If you don’t cut split ends off, they get worse over time as the breakage progresses toward the scalp, eventually leaving you with exposed shafts.
That can cause all kinds of damage like permanent thinning and patchy bald spots. Also, breakage at the tips of your hair where it holds color treatments, which can cause the color to fade prematurely.
Split ends never go away on their own. They only get worse. Split ends result from damage to your hair from excessive heat, chemicals, or rough handling.
“Split ends” is simply a name we’ve given to the results of damage caused by heat, chemicals, and rough handling. There’s nothing actually “split” about them.
Split ends are made up of broken strands that may look ragged or jagged and feel rough and course under your fingers. Additionally, nothing can be done to repair split ends except a trim.
Keep reading this article if you want to find out more about split ends and how to know if you have them or not.
How to know if you have split ends
You can tell if you have split ends looking at the area just above your ear. Split ends are usually soft to the touch.
What do they look like?
- Split ends look like little wispy pieces of cotton or string.
- Split ends are easy to identify in fine, limp hair.
- Split ends usually start at the roots on layers of hair, not at the end.
You can tell if you have split ends based on their appearance and texture, knowing when you got them and what type of hair you have.
There are tips and tricks that you can use to prolong split ends, but there is no permanent solution, and you need to cut them when they have gone too far.
We know a lot of you like long hair, but split ends have nothing to do with growing your hair. If they are split, they can just cause more breakage, so you need to remove them on time.
Will my hair still grow if I have split ends?
The short answer is yes; your hair will still grow if you have split ends. Hair will continue to grow at the scalp with or without split ends.
However, you no longer have full control over the process at the ends of your hair. When a split end appears, you lose the ability to control the growth of that particular strand of hair. Even if it hasn’t completely separated from the rest of your hair.
That is because split ends prevent your natural protective oils from traveling down to the end of the strand, leaving it open and prone to damage.
If a split end is left untreated, it can continue splitting up through the length of your hair. Of course, your hair will keep growing, but to keep it as healthy as possible, you should trim away any split ends.
Why do I have split ends when I don’t use heat?
Too much heat is one of the major factors of split ends, but it is not the only one. Split ends are caused by numerous things. Here is a list of other factors that can cause split ends:
- Not brushing your hair enough.
- Getting too much sun.
- Using the wrong hair products.
- Your genetics could be causing your split ends.
- Your hair might be dry because of other habits, like rubbing it with a towel.
- Wearing tight hairstyles causes split ends.
- Some medications can lead to split ends.
There is not just one cause of split ends, but there are a few possible reasons why they may develop even if heat isn’t used on your hair.
If split ends occur to you more often than usual, you should cut your hair regularly and try to prevent them from occurring with the right products. The right products include a sulfate-free shampoo, a leave-in conditioner, and proper hair oil.
How to prevent split ends?
If you want to prevent split ends, you can try out these tips and tricks below:
- Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically for split ends.
- Trim your hair every 6-8 weeks.
- Try an overnight split end treatment.
- Apply a leave-in conditioner to damp hair after you shower.
- Avoid heat styling your hair. If you must use a flat iron or curling iron, apply a heat protectant spray beforehand.
- Don’t use hair dryers too often. Let your hair dry naturally.
- Don’t dye your hair very often. Give your hair some time to recover before coloring it again.
You can take many steps to prevent split ends from happening in the first place, but if you already have them, it’s time for a haircut! Having healthy hair is the most important thing.
Conclusion: What happens if you don’t cut split ends?
By doing nothing, you could be putting your ends at risk. Damaged hair is more likely to snap, making it uncomfortable to brush, as well as difficult to style.
On the other hand, split ends can also lead to hair loss and potentially permanent damage. So if you want to look after your hair, get those scissors out and cut split ends.
Ultimately, the decision to cut or not to cut split ends will have to be up to you. However, the information in this article can serve as a great starting point to prevent their hair from splitting further.
You can even pass this information on to your stylist next time you have your hair trimmed! The most important thing is to have healthy and shiny hair; the length will come eventually, don’t worry.
We hope this blog post sheds some light on split ends and that you know what to do next! Do you have a problem with split ends?
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