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Split Ends 101: What Causes Split Ends & How To Prevent Them

On the long list of hair care woes, one universal enemy ranks at the top of nearly everyone’s list: split ends. Caused by a number of factors— we’ll get more into what causes split ends below—split ends on hair are one of the first signs of hair damage and a precursor to more serious problems like hair breakage. Thankfully we know exactly how to get rid of split ends—and more importantly, how to prevent split ends in the future. Lucky for you, we’re sharing our best tips and tricks for split end treatment below!

What do split ends look like?
How to know if you have split ends

Also known as dead ends on hair, split ends can result in less vital looking hair. When you compare hair with split ends vs healthy hair, you’ll notice a lack of shine and luminosity. This is because when the hair is frayed, the frazzled cuticle reflects less light, giving your locks a dull appearance. The basic split end looks like a Y at the end of the hair strand.

What Causes Split Ends?

One of the leading causes of split ends is dryness. When hair is dehydrated, it becomes more brittle and prone to splits. This can be a result of a number of factors such as not using the right haircare products, over-washing your hair, or even over-using hot tools in your hair styling routine.

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Another factor that can cause split ends is not being gentle with wet hair—when it’s at its most vulnerable state. Detangling your hair the wrong way is a quick way to turn split ends into breakage.

Finally, if you chemically treat your hair, it can suck out the moisture and cause your hair to split and break.

Now that you know what causes split ends, let’s move onto how to treat split ends.

How to Get Rid of Split Ends

We’re sorry to break it to you, but you simply can’t repair split ends. The only effective method of split ends repair is to cut them off. We recommend going to a hairdresser to trim your split ends. 

Meanwhile, if you have to wait for an appointment, you can minimize the appearance of split ends with a smoothing treatment that visibly reduces damage, such as Whole Blends Hair Honey Repairing Serum or Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine 10-in-1 Leave-In Spray.

Then, once your stylist has given your hair a fresh start, it’s time to think about how to prevent split ends.

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How to Prevent Split Ends

Luckily there are plenty of steps you can take to prevent split ends in the future. Here are our favorite tips for split end treatment.

Hairstyles that can help prevent split ends and hair damage

Heatless beach waves

Did you know you can achieve fabulous beach waves without the heat? In naturally wavy hair, reveal gorgeous curls by working in a curl definer like Garnier Fructis Curl Construct Creation Mousse. To get waves in straight hair, sleep with braids in and style with Garnier Fructis Curl Scrunch Controlling Gel when you wake up.

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Friction free

Elastic hair ties create friction that can fray your strands—especially if tied too tight. Be kind to your mane and opt for an easy-to-wear ponytail secured with a scrunchie that won’t tug on your hair. For a sophisticated look, try a leather wrapped ponytail.

Hang loose

Wearing your hair up too often can weaken your strands, making you more prone to split ends. Give your hair a break by wearing it down more often, or master the messy look for effortless chicness.

What hair products are best for split ends?

Split ends are a cry for help from your hair. It’s important to choose the right products that respond to your hair’s needs.

Tame frizzy hair and give it the nourishment it’s asking for—and help reduce the look of split ends—with a nutrient-rich oil such as Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Moroccan Sleek Smoothing Oil.

The best shampoo for dry damaged hair with split ends is one that will gently restore moisture and provide protection. We recommend Whole Blends Honey Treasures Repairing Shampoo and Conditioner.

When it comes to split ends, curly hair can benefit from a nourishing treatment like Garnier Fructis Curl Multi-Use Oil that will prevent breakage.

Color-treated hair has its own needs. Always go for a color that is gentle on the hair, and ideally choose a product formulated with nourishing oils, such as Garnier Olia Ammonia Free Hair Color. To prevent damage, wash with specially formulated products such as the Garnier Fructis Color Shield Shampoo and Conditioner.

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