How to stop split ends: The only way that works

My winter braid after homemade hair mask for dry hairSplit ends and hair seem to be one of those unlucky pairs everyone would like to finally break up for good! But if you happen to want to grow your hair long, you will encounter the following dilemma: How to stop split ends without losing all your length? What is the best treatment for hair breakage and split ends? Luckily there is a “long hair hack” for this specific problem and today I want to tell you exactly how to do it.

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How to stop split ends

What if I told you you can cut out the split ends without sacrificing everything? And what if I also told you that it’s not even hard to do? You can stop split ends in front of the TV or while enjoying the sun on the balcony.

Hair split ends reasons

Our hair has to endure a huge amount of physical strain throughout it’s life. The longer your hair, the older and vulnerable your tips are. Just think: hair
grows on average 1-2 centimeters (0.4 to 0.8 inches) per month. That means if your hair is at waist length, your tips are several years old! You can do a lot to protect them from damage and splitting! (I will write more about that in future articles.) But it is inevitable: at some point, some hairs will give in to the stress and split.

Hair treatment for split ends

Despite of what many  shampoos and conditioners promise, there is no way to “heal” hair that has split. There are no products that can stick split hair back together. No perfect treatment for hair breakage and split ends. The only way to get rid of the damaged hair is to cut it off. And you should get rid of it! Not only for the looks, but also to protect the rest of your hair from further damage. Split hairs have a tendency to tangle easily with other hairs. This forces you to put more effort into detangling, which again is going to be more mechanical stress for your hair. More mechanical stress means more split ends. A vicious circle? Yes, but you can do something about it.

How to Stop split ends at home

So how to get rid of those mean little broken tips without losing your length? The trick is to not going to a hairdresser. Hairdressers do know a lot about hair, but their time can be pretty expensive. And what you mostly need for this approach is some time. And some hair scissors! Do yourself a favor and invest in a good pair*. They are certainly worth it. And cutting any hair with nail clippers or your good old household scissors will damage the hair tip. Guess what that means? Exactly, more split ends!


So once you have gotten your hair scissors, make yourself comfortable and detangle your hair thoroughly. Afterwards part it in smaller strands and start searching for split hairs. Ideally you have a good source of light nearby. Having sun would be perfect, but a lamp will do as well. Anytime you find a split tip, simply cut it off with your hair scissors. You will notice, that in most strands, there are only a few split hairs and the rest is okay. So by cutting off only the single “sick” hair and leaving the rest, you keep your length while also improving the overall health and look of your tresses.

Some more tips On How to stop split ends

1. Depending on your hair type the split hairs will be found best with two different techniques. You can either wrap the strand you are working on around your finger like this.

how to stop split ends: wrapping a strand of hair around my finger and then cutting them offOr you can twist the strand around it’s axis to force the ends to stand out.

how to stop split ends: twisting a strand of hair around it's axis and then cutting them off2. All this searching and cutting will take a while and you most likely will not go through all of your hair in one sitting.  So take mental note of where you start and where you leave off. This way you can do another part next time.

3. Another good idea is to do a cassia for hair treatment after doing this “split ends hunting session”. This is recommended as Cassia can seal the freshly cut tips. Would be a good idea to prevent the newly healthy tips from splitting again, right?

Thank you for reading and do let me know if you are trying this tip! Good luck!

Split ends are a major bummer when trying to grow long hair. I have been wondering how to stop split ends at home and came up with a solution. So if you are looking for a split ends remedy, check out my split end treatment! Split ends are a major bummer when trying to grow long hair. I have been wondering how to get rid of split ends and came up with a solution. So if you are looking for a split ends remedy, check out my split end treatment! Split ends are a major bummer when trying to grow long hair. I have been wondering how to stop split ends and came up with a solution. So if you are looking for a split ends remedy, check out my split end treatment!

*These links are so-called provision links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I can earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.

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