We loathe them. We pick at them. But what exactly are "split ends" and how can we rid of them for good?
Known as trichoptilosis in the scientific community, these annoying little branches occur at the ends of our hair when the protective cuticle layer is damaged. Harsh winter weather or prolonged sun exposure are just a couple of causes, but most everyday activities can also separate strands. No need to panic, though; a few simple tweaks to your daily haircare routine can dramatically transform dry, brittle tips into the lustrous locks we all lust after.
Check out the slideshow above for ways to prevent, heal and hide unruly ends.