Myth: Split ends can be reversed.
Fiction. Unfortunately, once split ends happen, the only way to get rid of them is by getting a haircut. The good news is that the right hair products can definitely make them less noticeable, and there are a few tricks for hiding them when you can't get to a salon (or you can't stand to get a trim right now).
Why do I have split ends? And how do I get rid of them?
Split ends are a result of wear and tear on the hair and of overdrying and coloring, says NYC hairstylist DJ of the DJ Rubin Salon. Certain hair types, fine for example, are also particularly prone to splitting.
You cannot mend split ends; the only way to get rid of them is to have them snipped off above the split. For women who are wary of cutting their hair short, DJ recommends getting tiny trims every four weeks, and following with deep-conditioning treatments (to keep strands supple and flexible). This type of maintenance routine should ensure that splits don't crop up at all.
What happens if I don't get them trimmed??
When they are not trimmed in time they can continue to split up the hair shaft and break. Avoid heating appliances and add extra conditioner to the ends of your hair 15 minutes before you shampoo. And stop pulling them apart! (We know you do, because we do!)
No matter what I do, I always end up with split ends. Since I'm trying to grow my hair out, is there a way to fix them without getting a cut?
Although your best bet is to get a haircut, there are two temporary fixes. One option is to apply a serum to your ends and blast them with a hair dryer - the combo of the product and heat will smooth them out. A more costly option is a keratin treatment - not only will it cut down on frizz, but it also does a great job of restoring and sealing frayed ends.
Is there any way to hide split ends in between trims?
Try a pomade like John Frieda's Frizz-Ease Creme Serum Overnight Repair Formula. Also, try to limit the use of heated tools and appliances (hair dryers, flat irons, etc) for shinier, healthier locks.
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