Trusted remedies to tackle splitting hair
By Temitope Ojo
Split ends is a hair condition where a strand of hair is split into two or more fragments.
It is a type of hair damage that begins near the ends of the hair shaft.
In severe cases where the hair strand splits into multiple ends, it gives a very ragged unhealthy looking mop of hair.
Split ends or Trichoptilosis can also be a genetic condition.
Daniel Komlan, Head, Technical Education, Recare Hair Limited, makers of Natures Gentle Touch hair care range, here talks on the causes, prevention and treatment options.
Split ends are caused by several factors.
1. Use of strong and high chemical concentrated shampoos,
2. Frequent hair colouring,
3. Combing the hair too vigorously can also damage the hair.
4. When too much thermal or chemical stress is put on the hair, it reacts by becoming too coarse, loses sheen or develops split ends.
5. The appliances used in heating the hair, either by straightening, curling, perming, blow drying the hair, end up sucking the natural moisture out of the hair follicles, leaving the hair dry and brittle.
To detect split ends
The hair should be checked regularly in order to detect split ends.
1. You should be able to recognize split ends. Split ends are usually found at the tips of the hair.
2. It is advisable to be in the habit of closely looking at your hair once a week. In so doing, you can really notice the split ends early before they spread up the length of the strand.
3. It is also important to talk with your hair stylist, to examine your hair for different types of split ends, which can either be multiple splits, baby splits, long or deep splits, feather splits or double Y splits.
1. Always protect your hair before swimming in a pool
2. Reduce hair over-processing (application of dye, relaxers etc)
3. Avoid the use of tight hair accessories. Use hair-friendly accessories.
4. Protect your hair from too much heat and extreme sun rays
1. Use the right type of shampoo and conditioner
2. Use a deep conditioning hair mask and deep condition regularly
3. Apply hair serum and protective oils on the ends of the hair
4. Brush the hair properly to avoid tearing the hair
5. Eat balanced diets. Eat plenty of Protein-containing foods, vitamin and Biotin-rich foods
6. Avoid the application of products that are highly chemically concentrated on the hair
7. Avoid heat styling the hair very frequently
8. Use protective sprays or lotion when you do.