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Fraying or separating the hair strand into two or more fragments results in split ends.
This is due to follicle damage caused by excessive chemical (coloring or perms) or mechanical stress (e.g. styling tools).
In this article, we’ll be examining in-depth the reasons behind the split ends, how to treat them, and how to prevent them.
What causes split ends in the hair?
Split ends occur when your hair’s ends become dry, brittle, and frayed. They may resemble the unraveled end of a rope.
It can be caused by exposure to extreme weather conditions and hair care techniques such as blow drying, straightening, and curling. Chemical hair products are also to blame.
Split ends are common because so many people use hair products on a daily basis. Almost everyone will experience split ends at some point in their lives.
What can be done to treat hair?
Here are some simple treatments that you can do at home with items you probably already have:
Oil massage: Oiling replenishes the moisture in your hair. It is beneficial to your hair to massage your scalp with coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil, or a combination of these three oils. It’s best to leave it overnight, but if you’re in a rush, leave it for at least an hour and then wash it with a mild shampoo.
Mix the egg yolk with three tablespoons of olive oil and one tablespoon of honey to make an egg mask. Cover your hair with a shower cap after gently massaging this mask into it. After half an hour, wash with a gentle shampoo.
Papaya mask: Papaya is high in proteins, which your hair requires for luster, moisture, and growth. Using a fork or a blender, mash two medium papaya slices. Apply it to your scalp and hair with two tablespoons of yoghurt. To keep the moisture in your hair, cover it with a shower cap. Allow it to sit for 30 minutes before washing it off with shampoo.
Honey rinse is another simple home-made hair conditioner. Yes, it’s a little sticky, but it’ll work wonders on your hair. After shampooing and conditioning your hair, combine two tablespoons of honey with four cups of warm water and apply it to your hair. Leave it in your hair for a while. It will keep frizz and dryness at bay.
6 Ways to prevent hair split ends
1- When washing, brushing, detangling, styling, and touching your hair, be gentle. Keep in mind that split ends form gradually as incremental damage accumulates over time. Split ends can be slowed down if you are gentle with your hair on a daily basis.
2- Stay away from heat tools! If you use them, they are most likely the leading cause of split ends.
3- Increase your water intake. Hair that is hydrated from the inside out is more resistant to environmental damage and less likely to develop split ends.
4- Deep conditioning treatments every 1-2 weeks will nourish and strengthen your hair.
5- Don’t use a towel to dry your hair. Towels create friction, which can cause split ends to grow. Use a microfiber towel instead, or let your hair air dry.
6- Protect your hair ends by having protective or low-maintenance hairstyles, especially in the winter.
Everything you need to know about split ends for natural hair, 2021, Natural Club
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