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What can I do with my Dry, Split ends?

I get asked questions about dry and split ends so often. “My hair is so dry at the ends, it’s like straw. Nothing I do helps!” or “I’ve tried everything to mend my split ends but they just won’t go away.” I have three words for you if you are suffering with rubbish hair ends, and they are:


There is no point hanging on to dead, damaged hair. It’s fruitless. Yes, your hair will “look longer” but it will also “look like part of a hedge”. Cut off the ends, up to where they start becoming straggly and split and enjoy your nice new shiny, swishy hair. You have to trust me on this one; I’m a model. My hair has seen every type of torturous appliance and experienced every kind of chemical. It has been backcombed by first-year hairdressing students and bleached by international colour “experts”. There is only one way of mending broken hair, and that goes like this: chop-choppety-chop-chop…chop-chop.

There are serums and magic potions that can help the appearance of split ends or add shine to dry, lifeless hair – most of these contain silicones to smooth over the surface. They’re a good short-term fix until you can get to a hairdresser; I think that the  KMS one is really nice. (At FeelUnique here.) If your ends are a little dry and split but not anything too drastic, then there are some nice masks out there to give your hair a weekly treat. Some of my faves are the SEAH Cashmere Mask, the Goldwell 60 Second repair (least expensive) and Joico’s K-Pak.

Hope that helps.

(On a sidenote: some of you might be saying, “but my split ends and dryness goes all the way up to the top! I can’t cut it ALL off!” That’s a fair point. But you have to still cut some off. Cut a bit off and have a long, hard look at the way you’re treating your hair. Are you bleaching it every few weeks? Are you using heated appliances every day? Re-evaluate and change your hair routine; keep trimming regularly until your hair starts to look shiny and well-conditioned. It might take a year or so, but it’s worth it in the end!)


  1. more salmon, sardines, greek yogurt, omega(dha.epa) and some supliments
    like biocorex, or anthony logistics

  2. Hi Ruth, anyone who wants to repair their hair, even with split ends, can experience amazing rebuilding from KeraStraight keratin treatments and Intense Boost 30 day repair . These are available nationwide and in over 17 countries, but are championed by your favourite hairdressers, Trevor Sorbie. Loads of information online including a salon locator. Best wishes, Jez

  3. i have curley hair never had my hair cut so its damaged but my dad wont let me have it cut i also use relaxants i want my hair to grow and i know i have to have it cut what do i do

  4. Hi Ruth! I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time now, and I wanted to ask you something. What do you do to your hair during the night? My hair is always a mess when I wake up, even though it looked perfect the evening before, and I don’t always have the time to wash it again in the morning. I know that having it in a ponytail can seriously damage it, and I hate myself for doing that way too often. So do you have any advice regarding this? Thanks a lot!

  5. HAHAHAAHAHA part of a hedge, too funny!!

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