Happy Beauty Tip Tuesday (now Wednesday in Chicago)! This week I wanted to focus on split ends. My whole life it seems it has been a constant struggle to keep my ends looking fabulous while still keeping my long locks. Now I can’t completely complain, my hair can still get pretty long, but I want to see how long it can really get! My goal was to my hip, but it’s never quite made it that far over my breasts! I’ve been getting my hair trimmed pretty regularly every 8 weeks for the past year or so since I dramatically cut my hair last winter to a longer bob. I loved it! But now I’m ready to start the test over again.
Since I have natural hair I’ve been trying to find natural ways of taking care of it. My mom gave me a sample of Carol’s Daughter leave-in conditioner and I really, really like it so far. She also blessed me with a bottle a Carol’s Daughter Monoi (repairing) split end sealer. I was reading the back and it said, “The secret is, the less trims you need, the longer your hair can grow.” I thought, ‘hmm so everything I thought I was supposed to be doing was absolutely wrong?’. I mean it makes sense, how many people do you see with freakishly long hair and they say they’ve never cut it and your like, FLOORED?! Surprisingly I’ve met more of these types of people more times than I can count. Right now I’m just maintaining my hair length. If I want it longer, I should just take care of it better so I won’t be forced to get a trim as often (their still inevitable, according to my research) and end up back at square one.
I decided to do a little research into this. I looked for a way to prevent split ends specifically for curly hair, but if you find that you have problems taking care of your split ends simply google prevention techniques for your hair type. Here are five of the most important changes I’ve found I need to make:
1. Okay, I just started doing this one and so I was happy to find out that I wasn’t completely doing the wrong thing. Allow hair to dry in a bun or braids. It may take longer to dry but it will retain a lot more of that moisture, and from my research moisture is key!
2. When drying hair use a t-shirt instead of a towel. I had heard a long time ago from a speaker at a natural hair summit that was organized on my campus a couple years ago that drying with a towel can cause major frizz in curly hair. I don’t care who you are but everybody hates frizz, me especially. So I started using a t-shirt right away, but slowly but surely I crept back into the habit of using a towel to dry my hair. I need to get back to using a t-shirt again!
3. Apparently I don’t do nearly enough conditioning treatments. I only do it once a week. But according to some of the things I was reading I should try bumping it up to two or three times a week.
4. In between trimmings trim some ends yourself. Once in a while look for split ends. My best friend does this but I always found the task so daunting with my curly hair. It’s entirely TOO MUCH! But maybe I will start. It has to be done with hair shears because regular scissors lying around the house will cause future splits.
5. When washing/conditioning hair use cool water to “seal hair’s outer layer”. I love my hot water so much! It’s like having my own personal steam room, but I’ve heard pretty much my whole life that hot water causes dryness. I just thought it was a clever way for my parents to save money on heating costs but maybe they were right. Who would’ve thought?
So clearly I have things I need to work on if I want freakishly long hair one day. I hope this helped all of you out there who are seeking the same.
Here are some of the links I used:
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