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You can mask split ends with leave-in conditioners or smoothing balms to temporarily glue them together, but as soon as you pass a comb or brush through your hair or shampoo it, your split ends unglue.
The unfortunate truth is, you can’t heal a split end. The only cure is to cut them off. However, a lot can be done to prevent them.
Split End Prevention and Causes
Imagine what would happen if you brushed a sweater roughly and repeatedly. It would fray. Apply the same thinking to your hair.
Ease out Tangles
To remove tangles, use a wide tooth comb. Start at your ends and gently work up to your roots. If you start at the top, or use a brush to remove tangles, you can snap your hair all along the shaft, and this can give you split ends throughout the lengths of your hair. You can also use a detangling spray throughout your mid-lengths and ends to help smooth interlocked cuticles and reduce interfibre friction.
Turn off the heat when your hair is ‘just dry’. Over-drying your hair with a blow dryer can seriously de-hydrate your ends and cause them to split.
Towel Drying Gently
Gently squeeze excess moisture from your hair. If you rub your hair roughly when towel-drying you can cause breakage, split ends and tangles.
Your hair can burn, just like your skin. This makes it more prone to splitting and further damage. If you sit in the sun for a prolonged period of time, protect your hair with a leave-in UV protector, or wear a hat.
Use a pre-shampoo intensive conditioning treatment once or twice a week, depending on your hair texture. Moisturized and hydrated hair is more resistant to split ends.
Long Hair Care
Longer hair is more prone to splitting, simply because the ends are older and more weathered. If you have hair below shoulder length, hydrate and deep condition your hair on a regular basis to keep your ends supple and also to reduce further weathering.
How to Remove Split Ends
The biggest problem with split ends is that trimming the ends of your hair will not remove them all. Hair is of different lengths throughout your head due to different growing phases of each follicle, so if you trim your ends about half an inch, the next layer of hair will be exposed with their split ends.
However, there is an effective method to cut off all your split ends, while preserving your hairs length - all you need is a patient and trusted hairdresser or close friend to help! Separate your hair into small sections and twist it from the ends like a cork-screw. The various lengths will stick out along each 'twist' showing where the split ends are and you simply have them cut off. It takes forever, but if you want to grow your hair longer without split ends, it is very effective.