How to cope with split ends
Almost every single long-haired woman has experienced double-ended hairs on her head. What causes it? Incorrect hair care or illness? In fact, frayed edges could be a consequence of both. The outermost layer of the hair - the cuticle, is composed of tightly attached to one another cells. What keeps them together, and also attached to the cortex (the second layer of the hair) is the natural lipid lubricant. When it decreases, for some reason, the protective sheath of the hair gets damaged and the fibers that make up the cortex "unravel". Factors affecting the structural integrity of the hair can be both internal and external. Here are the most common among them:
Internal factors for stratification of hair:
- skin diseases - ichthyosis, seborrhea, neurodermatitis and others.
- other types of health problems - anemia, endocrine problems, infectious diseases, hormonal disorders, etc.
- prolonged stress
- hereditary predisposition
- insufficient water intake
- inadequate nutrition intake
- too frequent washing of the hair
- use of unsuitable shampoos
- bathing with hot or chlorinated water
- aggressive grooming - while hair is wet; with plastic combs or brushes with sharp metal teeth
- aggressive environment - sudden temperature changes, strong heat or moisture, UV rays
- excessive use of hair dryer, curling irons, press
- chemical hair treatment
Putting enough effort to improve our general health and the care for our hair, we can certainly avoid the unpleasant appearance of split ends. If their presence is a fact, however, the only solution is to trim them. It is therefore very important not to allow such serious damage to the hair. It is better to use shampoo that matches our hair type, not to deprive it of its natural, healthy fats. The conditioner is a great addition to any washing, as it helps the tight adhesion of the cells in the outer layer of the hair and protects it from drying and damages. Several times a month it is useful to apply and a mask, too, to nourish and rejuvenate our hair in depth.
And to the fans of home-made cosmetics we suggest to try one of the following recipes:
- Mix 1 egg with a tablespoon of pure honey and add enough unrefined vegetable oil (olive, almond oil or other) to cover the entire hair. Spread the mixture evenly and cover your head with a nylon hat and a towel. Rinse after an hour.
- Spread 1-2 pureed ripe bananas through the entire length of the hair. Optionally, enrich the mixture with milk or exotic fruit, such as avocado. After 30 minutes, rinse thoroughly with water.