What Causes Split Ends + How To Help Your Hair Grow

Are your split ends getting in the way of achieving Blake Lively-like locks? We feel you. We’ve all dealt with split ends caused by heat styling, bleaching and other harsh hair habits. But just because split ends are common, it doesn’t mean you have to live with them. Understanding what causes split ends is the best way to prevent them from ruining your healthy hair party. So, if you’re looking for ways to stop split ends in their tracks and prevent them from coming back – keep reading!

WHERE SPLIT ENDS COME FROM

Split ends are dry, damaged strands that have frayed and separated into fragments. Your mane needs moisture to allow protein in your hair cortex to hold strands together and if your hair isn’t hydrated, the protein won’t be strong enough to bind your precious strands.

There are a few things that can make dry hair more susceptible to breakage and - you guessed it - split ends. Regular hair rituals like towel-drying, or bleaching your mane a little too often, can cause frayed ends – and so can spending a little too much time in the sun. Yep, just like your skin, your hair can burn. UV rays can cause the moisture in your hair cortex to evaporate quickly, leaving you with strands that feel dehydrated and stiff (eek!). But before you freak out and lock yourself inside, know that a few simple changes to your hair care routine can help stop split ends from spreading and bring your locks back from the brink.

BE CAREFUL WHEN BRUSHING

Every babe has dealt with a difficult knot of hair. It doesn’t matter how it got there, but we all know how irritating it can be to get rid of. Your first instinct might be to grab a brush and tug at the knot until your strands are free. But what you might not realise, is that coarsely brushing the knot can cause further hair breakage, taking you further away from your long hair goals. The next time you find yourself with a knotty mane, apply a small amount of our Elixir Oil to the tangle and gently comb it with a wide-tooth detangling comb. It does take longer to do, but you’ll walk away with thicker, smoother strands – which what we all want anyway, right?!

DRY YOUR HAIR GENTLY

Did you know your strands are weaker when they’re wet? Rubbing a towel on wet locks can cause split ends, hair breakage and lots of annoying knots. So next time you hop out of the shower, gently squeeze the excess water out of your strands instead. This is a gentler way to rinse out excess water and keep your strands strong and fully intact.

If you’re also in a committed relationship with your blow dryer (we’ve all been there), try to only dry your locks until they’re slightly damp. Doing this will help your hair retain moisture and ensure the protein in your hair cortex keeps holding your marvellous mane together. We also recommend using our Heat Protectant Spray before you even think about picking up your hairdryer. The potent formula uses quinoa extract to help protect your hair from harsh heat styling tools and help improve the look of any existing hair damage.

DEEPLY CONDITION YOUR STRANDS

Split ends appear when your hair is dry and brittle. So, if you keep your strands hydrated at all times, you won’t have to deal with any frayed ends – it’s as easy as that. If you haven’t got acquainted with the labels on your shampoo and conditioner bottles lately, we suggest you take a look. If your mane is feeling like it could use a pretty big drink, make sure you’re using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Choosing products that are sulphate-free (as these nasties can dry out your locks like nobody’s business) and full of nourishing oils, will also help you avoid frayed ends. Our Rapid Repair Shampoo and Conditioner is perfect for anyone trying to achieve longer locks. And if you also use them alongside our Rapid Repair Serum (which is formulated to also reduce breakage and repair existing hair damage), you’ll be able to help banish split ends by up to 60% - sounds like a win-win to us.

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