How to Fix Split Ends
What are split ends?
Split ends are the fraying and splitting of the hair strand. They usually appear at the ends of the hair; however, it can sometimes also occur in the middle of the hair as the damage can travel up the hair strand. Split ends are a sign of excessive damage and stress on the hair follicle.
What causes split ends?
Split ends can be the result of a variety of factors, depending on the stress that your client’s hair has been put under. Damage can be caused by chemical services such as colouring or perming, mechanical stress such as the use of hot styling tools, or environmental stress such as UV rays.
12 Tips on How To Fix Split Ends
While the most obvious solution is to give the split ends a snip, there are some other strategies to prevent them from appearing again in future and to stop them from climbing further up the hair strand. Here are some solutions you can use to advise your clients:
1. Trim their hair
A trim will be the quickest and most effective solution to repair split ends . This will not only eliminate split ends but also prevent it from damaging the remaining healthy hair.
Some clients may be reluctant to come in for a trim if they are trying to grow their hair out. They may also fear that their hair won’t grow if they trim it but advise them that this is a common misconception and an essential way to promote healthy hair. If they do not trim their split ends, it will continue to snap hair further up the shaft.
2. The type of hair brush your client uses
People tend to pull and snag wet hair thinking that it won’t break. Wet hair is more flexible and hence more prone to damage. Your client may be using a brush that is too intense for their hair, especially paddle hair brushes.
You can recommend a wide tooth comb and for your clients to start brushing from the bottom without pressure. This way, your client is not going to pull on knots from the top and drag it down, further damaging hair. They can even section their hair and brush it. Prevention is better than cure.
Recommendation: This Black Celcon Comb features both fine and wide tooth combs for all types of hair. It is heat resistant, strong and flexible comb that prevents snagging and pulling.
3. Recommend new shampoo and conditioner
Unfortunately, there are no specific shampoos and conditioners that will magically heal split ends. However, you can advise your clients to use products that will help keep their hair moisturised and nourished.
It is best they avoid shampoos and conditioners that are heavy in sulphate. Sulphate is the surfactant in shampoos that cause it to lather and foam up, however can cause your hair to be dry and brittle, making it more prone to breakage and split ends.
Recommendation: 18 in 1 Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner is enriched with Argan Oil, Keratin, Panthenol and Vitamin E which is nourishing for dry hair. 18 in 1 is also free of sulphates which is the perfect remedy for dry and damaged hair. It also smells delicious.
4. Advise them on how to towel dry their hair
You may want to advise your client to dry their hair with care. Most people aggressively rub their hair with a towel, which can cause the breakage to travel up the hair strand.
To avoid this, advise your clients to gently squeeze excess water out of hair with a towel. Try to use an absorbent or quick dry towel.
Recommendation: Recommend your clients use a microfibre towel to dry their hair as the absorption time is quicker. It absorbs four times the amount of water compared to a cotton towel and dry in half the time.
5. Talk to them about their blow-drying technique
Your busy clients must jump out of the shower and immediately blast the hair dryer on their hair on high heat settings. This can be very damaging to their hair, so it is best to advise them to allow their hair to air dry as much as possible to prevent damage from a hairdryer.
Advise your client to avoid blow-drying the tips of their hair and instead focus on the middle and root of the hair. The more heat exposure, the more damage will be caused to the hair strand. Tell them to keep the nozzle away from hair to reduce heat damage. It is best to distribute heat evenly, or if possible, dry on the cold setting.
Recommended: Parlux has been a salon favourite for decades and there is no question why. With speed and efficiency, the dryer works with precision and evenly dries hair, resulting in healthier hair overall.
6. The heat setting of their straightener
It is natural to think that the highest heat setting will most effectively dry hair. However, your clients probably don’t know that this doesn’t change the straightening process and is causing more damage than good.
At the heat of 180 degrees, hair is most mouldable. Any temperature higher than this is effectively just overheating and damaging hair. How? Heat over 200 degrees burns keratin in hair, which is the main protein in hair that keeps hair soft, silky and smooth. Any heat exposure is damaging to hair regardless of temperature.
Recommendation: AMR clients love Silver Bullet’s Titanium Copper Straighteners as they have varying heat settings up to 230 degrees on an LCD display, making it easy to reduce heat. They can also be used with permanent and keratin straightening systems.
7. Use heat protective products
If your client must use hot styling tools, then advise them to use an effective heat protectant before applying any heat. These can at least help shield their hair from damage caused by hair dryers, straighteners or curling irons.
Recommendation: Heat protection is of utmost importance, so you need to ensure your client has access to the best. 18 in 1 Thermal Spray is an effective heat protectant and it prevents hair from being damaged with the use of hot styling tools. It offers heat protection of up to 230 degrees Celsius. Also enriched with Keratin, Argan, Vitamin E and Panthenol for healthy hair benefits.
8. Recommend some additional treatment to add to their haircare routine
Your client may benefit from additional treatment to enrich their hair. Ingredients such as Argan Oil, Linseed Oil or Avocado Oil are known for their nourishing and healing properties that benefit dry and damaged hair. You may advise your client to apply a mask treatment once or twice a week for added hydration and nourishment.
The benefit of using a treatment is that it can help seal the cuticle in your client’s hair, giving the hair fibre an extra layer of protection to prevent further damage. It will help smoothen and detangle hair to minimise future damage.
Recommendation: Advise your clients to apply treatment masks to their hair once a week for added nourishment. Fanola’s Restructuring Mask enriched with milk proteins for effective detangling action, resulting in smoother and shinier hair.
Additionally, try the Restructuring Cream specifically for split ends. The cream helps to seal the hair cuticle, creating a filming, anti-frizz action that helps repair and prevent split ends.
9. Recommend a Keratin Treatment
Keratin treatments are recommended for those with frizzy and dry hair. It is a protein that makes up the skin, hair and nails. Keratin can become depleted over time, so it would greatly help the hair if it is being restored and replenished through a treatment. Keratin treatment rebuilds damaged areas of the hair, so your client will immediately see more shine and less frizz. Hair will be smoothed and reinforced, eliminating chances of fraying.
Recommendation: Keraterm is fantastic for disciplining frizzy and dry hair. It is enriched with Keratin, Karite Butter and Macadamia Oil. Both the shampoo and mask is both ideal for hydrating and nourishing hair.
10. Recommend sleeping on a silk pillowcase
Your client’s pillowcase could be a part of the problem. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase may help keep their hair under control. The properties of silk and its smooth surface helps to reduce friction and prevent damage such as split ends. They will be basking in luxury.
Recommendation: You can recommend a silk pillowcase that is smooth and delicate on the skin like the Mulberry silk case from Catch.
11. Tell them to avoid hot showers
Heat is especially damaging to hair. Recommend to your clients that they have lukewarm showers instead of hot showers that will likely make their hair more brittle from heat exposure. Hot showers are bound to make their hair more prone to damage and split ends.
12. Advise them to avoid consistent use of elastics
Busy clients perhaps prefer to keep their hair out of their face and out of the way by tying it into a ponytail or bun. Frequent use of elastics and constant tying of the hair can cause hair breakage and contribute to split ends. If they need to have their hair tied, recommend some snag-free hair ties that won’t leave their hair damaged. They can also use pins and clips.
Recommendation: Tangle ties are the most effective hair tie to reduce snag and damage to hair. The rings on the hair tie places uneven pressure on the hair which holds hair in without it being too tight and restrictive on the hair.