Split ends… the word literally sends shivers down our spines! These nasty buggers have been infesting hair since the start of time, making hair look frazzled and unkept #notavibe!
If split ends are getting on your "nerve-ends" say no more. We're about to get deep into the who, what and how to remove split ends from your hair for good.
First things first (I'm a realist), what are split ends?
When the cuticle (outmost layer of the hair shaft) is damaged, its cortex is exposed. This exposure leads hair to become highly susceptible to splitting and fraying, commonly referred to as split ends.
Where do split ends occur?
Contrary to the name, and a common misconception, split ends do not just occur at the end of hair strands. They can occur at any stage on the hair shaft and can affect both long and short hair (depending on how much damage provoking actives the strands are put through).
How do you get split ends:
Split ends are often a sign of over-treated, damaged hair, giving hair an unkempt, unhealthy appearance. Drying with coarse towels, rough brushing, chemical dyeing/ treatments, and styling with heat are all common culprits contributing to split ends.
How to prevent/ cure:
Now for the fun part! Let’s get rid of these unwanted visitors and prevent them from ever returning to your hair. Although the only real 100% ‘fix’ for split ends is to chop your locks clean off, we understand that this idea can be gut-wrenching and just an absolute no go. If you would prefer to keep your hair firmly on your head, there are a few options to prevent and minimize split ends.
Invest now to save yourself later:
If you bleach or chemically dye your hair, it's a must you use hair care products that aid keeping hair healthy and strong. Keywords to look out for are paraben, sulfate, and silicone-free as these nasties don’t do hair any favors, especially if we’re talking about split ends.
You should also be on the hunt for hair care products that are ‘intensely hydrating’ and jam-packed full of natural, essential oils. This will aid in rehydrating and reviving your poor, color-treated locks, preventing even further dry and porous strands.
Your hair is delicate at the best of times, especially when wet. When hair is damp or wet, it loses all elastic properties and is highly susceptible to breakage. When drying hair, do not rub excessively or wring with a rough, coarse towel. The friction caused by the towel is a literal recipe for split ends - your poor locks don’t stand a chance girlfriend!
Don’t brush in a rush
This same notion can be applied to the way you brush your hair. Always avoid vigorous brushing and opt for a wide-tooth comb if possible. If knots seem to find you even without moving, brush hair in small sections as opposed to all at once to minimize tugging.
Start with small sections and brush from end to root in tin increments, slowly making your way up the hair shaft until you can comb a full section of hair downwards in one swift motion. This trick will detangle those knots and minimize the risk of you creating split ends.
Treat yourself to a hair treatment
Nothing bad ever comes from ‘treating yourself’ and investing in health, especially hair health. Intensive hair serums are a great add on to your current hair care routine and can do wonders in healing, minimizing and preventing split ends.
A serum is a fancy name for a product that sends a potent shot of beneficial ingredients directly into the area of application. If we’re talking about intensive hair serums, these beauties will most likely be formulated with highly nourishing, natural oils to soothe and replenish highly damaged, brittle hair.
When used daily, in addition to your hair care routine, hair serums can help seal cuticles and repair split ends by up to 90%!
Pssst! Pick up your hair serum when you purchase the BondiBoost Rapid Repair Bundle. Not only will you be getting paraben, sulfate, and silicone-free shampoo and conditioner specially formulated to revive even the most damaged of hair you’ll also get our Rapid Repair Serum. This stuff is seriously bomb.com and those split ends will stand no chance!