Gather around curlfriends and let’s discuss split ends. Those pesky little devils that fray our edges, steal our shine, and make even the most glorious mane feel dull and ragged. But fear not, am here to with tips on how to banish those split ends and keep your coils and curls thriving.
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Split ends occur when the hair shaft splits lengthwise, exposing the inner cortex, making it prone to breakage and dryness. Natural hair, with its unique texture and tendency to dryness, is particularly susceptible to split ends.
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Everything You Should Know About Hair Split Ends
What causes split ends?
Harsh Chemicals: Chemical relaxers and permanent dyes, while offering dramatic transformations, can come with a hidden cost – hair fragility. These harsh chemicals may alter the hair’s structure, leaving it vulnerable to breakage, dryness and split ends.
Excessive and Wrong Heat Use: While the blow dryer, straightener, and curling iron may offer temporary glam, their intense heat can zap moisture and weaken the hair shaft, making it susceptible to splitting.
Lack of Moisture: Natural hair craves moisture and thrives when it’s properly and regularly moisturized. Neglecting regular deep conditioning, skipping leave-in conditioners, and forgetting to water those thirsty curls can lead to dryness, brittleness and susceptible to split ends.
Over-Manipulation: While regular detangling is crucial, excessive brushing, combing, or twisting can cause unnecessary friction and breakage. Think of it as overusing a delicate fabric – it wears thin and tears easily.
Too much Friction: Friction, whether from rough towel drying, jewellery, clothes, rough surfaces or even sleeping on cotton sheets and pillowcase, can snag and damage the delicate ends of our hair.
How to prevent split ends
Trim regularly: Don’t be scared of the scissors! I know we all hate them but dusting and trimming is necessary. How often you trim or dust depends on how damaged your hair is and how often you manipulate it, use heat, color it and so on. I do dust every once in a while and do a yearly trim.
- Everything you should about dusting off damaged and split ends
- How trim hair at home without using heat
Moisturize religiously; Moisturizing deep conditioners, leave-in conditioners, hydrating hair mists and regular water spritzes are your best friends when it comes to moisturizing. Dry hair never looked good on anyone and it’s also susceptible to damage and dryness. Moisturized hair is less prone to splitting.
The best moisturizing deep conditioners for dry hair
- Design Essentials Rosemary & Mint Stimulating Super Moisturizing Conditioner
- tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask for Natural Hair
- Mielle Organics Mongongo Oil Protein-Free Hydrating Conditioner
- Camille Rose Algae Renew Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
- How to go from dry to moisturized hair in minutes
- The best way to apply moisturizing products for moisture retention
- Must have moisturizing products
- Why deep conditioning is important for dry hair
The best Moisturizing leave-in conditioners and hair mists;
- Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask & Leave-In Conditioner
- Design Essentials Natural Almond & Avocado, Moisturizing & Detangling Leave-In Conditioner
- OKAY Black Jamaican Castor Oil Moisture Growth Leave In Conditioner
- Creme Of Nature, Leave in Conditioner Pure Honey, Coconut Oil And Shea Butter
- Maui Moisture Frizz-Free + Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Mist
Minimize heat styling: Blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons are split end magnets. Opt for air drying whenever possible, and use heat protectants religiously when using heat.
Related post; how I go years and years without using heat.
Protect your ends at night: Sleeping with a satin or silk pillowcase or tying your hair loosely in a pineapple style reduces friction and breakage.
Deep conditioning with protein treatments: Protein restores damage and strengthens the hair shaft and helps seal split ends, making them less noticeable.
The perfect protein treatments for damaged hair
- tgin Miracle RepaiRx Curl Protein Reconstructor – For Damaged Hair
- Arvazallia Fortifying Protein Hair Mask
- SheaMoisture Hair Mask – Manuka Honey & Yogurt, Hydrate + Repair Protein Power Treatment
- Aphogee Two-step Treatment Protein for Damaged Hair
Related post; Best protein treatments for damaged hair.
With these tips and tricks, you can keep split ends at bay and let your hair flourish. Share your go to split ends prevention strategies in the comment section below.