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How to treat split ends


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Split ends can be frustrating and seem impossible to get rid of once you have them. They occur when the ends of your strands become dehydrated and/or damaged through weathering and chemical processing, then weaken to the point they fracture. Split ends can make your hair look frizzy and dull and, even worse, can sometimes extend up your hair shaft and cause hairs to break off.

So, what to do? Unfortunately, you cannot repair a split end. You can mask them with leave-in conditioners or smoothing balms that will temporarily seal them together, but after a certain number of washes or brushing, they will unglue. The only sure cure for split ends is to cut them off — and prevent them from happening again!

But don’t fret, there is a lot you can do at home to guard your hair against split ends (as we share below!). Alternatively, if you’d prefer to seek help from the professionals, our Clinics in London and New York specialise in hair and scalp treatments, and will be delighted to welcome you.

How to Remove Split Ends

Simply trimming your hair will not get rid of all your split ends. Why? Because your hair is different lengths throughout your head (due to the different growing phases of each follicle), so if you cut your ends about half an inch, you will simply expose the next layer of split ends.

Try our simple trick for cutting them all off while preserving your hard-won length. It takes a while, but is a very effective exercise if you want to grow your hair long without split ends. All you need is a patient and trusted hairdresser or a good friend to help:

  • Separate your hair into small sections
  • Twist it from the ends like a corkscrew.
  • The various lengths will stick out along each 'twist’, showing where the split ends are.
  • Trim them off, working your way along every section of hair until all the split ends have been removed

    How to Prevent Split Ends

    • Brush Gently
      If you brush a sweater roughly and repeatedly, it will weaken and fray. The same goes for your hair!
    • Ease out Tangles
      Use a wide-tooth comb to remove knots and tangles. Start at your ends and gently work up to your roots. If you start at the top, or go at them with a brush, you can snap your hair along the shaft and leave yourself with split ends throughout your lengths.
    • Use a Deep-Conditioning Mask
      Use an intensive pre-shampoo conditioning treatment like Elasticizer once or twice a week, depending on your hair texture, to keep your ends supple and hydrated. This is even more important if you have tresses below shoulder-length or chemically processed hair, since the ends will naturally be more weathered. Moisturised, hydrated hair is more elastic and therefore less likely to split.
    • Use a Weekly Bond Repair Treatment
      Another effective way of reducing split ends is by using intensive treatments designed to tackle damage (the culprit responsible for hair snapping and splitting). Bond Builder Restructuring Treatment has been formulated to strengthen and repair bonds inside the hair, and is proven to leave hair up to 3X more resistant to damage*. With continued use, your hair will be less brittle, you'll see fewer split ends, and strands will have increased resistance against breakage.
    • For hair that it’s the healthiest it can be, with maximum protection against split ends and breakage, our Trichologists recommend two pre-shampoo treatments per week, alternating Elasticizer Deep-Conditioning Treatment and Bond Builder Restructuring Treatment. For a complete, all-encompassing hair care routine, treat your tresses to a mid-week Elasticizer to tackle dryness, followed by a spot of weekend damage repair with Bond Builder Restructuring Treatment.
    • Smooth Your Strands
      Try a detangling serum or spray like our Daily Damage Defence Leave-In Conditioner on your mid-lengths and ends. This will help smooth interlocked cuticles and reduce friction when combing.
    • Towel Dry Gently
      If you rub your hair roughly when towel-drying, you can cause knots and then breakage, which leads to split ends. Gently squeeze excess moisture from your hair instead.
    • Go easy with the hairdryer
      Use a lower heat setting and turn off the heat when your hair is ‘just dry’. Over-drying can scorch and dehydrate your ends, which is one of the main causes of splitting.
    • Wear UV Protection
      UV rays damage hair proteins, making your hair dry and brittle. If you are in the sun for a long time, shield your hair with a leave-in UV protector like Swim Cap. Or wear a hat.

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