Author: Burton Ransford
Edited by:  Embassy Studio & Medspa

Older Woman Wearing Curlers In Her Hair Embassy Studio ChicagoTo be a woman is to battle with the dreaded split ends from time to time! Like the body, our hair is a mirror for everything we consume, from diet to hormones, stress, and environmental factors such as dirt and pollution. When you factor in external elements like over-washing (which can strip the hair of nourishing oils), harsh products and buildup, and damage from hairstyling with hot tools, women face an uphill battle in maintaining shiny, healthy, beautiful hair. Although split ends may not always be avoidable, incorporating a few wellness and self-care practices can help strengthen your strands and minimize long-term hair damage from over-processing.

What Causes Split Ends?

Contrary to popular belief, all split ends are not created equal. There are several types of breakage that can help identify what is causing your hair damage and the steps you can take to nurse your locks back to health. The most common types of split ends include:

Basic split
Fork in the road

Tree
Mini
Candle
Knot

Also, known as trichoptilosis, split ends result from a break in the hair shaft. They are most common at the end but can actually occur anywhere along the hair shaft, including the middle of strand.

Common Causes of Split Ends

Brushing and combing – You can’t avoid brushing and detangling your hair. But the force of running a hairbrush and comb through your hair, especially when hair is wet and most vulnerable to breaks, is one of the most common causes of split ends.

Harsh chemicals in hair care products – Using the wrong type of product (or too much of any product) can weaken the hair shaft, making it more susceptible to breakage and split ends. Always use products that are designed specifically for your hair type (normal, dry, oily), and take a little extra time to read labels and reviews before using a product to make sure it is a good fit.

Heat styling and treatments – You don’t need to stop blow drying, ironing or curling your hair altogether, but prolonged exposure to our favorite heating tools takes a toll on hair health over time. Try to minimize the use of heating tools, and take steps to protect and seal the hair shaft before you begin.

Over-washing – Nothing beats the feeling of fresh, clean hair. But washing your hair every day (and the styling that goes along with it) can do more harm than good in the long run. Skipping a day or two and experimenting with “off day” hairstyles will give your hair and scalp a much-needed break and can result in new and interesting hairstyles.

Genetics – For some people, even the best habits and lifestyle practices can fall short in the face of hormones and hereditary factors that contribute to weaker hair texture, thinning and hair loss. Consult with a specialist to find the best hair care routine and products for your hair type.

Poor nutrition – If you’re not getting enough essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients like iron and protein, chances are the health and vitality of your hair will eventually suffer as well.

What Can You Do to Prevent Split Ends?

Start from the inside out and eat a healthy diet rich in fruit, veggies, and protein.

Let your hair air dry from time to time.

Trim, trim, trim.

Limit harsh chemical treatments and products.

At Embassy Studio, we offer a variety of hair care and topical and surgical hair replacement options for men and women.

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