Damaged Hair is a concern of lots of women these days, Hair can become damaged for lots of reasons, environment, over colouring, shampoos and conditioners, but by far the biggest concern of most women is split ends. Jane our Hairdressing Manager answers some frequently asked questions
What is a split end?
Jane says: Split ends are when a strand of hair splits in half due to weather (too hot or cold) over processing of a colour or heat damage from straightening etc…
How can I fix my split ends?
Jane says: The only way to fix a split end is to cut them to prevent them splitting further up the hair shaft. You can prevent having more split ends by using Keratin shampoos as the hair will split when keratin is lost so we replace this and add lost moisture.
How did I get my split ends?
Jane says: Everyone has split ends. It can be from a number of reasons. We damage our hair without even realising. The way we sleep can have a big impact on our hair because if we turn a lot in our sleep we create friction with the pillow. Hair damage is when we lose essential proteins in our hair and damage the scales on your cuticle so instead of laying flat they stick upwards.
Avoid using elastic hair ties as these will pull on lose ends and cause breakage. Look for fabric hair ties without the metal band.
Colours, perms and chemical straightening treatments play a big part of damaging our hair as we use chemicals.
Can I prevent split ends?
Jane says: By applying regular hair treatments you are strengthening the hair. Aim to use a treatment each time you wash you hair. They do not have to be expensive anything is better than nothing! Try to leave them for a few minutes at a time or if you aren’t doing anything that day leave it in for a few hours. Always comb the hair whilst the conditioner/treatment is on the hair as it will prevent tugging at damaged cuticles when the hair is dry.
If you do need to brush your hair, I recommend using a soft bristle brush. Try to avoid using heat applicances as you will cause more damage. Try tying your hair up and experimenting with different styles to avoid straightening and blow drying hair. Keep hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks, this will take off any dead ends and let the hair grow down nicely. When hair is dead it weighs down the hair and slows down the growing process.
There are tablets you can buy from health stores and online which strengthen the hair as they contain essential ingredients like keratin. One very well known brand is Biotin. I have taken this for the last 3 months and it has definitely made my hair grow quicker and it feels a lot stronger.
Why won’t my hair grow if I have split ends?
Jane says: When hair starts splitting it will continue up the entire strand of hair until nothing is left. This will leave hair looking spikey at the root which is why it is so important to get them cut. Hair will definitely not grow if you have split ends.
Hepburns offer an Elemis Frangipani hair treatment. It is a hot oil used for stimulating the hair follicles encouraging hair growth leaving the hair soft, shiney and full of body. This should not be considered as a treat, this is essential to getting the hair you desire.