How To Prevent Split Ends

Written by Anjali Sayee

Are you tired of dealing with split ends? The bad news is these split ends will not magically mend by themselves. However, the good news is there are a few ways to prevent these frayed ends. Here, we have listed the causes of split ends and what you can do to prevent them. Keep reading.

  • Causes Of Split Ends: Being aware of the causes of split ends can help you better prevent them.
  • Heat: Anecdotal evidence suggests that regular use of heat styling products like blow dryers, straightening irons, and curling irons can damage your hair and cause split ends.
  • Physical Damage: In its wet form, your hair might be stretched upto 50% naturally without succumbing to any damage (1). Hair stretched beyond 50% may get damaged. Combing your hair repeatedly and excessively while it is wet can result in split ends (due to the additional stretching that occurs while excessive combing).
  • Chemical Damage: Chemical processes like artificial hair coloring, bleaching, and perming can cause your hair to become frayed, leading to split ends (2).
  • Nutritional Imbalance: A nutritional imbalance causes hair damage and split ends (3).

Keeping these causes in mind, what can you do to prevent split ends?

5 Ways To Prevent Split Ends

1. Trimming

Trimming your hair once every 6 to 8 weeks will prevent split ends. Remember that if you wait anymore to get a trim, your hair shaft might split farther and make managing split ends difficult.

2. Oils

Oils fill the gap between overlapping cuticles and keep damaging substances from penetrating your hair. Oils also reduce split ends. They even boost natural hair shine and silkiness. They keep your hair from getting stretched too much while combing. You can use argan or coconut oils to treat your hair and split ends.

  • Coconut Oil: Studies show that coconut oil can reduce any protein loss in damaged and undamaged hair. The oil penetrates the hair shaft and nourishes hair from within (4). This nourishment may also reduce split ends.
  • Argan Oil: Anecdotal evidence suggests that argan oil may penetrate the hair shaft and nourish it, reducing split ends.

3. Avoid Over Washing

Hair is vulnerable when wet. Excess shampooing on wet hair can cause split ends. Hence, avoid washing your hair too often. Do not use too much shampoo. Alternatively, you can also use a shampoo with moisturizing and revitalizing properties.

4. Avoid Any Form Of Heat

Keep your hair safe from the heat. Avoid hot showers or other heat styling tools.

  • Hot Showers: Hot water, when used on hair, can cause loss of moisture. Wash your hair with lukewarm water (and then with cold water) to keep your hair safe from damage.
  • Blow Drying: Using a blow dryer at the end of your hair may cause damage and split ends. Concentrating the blow dryer towards the upper length of your hair and the hair roots can reduce hair damage.
  • Heat Styling: Using a heat styling tool on your hair exposes it to a significant amount of heat that might lead to hair damage. Hence, limit the use of heat styling tools. Should you use such a tool, also keep a heat protectant handy.

5. Use Microfiber Towel

Wet hair is vulnerable and more prone to damage. Rubbing your wet hair after a shower might damage it further and lead to split ends. Hence, blot your hair with the use of a microfiber towel. Such a towel would prevent any hair damage or breakage. A microfiber towel is also convenient to use for drying your hair.

Your hair health is largely determined by the type of food you eat. The right nutrients can make a significant difference.

What Nutrients (Foods) Help Prevent Split Ends?

1. Zinc

Zinc helps with the growth of the hair tissue. Hair loss is a common symptom of zinc deficiency (5). Consuming foods rich in zinc might help reduce hair loss caused by zinc deficiency (6). Anecdotal evidence suggests that zinc deficiency may also cause an itchy scalp and split ends. You can consume eggs, walnuts, and oysters.

2. Protein

Our hair is made from a protein called keratin. A balanced diet rich in protein is great for healthy hair. You may include protein-rich foods in your diet to keep your hair healthy and potentially prevent split ends. These include eggs, wild salmon, and quinoa.

3. Iron

Anecdotal evidence suggests that including iron-rich foods may help reduce split ends too. You may consume spinach, raisins, tomatoes, and parsley.

4. Vitamin E

Vitamin E has antioxidant properties that help keep your scalp and hair healthy (7). It may also prevent hair damage. Including sunflower seeds, olives, and almonds in your diet may help reduce split ends.

5. Biotin

Biotin deficiency may also cause hair loss (8). Anecdotal evidence suggests the nutrient may help reduce split ends. You can consume almonds, chard, and eggs that are rich in biotin.

Do Split Ends Prevent Hair Growth?

No, split ends do not hinder hair growth. However, they can affect hair length. If the ends of your hair break as fast as your hair grows, your hair may not grow in length.

Conclusion

Maintaining healthy hair can be a challenge. With split ends, it could only get difficult. Not treating them on time can lead to long-term complications. We believe this article has given you enough information on what you can do to prevent split ends. Try them today and see your hair shining like never before!

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Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.