Hair Split Ends: Causes

by Zeeba on February 11, 2011 · 35 comments

hair split endsSplit ends is one of the most prominent and common hair problem faced by any and every women irrespective of age, hair types and the products she uses. This article shall take you to the root cause of split ends in hair.

Split hair ends are common with women with long hair, but women with shorter hair too fall prey to the split end devil. People often condense the cause of split hair ends to irregular trimming of the hair, but there are various other reasons too which cause split hair ends.

The medical term for split ends is trichoptlosis (science has to make everything complicated?) Split ends actually happen when the cuticle of the hair is ripped off from the hair fibers, which is impossible to be replaced. Dry hair and brittle hair are the most favorite preys to split ends, I do not mean that straight hair women won’t have or get them. :P

Hair usually splits into 2-3 strands and 2-3 centimeters long. Split ends tend to happen not only at the ends of the hair, but they can readily happen anywhere, where the hairs are damaged.

Here are some prominent causes of hair split ends:

  • Long hair: Since the hairs grow long, the natural oils of the hair are unable to reach the tips of the hair, making them dry and resulting in split ends.
  • Exposure to the sun also causes split hair ends.
  • Hair aging is also responsible for hair splitting.
  • Vigorous toweling of hair after baths is the key culprit of hair split ends.
  • Similarly hair tends to split more in the summer seasons. The temperature of the environment is also responsible fr hair splitting. Not just summers, extreme cold or exposure to water (rain) also causes split hair ends.
  • Regular Hair straightening and hair perming also causes spilt ends in hair, again the high temperature of the straightening irons result in splitted hair.hair split ends
  • Irregular trimming (which is supposedly the good old reason for split hair ends) is also a prominent cause for split hair ends. This does not mean visiting the salon every week. :P A little bit of extra gyaan on this point, in the older day women actually burned their hair ends to avoid hair splitting.
  • Trimming with inefficient and blunt scissors is also bound to give you split ends.
  • Excessive cleaning and washing your hair, boosts hair splitting.
  • Hair coloring causes split hair ends. A lot. ( I have colored hair ask me.) Not just hair coloring, hair braiding and extensions also cause hair splitting.
  • Hair bleaching not only destroys the cuticle of the hair, but also causes a dryness and frizzyness which is thereby prominent reason for hair split ends.
  • Cheap and bad quality brushes and combs also cause split hair ends. Very fine teethed combs or sharp teethed brushes also cause hair splits.
  • Brushing or combing hair whilst they are wet augment hair splits to a very large extent.
  • Hair styling also causes split hair ends.
  • Metallic clips and barrettes or even metallic combs and brushes cause hair splitting.
  • Uncovered plastic rubber bands, cause hair splitting.
  • Satin pillow covers also result in hair split ends.
  • Rash combing or back combing the hair may result in dead hair ends with branching splits.
  • Highly Chlorinated water also causes split hair ends. Similarly salty water is responsible for split hair ends too.
  • Blow drying the hair, is the most prominent reason for hair splitting.
  • Abuse of hair products, like serums, straightening lotions and various gels cause hair splitting.
  • Alcohol based hair products, which refer to any products which contain alcohol be it the mousse, the gel or the serum is responsible for dry splitted hair. Isopropyl alcohol must be checked for, avoid products containing it.
  • Your diet also plays an important role in augmenting and decreasing split hair ends. :( Lack of nourishment and various deficiencies cause hair split ends.
  • Lifestyle of a person may also result in hair splitting.

These were some of the reasons and causes for split ends. Stay tuned for cures and home remedies. :)

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Ritika February 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I have like a zillion split ends ! :weep: :weep: :weep:
Thanks for the article zeeba,now I know where I am wrong..bad diet,sun exposure,straightening and so on :(
Me and my friend,we actually sit near the sunlight every other day and cut our split ends..hahaha :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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Noopur February 11, 2011 at 7:34 pm

i got some split ends too… i get my hair trimmed often to get rid of thm ..

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zeeba February 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

i knw..dats hw we get rid of them…..*urgently* :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

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zeeba February 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

welcome Ritika,

i hope u get rid of split ends soon // :)

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Ritika February 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm

You know my hairstylist says ,once you have split ends its very hard to make them go away completely :( :secret2:
So for now chopping off is the option i have :smug: :smug:

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zeeba February 11, 2011 at 8:27 pm
shilpa February 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm

satin pillow covers cause split ends…….sachi ……??????

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zeeba February 11, 2011 at 8:25 pm

haaan haan sachi…….bachpan ka science yaad karo.. :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:

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Rati February 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I used to have splitends but regular hair cutting has helped me get rid of them. Nice article, Zeeba. :)

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zeeba February 11, 2011 at 8:26 pm

:thanks: :thanks: :thanks: :thanks: Rati ……my comment is 111112 :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo:

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Ritika February 11, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Rati,you didnt reply my mail :sick: :sick:

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Rati February 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Ritika you have to give me atleast 48 hours. I cant reply to mails so quickly. I am sorry.

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Ritika February 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Sorry for being impatient :smug: :smug:
can’t help my nature :starving: :starving: :starving:

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Rati February 11, 2011 at 11:05 pm

That’s Okay Ritika. :-* I am sorry if I sounded rude but I am trying really hard to cope with mails. :((

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Ritika February 12, 2011 at 7:44 am

Its alrite Rati ,I can understand :cute: :cute: :cute:

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Bee February 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm

good one yaa Zeeba :)
my hair has become sucha amess and finding a good and reasonable parlor is such a pain in the US.
shud I cut them myself?

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zeeba February 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm

TRY TO TRIM THEm..i will be giving out home remedies and cures for split ends shortly.. :) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji: :haanji:

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Ritika February 11, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Me too waiting :fingersxd: :fingersxd: :fingersxd:

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Bee February 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm

waiting :d

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Ankita February 12, 2011 at 1:02 am

Useful article Zeeba! :victory: I used to have split ends earlier but good diet and regular oiling etc has helped me get rid of them. Diet plays such a big role in skin and hair health O:)

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jomol February 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

Great round-up about the causes of hair splitting Zeeba…..I didn’t know so many factors were responsible…..and those ancient ladies who burnt their hair to get rid of split ends….how desperate :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized:

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Giasaysthat February 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

I have cury hair and i used to think
curly hair do not get split ends :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:
because it’s hardly noticeable as it curls :woot: :pig: :pig: :pig:

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monika February 12, 2011 at 11:44 am

looking forward to cures!!!

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Elena February 12, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I have very long hair (it goes behind my waist) and a lot of split ends. I am looking for your blogpost about split ends cures… especially about the diet aspect… I have not only split ends, my nails are thin and brittle and my lips are very dry… I think all these have one reason.

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Neha S. February 12, 2011 at 8:22 pm

:tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: sooo many things..!! u ised to have that prob before.. but now i trim regualarly coz nothing else could repair them…

eeba i ahve tried that burning thing…well somewhat …it was some splitend removal method at one parlour, they twisted realy thin setion of hair and used agarbatti on whichever ends of hair strands that stuck outa the twist.. it wasnt very helpful realy :-/ :-/ :-/

but i read smehwre that we should replace cotton pillow overs with satin becoz satin is easy on hair…and does not absorb moisture from hair unlike cotton…. soo many celebs abroad say thats one of their good hair secrets-satin pillow covers..!!

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bhumika February 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm

nice article zeeba

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Shelsea September 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Omg, that’s like we can’t really have a normal life because it’s going to cause split ends! :hypnotized:

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gulzar October 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

very nice zeba.thanks

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Suneha April 2, 2012 at 11:21 am

my hair…:’(
though lonf and straight…but every end i see.. it’s another “split end”… :waaa:
HATE IT…

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priya October 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm

vitamin b2 deficiency causes split ends too…check your levels of b2 and supplement through milk,legumes, oats, cheese, leafy vegetables, yeast, mushrooms,almonds etc…and keep applying olive oil to hair ends and also try not to leave your hair loose… :)

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