Split ends occur when the hair’s protective layer, called the cuticle, is damaged and begins to separate from the hair shaft. This is caused by various factors.
Exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage the hair, causing it to become dry and brittle. This can lead to split ends over time.
Brushing your hair too much or too vigorously can cause the hair to become damaged and prone to split ends. It’s important to use a gentle touch when brushing or combing your hair, especially when it’s wet.
Too Much Heat
Heat styling tools such as hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can cause the hair to become dry and brittle, leading to split ends. It’s important to use these tools sparingly and to use a heat protectant product to help minimize damage.
Picking at your hair, whether it’s with your fingers or a tool such as a comb or brush, can cause damage to the hair cuticle and lead to split ends. It’s important to be gentle when handling your hair and to avoid pulling or tugging on it.
Rubbing your hair vigorously with a towel after washing can cause the hair to become damaged and prone to split ends. Instead, it’s best to gently squeeze out excess water and pat your hair dry with a soft towel or a microfiber hair wrap.
To prevent split ends, it’s important to be gentle with your hair and to avoid any behaviors that can cause damage. Using a nourishing conditioner, avoiding heat styling as much as possible, and getting regular hair trims can also help keep your hair healthy and prevent split ends from forming.