I used to think that once I went natural breakage and split ends would be a thing of the past, yet that was the furthest thing from the truth. Breakage and split ends can happen whether you are relaxed or natural, and especially while you are transitioning. I’ve slowly but surely found a regimen that helps me avoid both and I want to share it with you.
1. Loose vs Tight
I have very thick hair, and it seems as if it’s getting thicker by the day. One of my go-to styles is to put my hair in a pony-puff, because it keeps my hair out of my face, and still looks neat, clean, and professional enough to wear to work.
However, I had to break the habit of stretching the hair tie as tight as possible, to make sure my puff “felt” secure. Instead of wrapping it twice, I would try to wrap it at least for times, which ultimately started to thin out the hair around my edges due to the tension. Sleek hairstyles are nice, but not at the expense of your crown. So next time, try a looser puff, versus a tighter puff.
2. Detangle, Detangle, Detangle
I still try to find shortcuts while styling my hair, but I’m learning that sometimes you just have to be patient and take the time to do your hair thoroughly.
I would try to skip detangling my hair, and just style as usual, and that was the ultimate fail. If you leave wet hair tangled and then style, when the hair dries it will still be tangled, and more prone to breakage when you do try to detangle. You should make sure you are detangling damp hair after a wash.
Trims used to be my enemy. I hated trims because to me trims always ended up being hair cuts. Once you find yourself a good stylist who can actually trim ends, then you should keep and utilize them, regularly… not just once a year.
You can even trim your ends at home by doing a two strand twist out on damp hair, and then the hair that is visibly limp and not curly like the other is broken hair and you simply trim it.
There are plenty more ways to prevent split ends, and breakage, let me know some of your tips in the comments below!