Tips for Treating and Preventing Split Ends

If you have ever had split ends, you know that it can make your hair look unkempt and unclean. If you find yourself asking questions like, “How do split ends even occur? How can you prevent them?” Then this blog is for you. Salon Helena in Albuquerque discusses the top tips for preventing split ends and for fixing them at home.


What are split ends?

Split ends are when the tip of a person’s hair becomes dry and damaged from ill-treatment and begins to split up the shaft of the hair. The technical term for split ends is “trichoptilosis schizotrichia” and it is caused by stress caused to the hair. Thermal, mechanical or chemical stress can all cause split ends.

How to Treat Split Ends

If you notice you are getting split ends often and you can’t figure out how to prevent and treat them, try some of the following tips:

  • Wash your hair every other day. When you wash your hair every day, your hair gets exposed to harsh cleaning chemicals that can strip your hair of its natural shine and oils, causing brittle and dry hair. If you must wash every day, follow-up with a moisturizing conditioner such as Moisture Repair Conditioner by Moroccan Oil at Salon Helena.
  • Avoid blow-drying. When it comes time to dry your hair, skip the harsh heat of a blow dryer and let it air dry after combing it out. Using a towel can also cause split ends or make them worse.
  • Let your natural color show. When you color your hair on a regular basis, the chemicals from the hair dye can sometimes make the condition of your hair a little worse. If you can’t forego the color treatment, ask your colorist about natural, organic hair dyes that are gentle on your hair.
  • Get a trim. Eventually you will need to have a trim to help regulate split ends and other damage. Salon Helena recommends getting a trim every six to eight weeks or longer. Trimming your hair where there are existing split ends will prevent further damage to the strand of hair.

You can work to prevent split ends by treating them above. Not only do the tips above take care of the damaged tips of hair, but they also prevent further damage from happening. Keep your hair healthy and have a professional give you a blow out or style your hair for your important events. Salon Helena has a skilled team of makeup artists, hair stylists, colorists and more to help you look your best and feel your best. Visit us in Albuquerque today!