What are split ends, what are they caused by, and why do they leave our hair looking unhealthy, dull and unmanageable? Find out all you need to know about split ends, as well as how to get rid of split ends as quickly and effectively as possible.
WHAT ARE SPLIT ENDS?
Known in the medical world as "trichoptilosis" or "schizotrichia", split ends are result of fraying or splitting of the hair fibre, most typically at the end of the strand, although splitting can occasionally occur further up the hair.
DOES EVERYONE GET SPLIT ENDS?
Not to the same degree. All hair types can suffer from split ends due to other, non-genetic/ethnic reasons. You may have more or less split ends than your neighbour due to how you style your hair, how intensely, what products you use, or if you use heated tools. Certain environmental conditions like the weather (wind, rain, sun), pollution and lifestyle can also affect the quality of your hair, making it more prone to damage and resulting split ends.
HOW DO SPLIT ENDS AFFECT YOUR HAIR'S APPEARANCE?
Split ends and broken hair fibres can cause the hair to look dry, straggly and uneven at the ends, with the lengths looking flat and dull. Why? When the cuticles (the overlapping scales that cover the hair strand's core) are damaged, they don't lie down flat against the fibre. This means the light does not reflect as well off the hair, which is why people with split ends often notice a lack of luminosity and depth. These damaged cuticles are also less supple, which means they do not lie smoothly against one another, but have a tendency to tangle, create knots, and break even further. Absolut Repair Lipidium Double Serum helps to seal the appearance of split ends to keep hair looking shiny and feeling of long lasting smoothness.
HOW CAN YOU PREVENT SPLIT ENDS?
Wondering how to get rid of split ends? When the hair strand is split or fractured, the only solution to restore a healthy fibre is a visit to your hair stylist for a trim. Once neatly cut off, however, you can start your prevention plan.
Split ends are caused by the weakening of the hair shaft and the splitting of the fibre, therefore prevention comes in the form of damage avoidance and control, as well as an adapted haircare routine to keep the hair shaft moisturised and supple. Source Essentielle Nourishing Balm is a daily hair treatment formulated for dry hair to provide control, nutrition and shine. With sesame oil, hair will feel nourished from root to tip with split ends smoothed.
An often-unknown cause of damage to the hair is towel drying and harsh brushing. Rubbing against the hair too roughly can weaken the cuticles and even break the fibre. Instead, it is recommended to squeez out excess moisture using an old cotton t-shirt before blow-drying on a low heat, and using a wide paddle brush only once hair has begun to dry. For essential detangling, a wide-toothed comb with a detangling cream can help minimise damage and breakage. This lightweight hair cream will help to detangle fine hair prone to knots, enhance shine and leave hair supple and full of vitality.
Heat is also a culprit when it comes to split ends. Heat damage is one of the major causes of split ends and flyaways because, when too high, it breaks the chemical bonds, which normally provide strength to the hair fibre. This is why professionals recommend you avoid using curling irons and straighteners where possible, always apply a heat protectant, and turn your hairdryer to its lowest temperature.
HOW TO CARE FOR DAMAGED HAIR
Whether it be due to heated styling, the environment or naturally weak hair, the best way to repair damaged hair is through a tailored haircare routine. The Absolut Repair haircare collection from Serie Expert contains a shampoo, conditioner, serums and a mask all designed to nourish and reinforce weakened hair thanks to the unique Lipidium complex, a resurfacing, hydrating and protective agent that smoothes cuticles and restores shine and body, with a reduced risk of split ends developing.
Split end take-away: if you notice split ends, get the tips trimmed at your hairdresser's, then start a preventative anti-breakage haircare routine at home using the right haircare