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Split Ends

Definition: Split Ends

We can all see split ends when they happen but do you actually know what they are and what causes them? Split ends (or trichoptilosis, to get fancy and scientific) occur when the cuticle, the protective outer layer of each hair strand, gets stripped away and the dry, vulnerable hair underneath splits. Although there are lots of "split-end mending" products out there, fixing them actually isn't possible, so once you've got 'em, you've got to cut them off.

The only way to avoid split ends is to prevent them. This means deep conditioning, not over-coloring your hair, and minimizing your use of heated styling tools (flat irons, blow dryers, curlers, etc.). If you're going to color and style constantly regardless, you can still help safeguard your hair by using a treatment that structurally reinforces it, like Nexxus Emergencee Strengthening Polymeric Reconstructor ($15), which can help stop splits from spreading and prevent new ones, and by getting your hair trimmed regularly.


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Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
My bestfriend in highschool would sit in class and break off the ends of her hair when she found split ends. I swear it made her have even more split ends. I like using a deep conditioner 1-2x a week or a hot oil treatment once a month. I have not had split ends in years and I color my hair every 8 weeks and blow dry it/flat iron it daily. I also get my hair cut every 8 weeks so that may be why ;-)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I suggest conditioning the ends of one's hair. I like to use jojoba oil. It works as a good detangler, too.
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