STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT SPLIT ENDS
Split ends seem to be the bane of every hair conscious womanís life. They happen when the protective cuticle has been stripped away from the ends of hair fibers. But why does this happen, and what can you do about it? First letís look at this scientific description of what split ends are, and what they look like up close.
Trichoptilosis is a longitudinal splitting of the hair fiber. Better known as split ends. Any chemical or physical trauma that weathers the hair may eventually lead to split ends. Typically the damaged hair fiber splits into two or three strands and the split may be to or three centimeters in length, about one inch.
A common condition, split ends is most often seen in long hair but also occurs in short hair that is not in good condition. This can be a problem for anyone trying to grow their hair. So what causes split ends?
As the hair grows, the natural protective oils of the scalp can fail to reach the ends of the hair. The ends are getting old once they reach about four inches. They have had long exposure to the sun, gone through many shampoos and been over heated by hair dryers and hot irons. This all results in dry brittle ends which are prone to splitting. Infrequent trims and lack hydrating treatments can intensify this condition. So what can be done to fix this problem?
If you already have split ends the most immediate cures is to cut them off. But thatís not always acceptable especially if you are growing your hair. Keep in mind that if you donít do something about them, your hair will get shorter anyway because split ends drop off and continue to split backwards toward the scalp at a faster rate than your hair can grow.
We recommend specialized products such as Structural Balance Dry Ends Corrector, it is designed to seal the splits in order to catch any split ends that are shorter than the length you are willing to cut your hair. Trim your hair regularly every 6 to 12 weeks and always condition hair longer than 4 inches. A weekly deep conditioning treatment is also a good idea especially if you hair is prone to splitting, chemically treated or exposed to heated appliances like hair dryers and hot irons. Structural Balance Hydrating Reconstructor is recommended.
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