“My ends are so dry!” This can be so frustrating when you just put in your leave-in moisturizer, dabbed your ends with oil, and finished off with your favorite butter – just to find out that your hair is dry right when you get into work.
I used to be so confused on why my hair would not retain moisture during the day, especially my ends, and then I did some re-evaluating. If you have this issue, here are some things you should consider:
Learn Your Hair
Understanding your hair is an important part of being on a healthy hair journey. There are many ways you can learn what kind of hair you have in order to care for your hair properly. You need to know:
Type: the amount of wave/curl in hair
Texture: the thickness/width of individual strands
Density: the number of individual strands on your scalp
Porosity: how your hair strands retain moisture
Moisture and Protein Balance: the balance of the strength and the retained moisture in hair
Hair Archetype: building a hair care regimen based on current hair routine (Based on The 5 Hair Archetypes: Your Guides To Growing Long Hair, written by Sharifa Barnett)
Once you understand your hair, you will able to troubleshoot your hair issues and will be able to find ways to effectively care for your hair and keep your ends healthy.
Reevaluate your products and regimen
It is important to know that all hair, curls, and texture are not alike, which is the same for products. We can all say that the LOC method is the best way to keep your hair moisturized and healthy; however, not every product and regimen is great for every style.
Do you like to switch your styles up on a weekly basis or do you like to leave your hair alone for a long-term duration? Does your hair react well to protein? Does your hair feel weighed down after doing the LOC method? How quickly do you obtain product buildup?
When you learn your hair and find out what you actually want and need for your hair, then you will be able to determine what products to use and a regimen to follow that would be best for you and to keep those ends moisturized.