Split End Prevention
Split ends are caused by hair splitting or breaking due to chemical damage, nutritional imbalances, drying ingredients in conventional hair products, stress, environmental conditions, toxicity, climate, poor quality combs and brushes, and certain fabrics rubbed against the hair. Hair splits when the cuticle layer has too much air, is too dry, and not lubricated enough.
A lot of movement while sleeping on a synthetic pillowcase can contribute to hair breakage. Very high thread count cotton and satin pillow covers are friendlier materials. Braiding long hair for sleeping or securing it on top of the head can be helpful in minimizing splits.
The quality of hair ties and accessories is important. Cotton harmonizes with hair better than most plastic and metal, and causes less friction. Check any ‘hair holder’ or barrette for rough or sharp edges or seams.
If you always secure your hair in the same place, your hair may tend to break along that weakened area. Move that spot around a bit and let your hair fly free occasionally.
A split hair is like a dry branch cracked open into two or more parts. It cannot be mended together. It can be temporarily coated but it does not grow or stay back together. There are only two solutions for split hair: cutting and prevention. Commercial split end repair products contain polymers and are fillers, which only last a limited time, and their residue often causes more dryness and breakage.
Morrocco Method conditioners don’t contain any polymers but high quality hydrating and nourishing ingredients. The goal for using them is to prevent hair from drying and dry hair from breaking.
A head of virgin hair is rarely full of split ends. Usually, there is more healthy hair than split hair. Interestingly, we hear our clients say that they have lots of split ends, yet when we look for them, there are hardly any split hairs to be found.
Many women think their hair is split when it is only dry or has many different lengths. Discovering hair of different lengths does not necessarily mean it has broken. Hairs may just be at their natural stages in the hair growth cycle or it could be the result of a previous haircut.
Most split hair occurs at the ends of long hair or the crown hair, which grows from the highest part of the head. It becomes the outermost layers and more subject to damage. The crown hair is most exposed to climate influences and manipulative hair styling. When you have split hair and you are not attached to the length, the easiest way to solve the problem is by getting a very good haircut to remove the damage.
From this point forward, you can start over with new hair care habits and dietary improvements. High acidity in the system through the consumption of too much ‘sweet, meat, wheat’ and even coffee may be contributing to split ends. If you want to grow your hair long, yet it breaks off at a certain length, a split hair repair job is essential. This means finding a hairdresser who can see the split ends and is willing to take the time to trim these damaged areas. The process can be made easier by taking small sections of hair, twisting them gently causing the split hairs to stick out. It is a tedious job and can strain the arms and eyes. If the desire is to grow the hair healthier and longer, it is necessary to bring the whole head of hair beyond its ‘breaking point.’
Split End Prevention Summary
- Getting the split ends cut by a professional who will take the time to do a split end surgery without shortening the rest of the hair
- The split ends need to be cut 1/3 – 1/2 of an inch above the area where they split since that part of the hair is likely to split as well
- Using gentle hair bands
- Reducing exposure to heat: hot water, blow-drying, and sun
- Avoiding chemicals
- Brushing and oiling your hair
- Reducing acidic foods
Edited excerpt from Awakening Hair – Caring for Your Cosmic Antenna by Linda Hollatz