As a natural curly haired individual, you may have noticed that split ends are an all-too-common occurrence. This is especially true for those with type 4c hair, which tends to be more fragile and susceptible to breakage. So, what exactly are split ends and how can you prevent them from ruining your hair strands?
Medically known as “trichoptilosis” or “schizotrichia,” split ends are what appear when a strand of hair becomes divided into two or more pieces at the end of the hair shaft.
To understand split ends, it’s important to know that hair grows from the root. This means that the end of your hair is actually the oldest part, and unfortunately, it’s the most vulnerable to such damage.
Split ends occur when the protective outer layer of your hair, known as the cuticle, begins to break down and fray. This can happen due to a variety of factors such as:
Even though split ends are considered to be normal, they can still be damaging to your hair. When the end of a hair strand splits, it can continue to split all the way up the hair shaft, permanently harming the entire strand.
Split ends can lead to hair breakage and overall hair thinning. They can also cause your hair to have a frizzy and unkempt appearance, contributing to an overall dullness.
The only way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off. This is usually recommended every 6 months or as soon as you notice them. When cutting split ends, it’s important to only remove a quarter or half an inch to prevent cutting your hair too short.
While it may seem counterintuitive, trimming your ends can actually help your hair grow stronger and healthier in the long run.
While split ends are a common occurrence, it’s important to take steps to prevent them. To prevent split ends, it’s important to treat your hair gently.
The best way to prevent split ends is to follow a proper haircare routine that involves being gentle with your hair, avoiding heat tools and harsh chemicals, and nourishing your hair with natural treatments like our Sapphire 2In1 Deep Conditioner and Leave-In Treatment.
Remember to get regular haircuts and protect your hair with a satin bonnet or silk scarf when you go to sleep.
So, there you have it – everything you need to know about split ends and how to prevent them. With a little care and attention, you can keep your hair looking healthy and gorgeous, because you are a GEM.