The sight of splayed hair tips can be very frustrating. If split ends are a recurring problem for you, the way forward is to check the underlying causes of this issue so that you could address this problem appropriately.

What Causes Split Ends?

There are lots of factors that cause split ends, also known as trichoptilosis. Essentially, your hair is made up of three layers: the cuticle (outer layer), cortex (middle layer) and medulla (innermost layer). When the cuticle, which serves as the protective layer of the hair shaft, becomes damaged, the cortex and medulla are exposed, making your hair prone to split ends.

The common culprits behind damaged cuticles are chemical treatments, heat styling, use of rubber bands, and excessive or vigorous washing of hair. In addition, you also have to mind the hair care products you’re using. Some shampoos, waxes and gels are more harmful than others. Health issues like hormonal imbalance and nutrient deficiency could also be exacerbating the problem. Also, when you’re out in the sun too much, your hair will bear the brunt of the heat, which could damage the cuticles.

How to Treat and Prevent Split Ends

There have been lots of hair care products marketed with the promise of repairing split ends. But really, all they do is cover up the problem by applying a cream that coats the hair or glue the layers back together. It’s not doing anything to get your hair back to tiptop health, so it’s not a good long-term solution. The only way to address the problem is to cut your hair to make sure there won’t be any further damage to the shaft and to give way for healthier hair to grow.

In addition, here are other tips you can do to ensure healthy locks:

  • Have your hair trimmed regularly (every 6-10 weeks) to encourage the growth of healthy shaft.
  • Use a wide-toothed comb since this can untangle your hair without causing much damage. Likewise, avoid combing your tresses when they’re wet, since your hair is at its weakest and therefore more prone to damage when wet.
  • When using hairstyling tools, protect your hair using heat protection cream or spray. Apply same care when you’re always out in the sun.
  • Condition your hair regularly to promote healthy tresses.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water. Adequate supply of nutrients is the foundation for a healthy head of hair.

To sum it up, give your hair the protection, nutrients and regular care it needs, and split ends will be the least of your worries.

At Transitions Member hair loss centers, hair health products are formulated specifically to include all the critical nutrients and minerals and delivers them to the hair shaft which provides fullness and shine to all types of hair. If hair loss, thinning hair, and hair health are of concern to you, we invite you to visit a nearby Transitions hair loss treatment or hair replacement studio. Our members are located worldwide. To find a hair center nearest you, click here.

 

Sources:
http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health-beauty/article/2099681/cutting-your-hair-only-way-get-rid-split-ends

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