Splits ends and breakage can occur at any part of the hair strand but are commonly found at the bottom of the hair where the hair is the oldest and most worn out. Splits ends and breakage is something that we all experience and at some point or another. Therefore, this article focuses on some ways to help you prevent split ends and breakage.
How to Prevent Split Ends and Breakage?
Damaged Cuticle Layer
Cause: Split ends occur when the cuticle layer of the hair strand is damaged. The damage can occur abruptly via breakage or over time through normal wear and tear. Split ends come in varied types with some being so microscopic, they cannot be detected by the naked eye.
Prevention: Because split ends cannot be repaired, problem ends must be trimmed to restore hair to a healthy point. Many have found it helpful to trim periodically for maintenance to rid themselves of any split ends that are not seen by the naked eye.
Cause: Stress and frustration can lead to impatience. For me, that translates to mishandling of hair. I really try my best to not take my frustrations out on my hair but I fail miserably each and every time. The end result is breakage. When breakage happens, the protective cuticle layer is damaged, leaving the shaft exposed. The hair will eventually begin to fray and split.
Prevention: Give your hair love when you’re in the right frame of mind. If you find things going awry, step away from the mirror and try again later.
Cause: Split ends may result from mechanical damage which includes improper combing techniques and/or the use of improper tools. Mid-shaft splits, which are split ends in the middle of the hair strand, are often a result of mechanical damage.
Prevention: Seamless combs cause less friction and damage to the hair cuticle. Combing tip to root is the best combing technique available to minimize the potential for breakage.
Lack of Trimming
Cause: Waiting too long between trims can worsen the health of your hair. Problematic, frayed ends are left to worsen, thereby allowing the split to either travel further up the shaft or cause hair breakage.
Prevention: Trimming for maintenance addresses worn ends before they worsen and restores hair to optimum health.
Weak Cuticle Layer
Cause: Dry, brittle hair, vigorous brushing and combing, combing and brushing the hair while damp, chemical services and excessive use of heat weaken, rip and tear the cuticle layer which leads to split ends and breakage.
Prevention: You should keep your hair properly hydrated by moisturizing and sealing as needed and deep conditioning weekly or every two weeks. You should minimize use of direct heat sources such as flat irons, curling irons and heat combs and extend the timeframe between chemical services for as long as you possibly can to give your hair rest.