Splits Hap­pen

(Here's How to Deal)

Cosmopolitan (South Africa) - - BEAUTY -

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 oœ 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 Magni‘icent 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.

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