Although split ends can occur anywhere in the length of the shaft, split ends are most commonly seen at the ends of the hair.
Prevention and treatment
It is important to treat the hair gently. Avoid regular towels and use silk or cotton to wrap your hair dry after shampooing and do not rub hair with the towel.
Avoid aggressive shampooing. Shampoo mostly in the scalp area at the roots which the most greasiest and condition the mid lengths of the hair
Do not comb when hair is wet. Run your fingers through gently instead or use a wide toothed comb
Use a leave in moisturiser or conditioner which will nourish and moisturise to avoid dryness which can further cause friction and split ends
Applying a few drops of argan oil or Moroccan oil to the ends and mid lengths of hair after washing also helps. You can also do the same, lightly oil the ends, wrap in a silk cloth and go to bed. Hair will feel much softer and Moisturised next day
Avoid heat styling, let hair dry naturally as much as possible. Use a heat protection spray if you must heat style.
Avoid colouring and chemical processing your hair as much as possible
Go for regular trims that will ensure split end free hair.
Mistreating your hair, snagging it, combing it harshly can all cause splits from mechanical damage
Deep condition your hair regularly at home or at a salon
Ensure good nutrition with adequate intake of protein, fats, calcium, iron and zinc.
- Coat the lengths of your hair with a mixture of coconut oil and castor oil, wrap in towel and go to bed. Shampoo and condition next day
- Egg yolks have strengthening and conditioning properties. Mix an egg yolk with honey and oil (2 teaspoons each) and apply to the ends. Leave for 40 minutes and wash off
- Use leftover beer in the final wash after shampooing; let it stay for 10 minutes before a final rinse.
The author is a Dermatologist and Medical Director at Le’jeune Medspa, Bangalore