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Split Ends

Hair Split Ends ...
Joanne Elliott

Split ends, (or trichoptlosis), are the bane of every self-respecting woman’s life! They happen when the protective cuticle has been stripped away from the ends of hair fibers. Split ends are more likely to develop in dry or brittle hair, and typical causes of damage include excessive dying or vigorous brushing.

Once the hair cuticle is removed, it is impossible to replace. Typically the hair splits into two or three strands, and can be as long or two to three centimeters in length. The best treatment is to cut off the split end of the damaged fiber.

But you don’t necessarily have to go to the salon every week to keep your split ends in check. In the sixties and seventies, woman used to burn off their split ends themselves! Ouch! I’m sure you’ll agree that that’s a little excessive. There are easier ways to get rid of your dead ends before they split further... DIY (do-it-yourself) hair trims. Don’t be afraid, everyone does it!

Supermodels who openly take the snip between salon appointments include Natasha Vojnovic, Giselle Bundchen (of Dior advertisement fame), and Liya Kebede. In a recent Vogue interview, Sam McKnight, hairstylist to the stars, said “I’m all for people doing their own hair. It shows confidence and individuality. You can loose dry ends, add layers, even do a whole haircut yourself, although this is not for the fainthearted.”

These DIY hair trimming tips are for woman who are happy with their hair; for those who don’t need a re-style, but simply want to freshen things up with a ‘homegrown’ sort of look. If you are in any doubt, leave it for the professionals!

To remove split ends:

  • Take small sections of hair and carefully twist them in a gentle downward motion.
    Any split ends will automatically stick out.

  • Carefully snip into the twist with sharp scissors. Don’t cut right through; just cut into the thickness to remove the damaged cuticles and give a natural layered effect.

  • Be careful to cut roughly the same amount from each twist.

Remember, sometimes the simplest, and least expensive, ideas are the best. So get trimming!

Joanne Elliott is an international freelance writer and illustrator involved in several different areas.

 

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