WHAT CAUSES SPLIT ENDS ?
We've all had a split end or two in our lives that we just can't seem to shake, am I right ? They always appear when we least want to notice them, and are usually caused by heat styling, bleaching and other harsh hair habits. Yes they're common, but you don't have to live with them ! Getting a better understanding of what causes split ends is the best way to prevent them from raining on your parade.
HOW SPLIT ENDS ARE MADE
Split ends are dry, damaged strands that have frayed and separated into fragments. Hair needs moisture to allow protein in your hair cortex to hold strands together. Without keeping your hair hydrated, the protein won't be strong enough to bind your strands completely together, causing the split. The drier your hair is, the split end will start to separate higher and higher up the strand, until eventually one of the separated strands breaks off. Most of the time you can see where the break is because you will have random fly aways in the middle of your mane.
Some of the main causes of split ends come from daily hair rituals such as towel-drying, brushing wet hair, bleaching your hair a little too often, or getting it overly exposed to the sun. YES that's correct, just like your skin, hair can burn too. UV rays can cause the moisture in your hair cortex to evaporate quickly, leaving you with strands that feel dehydrated and stiff. However, do not freak out! We have some easy solutions to get your hair hydrated and back on track.
It's important to know that although many brands claim to be able to fix split ends or damaged ends, this is incorrect. You can only fix the split with a snip! Many products can help you recover dry hair yes, however none can un-do what is broken.... sadly !
It's good to get a trim when you notice dry ends to prevent them from splitting. Then get into a good hair routine to prevent any further dryness.
HOW TO STOP DRY HAIR
1. Condition your strands
Once a week or fortnightly, it's important to deeply condition your strands. A lot of the time they are missed between shampooing the roots and conditioning your ends. This mid hair is aged hair and we need to look after it and bring some hydration to it when we can! Try out a mask with the least amount of ingredients on the back. For your hairs sake, less is more !
2. Dry it gently
Did you know that your hair is at it's weakest when wet. This is why in many blogs we've previously suggested not to brush your hair wet... even tell your hairdresser to stop! Like wet hair brushing, towel-drying is a big no-no as well. Rubbing your fragile hair strands together in a towel can cause breakage right there on the spot. Solution: just wear it in the towel for a little before using a hair dryer on low heat.
3. Use a heat spray
By using the right heat protect spray, you are giving your hair a nice boost of hydration and a protection barrier against permanent damage. Ingredients such as Meadowfoam seed oil protects hair from UV and heat, leaves hair soft and hydrated, and also improves longevity of hair colour from washout.
Try our Heat Protect Spray today and get your locks hydrated and summer ready :)