It’s time to face the harsh truth. The damaged, frizzy, split ends of your hair are not going to magically stick back together, no matter what you do. If you see a split end and are not willing to cut it, be prepared to accept that that’s the end of its growth. Just like how your clothes wear out after multiple washes and wears, your delicate hair also tends to get affected by the many not-so-gentle washes, harsh chemicals, pollution, and rough handling and that’s the bitter truth.
But you are not here for the bitter truth, are you? No, you are here for the loopholes and the tips and tricks to deal with split ends. And guess what? We are going to give you exactly that!
Split ends are highly common. Though you do have to cut them to salvage it, there are many things you can do to make the hair look less frizzy and damaged and appear split-end free. More importantly, there is a list of things you should be doing to prevent split ends in the first place. Before we get into how to reduce split ends, let us learn what split ends are.
What Are Split Ends?
As the name suggests, split ends are the ends of the hair-splitting into two or more, like branches on a tree. Scientifically named Trichoptilosis, this splitting and fraying of hair due to various reasons make the hair look dry, damaged, and frizzy.
Most often, when your hair can’t grow beyond a particular length, it is the split ends that cause this. Split ends make the hair easily breakable and fragile. If neglected, this issue can escalate and soon, you’ll find your hairdresser telling you to chop off a good chunk of your hair.
When dealing with split ends, the most important thing you need to remember is its prevention.
“But I already have split ends, so isn’t it a little too late to talk about preventing them?”
No, it isn’t. While the present split ends need to be treated, it is more important to understand that split ends are recurring. Hence, even before cutting the current split ends, you need to think about how to prevent future ones. To understand how you can prevent split ends, let’s look into what causes them and target the root cause.
Causes Of Split Ends:
From daily lifestyle routines to a specific incident, split ends can occur due to various reasons. The faster you recognise what exactly is causing your hair to split, the easier it is to treat them.
A daily routine that includes showers that are too hot for the hair, rough handling of the hair while brushing and drying, tying the hair too hard, constant use of heated styling products, and more are reasons that may not seem problematic at first but slowly add up to affect the health of your hair severely.
Other non-routinely reasons like climate change, location change, hair treatment, using a new product, following a new diet, and more could also make changes to your hair health quickly. With a myriad of reasons causing your hair to split, it can be hard to pinpoint a single reason why you have split ends. Hence, here are 7 practices you should follow every day, regardless of what is causing your hair to split.
7 Practices To Follow To Get Rid Of Split Ends
- Trim, Trim, Trim: Say it with us, ‘split ends cannot be repaired, they have to be cut.’ If you notice one or more split ends on your hair, you can turn the world upside down and it will still be there on your hair unless you grab that pair of scissors. Getting your ends trimmed once every two months is a healthy practice that helps keep split ends at bay. Pro tip: Pay attention to the scissor you use. As easy and convenient it is to use thinning shears, don’t. They can end up damaging your hair more.
- Use the right shampoo: There is no point in using 5 different repairing hair products if you damage your hair with a harsh shampoo first. Our hair is the most fragile when wet. Hence, if the shampoo you use is not gentle, it ends up damaging the hair a lot. Use shampoos that are sulfate & paraben-free. Shampoos without harsh chemicals cleanse the hair gently without stripping it off the natural oils.
- Proper use of conditioner: Many people use conditioners but they use them the wrong way and end up damaging their hair. To correctly use a conditioner, get a good amount of it based on the length and thickness of your hair and spread it evenly down mid-length. Avoid using it on the roots and scalp. Keep it on no more than the amount of time mentioned on the bottle as keeping it over time will damage the hair. If you are planning to comb the hair when your hair is wet, comb it when the conditioner is on using a wide-toothed comb. Using the conditioner the wrong way makes the hair brittle and causes split ends.
- Cold Water: Hot showers are sooooo good, especially after a stressful day. However, they are not the best for your hair and scalp. Stick to using lukewarm water. If you can withstand cold water, even better. Hot water damages the cuticle and increases the chances of split ends.
- Be gentle: Your hair is a delicate part of your body that requires gentle care. Since we cannot feel any pain when we damage our hair as we feel on the rest of the body, we tend to forget that it still affects the health of the hair. Make sure to be gentle to your hair when towel drying. Use a soft t-shirt or a microfibre cloth to gently dry the hair of excess water. When combing your hair, start from the tips and work your way up. Every time you handle the hair, be extra gentle. Treat it with love.
- Heat Protectant: Who doesn’t love perfectly styled hair every day? The easiest way to model-like hair is through blow-dryers, straighteners & curlers. If you can’t bid goodbye to styling your hair with heat, do yourself a favour and make it a point to use a heat-protectant product before applying heat. This reduces the damage caused by heat and protects the hair from splitting.
- Nutrient-rich oils: Providing your hair extra nourishment in the form of a hot oil treatment once a week is ideal. Ayurvedic ingredients like coconut oil, castor oil, almond oil, onion oil, aloe vera, tea tree oil, and many more are great at giving the hair the necessary vitamins and nutrients and also keeping it moisturised and protected from external factors. You could make your own oil using common ingredients found in your kitchen. You could also buy an over-the-counter Ayurvedic oil like Tru Hair Oil, which has the goodness of rare Ayurvedic herbs, helping you overcome not just split ends, but also hair fall, receding hairline, dandruff, breakage, and more.
The very fact that an existing split end can only be cured by cutting it off is exactly why preventing them in the first place is even more important. Following the above practices help reduce split ends and prevent other hair issues like premature greying of hair, receding hairline, hair fall, and more.
In closing, make sure that you regularly trim your hair and be gentle to the hair. Our busy lifestyle rarely gives us the time and opportunity to take good care of our hair. Using the Tru Hair Oil with the world’s first Ayurvedic oil heater that heats oil in less than 4 minutes is a great way to give your hair that extra care without any hassle. Stick to natural products and avoid harsh chemicals to not treat, but prevent split ends in the first place.