Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How to help split ends

Cause of split ends?
Some causes of split ends might include, but are not limited to:
  1. Excessive use of hot styling tools (irons, hot curlers, blow dryers, hot combs).
  2. Overuse of chemical treatments (relaxers, perms, hair color).
  3. Use of inferior styling tools that rip or snag hair (cheap synthetic brushes or combs, brush rollers, etc.,).
  4. Environmental damage from heat, cold, wind and other climate issues.
  5. Lack of routine maintenance such as regular trimming.
  6. Improper detangling techniques.
  7. Over washing.
  8. Use of inferior hair care products.
  9. Excessive use of styling products such as gels, waxes and sprays.
  10. Trimming ends with inferior or dull scissors.
There are other causes for split ends beside some of the main ones mentioned above. 
Other causes could be excessive tangling, improper application or removal of hair extensions, headgear that snaps or rips delicate strands or even scratchy bedclothes, fingers or hands.  

For a temporary split-free finish follow these steps:
Shampoo hair and with a moisturizing formula.

Use a good rinse out conditioner making sure to slather the ends where the splits exist.

Rinse well and then do a cool to cold rinse to seal the hair's cuticles and ends, adding instant sleekness and glossiness.

Towel blot and then apply your favorite leave-in conditioner to your damp tresses.

Detangle your strands with a wide tooth comb.

Pour a pea sized drop of shine serum into the balms of your hands. Glide your serum coated hands over the ends of your hair making sure to focus more serum on the most frayed ends of your hair.

Use a large paddle or round brush and a blow dryer and blow your hair completely dry.

Make sure that the split end areas are dried as straight as possible since splits look worse when they are allowed to wave, curl, frizz or spike out.

When your hair is 100% dry apply a light layer of heat protectant spray or product. Then use a ceramic or teflon flat iron to flat-iron the bottom 1 1/2 to 2 inches of your tresses from side to side.

When you are finished flat ironing all around your head, spray with a light hairspray with silk to help maintain the temporary mending.

This treatment will temporarily bind your split ends back together. It is a little like using super glue on a broken cup. The glue will hold the pieces together, like the serum will hold your split ends together, but ultimately they will have to be trimmed off to prevent the rest of the hair from ultimately splitting up the shaft.
How to get Rid of split ends

Getting rid of split ends involves either snipping them out individually or waiting for the split hairs to naturally shed out (a process which typically takes 2-6 years). Trimming an inch off your hair will not remove the damage, as splits do not conveniently occur in the last inch of hair! Splits can occur at any point along the hair shaft; hairs can also have multiple splits or splits which appear as a slit in the hair, but do not divide it. It is recommended to remove split ends, as they may split farther up the hair shaft with time, and as they can cause further damage by getting tangled due to their fineness.

Products that will help
  • Tresemme vitamin B12 & Gelatin Anti-Breakage
  • Frizz-ease creme serum overnight repair formula
  • Herbal essences long term relationship leave in split end portector for long hair
  • Bumble & Bumble seaweed conditioner
  • Dove damage therapy intensive repair shampoo
  • Aussie moist conditioner
  • Biosilk Silk therapy
  • Sunsilk hydra TLC conditioner
  • Sauve professionals damage care conditioner

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