We all know them: those little split ends of hair. Split ends are not a bad thing, but they can make our hair look dry and disheveled. You can find out how to prevent it and whether you can fix it in our ultimate tips to prevent split ends.
We've probably all had dry ends of hair and split ends. Split ends are arguably one of the main problems when it comes to hair. Not least since lockdown number one, many have known how quickly a haircut like this can go crazy if it is not subjected to professional treatment on a more regular basis. But outside of the hairdressing salon, you can do a lot for your tips and against split ends.
Split ends can have many causes. Some are in your own hands, while others are just the way things are. The most common causes of split ends are:
These things will help keep your hair and the ends of your hair dry. If the brittle ends of the hair then rest on the shoulders or clothing, the friction can break or split the hair at the end.
If you have split ends, there is really nothing you can do other than get the hairdresser to cut the tips for you. But there are a number of tips and tricks you can use to avoid split ends.
Probably the greatest promoter of split ends is styling at too high a temperature. This does not mean that you can no longer blow-dry, straighten or curl your hair - you should just turn the temperature down a little and protect your hair from temperature-related hair damage beforehand with a heat protection product.
For example, do you already know steam straighteners? These straightening irons spray a fine mist of water, which on the one hand makes styling more effective and long-lasting at low temperatures. On the other hand, the hair is moistened minimally, and split ends can be avoided.
Not only the influence of heat can cause split ends, but also the wrong hair wash. We use a shampoo to remove dirt and sebum from the scalp as well as styling residues from the lengths of the hair. However, many wash theirs wrongly. It is completely sufficient if you concentrate on the roots while washing because enough cleaning substances flow through your lengths when washing out the shampoo to remove all other residues. So you don't need to shampoo your tips and unnecessarily bring them into contact with the drying soaps in the shampoos.
Our recommendation: A sulphate-free, mild shampoo gently cleanses the hair and at the same time supplies it with plenty of moisturizing substances.
Another mistake that I made myself until a few weeks ago is to finish washing my hair with a cure. Conditioner should always be the last step in hair washing. Because conditioner closes the cuticle of the hair, which has been swollen by, for example, a hair mask. The right sequence of shampoo, treatment, and conditioner can really make a difference in the fight against split ends.
Choosing the right brush can also prevent split ends. You should ban metal bristles or pressed combs from your bathrooms and replace them with brushes with natural bristles. Natural bristles like a boar bristle brush (what a wonderful word) ensure that the natural hair oil is evenly distributed over the entire hair - right down to the tips, which in turn moisturizes and avoids split ends.
By the way, you should only comb your hair when it is dry! Because wet hair can tear faster if brushed incorrectly. However, this only applies if you have straight hair. Curly heads only comb their hair when it is wet. Otherwise, you will destroy the bundling of your curls and the knots in the curls will break them faster - because you need more force to comb.
We often choose hair care products primarily not based on effectiveness, but rather on the scent. It can be very beneficial for split ends if you choose a conditioner or a shampoo for oily hair, for example, even though your mane is rather dry. There are special curl shampoos or some for dry hair for a reason. You should also choose the styling products according to your hair type. A heavy leave-in provides the hair with moisture but can weigh down fine hair (spaghetti alarm), too strong a hair gel can form a strong crust on finer hair, which in the long term can lead to hair breakage and split ends.
To avoid split ends, we need to take extra care of our tips. The ends of the hair are always the oldest part of a hair and need a lot of maintenance. A top-quality serum or hair oil between washes is a good remedy for split ends and moisture loss. This is especially true when the outside air is dry in the summer or due to heating.
Especially when things have to be done quickly in the morning, we tend to rub our wet hair briefly through the towel. Mum already did that with us! Unfortunately, Mutti was wrong. The damp and therefore sensitive hair rub against each other and on the towel. This roughens the surface of the hair, which means that the hair can no longer hold moisture and becomes dry. Here, too, split ends are a consequence. It is best if you wrap your wet hair in a turban and first dress or apply make-up in parallel. This will allow your mane to slowly dry out before you apply the blow dryer.
In addition, rough cotton towels are not the best choice when washing your hair. Microfiber towels are finer and softer in their structure and therefore gentler on the hair.
Just like rubbing with a towel, a cotton pillow can promote split ends. At night you move around, roll from one side to the other and snuggle up really nicely in your pillow. The rough structure of cotton not only tears your hairstyle and creates frizz, but also roughens your hair and can cause split ends.
Pillowcases made of silk, on the other hand, are very smooth. They leave the hair alone and also have an antistatic effect - so avoid frizz in the morning. Another advantage is that silk has antibacterial properties and is therefore also good for your skin.
As with hairbrushes, you should avoid using metal parts with other styling tools to avoid split ends. This applies on the one hand to hair ties with metal connections, but also to hairpins and clips. These metal parts are often minimally sharp-edged and rub the horny layer of your hair. Hair accessories without metal are better.
Yeah, I know this tip is pretty boring, but it's so important. If you don't let your tips become brittle and dry in the first place, there will be no split ends. Those who cut their hair ends regularly or have them cut ensure that they stay healthy and do not break. If you don't want a special haircut but just want to cut the tips, you can also try cutting your hair yourself.
The right tool is essential. First and foremost, the right scissors. It absolutely has to be a pair of hair-cutting scissors and not a model from the kitchen or children's craft drawer. These scissors are not sharp enough, which can lead to the cut edge becoming frayed and resulting in split ends.
Choosing the right hair length? You read that right. There are haircuts and hair lengths that are real split end monsters. At the top of the list is unfortunately our favorite - the long bob. With this cut, the hair lies on the shoulder. So the tips rub on our shoulders all day long and can splinter. Even steps that are at shoulder length are more prone to split ends than shorter or longer ones.
So that the ends of your hair don't keep rubbing openly on your shoulders and clothing, you should occasionally pin your hair up in a bun or pigtail. However, the braid should not be too tight. Because that too can cause hair breakage at the point that is constantly hanging in the elastic. We have already explained in tip nine that there should be no metal parts attached to your hair tie.
As much as we love the summer and long days on the beach (with enough sunscreen, of course), the sun is just as bad for our hair. The combination of saltwater or chlorinated water and the sun, in particular, dries out the hair and this, in turn, can cause hair breakage and split ends. On top of that, UV radiation can change the color of colored hair. Shades and UV protection for the hair protect against this and against moisture loss due to the sun. The leave-in care with sun protection factor supplies the hair with moisture and cares for sun-plagued strands.
New hair colors are fun and we don't want to take that fun away from you. However, coloring or bleaching always means stress for your hair. It is therefore important that you only re-dye the roots of bleached hair, for example, and not the lengths and tips every time. It's almost fatal to your hair. The same applies to colored hair. If you re-dye here, you should also concentrate more on the roots and perhaps on the first quarter of your hair lengths for the transition.
The clear and short answer is: No! Regardless of whether numerous manufacturers advertise with product names such as "Spliss Repair" or not. If the ends of your hair split into two ends or in a fir tree style, you can't just glue them back together. It was nice. The only way to prevent split ends is to cut them with sharp scissors. Then you can use our anti-split ends tips to prevent new split ends and your hair will stay healthy longer.
It doesn't matter if you have split ends. But it can get bad for your hair if you don't do anything about it. Split ends are a sign of dry and damaged hair. It is like a cry for help for more moisture and care. In most cases, you can put an end to split ends with a visit to the hairdresser and then the right hair care. So it doesn't matter, we all have it or have already had it.