Where do I begin? Splits ends are the bad guys that make a hair look ugly, lifeless, dry, brittle, dull (need I say More?), and they cause breakage and we eventually have to snip them off and loose length on our tresses *angryface*
So basically I am on a hair journey rather healthy hair journey and honestly I want to see what my ultimate hair length can be. I used to believe that my hair would never grow past shoulder length and I was wrong 🙂 after so much research and understanding my hair type (curly 3B) I now claim middle back length when straightened, (yay).
Back to the bad guys: Split ends are weakened areas along the hair shaft where the cuticle is breaking apart and the cortex of the hair is exposed. When hair becomes dry, brittle and under-moisturized without relief, the cuticle naturally begins to crack, chip and unravel. If left uncorrected, the split will worsen and begin exposing the inner cortex of the hair.
Your ends can split due to heat styling, dryness or simply due to age. Because the ends of your hair are the oldest part of your hair strands, you need to take special care of them if you don’t want splits to work their way up your entire shaft, thereby damaging much more than just the ends.
Here are a few tricks and tips to help get rid and prevent Split Ends:
Get your hair cut regularly using a good pair of hair shears, every six to eight weeks. All hair gets damaged after a while. Get a trim of at least 1 to 2 cm, and you should have solved the problem. It will remove split ends and keep your hair healthy and growing strong.
Don’t rely on products that claim to “heal” split ends. They can seal the split end to help it look healthier, but they aren’t reversing the damage. These products can however help prevent future damage to otherwise healthy hair.
Try to stay away of chemicals. Natural hair is beautiful. If you absolutely must color your hair, search for the gentlest coloring agent you can find. If you are going to be using chemicals on your hair, be sure to condition your hair more often.
Deep Condition regularly. Keep replenishing hair with nutrients by means of deep conditioners at least once a week to help strengthen the hair and thus become resilient to damage.This involves putting a leave-in conditioner or oil on your hair and leaving it in for a while. Oils like jojoba and coconut oil are fantastic for this.
Tone down the heating appliances. If you are using a dryer or hot tongs regularly, your hair will start to show some damage–the hot air removes moisture from your hair. Using too hot a setting or holding the dryer too close to your hair will also cause damage.
Wash your hair properly. It is best to only wash the scalp hair and leave the length to hang down your back…the length should not be piled on top of your head. When you rinse the shampoo out of your hair, the shampoo will run down the length, that is as much washing as the ends of your hair need. Conditioner should then be applied to the length to soak for a while before rinsing out. Hot water strips away moisture so rinse your hair with the coolest water you can stand.
Do a hot oil treatment. Baby your hair to an overnight hot oil treatment by applying an oil of choice to your hair (coconut, macadamia, jojoba, olive) then cover with a shower cap and let the hair sip the oils and rinse in the morning.
Heat Protectant. We all want that straight look from time to time. Its important to use a heat protectant a really good one to avoid heat damage from the flat irons, curling irons and/or hairdryers.
Each and every single one of those points has helped me in keeping my hair in tip top condition and if you commit yourself to proper hair practices splits ends will be a thing of the past.
How do you care for your hair? what is your secret to healthy hair? I would love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading!!