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Medical What causes trichoptlosis? How to get rid of it?

  1. May 31, 2008 #1

    Lisa!

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    What causes trichoptlosis?How to get rid of it? What to do to avoid this trouble?
     
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  3. May 31, 2008 #2

    jim mcnamara

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    You mean split ends :smile:
    Hair and follicle "anatomy" http://dermatology.about.com/cs/hairanatomy/a/hairbiology.htm

    Split ends result from damage to the outer shingle-like layer - the cuticle. Exposure to chemicals (e.g., bleach, dye, swimming in chlorinated water), heavy brushing/hot air drying, medications, and loss of sebum (natural lanolin-like substance) all may cause cuticle damage. Women produce less sebum as they age and all things being equal will experience drier hair with more split ends as they age.

    As to prevention, the causes give us an idea. Bleach, dye, and even shampoo will exascerbate the problem. I lived on a reservation for years. The older women there almost never used shampoo. Virtually no split ends. The young women had modernized hair care and had split ends like the rest of the Western World. Adding back sebum helps. This gets into cosmetology

    Since living better thru chemistry proably caused the problem, then living better thru chemistry has a solution, too. But I don't have recommendations. A lot of cosmetology places have expensive "unguents and punguents" for problem hair. They must work to some degree or the places would never sell Paul Mitchell, Nexus, Sally Beauty Supply, etc.

    Split ends are normal, by the way, especially as you age, Lisa.
     
  4. Jun 2, 2008 #3

    Lisa!

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    Thank you very much! :smile:
     
  5. Jun 3, 2008 #4

    Moonbear

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    There's a very simple cure for split ends....scissors. :biggrin: There is no other way to "repair" split ends, so the only other option lies in prevention. Aside from the things Jim already mentioned, avoiding brushing wet hair helps, and avoiding things like curling irons (he already mentioned blow dryers).
     
  6. Jun 3, 2008 #5

    jim mcnamara

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    MB - too much surgical training? :smile: If it sticks out or is not esthetically right, whack it off. "Plastical" surgeons do that.

    wacket auf == whackit off ? Sorry JS Bach.... and any German speakers.
     
  7. Jun 4, 2008 #6

    Lisa!

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    Right! But I think if you don't find out the cause of it, you'd face the same problem as soon as your hair become longer again!:uhh:
     
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