There is no true way to remove split ends, aside from cutting your hair. But you can take care of your hair and prevent their return.
Watch our video with the demonstration of our technic to SPLIT ENDS in Monica Hair Studio and see below this video, some tips showing how to remove and prevent split ends:
Identify whether you have split ends. The scientific name for them is Trichoptilosis, a longitudinal splitting of the hair fiber, and there are several types:
The generic end split,Splits occurring multiple times up the same strand of hair,A split occurring in the middle of the hair strand that will appear as a hole if the strand is bunched up.
Always use hair shears if you are cutting your own hair, even if you are only cutting a strand. Regular paper scissors can fray your ends and cause more splits down the road.
- Single strand knots (not really split ends) which occur most often in dry, curly hair.
Get your hair cut regularly, meaning every six to eight weeks. All hair gets damaged after a while. Get a trim of at least 1⁄4 to 1 inch (0.6 to 2.5 cm), and you should have solved the problem. It will remove split ends and keep your hair healthy and growing strong.
- Note that you really only need to trim when you have splits on the ends of the hair, so your schedule may vary with your hair type, how you treat your hair, and your style goals.
Cut them yourself between haircuts using a pair of hair shears. Cut about 1/4″ above the split of a single strand; there may even be a small ball above the split. If you don’t cut above the damage, the split will reappear.
Don’t rely on products that claim to “heal” split ends. They can seal the split end to help it look healthier, but they aren’t reversing the damage. These products can however help prevent future damage to otherwise healthy hair.
Here are some of the ways hair is damaged everyday and how to prevent damage from these factors and in turn split ends.
Most kinds of chemicals are going to damage your hair to some extent. Chemicals from getting a perm, having your hair highlighted, colored, etc., or even chlorine in bath or pool water all count.
Try to steer clear of chemicals. Natural hair is beautiful. If you absolutely must color your hair, search for the gentlest coloring agent you can find. If you are going to be using chemicals on your hair, be sure to condition your hair more often.
Protect your hair before swimming in a pool, ocean, or lake. This could include: using a leave-in conditioner, oiling your hair, or using a swim cap. Rinsing your hair thoroughly before swimming will also help it absorb less chemicals. Be sure to rinse and shampoo your hair as soon as possible after swimming.
Find out if the water you use to wash your hair is harmful.
- There can be damaging chemicals in the water you wash your hair with – mainly chlorine. There are filters that will reduce the amount of chlorine in your water.
- High concentrations of calcium carbonate can make your water “hard”. If you are in the USA you can check this map to see how hard the water in your area is. A water softening system will be most beneficial to your hair if you live in a hard water area.
Many people don’t realize just how fragile the ends of our hairs are. Being too rough with a brush or comb, or brushing or combing too often can damage your hair.
Stop teasing or back combing your hair. This is the most damaging type of brushing. It pulls up the scales of your hair and when you comb/brush that section again the scales break off.
Find a hair friendly comb and/or brush. If you have thicker hair you may need to use a pick or wide-toothed comb. Combs in general are more gentle than your common brush. Your brush or comb should aid you in untangling your hair, not pulling it out.
Never over brush. 100 brushstrokes is not necessary, and may lead to more splits than anything else.
Comb the hair gently. Start at the top and work your way down. When you encounter a tangle, don’t rip the comb/brush through it, stop and untangle with your fingers and then proceed. You have to be extremely gentle while untangling wet hair. Curly hair types may require combing the hair when it is still wet.
Use hair friendly accessories.
• The black band is the most hair unfriendly in this group because of the metal connector. Smaller versions of this are even more harmful. • The big green band is joined together by what appears to be glue and is much more friendly. • The little yellow band is a smaller version of the green one and friendly for thinner hair types. They can also be made of clear plastic. These little bands are ideal to tie off the ends of braids. • The big blue scrunchie is the most hair friendly. These are easy to make, but you can buy them at any place that sells hair care products.
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