Split End Research Paper

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Your hair is one of the first things other people notice about you. They might take in its color and assume that you are fun-loving, intelligent, or feisty. They’ll notice its length and cut and may decide if you are conservative or more on the liberal side. Fair or not, people come to conclusions based on your appearance.

The one conclusion you don’t want them to come to is that you neglect proper hair care because you have split ends. Unfortunately, split ends are also among the most difficult hair issues to conquer.

Here are some tips on how to prevent split ends, as well as some pointers for what to do if your ends are already in bad shape.
What Are Split Ends?

“Split ends” are what the term implies.
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Avoid blow drying your hair whenever possible. If that simply isn’t an option, use the lowest heat setting possible.

Shop around for a high-quality hair dryer with multiple heat settings and attachments. Those attachments can help you dry your hair more evenly and gain greater control over the drying process. Buying a hair dryer with a cold air setting is key: After your hair is mostly dry, finishing the process with a blast of cold hair can close the hair shafts, locking in the hair’s remaining moisture and giving you extra shine.

Don’t dry your hair completely. Only use the dryer until the hair feels about 90 percent dry. This will prevent frizz and damage.

Also, make sure that you keep the dryer moving; exposing one section of hair to intense heat for too long will increase the chance of damage.
Chemical Treatments

Any chemical treatment has the potential to damage your hair and lead to split ends. However, some treatments are more dangerous than
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This will not only protect the color, but it may also add missing nutrients back into your hair.
Washing Your Hair Too Often or in the Wrong Way

Washing your hair more frequently than necessary can strip it of its natural protective oils, which are necessary for preventing damage. You may be in the habit of washing your hair every day, but for most people, that is too much. Depending on your hair and skin type, washing your hair daily can either dry out your hair or make it greasier because your glands are working hard to produce extra oil.

How often should you wash your hair? The answer is different for different people. Unless you have either a very dry or very oily scalp, you probably only need to wash once or twice a week, according to a Columbia University health column.

How you wash your hair is just as important as how often you wash it. Shampoo your scalp, not your hair. Gently massage, being careful not to be too rough. The shampoo will run down the rest of your hair, getting rid of excess dirt and oil on the shaft.
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