. Use heat protector to prevent heat damage from a curler, dryer or straightener.
  5. Eat a diet that is rich in Zinc, Omega-3s, Iron and Vitamin E. All of these aid in preventing hair from thinning or splitting, and they give hair strength and shine.

What to Do if You Get Split Ends

  1. Have at least a quarter of an inch trimmed from your ends at each appointment
  2. If you find that your hair is splitting before your scheduled appointment, cut off the split ends yourself. Cut the split end a quarter of an inch above the split. Household scissors aren’t the preferred option, but they’ll do in a pinch. Purchase a pair of hair cutting scissors for a more professional cut.
  3. Using products that supposedly heal split ends will not reverse the damage of a split end, but can help prevent split ends with healthy hair.

If you follow these tips your hair will look and feel stronger, healthier and able to tackle split ends like never before.

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