What Causes Them and How to Prevent Them
Whether you have luscious curls, tight coils, or fabulous kinks, those pesky split ends can cause havoc in your natural hair journey. But don’t worry! We’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to say goodbye to them and hello to flourishing, textured tresses. Let’s get started!
Understanding Split Ends
First, let’s break it down – what exactly are split ends? These tiny hair tears, breaks, and snags occur when the protective cuticle layer of your hair becomes damaged or frayed. For our naturally textured hair, which is often dryer or more porous than straight hair types, it’s very common. So, what causes them?
1. Heat Styling: Overusing flat irons, curling wands, and blow dryers without proper heat protection can weaken your hair, causing them to make an appearance.
2. Mechanical Stress: Aggressive combing, brushing, or even using the wrong hair ties can lead to split ends. Be gentle with your hair!
3. Chemical Treatments: Coloring, perming, or relaxing your hair can weaken it, making it more prone to splitting.
4. Environmental Factors: Exposure to the sun, wind, and pollution can contribute to frayed ends, especially if your hair is not adequately protected.
Now that we understand the culprits, let’s explore some tips for preventing and managing split ends.
How to Get Rid of Split Ends
1. Hydration is Key: Keep your hair moisturized by using a high-quality, hydrating conditioner and deep conditioning treatments regularly. This is especially crucial for our textured hair types that tend to be naturally drier.
2. Trim Regularly: We know you love your length, but regular trims every 8-12 weeks are essential to snip away those split ends and encourage healthy growth.
3. Low Manipulation Styles: Opt for protective hairstyles like twists, braids, or buns to minimize the manipulation of your hair. This reduces friction and, in turn, the likelihood of split ends.
4. Silk Pillowcase and Scarves: Switch to silk pillowcases and use silk scarves to wrap your hair at night to reduce friction and breakage while you sleep.
How to Prevent Split Ends
1. DIY Hair Masks: Try homemade hair masks using ingredients like avocado, honey, and coconut oil. These can help repair and prevent breaking ends.
2. Seal the Ends: After applying a leave-in conditioner, seal your ends with natural oils like jojoba, argan, or avocado oil. This keeps your ends moisturized and less susceptible to splitting.
3. Protective Heat Styling: If you must use heat tools, minimize usage to no more than weekly, apply a heat protectant, and use the lowest heat setting necessary to achieve your desired style. Also, opt for indirect heat such as a RevAir Hair Dryer or a hooded dryer.
4. Avoid Overwashing: Washing your hair too frequently can strip it of natural oils, making it prone to dryness and split ends. Stick to a manageable wash routine like weekly or bi-weekly and don’t forget to deep condition your hair when needed.
In conclusion, split ends are a common issue for natural hair but can be managed and prevented. By incorporating these practices into your hair care routine, you can maintain those gorgeous coils, curls, and kinks without the fear of split ends sabotaging your journey. Remember, healthy hair is beautiful hair, and you’ve got the tools to make it happen!