Has a season of sun, heat and water wreaked havoc on your hair? Are you desperately searching for ways to fix those split ends? This month The Myth Squad is exploring the beauty legend that claims you can repair split ends.
First, lets define what a split end is exactly is and how they happen. A split end is simply damage at the bottom of the hair strand that causes it to unravel or split at the shaft.
Split ends can be caused by a multitude of reasons, including:
- • Too much heat from flat irons, curling devices and blow dryers.
• Excessive chemical treatments from straighteners, perms and hair color.
• The use of styling tools that rips or snag hair.
• Lack of routine maintenance such as regular trimming.
• Improper detangling techniques.
• Over washing and overuse of styling products such as gels, waxes and sprays.
On to the myth of repairing split ends. Some will call it semantics but, there is a difference between “repair” and “mend”. You cannot repair hair to its original undamaged condition, but there are ways to mend it.
By mend, I mean use products that temporarily bind the ends together and make it appear healthy. However, ultimately the only way to remove a split end is to cut it off.
(image: antique scissors via TheCornerStoreBK’s Etsy shop)
If you’re not ready to pull out the scissors, for a temporary split-free appearance try these steps:
1. Use a leave in conditioner aka “mending product” and give special attention to the ends. This will give your hair extra protection.
2. Gently towel dry and detangle hair with a wide tooth comb.
3. Apply a pea sized drop of serum for shine.
4. Use a large paddle or round brush and a blow dryer and blow your hair completely dry.
5. Make sure split end areas are dried as straight as possible. When hair is straight it draws less attention to the damage.
Optional step: use a heat protectant product and flat iron the last 1 to 2 inches of your hair on all sides. This helps make the bottom of your hair look uniform.
6. Use light hairspray with silk to help maintain the temporary mending.
Personally, mending split ends is a bit labor intensive for me. I prefer a regular trim to keep my ends and hair looking healthy. Just cutting that half inch or so of damaged hair can make a big difference. Your entire hairstyle will look, feel and actually be healthier.
So, the wht Myth Squad Verdict? This myth is debunked. You cannot repair split ends but, you can temporarily mend them.
Readers – How do you fight split ends? Are you a believer in regular trims? Share your tips in the comments.
Holly is a Midwestern gal living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She loves gardening, animals and is a skin care junkie. Holly is always on the quest to try something new or old and live the best life possible.