Split ends are no one’s best friend! Not only are they hard on the eyes, they’re even harder to treat. The best solution to split ends: ensure you don’t get any in the first place.
Avoiding the use of heating tools, chemical coloring and strong shampoos may help. But, could your split ends also be trying to tell you something? A diet rich in vitamins and nutrients is essential to strong gorgeous locks, and therefore, preventing brittle split-prone hair to begin with!
Understanding the causes and treatments for split ends is simple! Here’s how to diagnose your split ends, prevent their occurrence and treat them, naturally.
The Different Types of Split Ends
Split ends fall into one of three categories. It’s important to understand the variations of split ends to prevent and address them accordingly.
Single strand knots are tiny knots at the end or along your hair’s individual strands. Go ahead, looking closely, you may see tiny balls at the end of your hair, these knots may be trying to tell you something. You may be wearing your hair in its “shrunken state” (wash and go) or your hair is not thoroughly detangled. To solve this, try stretching out your hair or detangling it thoroughly – especially when it’s wet.
With incomplete split ends, the hair splits at the shaft, which causes a mid-shaft loop because of the hair’s structure breaking down. These have multiple causes, including chemical processing, excessive washing and direct heat. To solve incomplete split ends, try eliminating heating tools and treating your hair as gently as possible.
Tree split ends are when regular split ends go awry and without treatment. When you go without a trim, these split ends grow and continue to split! These may be a sign that your hair is too dry, you’re applying too much heat or you’ve gone without a trim for too long. To treat tree split ends, trim your hair often and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!
Strengthen Your Hair from the Inside Out
Spotting and treating split ends is one thing, but proactively preventing them is another! To avoid dealing with split ends, incorporate these essential vitamins and minerals into your diet for gorgeous strong locks.
- Eat iron-rich foods, like lentils and sunflower seeds
- Add more beans into your diet, these contain biotin that prevent brittle hair
- Get more vitamin A, such as carrots or spinach, to increase sebum, your hair’s natural conditioner
- Pump up the calcium with foods such as broccoli or sesame seeds to promote hair growth
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