Hair Care Tips

Say Goodbye to Split Ends

woman looking at her split ends

Does your hair feel dry and brittle? Is it frayed and uneven? Then you’re likely struggling with split ends! But what causes split ends and how can you keep them at bay? Discover how to prevent split ends and find the best split ends treatment for you. 

What Are Split Ends?

Split ends happen when the ends of hair become dry, brittle and frayed. There are three main types of split ends: 

  1. The basic split – where the hair splits into two, creating a fork 
  2. The candle split – where the hair is much thinner at the tip than along the strand 
  3. The tree split – where the hair splits multiple times. 

Often resembling the end of an unravelled rope, split ends cause hair to look dry and unhealthy. 

What Causes Split Ends?

Split ends are common and typically caused by three main factors: 

  • Heat Damage 

Heated styling tools (like hair dryers, straighteners and curlers) can damage and weaken the hair, causing strands to lose moisture and split. 

  • Hair Colouring 

Excessive hair colouring alters the structure of your hair, weakening strands and making them more prone to damage. This can lead to an increase in split ends.  

  • Chemical Treatments 

Like colouring, treatments, such as perming and chemical straightening, break down the natural structure of hair. Hair may look smooth and glossy in the short term, but the process damages and weakens strands in the long run.  

How to Get Rid of Split Ends

1. Book In Regular Hairdresser Appointments

Regular trims remove the driest and most damaged parts of your hair – the split ends. If left for too long, frayed ends can travel up the cuticle, increasing damage and preventing hair growth. Go for a trim every 6-12 weeks to stop split ends from getting out of hand and keep hair looking healthy. 

2. Use a Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner

The products you use can play a huge part in the health of your hair. The Watermans Essentials Set pairs our invigorating Grow Me Shampoo with our Condition Me Conditioner to provide a moisturising boost that helps to prevent split ends.  

Grow Me is enriched with Biotin, Caffeine and Argan Oil to help promote strong and healthy hair growth, while Condition Me blends Niacinamide, Shea Butter and Rosemary to moisturise and smooth the cuticle, reducing the appearance of frizz and fray.  

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3. Include a Hair Mask in Your Haircare Routine

Looking for the best split ends treatments? Give lacklustre hair a boost with a hydrating hair mask 

As the world’s first 8-in-1 mask, Masque Me deeply conditions dry and damaged hair. Formulated with Watermans famous Hair Growth technology alongside a blend of vitamins and antioxidants, this vegan-friendly treatment works to improve the health and shine of your strands, helping to reduce the likelihood of fraying ends. 

4. Never Skip Heat Protection

Heat is one of the main causes of split ends, so it’s crucial to apply heat protector before drying, straightening or curling your hair.  

Our Protect Me spray shields all hair types from heat damage, helping hair to retain moisture and preventing frizz and split ends.  

5. Wash Hair with Cool Water

As lovely as a hot shower is, it can damage your scalp and strip hair of its natural protective oils, potentially causing damage and fraying. When it’s time to wash your hair, turn the heat down so water is lukewarm or cool. 

6. Take Care When Drying Hair

It can be tempting to towel or blow dry wet hair, but it’s one of the easiest ways to cause split ends. When wet, hair is very fragile, so you need to be careful. Instead of using heat or rubbing with a towel, try patting it gently. It works just as well and is a lot gentler. 

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