Split Ends: How to Protect Your Hair From Breaking

Suffering from frayed and damaged hair?
John Frieda is here to help with our guide to split ends treatments, our best repairing products and tips.

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by John Frieda

What are split ends?

Split ends are points in the oldest part of the hair shaft where the fibre splinters, leaving the hair frayed, before potentially breaking off altogether. 

What do split ends look like?

A split end will cause the end of the hair strand to fray into two parts. If the split end is left untreated, it can break off completely, leaving the strand shorter than the rest of your hair.  

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What causes split ends?

Understanding the causes of split ends is essential to know how to treat and prevent them. A range of factors can cause split ends and breakage, from heat styling to colouring, dryness and wear and tear. 

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How to prevent split ends?

Whilst you can’t mend split ends once they are frayed – this would require a trip to the hairdresser for a trim for a fresh start, you can disguise and prevent them with a few easy
techniques and targeted hair repair products.

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  • Take extra care when brushing your locks

Hair is fragile, so treat it delicately to avoid unnecessary breakage. We recommend brushing from the ends and working up to gently detangle, rather than ripping the brush from the root to the end. If your brush does meet resistance, simply stop brushing and move the brush further down the strand. 

  • Apply heat protection when styling

Split ends are often caused by heat damage. One of the best ways to protect your hair from heat damage is to apply a heat protector before using any heated styling tools. Apply liberally our Detox & Repair Care & Protect Spray onto towel dried hair after washing and before styling. Not only will this protect your hair, it will help detangle your hair and strengthen it to reduce breakage.

  • Apply a hair serum to smooth the ends

Although you can’t fix split ends, you can easily disguise them. Our Frizz Ease Perfect Finish Serum will help conceal your frazzled ends until your next haircut. To make your hair look like silk, dispense one pump of the serum & apply to dry hair,  concentrating on the ends before styling.  

  • Use a repairing shampoo and conditioner
Giving your hair as much hydration as possible is a must for hiding frayed ends as well as preventing damage. Our Miraculous Recovery Shampoo and Conditioner does exactly that from the first use by providing intense nourishment while reducing 75% of surface damage. Discover more of our top tips on how to treat dry hair here
  • Use a hair mask weekly
Deep conditioning your hair, especially your ends, is essential when preventing and concealing split ends. Try our Miraculous Recovery Deep Conditioner to replenish essential nourishment and instantly transform dry and damaged strands into visibly nourished and healthy locks in just one use. 

Do split ends stop hair growth?

Whilst split ends do not stop the hair growing from the root, if left untreated, the ends can break off - leaving some hair strands shorter than the rest of your hair. This can result in the ends of your hair looking thinner, and you may have to have more hair cut off on your next trim to restore your style back to full health. Whilst we may have to wait for your next trip to the salon, read our top tips on how to get healthy looking hair

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