How to prevent split ends

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Mar 15, 2007
How to prevent split ends

Trichoptilosis is a longitudinal splitting of hair fiber better known as "split ends". It develops after the protective cuticle has been stripped away from the end of hair fibers as a result of over processing. Any chemical or physical trauma that weathers the hair may eventually lead to split ends. Vigorous brushing can even induce it. Typically the damaged hair fiber splits into two or three strands and the split may be two or three centimeters in length. However the greater the damage to the hair fiber the more severe the split ends may be.

The best treatment for split ends is to cut the hair and remove the split and damaged hair by receiving regular trims to maintain blunt smooth ends.

Does anything really fix split ends?
You cannot mend split ends; the only way to get rid of them is to trim your hair occasionally, tiny trims every four weeks, and following with deep-conditioning treatments in order to keep strands supple and flexible. Use good conditioners and don't blow dry your hair on high heat. This type of a maintenance routine should ensure that splits don't crop up at all.

Things to remember:

1. Don't brush hair when it's wet, because that's when it is at its most vulnerable.

2. Cut down on hair dryers, straightening irons, curling irons and hot curlers.

3. Buy a natural-bristle brush that won't pull on hair and ultimately break it off, thereby causing a possible split end.

4. Wear a hat to minimize sun damage.

5. Condition after shampooing, and use a deep conditioner once a month