Taking Split Ends To Task – Do You Really Have To Cut Split Ends?
We know that it is important to keep our ends trimmed by getting rid of those awful split ends. But regular trims presents a Catch 22 for naturals who are trying to grow out their curls and coils. How can you attain the length that you want if you have to keep trimming your ends?
If you don’t want to damage the rest of your hair strands, (the damaged, split ends will start to travel up the hair shaft), you have to mend those ends! But is a pair of scissors the only solution for getting rid of damaged ends?
Temporarily Mend Or Cut Split Ends?
There are products on the market that advertise that the product temporarily binds the split ends so that you don’t have to trim the ends off which allows you to maintain length. I decided to try a product with great reviews that claimed to temporarily mends split ends. I’ve tried it myself between trims and it worked well for me: Carol’s Daughter Monoi Split End Sealer.
What Can You Do To Prevent Split Ends?
The best way to deal with split ends is not to damage the ends in the first place. You will experience split end damage if you are using shampoos or other hair products that are overly drying, overuse heat styling tools, treat your hair roughly; especially while combing or detangling, use chemicals in your hair or expose your hair to weather extremes without covering up your hair to protect it from wind, cold or heat.
You do need to trim the hair on occasion but if you follow some of the preventative tips highlighted in this article, you can actually reduce the amount of trims that you’ll need to keep your ends healthy. Following these tips, and using the Carol’s Daughter Monoi Split End Sealer, I’ve been able to trim my hair only twice a year.
More Tips To Help Banish Split Ends:
Use Microfiber towels when drying your hair. I love using microfiber towels because these towels not only absorb water from your hair without damaging the strands, these towels also help to prevent frizz.
Deep condition, deep condition, deep condition! I know that you are in a hurry and don’t want to spend too much time on your hair, but conditioning natural hair – especially deep conditioning if a must; at least twice a month. Conditioners rich in hair absorbing oils such as coconut, argan, jojoba and almond oil, will moisturize your hair from the inside out and help to protect your natural tresses from breakage. Combining these oils with a protein based conditioner is even better because protein helps to strengthen your hair. You should also use a daily moisturizer that doesn’t weigh your hair down or cause build up but still keeps your hair moisturized.
Use heat sparingly and use heat protection products. There is nothing wrong with wanting to change up your hairstyle on occasion by blowing your hair out or straightening with heat styling tools. Do a patch test and use the lowest heat setting necessary to straighten your hair and be sure to apply heat protection products. These products really work and will protect your natural strands from damage but don’t be fooled into thinking that by using these protects, your hair won’t become damaged. Excessive and regular use of heat will damage your hair over time.
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