What can I do about split ends?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
The hair shaft grows in a linear fashion from the depths of the hair follicle. Consequently, the end of each hair represents the oldest part of the hair shaft. It stands to reason that, as the oldest part of each hair, the ends have been exposed to more damaging circumstances than the younger part of the hair shaft nearer to the hair follicle. Over time, hair tends to break down, particularly at these oldest ends. This occurs more quickly and completely in chemically treated hair and can result in fraying of the ends of hair shafts, generally termed "split ends." Since damaged hair cannot be repaired, removing these split ends every three or four weeks can help with overall hair health and appearance.

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