Split Ends: Causes & Solutions
Consider split-ends as a wake-up call for your hair care routine. Yes, you can trim hair to eliminate split ends, but the chances are that it may continue to happen.
Here’s everything you need to know about split-ends – causes, solutions, tips, and more.
What Are Split Ends?
Split end quite literally means when your hair fibre frays or splits at the end. In most cases, the split is only found at the end, but in some extreme cases, the problem can persist and appear on the hair length as well.
Split ends are easy to recognise. The hair fibres are broken, and they visibly appear dry and damaged. The hair cuticles don’t lie down flat against the fibre, and moreover, they tend to form knots, break, and have tangles, with no shine and actual depth.
How To Prevent Split Ends?
Split ends are multiple hair strands with fractures, and you cannot tackle the issue end-to-end without establishing a damage defence system in your hair care routine.
The first and foremost thing you should start with is your shampoo. Read the labels and check for sulfates and parabens. If you see these two ingredients in your shampoo, make a quick change to a good, mild yet effective Sulfate Free Shampoo. Sulfate and paraben-free shampoos will never deprive your hair, and eliminating these two from your hair care products can give excellent results.
iluvia’s Sulfate Free Shampoo uses a unique micro-emulsion formula that effectively cleans hair without any damage. The shampoo is mild and perfect for protecting damage-prone and brittle hair.
If you regularly use colour or chemical treatments on your hair, the Sulfate Free Shampoo will protect your hair follicles from adverse effects. Most importantly, it helps maintain and strengthen the natural lipid barrier, restoring hair health and shine.
Now, you also need a product that complements your shampoo and therefore completes your haircare routine perfectly. Our Hydrophobic Hair Repair Mask, with its moisture repellent formula, is the ideal pair to the Sulfate Free Shampoo. The mask keeps humidity at bay (if you didn’t know already, high humidity levels could damage the structure of your hair fibre, which in turn can make it brittle and weak). Additionally, the Hair Repair Mask also works as an anti-frizz and prevents dryness, which are two common problems you face with split-ends.
After using the Hair Repair Mask along with the shampoo, you will immediately notice significant changes in the texture and look of your hair. From experiencing dry, frizzy, porous hair, expect smooth, silky, and stronger hair with results from the first wash! Combine these two hair care products, and you will have the Damage Defense Duo, which works great as a split ends treatment.
5 Bonus Tips For Split End Prone Hair
Apart from these two crucial changes, here are some minor but effective alterations that can help prevent split ends.
Ditch the rubber bands: Rubber bands create friction when you untie your hair; over time, you lose many hair strands, and the friction leads to hair damage. Using fabric hair-ties or ones with friction-free material is one change that you can make to reduce your split ends.
Overwashing Your Hair With Hair Care Products that are not suited for your hair type: Overwashing your hair with hair care products that are not suited to your hair type and which may contain harsh sulfates and parabens can strip the natural oils of your hair, which is the primary cause of dryness. However, it’s not the same with the iluvia’s Sulfate Free Shampoo. The mild yet effective formulation gently cleanses porous hair and damaged scalp from dullness and dryness. The indigenously developed micro-emulsion formula prevents frizz & breakage, leaving hair soft, supple, and managed from the very first use.
Choose the Right post-treatment/colour hair care routine: Chemically treated and coloured hair requires more care and attention than normal hair. Harsh chemical treatments and processes weaken the hair cuticles and eventually cause split ends. You can reduce the frequency of these treatments or use the Hair Repair Mask along with the Sulfate Free Shampoo for effective post-treatment haircare.
Reducing Heat Styling: Using heat on your hair once in a while is okay. However, frequently using blow-dryers, flat-irons, and other heating tools will leave you with detrimental after-effects. Using a good heat protectant or hair serum to control the heat damage is crucial for split end prone hair.
Overbrushing: Professionals never recommend going overboard with combing and brushing your hair. It disrupts the natural structure of your hair way too often and doesn’t allow the natural oils to reach your tips. You should also use a wooden-tooth comb instead of the regular plastic ones to evenly spread the natural oils across your hair length.