Split ends are a pain for us natural hair girls, we all strive for our glorious kinks and curls to flourish and grow, and we strongly believe this is the year for healthy hair! The ends of our hair are the most exposed and can be extremely vulnerable.
As it is the Winter season this is when our hair can become the most fragile. Lower temperatures can have a negative impact on our mane leaving it dry which can cause breakage in the long run. Protecting your beloved curls until spring is very much needed to see the cold winter through. Before we go into the causes, what exactly is split ends?
Split ends occur when the ends of our hair become dehydrated and brittle. The exposure to harsh weather conditions and heat styling can all contribute to weak ends. It is a sign of severely damaged hair which cause further breakage. As it is the season for chunky scarves and woolly hats this can cause damage to your cuticles as your hair can brush against the material and end up causing weakened ends. They can even prevent your hair growth game, making the hair stagnant, frizzy, and unhealthy.
Trimming your hair every few months will help your hair to grow healthier and stronger. We would recommend using a professional and trimming your hair maybe every 3-4 months. When you notice split ends, it is time to get a trim! Here are a few tips that can help prevent split ends.
Tip 1: Avoid heat at all costs.
An excessive amount of heat at high temperatures can cause severe gradual cuticle damage, it can fragment your hair bonds and it can be a struggle to revive them back to dear life. Heat damage can cause our beloved curls, coils, and kinks to lose its bounce. Rehabilitating your curls back to life can be a frustrating journey after a heat binge. Always try and use a heat protectant to protect your hair whilst using heat styling tools or avoid heat all together.
Tip 2: Incorporate regular trimming.
If you are not comfortable with trimming your own hair, you can visit a professional hairstylist that will trim your hair for you. Aiming to trim your hair every 3-4 months can help prevent unhealthy ends. Healthy ends will promote flourishing hair growth.
Tip Three: Make silk pillowcases your best friend.
Protecting your hair with satin or silk goes a long way, cotton can cause friction which will resort to hair breakage. Cotton material can also leave your hair feeling dry and brittle, satin and silk will maintain the natural oils in your hair and allow for less friction.
Tip Four: Deep Condition during wash day.
Deep conditioning also referred as a protein treatment is great for your hair’s health and will thank you in the long run! This will keep your hair moisturized which will prevent hair breakage. It can be done during wash day and all you need to do is detangle your hair thoroughly and cover your hair in a shower cap for approximately 30 minutes. Keeping your hair hydrated and restored.
Tip 5: Stop over manipulating your hair.
Be gentle with your hair and treat it with a lot of TLC. Remember not to cause friction with over manipulation such as heat styling, constantly touching your hair and over brushing. Over manipulation will cause breakage as natural hair is fragile by nature. There are signs to tell you that you are manipulating a little too much such as excessive build up, a flaky scalp and extremely dry hair. Time to keep things simple!
Mirror to mirror:
Hair is fragile, but if you adhere to a robust regime, you're setting your hair up to strive. Therefore, try these tips today to help repair and maintain the health of your hair.
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