How to get rid OF SPLIT ENDS
Understanding what causes them and how to deal with them
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.