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Preventing Split Ends

Updated on January 20, 2012
Split ends can ruin your hair
Split ends can ruin your hair | Source

Split ends are exactly what they sound like. They occur when the ends of your hair become damaged or broken, and they begin to split. This is a problem for a number of reasons:

Reason one: Health. If you have split ends, your hair is not healthy. If not dealt with right away, your split ends can get worse. The strand of hair will continue to split further and further up. When this happens, your hair becomes weak and breaks easily, which leads to more split ends. Do you see where I'm going with this?

Reason two: Appearance. Split ends, when you have enough of them, can cause your hair to look frizzy. When the ends of a strand of hair split, they tend to stick out in all directions. It becomes very hard to tame unhealthy hair.

Split ends can be caused by a number of bad habits. It's important that you learn what can cause them, and take note of how to prevent them, so you don't end up with bigger problems later on.

1. Limit blow drying, curling, or straightening. The heat that is emitted by blow dryers, curlers, and straight irons can damage your hair, causing it to split. Be very careful not to overuse these tools.

2. Be careful when you brush! If you are being too rough while brushing your hair, it's possible that you are causing a lot of damage. Your hair can actually break while you're brushing it, especially if it's wet. The broken strand is almost sure to split. Slow down the next time you brush your hair, and be gentle. You should always start from the bottom, and work your way up to the top, never the other way around.

3. Periodic trimming. It's suggested that you give your hair a good trim every six months or so. Doing this will eliminate ends that may be damaged, and will prevent them from splitting further.

4. Conditioning. When you wash your hair, it's very important that you use a conditioner. Not only will this help keep your hair moisturized, but it will soften your hair, making it easier to remove tangles. That means less breakage when you comb or brush it.

Keep in mind that longer hair is much more likely to get split ends than short hair. The ends of your hair have been exposed to much more damage than the newer portions of your hair have, simply because they've been exposed to damaging factors for longer. It's important that you learn how to care for your hair properly, so you can take steps in preventing damage, and keep it healthy longer.

If you already have split ends and want to know how to get rid of them, check out the video below. Use the tips you've read here to prevent them from happening again.

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      Kristin Trapp 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      I didn't know that longer hair is more likely to get split end and that it split further. I will definitely inform my daughter of this who wears her hair long.

      ~voted up and useful~

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