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The Lowdown on Split Ends
‘Think of your cuticles – hair’s outer layer – like roof tiles,’ says cosmetic chemist Randy Schueller. Anything damaging chips away at that protection, exposing and tearing into the inner cortex, and separating the strand.
Protein Is Key
The ‘roof tiles’ you’re losing are made up mostly of keratin, so anything that infuses protein back into hair – like Tresemmé’s Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask with Marula Oil (from R85 at Takealot) – will make it stronger. scan via
So Is Heat Protection
Limit the use of heat on hair – especially hand-held hairdryers and straightening irons. If you do need to blow-dry, use a heat protectant such as Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection Spray (R385), and set heat at lowest.
Don’t Ignore Them
With time, split ends travel up the hair, forcing you to cut o more than you would have originally needed to. For tightly coiled hair, a regular trim (every six to eight weeks) keeps damage in check.
Natural hair easily succumbs to split ends because it’s dry. Add daily manipulation such as thorough combing, and you’re likely to get dry knots at the ends of strands.
The Truth About ‘Menders’
You can try a repairing conditioner, such as Schwarzkopf Gliss Magniicent Strength Express Repair Conditioner (from R99 at Takealot) to fuse frayed pieces together temporarily – or seal the ends by applying an oil or butter product to them.