What Causes Split Ends and How to Treat Them

Split ends or the condition that is called as trichoptilosis is a condition wherein the ends of the hair break and split. When not removed, the damaged part of the tresses can travel up to the roots, making them look frayed, brittle, and dry. Trimming the ends of your mane can help remove its damaged part.

In order to get rid of the breakage at the end of your tresses, it is important to identify first what caused them. Here are several reasons why the tips of your hair become frayed.

Exposing Hair to Heat

Exposure to heat from the sun or from hair styling equipment can make your tresses to go dry and brittle. As a result, it can become stiff and easy to break. It can also become discolored and look lifeless.

Using Harsh Chemicals

Many women want their mane to look straight and smooth and so they resort to undergoing chemical treatments. Strong substances are needed to give your mop a new look. A frequent application can destroy hair follicles, making the scalp dry, and even cause baldness.

Washing With Inferior Products

Be careful in choosing your shampoo and conditioner. Make sure that they are the right product for your hair type. Most of these products have labels that will tell you if they are for a dry or oily mane. Select the item that suits you best.

Eating Unhealthy Foods

Just like the rest of your body, your scalp needs nutrients in order to feed the follicles. It is responsible for hair growth. The strands that you can see above the skin are actually dead cells. That is why you will notice that the lower part of your tresses looks shinier than the upper part. Hairdressers would advise you to get a trim regularly to remove the damaged ends.

Here Are the Things You Need to Do to Prevent Hair Breakage

Avoid exposure to heat. Use a hat when walking under the heat of the sun. You can also use sunscreen for your mane to protect it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays because this can cause damage. A blower, dryer, and iron must be used sparingly.

Be content with your natural hair. Getting your tresses curled or relaxed will expose them to harsh chemicals. This can cause trauma to your scalp and follicles, resulting in dryness.

Use shampoo and conditioner properly. Shampoo must be applied to the scalp to remove oil and dirt. Use a conditioner generously from the middle to the end of your mane. These areas are made up of dead cells that can dry up. The conditioner will keep them moist and look alive. Do not condition the scalp so that dandruff is kept at bay.

Eat a healthy diet. Omega-3 rich foods are known to contribute to your overall health including the skin on your head where the hair follicles are rooted. Eat dark green and leafy vegetables for a healthier crown.

Drink plenty of water. Water hydrates the skin, including the skin in your head. A moist skin on the head will get rid of dryness and will facilitate follicle growth.

Remember that a healthy mane is a sign of your total wellbeing. It enhances your looks and makes you more self-confident.


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Danny Puopolo

Danny Puopolo is the Creative Director and Manager at rakis.com.au. He is the 2016 winner of the Shu Uemura Muse Image Awards and a member of the L’oreal Professionnel National Artistic Team.


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