Firstly lets us discuss what is it and how do they form.
What are Split Ends?
Trichoptilosis is another name for Split Ends. Split ends occur due to the splitting or fraying of the hair shaft.
Put simply, split ends occur when a single strand of hair splits into two or multiple. As hair grows from root to the tip, split ends are most recognizable on the ends of the hair. As the hair tips are the oldest part of your hair strand. But indeed in some cases, they can occur anywhere in between the hair strand.
Depending on the length of your hair, these split ends may have been with you for several years!
Hair ends are the most exposed and vulnerable parts of your hair. Daily wear and tear on your hair will degrade the hair cuticle, exposing the inner cortex. The result is split ends.
Your ends can split in many ways. You may notice the normal split in two. May see ends that split into multiple pieces like a tree or broom. You may even notice hairs that split up the shaft.
For some, split ends are a chronic problem, while others can maintain long hair with little to no effort.
What Causes Split ends?
Heat Styling Tools
Frequent use of hot styling tools like hair dryers, straighteners, and hot rollers have a large impact on hair. These tools strip the hair moisture, which in turn, makes them far more delicate and susceptible to splitting.
Chemical treatments for straightening and perming, along with dying or bleaching hair, all weaken the integrity of your hair strand. It increases your likelihood of split ends.
Beware About Your Hair Products
Using hair products that are full of drying agents and alcohol increases dryness and hair breakage and split ends.
The most common culprits are everyday activities like taking a hot shower, brushing out tangles, putting your hair up in a towel to dry. Sleeping with your hair tied back, all these can lead to split ends and hair breakage.
Environmental aggressors such as sun exposure can degrade the end of your hair cuticle and lead to dryness and split ends.
A lack of nutrients due to an unsatisfactory diet, vitamin deficiencies, lack of nutrition, all play a vital role in the health of our hair.
Hats, scarves, and sweaters accelerate the development of split ends, as do cotton pillowcases and towels. If your hair is long enough that it brushes the back of your shirt or jacket, this causes damage too.
How To Get Rid Of Split Ends?
Get Regular Trims
Unfortunately, you can’t exactly get rid of split ends once they happen. The only real cure for split ends is a trim, which is why being proactive and preventing them in the first place is vital. Although it may seem counterintuitive, getting regular trims will help your hair grow faster and stronger.
This is because, if the split ends aren’t cut off, the hair will just continue breaking higher and higher along the hair shaft, and you’ll end up with frizzier hair as a result.