Split ends are a sure sign of damaged hair. It’s important to understand why the ends split in the first place to prevent them from worsening and reoccurring.
Split ends are a sure sign of damaged hair. It’s important to understand why the ends have split in the first place to prevent the damage from worsening and reoccurring.
It may seem like the only answer is to cut off split ends. Whilst a regular trim is advised to maintain healthy hair, and selective snipping is the ideal solution in extreme cases, you can use special treatments to minimise and mask damage.
What is a split end?
A split end occurs when the hair cuticle weakens and breaks. Splits can start small but will travel towards the root over time if not treated. Split ends can be caused by numerous factors, all of which can be minimised and prevented.
What are the main causes of split ends?
Over-brushing hair can lead to split ends, especially if the hair is brushed when wet, as the shafts are stretched and more prone to breakage. It's recommended that you use a wide-toothed comb to detangle wet hair.
Avoid tugging at your hair too hard with a comb or brush, especially if your tresses are snarled. Similarly, pat your hair lightly with a towel to dry it rather than rubbing vigorously.
Heat damage is one of the main causes of split ends. Heat from hairdryers, straighteners, tongs, or any other heated tool puts pressure on the hair shafts, which makes them weaker and more likely to split. Practising a good blow-dry technique and using a heat protectant can help minimise heat damage.
Chemical processes such as colouring, perming, and straightening put hair under a lot of pressure and leave strands susceptible to breakage and split ends. It's particularly important that you pay special attention to treated hair. Schedule regular cuts and use appropriate conditioners.
What should I do if I already have split ends?
Preventing split ends is important, but it’s equally as important to know how to stop existing damage from spreading. Once a hair strand has split towards the root, the strand needs to be snipped. However, in the early stages of splitting, it's possible to repair the hair shaft and promote healthy hair growth.
We also recommend Pureology Strength Cure Split End Salve, which has been specifically formulated for coloured hair. This product uses coconut oil to condition and resurface damaged cuticles. Restorative serums are best applied before a blow-dry to seal and strengthen the hair shafts and prevent heat damage.
Intensive masks are also recommended for damaged and split hair. Apivita Nourishing Mask for Dry/Dehydrated Haircontains honey and almond for a deeply nourishing treatment that repairs and strengthens the hair.
Pureology Colour Fanatic Deep Treatment Mask is perfect for tinted tresses that need a boost of moisture and protection. Masks rehydrate the hair to strengthen and protect cuticles. Colour-safe conditioners also seal the cuticle to prevent colour fade.
Giving your hair TLC between every cut is crucial in the battle against split ends—especially if you're having chemical treatments. Masks and serums not only prevent split ends but also help halt, repair and mask them if they do occur. If you treat your hair well and minimise potential damage, you'll have healthy locks in no time.