Split Ends 101: Causes, Prevention, and Repair Strategies


et’s be real: we all face the menace of split ends, regardless of our hair type or texture. The scientific name for this common problem is "Trichoptilosis," and it happens due to dryness, heat damage, or chemical irritation.

What are Split Ends?

Split ends occur when the ends of hair shafts become dry and damaged, often from harsh treatment like excessive heat, abrasive hair ties, inflexible brush fibers, dyes or other chemicals, and over-washing. It's a universal hair dilemma, but guess what? You're not helpless against them!

What causes Split Ends?

Don’t hate us because this is going to sound a lot like your mom reminding you to eat your vegetables… But, split ends are often the result of environmental damage, poor nutrition, and improper hair care. There we said it. Factors like heating tools, hair dyes, brushing wet hair, and even exposure to the sun and wind can contribute to the formation of split ends so if you're struggling with them, it's important to identify what's likely causing them for you.

How can you prevent Split Ends?

Prevention is key! To keep your hair looking its best, here are a few expert-approved strategies:

Get Regular Trims

Regular trims are essential to maintain healthy hair and prevent split ends. Aim for a trim every six to eight weeks, regardless of your hair length. Delaying trims can cause your ends to split further up the hair shaft, leading to even shorter hair. At Society Salons, our experienced stylists understand the importance of regular trims in maintaining the health and beauty of your hair. Don't wait until those dreaded split ends appear – schedule an appointment with us today to keep your hair looking its best.

Dial Down the Heat

Let's face it, we all love the sensation of a steamy shower, but scorching hot water isn't doing your hair any favors. Those hair cuticles need a breather to get rid of split end culprits! So, when you step into the shower, opt for lukewarm water or be brave and go for the coldest temperature you can handle. Hot water causes the cuticle to swell, making it more susceptible to splits. And when it's time to rinse, finish off with a refreshing burst of cold water to seal those cuticles and protect the outer layer of your hair.

Embrace the Microfiber Magic

These bad boys not only work wonders for cleaning up around the house, but they're also perfect for drying your luscious locks post-shower. Unlike regular towels, microfiber towels are gentle on your hair and help minimize damage. After showering, wrap your hair up in a microfiber towel and let it work its absorbent magic, drawing out the excess moisture. If needed, give your hair a loving pat with the towel. Remember, wet hair is more delicate, so put that brush aside for now. Instead, reach for a wide-tooth comb, which is kinder to your strands. Pair it with a spritz of leave-in conditioner for extra care and detangling prowess.

Mindful Shampooing

Over-shampooing can lead to split ends. Remember, your hair is most fragile when wet. Aim to use the same amount of shampoo as the diameter of your pulled-back ponytail. We recommend using Shu Uemura's Izumi Tonic Strengthening Shampoo for this step. This strengthening shampoo not only gently cleanses, but it also repairs and thickens fragile hair. It's formulated with rice water to strengthen and repair, leaving hair 30x stronger* and reducing split ends by up to 91%*. Izumi Tonic Shampoo provides a deep yet gentle cleanse, while strengthening and adding nourishment to your hair.

Shu Uemura's Izumi Tonic Strengthening Shampoo

How to treat Split Ends between Haircuts?

While the only definitive solution to split ends is cutting them off, there are ways to make them less noticeable between hair salon visits. This is primarily through proper haircare and nourishment. Skip a visit to the salon and try an at home Hydrating Coconut Oil Treatment. Coconut oil can help reduce the appearance of split ends and provide much-needed hydration. For best results, start with thoroughly shampooed, towel-dried hair, apply a scoop of coconut oil from the ends to the mid-shaft of your hair, leave it on for 30 minutes, and then rinse and shampoo twice. Repeat this every two weeks.

How to style your hair with Split Ends?

While you work on preventing and treating your split ends, here are a few tips to style your hair to mask them.

  • Avoid High-Heat Styling: High heat can worsen split ends. Opt for air drying or use your hairdryer on the lowest heat setting when possible.
  • Use a Wide-Toothed Comb: Avoid brushing your hair when it's wet. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair gently.
  • Use a Hair Serum: Hair serums can help smooth your hair, making split ends less noticeable. We recommend Shu Uemura's Izumi Tonic Thickening Serum. This thickening serum not only hydrates and strengthens fragile hair but it's also formulated with rice water to strengthen and repair. Izumi Tonic Serum leaves hair 30x stronger* and reduces split ends by up to 91%. Apply after styling to add texture, thickness, shine, and hold.
Shu Uemura's Izumi Tonic Thickening Serum

What's the final word on Split Ends?

Split ends might be a common issue, but with the right care and preventive measures, they don't have to be a recurring nightmare. Regular trims, mindful hair care routines, and proper nourishment are your best allies in this battle.

Remember, your hair is your crown—take good care of it!

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