We love our hair! Don't we? We do so much to make it look voluminous, bouncy, long, silky and beautiful. But if you have split ends, no matter how beautiful you may want it to look; it will make your hair look unhealthy and dull. Various external factors like, pollution, over exposure to the sun, hair treatments like straightening, perming and hair colouring, washing hair with very hot water, using chemical hair products and hair tools, along with certain internal causes like deficiency of vitamins, minerals and the diet can affect your hair quality which in turn causes hair to become weak and split ends.
Fret not, you can damage control. Just follow these rules and there shall be an end to your split ends!
Yes, you have heard this before, but it is the quickest way to get rid of split ends. Trimming your hair on regular intervals helps get rid of the old hair. Getting your hair trimmed every 2-3 months helps hair remain healthy and split end free.
Protecting hair from the sun
It’s very important to sunscreen your hair, like you do to your skin, especially in the summers when the sun is really harsh. Cover your hair with a scarf or apply a hair serum to protect it. Washing your hair regularly also helps to get rid of the dirt and pollution it is exposed to everyday which often causes the hair strands to become dry resulting in split ends.
Avoid using chemicals and hair straightening products
Reduce the use of heated hair tools like curling irons, hair straighteners, and styling products. Instead, treat your hair to oils and hair serums which are made of natural and organic ingredients.
Coconut oil massage
Coconut oil is good for all hair problems. Heat the coconut oil and massage it into your hair ensuring to apply it to the tips of your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap or a small towel and leave it on for around 30 minutes. Then wash the oil off your hair. This will condition your hair and make your hair soft and will prevent split ends.
It is important to include foods that provide all the essential vitamins and minerals to your body in your daily diet. Make sure to have foods rich in proteins, iron, vitamin C and omega 3 fatty acids along with other essential nutrients.
Comb and combing
Use the right brush or a wide tooth comb. Hard plastic brushes can be harsh on your hair and can spoil it. Use a flat paddle brush. Always brush the lower part of your hair first and remove the knots, then comb the rest of your hair. Comb your hair gently.
Condition your hair regularly. Hair masks are a great way to pamper your hair while making them soft and conditioned. Apply a hair mask at least twice a week. Depending on your hair type you can put a homemade mask or easily get hair masks in any beauty store.
Wash hair with cold water
Washing hair with very hot water dries the scalp and weakens the hair roots. Hot water strips the hair of natural oils secreted from the scalp which keeps the hair healthy. It also causes breakage. Always wash hair with cold water. Even if you begin by washing it with hot water, end the hair wash with cold water.
Don't wash hair too often
Washing hair often depletes it off its natural oils. Wash hair twice or thrice a week and use a mild shampoo to avoid hair damage. It’s important to wash the scalp properly as thats where it starts to get greasy and that is where the roots of your hair are which need to be taken proper care of.
Drinking 8 glasses of water daily keeps your hair healthy and gleaming. Water makes almost one-fourth of the weight of the hair strands, thus it is important to always be hydrated to make your hair look shiny and beautiful.
Last but not the least, to keep split ends at bay, it is important to keep the hair moisturised. Give your hair a boost of moisture with these home remedies for split ends using natural ingredients:
Known for its natural moisturising properties, aloe vera is a great ingredient to improve hair health and appearance. Massaging hair strands with natural aloe vera jelly or gel will add moisture to the hair making it soft and shiny.
High in proteins and fat, eggs are especially good for dry and damaged hair. Whip up a hair mask with 1-2 eggs depending on the hair length and volume, add half a teaspoon of olive oil into it and apply on the hair for a dose of moisturisation. Wash off thoroughly with warm water.
Reap the incredible moisturising properties of honey by giving your hair a sweet treat. Honey is a natural conditioner for both the hair and the scalp. It also makes the hair soft and shiny as a plus.
With its amazing moisturising properties minus the greasiness, yoghurt can be your hair’s best friend. Applying fresh, unflavoured yoghurt on hair will add moisture to the strands making them strong while adding sheen to the mane.
FAQs on Split Ends
What happens if I don’t cut split ends?
A Once the hair splits at the ends, it cannot be repaired. If not taken care of, it will further split into 2-3 heads, reducing the length of the hair. So trimming the split ends becomes essential. Hair split at the ends looks rough and possesses no shine. Not cutting these split ends will also make the colour of your hair appear uneven, ruining its beauty. If for some reason you are unable to trim the split hair, it’s advisable to keep it moisturised and nourished by rubbing coconut oil at the tips. There are ways to make the split ends appear healthier and less noticeable, but the only real fix is to snip them away.
Can I grow my hair with split ends?
A Split ends do not stop hair from growing. Hair will continue to grow based on your hair growth cycle, whether or not you have split ends. Split ends are the result of stress caused to the hair from styling, lack of care and environmental factors that cause the hair ends to become damaged and frayed. The hair will still continue to grow as it normally does but the presence of split ends can damage the ends of the hair faster than the scalp can grow new length. If not trimmed, the rough ends of the split hair can end up in knots and tangles causing additional hair damage and breakage.
How often should I trim?
A Though it may vary from hair to hair, but your hair naturally begins to split around 3 months. Scheduling a trim every 3-4 months will help to maintain healthy and strong hair. This also ensures that your hairstyle is maintained and any kind of permanent damage to the hair is prevented. But if you feel the need, you might opt to trim the hair as soon as you spot a bunch of split ends and if your hair feels rough at the edges.
What is hair dusting?
A Hair dusting is a technique that helps get rid of damaged hair tips without compromising on the length. It is basically chopping off the split ends in a superfast manner, without actually cutting the hair. If you are trying to grow your hair, you need to keep the hair ends healthy by trimming away split ends. This is when dusting comes handy. Dusting involves the use of sharp shears to cut away split ends superficially while leaving the length. The technique is really helpful for curly-haired people since it doesn't remove too much length from the hair.
How to detect split ends?
A Checking the hair regularly for damage and split ends is important to take action and prevent further damage. Split ends are easy to spot. The ends of the hair strands with split ends will be dry, brittle and uneven in colour than rest of the hair. There will be two or more heads at the bottom of the hair shaft, forming a v-shape. The split ends usually get tangled easily due to the lack of moisture. It is best to trim away the frayed ends as soon as possible. But you can also try keeping the hair moisturised with coconut or olive oil until you go for a trim.