What is Trichoclasis?
Trichoclasis is one of a number of conditions, which are commonly referred to as “split ends”. Technically Trichoclasis is a fracture of the hair shaft but with a hair which still has a cuticle (which is intact with no abnormalities).
Trichoclasis is totally preventable and is usually caused by various types of hair trauma. The condition is usually patchy in nature and can be reversed by adopting different hair care techniques. Sometimes Trichoclasis can also occur due to excessive hair plucking (especially with the condition Trichotillomania).
Hair shaft damage is most frequently caused by excessively vigorous hair care, which stresses the hair which makes it snap. Although this condition is fairly common fortunately it is reversible and temporary in nature and is not due to an underlying illness.
Tips to Avoid Trichoclasis
Trichoclasis is primarily caused due to a lack of care for the hair. Listed below are some tips, which will significantly reduce the chance of Trichoclasis occurring:
- Avoid use of chemicals – There are many chemicals which hair could be potentially be exposed to (e.g. perm lotion, hair bleach, hair colouring, hair dyes, chlorine in swimming pools, etc.) Chemicals can cause problems which lead to split ends and are best avoided wherever possible
- Brushing and combing of wet hair – Take care with wet hair which breaks much more easily, invest in a wide toothed comb which is much less likely to cause less damage
- Careful untangling of dry hair – When hair is tangled whilst dry take care when untangling as this can lead to split ends
- Hair handling in shower – Rather than vigorous scrubbing of hair in the shower a gentler approach will help to prevent split ends
- Shampoo and conditioners usage – Always use high quality shampoo and conditioners only. Avoid the over use of shampoos, daily is too often, 3-4 times per week is totally sufficient
- Sleeping habits – Movement patterns in sleep can contribute to split end related problems. Changing sleeping habits is difficult to achieve but it is said that the use of satin pillows can cause lower levels of damage
- Take care with heat – The use of heat is necessary sometimes for styling/straightening, etc. If possible it’s ideal to prepare the hair with a serum or spray to protect the hair before applying heat
Suggested Treatment for Trichoclasis
With Trichoclasis “prevention is better than cure” is the best approach to take. Rather than formal post incident treatment it’s best to change ongoing routines to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place.
Treatment for Trichoclasis and other related hair shaft problems generally entail handling hair with care and reducing activities which can cause damage. Affected hair will grow back given time better and stronger with a new improved haircare regime.
How Can Wimpole Help?
Although Trichoclasis is much less serious than many of the conditions seen at the Wimpole Clinic we can still help and advise about how to prevent future occurrences. Call us today on 020 7935 1861 to speak to us and we can arrange a Trichologist Consultation to help overcome this issue reoccurring in future.