Sigh, I’ve got split ends :(
My hair has grown to a considerable length and to my despair I’ve got split ends. In fact, I got countless of them! I’ve got so much until it gives me the itch play with my hair often. Soon enough, this might be one of my hobby – searching for split ends and trim it off. ;)
Anyway, I am curious to know what contributed to my hair disaster. I did some research over the Internet and from what I have gathered, the main reason why my hair split is because my hair is rather long. When the hair is too long, the natural oils from the scalp fail to reach the ends or when cortex loses moisture.
The other causes of split ends are:
- Dry scalp
- Exposure to extreme temperature and chemical products like relaxers and hair colour.
- Lack of nourishment.
- Excessive dying
- Vigorous brushing and back combing. Use of metallic combs and brushes
- Brushing hair when it is still wet.
- Use of uncovered elastic bands on the hair.
- Use of satin pillows.
- Repeated use of heated appliances like iron or hair blow dryers
In my instance, I reckon my worse sins were to brush my hair when it is still wet and also to use the hair blow dryers daily. Serve me right! :P It is time to change some habits.
Obviously, “quick fixes” such as trimming can help but given the thickness of my hair, this would be a daunting task. It might take an hour plus for me to go all around the head to ‘hunt and trim’ my hair. Furthermore, I have to repeat this exercise every 3-6weeks otherwise the splits will travel up the hair and worsen the damage.
In case you are also having problems like me and you would like to do the trim, please make sure that you are sitting near a natural light source (e.g. near the window or outdoors in the yard) so that you can see the split ends properly. Take a small section of your hair and twist them in a downward motion. This will make the split ends to stick out automatically. Once you have spotted them, use a sharp scissor to snip off the split ends. Make sure you cut the damaged cuticles only.
Another solution to my hair woes is to always condition the hair after shampooing. According to an Indian friend of mine who practices Ayurveda, I can simply put some olive oil or coconut oil on my hair and leave it for 20 minutes. The important thing is to cover my head in a plastic cap after I apply the conditioner and put on it a warm towel (soaked in hot water for example).
I suppose I will subscribe to Ayurvedic solution for now and we shall see how things goes in a month.
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