There are things you can do to reduce your chances of this much-dreaded hair problem.
20 January 2022| Last updated on 4 February 2022
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If there’s one thing that will kill a good hair day, it’s spotting a bunch of frazzled, frayed strands protruding from your expertly tied ponytail.
Split ends are the enemy of every long-haired person, and can easily become a recurring problem thanks to the multiple ways we damage our hair through styling (hello bleach and straighteners).
We asked Anabel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley, to explain why split ends happen and what you can do to prevent and avoid them – once and for all.
“Not many people know that 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, you should always protect your hair with a leave-in UV protector, or wear a hat.”
“After showering, you should also gently squeeze excess moisture from your hair. If you rub your hair roughly, you can cause breakage, split ends and tangles."
“Turn off the heat when your hair is ‘just dry’ too. Over-drying your hair with a blow dryer can seriously dehydrate your ends and cause them to split.”
How regularly should we trim our hair to stop split ends?
“I recommend every six to eight weeks, depending on the condition of your ends. If you leave it longer than eight weeks, split ends are likely to form and after this time, the ends tend to look slightly wispy.”
“Secondly, avoid handling your hair in a way that encourages the formation of split ends. One of the worst offenders is the repeated use of rough bristle brushes. To comb through your hair, apply a detangling spray and, starting at your ends, gently work your way up.”
Finally, do products that claim to seal or repair split ends actually work?
“Unfortunately, you can’t mend split ends – the only cure is to cut them off.”