As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, you can’t ever truly “repair” your hair once it’s been damaged. That doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do to prevent the damage from getting worse, though. However, many serums on the market today claim to repair split ends. But if you can’t actually repair hair that has already left the hair follicle, what exactly is happening?
First, we need to look at the definition of repair. In a traditional sense to repair something means to mend or fix the thing that has been damaged, in this case, hair. There are two ways to look at this as it applies to hair. The first option is repairing the hair that has already grown out of the scalp. In this case, the hair isn’t so much being repaired as it is being despised. The hair may look better but the damage will still exist and may become noticeable once the product is removed. The second way is to repair the condition of the mechanisms responsible for growing hair itself (like restore nutritional levels, improve the scalp health, and nourish the hair). This method isn’t as visibly immediate but the results are long term as long as you have good hair health habits. In many cases, products use the former in their messaging. So the question becomes, what does it mean when a product claims to “repair split ends?” In many cases, products that claim to repair split ends coat the hair in a product (like oil) that slicks the ends of the hair down. As Split ends can make ends of the hair look frizzy or more course, this is a viable, albeit temperate solution,
What causes split ends?
Split ends can be caused by a variety of reasons. Here are a few of the most common:
Cutting your hair with the wrong type of scissors
Never use a dull blade to cut your hair. Dull blades can squish or pinch the hair shaft as opposed to cleanly cutting it. You may not notice at first what, within a few days, the hair will start to split, and that could ruin your new hairstyle. Opt for quality hair sheers if you’re going to cut your hair yourself and don’t use those sheers for any other purpose (i.e., to cut paper or other materials). This is because other material may dull the blades.
Heat damage seems like an obvious risk factor that can lead to split ends. If you are ever planning to have your hair take direct heat, be sure to use a heat protectant to help reduce damage.
Always be gentle when handling your hair. In particular, avoid snatching at it or roughly detangling it. Additionally, try not to over brush or comb your hair. Once or twice a day should suffice. The more friction your hair undergoes, the more likely it can be damaged. On the topic of friction, certain materials can increase the chances of your hair breaking. Cotton or other fibrous materials can dehydrate hair which can lead to split ends.
What are the advantages of using products that mask split ends?
It’s not always feasible to get a trim when you notice split ends, and while masking the problem isn’t solving it, products such as this help reduce the amount of damage your hair incurs till you can get that trim. Split ends have a nasty habit of causing hair to break, and if left unchecked for too long, a split end can potentially travel up the length of the hair and break off at the root. Split ends and hair breakage can also be a culprit in one’s hair, not appearing to grow even after several months have passed. Hair grows about a fourth of an inch each month, but if the hair is breaking at the rate it grows, then it can appear that the hair is not growing, or has stopped altogether.
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