Don’t let bad habits derail your growth
Every woman faces split ends at some point. What we do when they crop up is crucial.
Once your ends have frayed, trimming them is the only sure-fire way of eliminating them, but prevention is the best remedy. Too much heat, harsh brushing and combing, chemicals and improper moisturizing are all improper hair-care habits that lead to split ends. The best prevention tips:
Use heat styling less. Curling irons, flat irons and even blow dryers can over dry your hair and cause breakage.
Oil and condition your hair regularly. After conditioning your hair with a natural conditioner, place natural oils— like olive, coconut or moringa—on the ends to help keep them from splitting.
During the summer, cover your hair when you go outside during the day to protect it from the sun’s drying rays. After swimming in chlorinated pools, rinse your hair well in clear water.
If it’s a windy day, rock a head wrap, bun or braids.
If, despite your best prevention efforts, you still have split ends, you don’t have to reach for the scissors right away. First, treat your damaged hair with these tips:
Get a protective style.
Avoid chemicals and heat styling methods.
Use an avocado hair mask. Mix it with oil (water works, too), and then apply the mask to your scalp, hair and ends. Let the mask sit for 20 minutes before washing it out with a natural shampoo.
Oil your hair, scalp and ends regularly to help keep your split ends from getting worse. Massage the oil into your scalp and be generous with the amount you place on your ends. Great oils to try: coconut, olive and rosemary.
Apply walnut oil to your hair, concentrating on the frayed ends. Leave it on overnight and shampoo it out the next morning. Do this four to five times a week.
When you’ve done your best, but a date with a pair of scissors is in your future, these are the available solutions:
Go to your stylist for a trim.
Opt for a do-it-yourself trim. Stand in a well-lit area, preferably near a window so you will have natural light. Divide your hair small sections. Comb out all of the kinks and knots from each section. Gently twist the small section of hair, going from root to tip. This allows you to see any split ends. Snip them off using a small pair of shears.