Protect Your Hair From Split Ends
The bitterest part of this article is that there is no cure for split hair. They just do not stick together once they split. Having said that, let us move onto the better part of this article.
We can prevent split ends if we understand and eliminate the causes. But hair once split, just needs to be trimmed away and then maintained properly so that they do not return.
Causes of Split Ends
There are various causes for split ends, but the most basic reason is stress – mechanical, chemical and thermal. Excessive application of hair products like hair color may strip protective layering off the outside of the hair’s shaft and weaken the hair, making the hair prone to split ends. Mechanical stresses include pulling a comb forcefully through tangled hair and repeated combing.
Other reasons are below.
- Dry scalp.
- Exposure to extreme temperature and chemical products like relaxers and hair color.
- Lack of nourishment.
- Excessive dying
- Vigorous brushing and backcombing. Use of metallic combs and brushes ;
- Brushing hair when it is still wet.
- Use of uncovered elastic bands on the hair.
- Use of satin pillows.
- Repeated use of heated appliances like iron or hair blow dryers
Home remedies to avoid split ends
- Mix well 1 teaspoon of castor oil, mustard oil and olive oil. Massage the scalp for at least 30mins and apply it to the full length of hair. Cover the head with a hot towel later.
- Mix 1tspn of almond oil with 1 egg yolk and apply it to your scalp as well as hair. Wash after an hour.
- Hair moisturizing mask made of mashed up avocado when applied to damp hair will prevent split ends effectively. Make sure you leave it on your hair for at least 15-30 minutes. You can also add hot olive oil to it.
- If it is hard to get avocado then use mayonnaise in its place. Apply it once a week.
- Shampoo your hair after every workout or strenuous exercise, as due to perspiration the salt will erode your hair.
- Apply regular conditioner after every wash.
Don’t they say prevention is better than cure?
- Eat healthy and wisely. Dont they say this for everything? Well, its true, isn’t it?
- Use a sharp hair shear to trim hair. Dull scissors will only encourage the hair to split further.
- Use a good hair scrunchie which is devoid of metal connector, glue or is not soft on the surface. Use hair friendly accessories.
- Protect your hair from the sun. Use a conditioner which has a sunscreen. Wear a hat.
- Stop teasing your hair absent mindedly. Do nto back comb. Hair scales are delicate.
- Never over brush. 100 brushstrokes are not necessary, and may lead to more splits than anything else. Prefer a comb to a brush.
- Protect your hair from the harsh chlorine and other disinfectants of the swimming pool and from the ocean.
- Avoid chemicals of all kind. Do not experiment with a lot of shampoos, conditioners, colors and such. Get help from a hair stylist to choose a product and stick to it.
- Check out the water you use for washing your hair. If there are excessive salts, it could corrode the hair follicles and hair shaft. Take care. Use a water softener if necessary.
- Wash hair properly, as often as necessary, not too often nor too rarely. DO not dry it hard. Let it air dry. Do not use the brush or comb through the tangles. Do not towel the hair vigorously. Use cool water to rinse your hair; hot water strips away the moisture.
- Take care of your hair like your baby.
Hair care is not an art or science per se. It is every woman’s inherent act. Trust yourself to make the best decisions. Eat wisely. Be as natural with your hair as possible.
Shine from within, it will be reflected on your hair.