What causes split ends?
Chemical coloring, UV rays, heat styling and rough brushing are all things we subject our hair to on a regular basis. Split ends are one of the many symptoms of the damage these hair rituals cause. External aggressors target the hair’s cuticle layer, which is made up of overlapping cells that act like a shield for the hair fiber. Heat and chemical exposure can cause these cells to raise over time, exposing the inner cortex and allowing the loss of essential proteins and moisture. It’s a no-brainer that the older ends of your strands have been exposed to more damage than the newer growth at the roots. This damage makes itself known as splits that start small, but can travel further up the hair shaft, causing more damage.
How to prevent split ends
Although irreversible, replenishing and strengthening strands with the right hair care will help to future-proof them, as well as prevent existing splits from worsening. Bolster the protective layer of your hair with replenishing hair care designed to target the areas of damage that leave strands vulnerable. Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner are formulated with a blend of protein, lipid and nutrients to replenish damage on the hair’s surface. Small lifestyle tweaks that reduce the amount of friction your hair comes up against will also help to minimize splits. Invest in a gentle boar-bristle brush, switch your pillowcase for a silk one, and always use a heat protection spray before styling with tools.
How to repair split ends
If the damage is already done but you can’t get to the salon for a trim, you’re going to need hair care designed to seal and smooth split ends. Dove Hair Therapy Rescue & Protect Shampoo and Dove Rescue & Protect Serum + Conditioner are formulated with a replenishing blend of ceramides and peptides to strengthen hair bonds and seal split ends. Focus on the mid-length to ends when applying your conditioner and remember to minimize heat damage by keeping your shower water warm, not scorching.