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How to Get Rid of Split-Ends Without Getting a Short Cut

Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, May 2007

Photographed by Steven Meisel, Vogue, May 2007

Split-ends are the bane of every girl who is trying to grow her tresses to enviable lengths. Split-ends—also known as trichopilosis—occur when a strand of hair splits into two or more strands at the tip. Frayed cuticles come in various forms and resemble everything from the letter Y to feathers; they stunt hair growth and make it hard to brush and style your ‘do. A quick Google search provides plenty of tricks and tips on how to get rid of split-ends, but ultimately they are hard to remedy without scheduling a snipping session.

Frayed ends can be caused by various factors including the weather, improper brushing, chemically treating and coloring hair, rubbing hair with a towel, and using hot tools without a heat protectant. While you can avoid split-ends by turning down the heat on all of your styling tools or using a heat defender—we suggest the Drybar Hot Toddy Heat & UV Protectant(US $30; AED/SAR 111)—undoing damage to one’s hair tips is a challenge.

While you can opt for a liquid smoother and sealant, like the Oribe Split End Seal (US $46; AED/SAR 169), to mask split-ends temporarily, these quick-fix products—which act as a glue to seal hair back together—only serve to keep your hair under control until your next trip to the stylist.

The types of split ends Courtesy of Pinterest

The types of split ends
Courtesy of Pinterest

Like most women who go to extreme lengths to avoid scheduling a snip sesh, we were curious to discover a new split-end treatment offered at The House of Allure Spa in Abu Dhabi. This treatment is a more permanent and effective solution for combating split-ends, which can be used on every hair type. It involves a machine that can rid up to 70% of frayed cuticles without you having to part with your mane. The process begins with a shampoo and blow dry and is then followed by a thorough combing to free hair of any tangles. Next, the split-end device is run through the strands from the top to bottom and section by section, to snip away only the split, frayed ends to maintain the hairs’ overall length. Results are immediate, and it is recommended that the treatment be done every three weeks to ensure smooth, silky damage-free hair so that you never have a bad hair day again.

The House of Allure Spa is located on 30th St. Al Khaleej Al Arabi St., Abu Dhabi. The split-end treatment starts at AED/SAR 270, and varies depending on the length and volume of your hair.

Khaoula Ghanem

Homepage image: Photographed by Lachlan Bailey, Vogue, November 2011

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