After a relaxing summer vacation with lots of sun and sea water, your hair often feels dull and lifeless. It's difficult to comb and has split ends rising higher and higher over time. Ultimately, only a haircut helps. In order to effectively prevent this frequent problem, it's important to know the causes to avoid them beforehand.
The most common causes of split ends
Chemical hair treatments
Chemical hair colors as well as perms and bleaching damage the hair structure in the long term. The open cuticle layer of the porous hair fiber leads to dry, brittle and frizzy hair, prone to breakage and split ends. Instead of chemical hair coloring, we prefer pure herbal hair colors for a lively, natural color and additional volume.
Aggressive surfactants in shampoos
The quality of surfactants is decisive for the care properties of a shampoo. Conventional shampoos are based on skin-irritating, dehydrating, surfactants such as sodium laureth sulfate. They destroy the healthy hair fiber’s protective lipid layer, irritating and drying out the scalp, and leave your hair dull. After longterm application of such shampoos, your hair will tend to break and its ends will split. Unfortunately, aggressive surfactants have also become established in certified organic shampoos - for cost reasons alone. Sodium Coco Sulfate, the main surfactant in nearly all organic shampoos is of natural origin. Nevertheless, it's known for irritating sensitive skin and dehydrating your hair, making it brittle and prone to split ends.
Problematic ingredients like silicones and quats
Most conventional shampoos, conditioners, and hair treatments contain silicones and / or quats (quaternary ammonium compounds / QAVs). These mineral oil products envelop the hair fiber with a film for easier combing and a smooth, shiny look - at first. With longtime application, however, silicones and quats seal the hair surface leading to the dreaded build-up effect. Urgently-needed care substances can't get to the swollen, damaged hair fiber. In addition, silicones and quats are not biodegradable. After showering, they reach the groundwater via wastewater, accumulating in our ecosystem.
Give your hair a break from straightening, curling irons, and hair dryers as often as possible. Excessive heat is pure hair stress and a real tip killer. Extreme heat roughens the cuticle’s surface, promoting brittle and frizzy hair. It's better to let your hair air-dry as often as possible.
External environmental influences
In summer, intensive UV sun radiation, chlorine, and salt water are hair-damaging factors. In winter it is the constant change between dry heated air in our homes and offices, and wet, cold temperatures outside which are the most potentially damaging factors.
How can you prevent split ends?
Opt for a shampoo with really gentle surfactants like wash-active amino acids, the mildest and highest-quality vegetable surfactants. They are skin-compatible, protective against hair breakage and split ends, and strengthen the hair structure for more resilience. We recommend the Schizandra Berry organic repair shampoo for damaged hair or the Sea Buckthorn Chia Organic Shampoo for dry hair. After shampooing, avoid violent rubbing with a towel. Instead, squeeze your damp hair gently out and then comb very carefully - if necessary with a portion of organic conditioner on the difficult-to-comb hair-lengths and tips.
Emulsifier-free hair conditioner without questionable ingredients
In rebuilding the natural protective hair layer, a rich conditioner without emulsifiers has proven to be most effective. Organic leave-on hair treatments without drying emulsifiers have a particularly intensive effect - provided they have 100% recommendable and high-quality ingredients. Generally, we recommend checking all your care products with the codecheck app for questionable ingredients – just to be sure.
Special hair care for deep moisturizing and natural hair shine
For extra deep care, apply a nourishing hair oil. The Antistatic Hair Oil with herbal repair complex, with cold-pressed macadamia, babassu and jojoba oil, protects hair tips from moisture loss, soothing the roughened cuticle for supple and shiny hair. The Organic Argan Hair Wax is not only versatile for individual styling. It also offers natural UV protection, providing a lively hair structure, flexible hold and a shiny finish. To prevent split ends, we recommend kneading the Organic Argan Hair Wax sparingly into the hair tips.
Regular hair cut
Last but not least, the hair tips should be cut regularly. Hair that has not been cut for a long time becomes thinner, porous, and, with increasing length, becomes more prone to split ends. Since the hair usually grows about one centimeter per month, you should have the tips trimmed at least every 3 months.
No matter what hair type you have: with these hair care tips against split ends, your hair should soon become healthier, split-free and noticeably more powerful.