Myth. Women with naturally curly hair cannot condition their way to split end free hair.
Experts recommend that curlies “Deva cut” their hair every 6-8 weeks to remove split ends. Deva haircuts use a technique where dry, curly hair is shaped and then cut piece by piece, instead of straight across, to maintain your natural hair growth patterns and the natural shape of your curly hair. Along with regular, minor trims, be sure to moisturize hair well. Choose a deep conditioner that is best suited for your hair’s coarse and curly texture to achieve maximum hair growth.
Although I’ve heard we can’t avoid getting split ends – it’s inevitable. I think we can at least try to prevent them the best way we know how to. Therefore,
How do you prevent getting split ends though?
Use a wide-tooth comb.
After you apply conditioner in the shower, slowly run a wide-tooth comb through hair until all the tangles are out. This prevents the snaps and breakage you can incur when you try to brush out hair that is roughed up from a towel-dry.
Mind your heat tools.
That bargain-bin blow-dryer may be a tempting purchase, but inexpensive tools tend to dangerously overheat over time and burn ends into splits. Instead, use a top-rated economical brand, or invest in a professional-grade dryer. (I am a living witness of this today.)
“Imagine wearing a silk blouse every single day. It would get pretty beat up. Treat your hair like an expensive fabric, and it will last longer and look better.” Use only covered elastics with no metal piece, like those made by Goody to tie hair into a ponytail.
Take folic acid and biotin.
There’s a reason they say you are what you eat: Nutrients literally build the proteins that make up your hair strands. Two B vitamins in particular—folic acid and biotin—have been shown to supplement hair health, length, and thickness.
Folic acid helps the production of red blood cells, which powers the growth of hair. Foods rich in folic acid include green leafy veggies, oranges, soybeans, and wheat. Biotin strengthens both hair and nails through its metabolism of fats, carbs, and proteins. Brown rice, lentils, peas, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and soybeans are all rich in biotin.
Use leave-in conditioner.
Conditioners that you rinse out in the shower will do little to nothing for split ends, but a leave-in conditioner will add extra protection that stays on strands as you heat-style and go about your day. Try Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream, which can be applied to wet or dry hair for anytime use.
Blow-dry the right way.
Always use a nozzle on your dryer to control and direct the flow of air, and dry hair in a downward direction before sectioning off and drying completely with a round brush. This way, you spend far less time with intense heat straight on the hair. “If possible, air drying 90 percent before picking up the blow-dryer is even better.” And of course, if you can naturally dry all the way, that’s always your best option.
Limit damaging services.
There’s unfortunately no way around it—treatments like hair color, highlights, straightening, and perms all cause trauma that can result in a bevy of split ends.
Get regular cuts.
Although a haircut is the only way to get rid of split ends, regular trims are your best protection against them. The longer you wait to trim, the greater the chance you have of split ends worsening and traveling up the shaft. It may sound counter-intuitive, but this is why it’s actually best to get frequent trims if you’re trying to grow longer, healthier hair. Whatever your hair type or style, experts recommend you get a cut or trim at least every six to eight weeks. [SOURCE]
I hope you guys enjoy split free ends through your natural journey by cultivating these preventative measures into your regimen.
Until next time,
Peace & Love. 💋