Another more common hair complaint is “split ends”. Splits ends are exactly what they sounds like they would be: the end of the hair
has “split” along its length into multiple fractions. In some cases, the hair will have “split” along the length at a point up from the
end, but the result is the same. The hair looks frayed, and frizzed.
Split ends are generally caused by styling damage (such as over-drying or vigorous brushing) and can be more prevalent in dry or more
fragile hair types (such as curly or coarser hair). Since the hair grows out of the scalp, and continues in the direction it grows from
start to finish, the way in which the hair is cared for as it grows has a cumulative effect on the condition it keeps. So, unless you
take extra-special care of your hair as it grows out, there will be inevitable signs of “wear and tear” on the ends of the hair.
The only real way to be rid of “split ends” is to trim away the damaged ends of the hair. This can be accomplished by going to the
salon for a standard “maintenance trim” and some of you may be perfectly comfortable doing it yourself. However, some folks are working
to try and grow out the length of their hair, and too-frequent maintenance cuts only hinder the ability to gain any length.
In these cases, try using the following method to remove the split ends without removing the length of the hair:
Section the hair into manageable sections and secure the sections you aren’t currently working with out of the way. Divide the section
you are working with into smaller segments (approximately ½-inch square at the scalp) and twist the segment in a downward motion along
its length. You will see the “split and frayed” ends of the hairs poking out along the length of the twisted segment. Using your
scissors, carefully snip these frayed ends off along the length of the twist and move to the next segment of hair and repeat the
You may want to enlist the aid of a friend depending on the length of your hair and your maneuverability. The process will be
time-consuming, but is well worth the effort in the end.