How to reduce the appearance of split ends without cutting your hair

How to reduce the appearance of split ends without cutting your hair

Damaged hair is something that most of us experience at some point in our lives. From dryness to breakage and split ends, hair woes are common the world over.

The good news? There are many new, innovative ways to get your hair back on track. Here’s how to make your split ends less visible. 

What causes hair damage?
Each of your hair strands is comprised of three main components. The innermost layer is called the medulla. This is the core, where your hair’s “information” is kept. It’s safe and surrounded by the cortex – the middle layer – which acts as a buffer wall, and the cuticle surrounds these layers.  

You’ve probably heard about cuticles before. If your hair prone to damage, it’s a sign that your hair’s cuticle isn’t strong. Each cuticle overlaps the one beneath it, sealing off the strand of hair and protecting it from damage. But if it’s weak, the cuticle will become raised – exposing the cortex to damage. This process is what causes not only breakage, but a brittle texture to the touch and split ends.

So, what’s the cause? There are a few main types of hair damage – chemical, mechanical and heat damage. 

Chemical damage
Chemical damage is caused by bleaching, dyeing or perming your hair. Bleaching and perming can wreak havoc, as they force open your hair’s cuticles. Similarly, dying works by making your hair more porous, so colour can be easily absorbed.

With any kind of chemical treatment, it’s vital you do your research first. Make sure you choose a formula that contains conditioning agents, like L’Oréal Paris Colorista or L’Oréal Paris Préférence Infinia

Mechanical damage
Mechanical damage refers to damage from ponytails, hair grips and over-brushing. While you maybe be thinking that this is a more mild type of damage, it still ends with breakage and split ends. 

Forcing your hair into hair elastics and hair grips changes its natural shape and causes breakages – especially if you’re tying your hair up when wet. Similarly, over-brushing causes too much friction between your strands that leads to flyaways and split-ends. To combat mechanical breakage, be mindful about how and when you use these tools. A high-quality brush will reduce friction and add shine, while hair elastics without metal closures will ensure there are no snags that lead to damage. 

Heat damage
Heat is the most common cause of damage. Heat tools, dryers, straighteners and curling tongs, are key components in style experimentation. But without proper prep, they can cause sad hair days.

To best fight heat damage, be mindful of when heat tools are necessary for your style and when they’re not. Use a heat protectant spray like Stylist The Sleek Serum Heat Protector, which defends hair under heat up to 230°.

Get your hair back on track
Bringing your hair back to life doesn’t take nearly as much time as it takes know-how. Healthy hair is nourished hair, so the first port of call is a reassessment of your daily hair routine.

L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Long Hair Restoring Shampoo and Detangling Conditioner are a great option. They work to reduce against the appearance of existing damage and protect against future damage simultaneously. The formulas are enriched with Vitamins, Keratin and Castor Oil. 

If you’re ready to pull out the big guns, opt for a leave in conditioner like L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream. Its conditioning formula works to address the appearance of split ends and reinforce lengths to help save your last few cms.

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