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Health » Hair-care-tips » Split-ends-070919
10 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Split Ends
10 Easy Steps For Getting Rid Of Split EndsSpilt ends is a common problem mostly faced by women with long hair. It's certainly a curse for anyone trying to grow their hair long. Although cutting the split ends is the best way to get rid of them, the problem would reoccur once the strand grows. So, it's best to take good care of your hair to make sure split ends don't occur again. Here's why do split ends take place and what can be done to keep your hair in the best possible condition...

Why Does The Hair Split?
  • When the protective cuticle has been stripped away from the ends of hair fibres. Once the hair's cuticle wears down split ends are unavoidable. All you can do is trim them and vow to treat your hair better henceforth. Typically, the hair splits into two or three strands, and can be around two to three centimetres in length. The best treatment is to cut off the split end of the damaged fibre.
  • They are more likely to develop in dry or brittle hair, and typical causes of damage include excessive chemically or vigorous brushing.
  • Split ends are formed on growing hair because the inside of the hair, also known as the cortex, splits at the ends, thereby getting the name 'split ends'. Reasons for this fraying are because of intense heat that is caused from curling irons and blow dryers or because the hair is overstretched or damaged and hard combing or brushing that splits the ends.
  • Split ends happen when the hair is exposed to extreme temperatures, is not oiled regularly and due to lack of nourishment.
  • Another culprit is a hairpin that is not smooth at the end, because when you try to take it out, it can rip the hair apart.

Protecting Your Hair From Splits
  • Avoid intense heat on hair while using curling and straightening irons.
  • Wash your hair regularly and condition it well. 
  • Throw away hairpins with sharp ends and use one with rounded corners.
  • Drink lots of water, as it has minerals that are good for your hair.

When your hair turns dry or is damaged, the hair shaft splits at the end. Here's how you can keep those unsightly splits from spoiling the looks of your locks.


STEP 1: Keep brushing to a minimum since it promotes breakage. Brushing wet hair is a absolute no and make sure you use a wide-toothed comb on wet hair.

STEP 2: Strive for low-maintenance hair. Hair dryers, curling irons, perm and hair colours can all damage your hair. If you must blow-dry, use a cool setting and keep the dryer 6 inches (15 cm) away from your hair.

STEP 3: Protect your hair from extreme weather. Wear a hat on sunny days and keep hair well moisturised in the dry winter months.

STEP 4: Apply a leave-in conditioner or pomade to the ends of your hair daily to keep it strong.

STEP 5: Snip away any split ends you spot. Cut at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) above the split. A split end will split the hair all the way up to the scalp, so snip it as soon as you spot it.

STEP 6: Schedule a trim with your hairstylist if you start noticing a lot of split ends.

STEP 7: Take small sections of your hair and carefully twist them in a gentle downward motion. The split ends will automatically stick out.

STEP 8: Carefully snip into the twist with sharp scissors. Don't cut right through; just cut into the thickness to remove the damaged cuticles and give a natural layered effect. Be careful to cut roughly the same amount from each twist.
Dr. Sonal and Apoorva Shah
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