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:
- The basic split – where the hair splits into two, creating a fork
- The candle split – where the hair is much thinner at the tip than along the strand
- 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.