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By Obiageri Nneoma Ogbonna

31 March 2024   |  
11:00 am

Split ends are one of the most common forms of hair damage that can affect any hair type, whether natural or relaxed. It is the splitting or fraying of the outermost layer of the hair shaft usually occurring at the end of the hair strand. This type of hair damage could also lead to hair…

Split ends are one of the most common forms of hair damage that can affect any hair type, whether natural or relaxed.

It is the splitting or fraying of the outermost layer of the hair shaft usually occurring at the end of the hair strand. This type of hair damage could also lead to hair thinning and bald spots, on the long run, if left untreated.

The overall appearance of a hair ridden with split ends is usually dry, frizzy, dull and very crunchy. Running your fingers through the affected areas feels like touching a pack of tangled unmoisturised and unstretched old kanekalon synthetic hair covered on tiny tight knots.

Split ends are commonly caused by subtle but harmful hair habits and practices which are incorporated in day to day hair care and maintenance. Some of these habits and practicesmay include:

● Applying undiluted or unactivated shampoo directly to the hair during wash day.

● Frequently using hair appliances like blow dryers, flat irons, hot combs, hair

straighteners, etc on high settings.

● Washing hair in very hot water in an attempt to get out build up.

● Not using moisturising conditioners.

● Combing or brush hair while it is still wet.

● Exposing hair to harsh chemicals such as chlorine while at the swimming pool.

● Leaving hair in tight protective styles like high or low ponytails, low buns, braids, and other updo styles for long periods of time.

● Rubbing your hair dry with a towel.

● Combing and detangling hair with rattail combs.

Treatment

Although there are several hair care lines who claim that their products can heal hair strands and erase split ends, it has been scientifically proven through numerous studies that no cream, oil, conditioner, pill, mask, spray or organic powder can get rid of or repair split ends.

Unless that hair product contains some kind of magic potion found only at the deserted ends of the earth, then the only remedy to this hair condition is chopping or trimming off the affected areas of the hair.

Also, ensure to have your hair trimmed only by a hair professional who is hyper focused on the overall wellbeing of their clients hair, avoid consulting a hair stylist who does not have a well rounded knowledge of hair and hair care as they could complicate the state of the already damaged hair.

Prevention

From the aforementioned causes of split ends a person with type three or four hair might find themselves handicapped as most of the factors and habits, like combing or brushing wet, are often recommended to make the hair easy to manage and style. However, there are still some measures that are safer and would help prevent split ends. Some of them are:

● Use heat protectant sprays when using hair appliances on high heat.

● Get regular haircuts and trims, at least every four weeks.

● Incorporate deep conditioners, conditioners, and masks that contain humectants into your hair regimen in order to keep the hair moisturised.

● Opt for shampoos that contain natural and organic ingredients instead of the ones that contain harsh chemicals.

● Take supplements that encourage hair strength and growth, such as folic acid and biotin.

● Eat healthy whole foods, such as whole grains, fermented foods, and fruits to improve your gut health. Note that your gut health influences the appearance of your hair.

● Use only wide tooth combs and sturdy detangling brushes on wet hair.

● Avoid keeping in tight protective hairstyles for a long period of time.

● Dry hair on cool and/or low settings or use towels made of microfiber.

● Sleep with hair in a satin bonnet or sleep on pillows with silk covers.

● Use warm water to wash your hair.



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