Ask Chuck: So long, split ends ... hello gorgeous

By Charles Colson
June 14, 2012 at 1:14 a.m.

I really enjoyed your recent comments about hair developing split ends. I do take excellent care of my hair. Is it true my hair can have split ends too?

Oh, yes. Split ends can happen to anyone's hair, whether it be men or women. They are caused from such things as hair coloring, improper conditioning, blow drying and, would you believe, the weather (a windy day, for example, can have a terrible impact on our hair).

The weather even can affect hair pieces, hair extensions and wigs. Since we live in South Texas, we have humidity problems. We constantly search for better ideas for controlling unruly hair. However, we do not face the extreme dry conditions where electricity is elevated in the weather.

I remember that while living in Utah for a short time and managing a large salon, you wouldn't believe the visual sparks of electricity that would fly from the client's hair all the way to the hairdresser's brush. There were many times we had to spray our brushes with hair spray before styling. This happened on a daily basis.

The only comforting words I received from Utah residents were, "just live with it, it will never improve." And then I knew for sure ... oh, yes it can. After this experience, how long do you think it took me to make the decision to return to Texas? So, without a doubt, our humidity can be a blessing in disguise.

You mentioned several types of brushes in your last article. Can these choices unknowingly cause split end problems?

Yes, it sure can. Just for a quick moment, think of a hair brush being a hair saver. For hard to handle hair, a nylon bristle brush is quite effective on course and easily-tangled hair. If you can find them, make sure they only has seven-to-eight rows of bristles. The fewer the rows, the easier the brushing will become. Nylon brushes are also very easy to clean.

Paddle brushes have rounded bristles that are spread farther apart for a more gentle touch. The bristles easily prevent snagging and are very flexible. If the brush has a rubber base, it bounces through the hair for good balance.

You will find these brushes under the popular Goody products name. Check out many types of brushes at a local beauty supply company. The attendants should be educated to advise you with proper selections. Feel free to try something new and get amazing results.

I may not be too bright on the subject of split end problems. How do I know if I may have them at all?

Split ends can happen just because. Think of them as feathery tips that make hair dull and messy looking. Heat and harsh chemicals have a way of lifting the hair's protective cuticle layers.

According to Rodney Cutler of Cutler/Redken Salons, this leaves hair susceptible to splitting easily. He and I both think that a good professional trim along with proper conditioning can resolve these occurrences.

Remember, through these hot summer months, a small amount of conditioner worked through the hair before finished styling can act as a perfect sunscreen around the pool and elsewhere. You see, you can enjoy the summer and stay gorgeous and handsome.

Feel free to contact your favorite hairdresser for additional assistance. They know their stuff.

Charles Colson is a local hair stylist and registered massage therapist. You may email hair or massage questions to or call 361-575-5331.



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