How to get rid OF SPLIT ENDS

Un­der­stand­ing what causes them and how to deal with them

Move! - - HAIR - By Alexis Tshangana

MANY peo­ple walk around with hair that looks un­healthy and un­tidy be­cause they have split ends and they don't even know it. Split ends are ba­si­cally dam­aged strands of hair and we give you tips on how to deal with them.

WHAT CAUSES SPLIT ENDS?

The fol­low­ing things can cause your hair to split and look un­tidy: The en­vi­ron­ment – Ex­po­sure to the sun for a long pe­riod of time can dry out the hair and burn it.

Chem­i­cals – Th­ese can be in a form of re­lax­ers, bleaches and hairdyes. Th­ese can some­times con­tain harsh chem­i­cals that can dry the hair.

Stress – This has a bad ef­fect on our body and hair suf­fers just as much. Stress changes the bal­ance in our hor­mones caus­ing less pro­duc­tion of se­bum, which pro­tects the hair from ex­ces­sive dry­ing and break­ing.

The wrong hair prod­ucts – Cer­tain sham­poos, too much oil, dry­ing mousses and some hair gels can cause the hair to split. It is best to al­ways seek pro­fes­sional ad­vice when try­ing out a new prod­uct.

Too much wash­ing – Wa­ter is good for hair growth but too much of it can have the op­po­site ef­fect.

Med­i­ca­tion – Cer­tain med­i­ca­tion can af­fect the hair, es­pe­cially when it’s for se­ri­ous ill­nesses.

Diet – The food we eat is im­por­tant for main­tain­ing healthy hair. Food such as av­o­cado, nuts, yo­ghurt and fish have es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins which our hair needs to grow and stay healthy. Un­healthy food has a bad ef­fect on your hair.

HOW TO DEAL WITH SPLIT ENDS

Cut or trim the ends – Do this at least once a month when vis­it­ing the hair salon. Cut­ting the dead hair will help the re­main­ing hair growth.

Use the right sham­poo – Split­ting hair is very dry, so us­ing a hy­drat­ing sham­poo is very im­por­tant.

Don’t for­get the con­di­tioner – Use a leave-in con­di­tioner. It will seep into the hair shaft and hydrate the ends from the in­side.

Go for treat­ments – Wash­ing alone is not enough. A hair treat­ment, es­pe­cially one with mint, once a month will give your hair strength.

Re­duce heat – Re­duce the time you sit un­der a hairdryer or a blow dryer. De­crease the tem­per­a­ture on your ap­pli­ances. Ap­ply heat-pro­tec­tive agents be­fore dry­ing your hair. In­crease the dis­tance be­tween the dryer and your hair. The fur­ther away the hair is from the dryer, the bet­ter. Add co­conut to your main­te­nance rou­tine – Co­conut oil is the best and purest source of mois­ture for your hair. You can add it while sham­poo­ing if your hair is very oily, or use it as a mois­turiser. DIY treat­ment – Ap­ply an egg yolk to the hair, leave it for 15 min­utes and then wash it off with luke­warm wa­ter. The yolk acts as a con­di­tioner. You can also ap­ply honey on the ends. Honey has an­tibac­te­rial prop­er­ties so it will re­move all the bac­te­ria that the hair does not need. Leave on for 30 min­utes and wash off. Brush­ing – Use a softer brush, es­pe­cially when brush­ing the hair in the mid­dle of the head. This will pre­vent pulling and break­ing of the hair in the process.

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