Truth about split ends

July 17, 2013
the truth about split ends

We all hate them, split ends makes your hair dull, lifeless, and they can spoil your hairstyle. My hair splits more than a Russian gymnast and I know these splits far too well for my liking. I always knew that my hair splits fairly quickly, but imagine my horror finding tiny split ends in my fringe two weeks after having it cut, but wanting to grow out it, I dared not cut them off. Learn more on the truth about split ends.

Causes of split ends

What causes the hair to split and what can be done to stop it? Hair splits on different rates for different people, and for some unfortunate people, such as myself, it splits very quickly. There are three main causes:


Dry hair is prone to split and this is often, but not always, caused by a diet that lacks important nutrients and is low in healthy fats.


Applying too much heat to your hair will cause it to fry and split.

Chemical products

Chemical treatments such as hair dyes and relaxers, weaken the hair, which can make it prone to splitting.

How to get rid of split ends

The truth about split ends is that not much can be done once you get. The only way to permanently get rid of them is to  have your hair trimmed. If you don’t the only thing that will happen is that the hair will split further. Once that’s happened you’ll have to cut more of your length as the split would have traveled up the length of your hair shaft.

A temporary alternative is hair products, such as silicone and anti-split end treatments. The cons about these products are that they only hide the appearance of split ends and wash out.

Not much can be done to prevent split ends, especially for people such as myself, but there are ways to reduce them.

  • Ensure that you have a balanced diet which includes healthy fats found in foods such as avocados.
  • Try not to use heat on your hair every day, and when you do ensure that you have applied a heat protection product.
  • Cut back on chemical treatments, or try alternative natural treatments.
  • Have your hair trimmed regularly. This will vary depending on how quickly your hair splits. If you barely get split ends, you can go for months without getting a trim

And that ladies and gentlemen is the truth about split ends, according to me.

What tips do you have on reducing the amount of split ends you get? Do you get them often?

This was originally posted on 10 July 2010 on my now defunct ‘Littlecity’ blog on Lovelyish. The original post has been edited and adapted for O so inspired.

Feature image via Pixabay.

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