Raise your hands if your hair currently feels like a broomstick. Or an old hair brush. Or a hessian sack
You, friend, have split ends and you’re not alone.
If you haven’t been to the hairdressers in 1,459 years or aren’t looking after your hair all that well, split ends can make your tresses look and feel dry and damaged. Less shiny, shampoo commercial hair and more scratchy jute rug or hay bale.
But don’t worry. We’re here to help.
We asked hair and beauty experts to give us the lowdown on what are split ends, what causes them, and how to get rid of split ends.
Let’s do this.
What are split ends?
“Split ends occur the longer hair goes without having a trim because hair gets thinner it gets towards the ends, and the dryer it becomes, that’s when the hair shaft starts to split,” international hair stylist Kevin Murphy told Mamamia.
Giveaway signs include frizzy and fluffy ends that are hard to smooth out. While the only way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off, fortunately there are things you can do at home (which don’t require scissors) that can at least help minimise the risk.
How to get rid of split ends.
1. Get regular trims.
First thing’s first, let’s be clear. The only way to get rid of split ends once your ends have split is to chop them off.
“Once a split end has started, if it’s not cut, it’ll keep splitting more and more up the hair shaft. Your split ends will get split ends, that’s why your hair can feel really crunchy and look like a broom,” Mamamia’s executive editor and beauty journalist of 15 years Leigh Campbell said on the You Beauty podcast (get in in your ears below).
Yes, split end creams and serums can help the appearance of split ends – more on that in a moment – but getting a haircut is really the only option if you want to get rid of your slit ends for good.
While the recommended time between trims is 12 weeks, Campbell said you can get away with four months. Using the right products will get you through in between visits.
You can also try hair dusting, which is a method where by you get hair cuts really often to avoid split ends and maintain the same style and length year-round.
If hair dusting is good enough for Meghan Markle, it’s good enough for us.
2. Use split end products.
Now we’ve established nothing can reverse the damage of a split end, here’s which products to try to make your hair look less witchy.
“There are split end sealing products that say they seal split ends – you can’t repair a split end once it’s split, but what they can do is get you through to your next trim to stop that end from splitting all the way up the hair shaft,” Campbell said.
Murphy added, “Prevention is always better than cure. You need to look after your hair before it gets to the splitting stage. You should have a strengthening treatment and keep your hair hydrated with the right wash and rinse.”