Split Ends and What To Do About Them


We need to be clear about one thing: split ends happen to everyone, regardless of their hair condition. You will eventually get split ends no matter how often you color, brush, or even touch your hair (but probably sooner, if you do a lot of messing with it). The same goes for hair extensions. Because Hairlaya's full cuticle human hair is real human hair, it will also develop split ends over time. So what are the split ends? What causes split ends? How to prevent split ends? Read on.

What is the split ends?  

Trichotillomania- the technical term for the split end, is one of the most common hair problems. It occurs as hair naturally thins and weakens as it ages. As friction and sun exposure are combined with brushing, hair treatments, etc., the outer protective layer of the hair is gradually stripped away, leaving the hair raw and exposed. You break your hair at the ends of your hair because they are the oldest. 

What causes split ends? 

Age is the main factor. The longer your hair gets, the farther the ends will be from your scalp's natural oils, which provide additional protection against environmental damage. Having naturally dry or curly hair can make it especially difficult for your scalp oils to reach your ends.  

A bad hair habit is the main reason for dryness in hair, which is why it is so common. Unfortunately, most people do not realize how damaging these grooming practices are to their hair, so they are unaware they are doing it. For example, showering in hot water, brushing your hair, tying your hair back at night, and putting your hair in a towel to dry can all cause your hair to break and get split ends. 

Use the wrong hair products. The regular use of hot styling tools such as hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons, and hot rollers significantly impacts the hair. They dehydrate the hair, making it more delicate and prone to splitting. The straightening and perming of your hair, as well as dyeing or bleaching it, weaken the integrity of your precious hair strands, which increases the chance of split ends. Further, hair products containing drying agents and alcohols result in even more hair stripping, leading to more dryness and hair loss overall. 

External causes such as climate, weather, and nutrition should be significant. For example, sun exposure and a lack of humidity can lead to dryness, increasing your chances of developing split ends. In addition, vitamin deficiencies, an inadequate diet, and hormones all play a role in the health of our hair.  

When you are wearing Hairlaya's extensions, 

Your extensions' condition might not be the same as yours. When you wear extensions, you shield your natural hair against external damage, so it will split at a slower rate than usual. As a result, your natural hair and your extension hair may split at different rates, with your natural hair splitting a little faster than your extension hair. This is because Hairlaya extensions are made from top-quality hair and are treated with ultra-moisturizing products during manufacturing. As a result, it can be hard to identify natural hair-splitting through the layers of the extension hair and even more difficult to trim your natural hair without needlessly losing extension length. That's why it's essential to keep up with your maintenance schedule.

How to prevent split ends

Prevention is the best treatment. To prevent split ends and maintain your hair's integrity, there are several things you can do. It's important to keep in mind that split ends and dryness go hand-in-hand, so keeping your hair hydrated is critical.

Get trims regularly 

Get your hair trims every 6 to 8 weeks. You can do things to minimize the appearance of split ends, but the only way to eliminate them is to snip them off. You should visit a professional stylist for this job, especially if you wear extensions since they can spare as much length as possible. However, if that's not an option for you (or if you are a professional stylist), you can cut off 14-12 mm of hair at the ends (or a total mm if the splits extend up the hair shaft). If your hair is straight, cut in a straight line. If your hair is curly, twist sections and cut from there.

Use the right products: 

Make sure you shower properly. Shampoo should only be used at the roots, and don't do it too often, as it strips the hair of its natural oils. Depending on your hair type, you should wash it 1-3 times per week. Also, don't skip conditioning treatments. Conditioner or Argan Oil should be applied generously to the ends of your hair (no higher than mid-shaft) and left in for a few minutes before rinsing with cold water (to seal the cuticle).

Use hair masks, oils, conditioners, serums, and even supplements like biotin to prevent split ends.It is recommended especially for those of you with naturally thin hair (as thin hair breaks more easily) and those with extensions (to compensate for the lack of natural oil distribution on extension ends).

A good hair habit: 

Treat wet hair with extra care. Your hair should always be treated with care, wet or dry. After washing, the hair needs extra care because it is more likely to break when wet. Towel-drying your hair will jostle the cuticle; comb wet hair with a wide-toothed comb, and never blow dry wet hair. Please wait until it's at least 50% dry, treat it with heat-protectant, then wait about 3 minutes before blow drying it. It's best to let it air dry when possible.

Don't brush your hair too often. Use best practices when brushing your hair: use a boar hair bristle brush on dry hair (to minimize damage and spread natural oils evenly), always brush downward, starting at the ends and working your way up. Use your fingers to separate knots when you find them. Avoid tearing the knot out with a brush. You will hear your hair snapping when you do so.

Brush hair gently

Less chemical dyes and heating:

Cut down on chemical dyes and heating tools. Your hair will be drier than ever and may even become damaged from the cuticles from these products and procedures. In case you can't live without a straightener or curler, use the lowest heat setting and always protect your skin with a heat protectant. Consider henna dye (or a varying-color hair extension) if you wish to dye your hair.

Eat a balanced diet:

" You are what you eat." For growing shiny, long, strong hair, make sure you nourish yourself with food rich in fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, and take supplements if you feel you may not be getting all the nutrients you need from your diet. Folic acid and biotin, in particular, have been shown to improve hair health, length, and thickness. For example, walnuts, lentils, and brown rice contain biotin, which is metabolized into red blood cells, which aids in hair growth. On the other hand, leafy greens and oranges contain folic acid, which assists in red blood cell production. 

Sleep well: 

Sleep with your hair down and swap your cotton pillowcase for a silk one. Silk pillowcase not only will it prevent your hair from snagging while you toss and turn, it'll also prevent wrinkles.Before you go to bed, braid or use a silk bonnet to keep your hair from frizzing.  

So, whether you seem to deal with split ends all the time or only notice them occasionally as a reminder that you need a trim, prevention, along with regular trimmings, is the best cure. By eating the right food, using the right products, limiting heat exposure, avoiding chemical treatments, and being gentle with your hair, you can dramatically improve its health over time. Achieving long, strong, healthy hair is easier than you think. 

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