Split ends — it’s a problem that we all have to face at some point in time, and what we decide to do when they rear their ugly head is crucial.
Ever since I’ve returned natural, I threw out all worries about trimming my hair, simply because my focus was on length retention. My hair was relaxed and I had a phobia of scissors (thanks to scissor-happy stylists). So I’ve gone years without a single straight style and have no regrets.
However, I was able to manage my hair without trims much easier than the average gal because I never straighten my hair.
So it’s pretty much out of sight, out of mind. In my hair’s natural state, you can’t tell if I have split ends or not. But for those of you who need to keep your ends neat because of the styles you like to wear, you can use the following tips to help with prevention, treatments and ultimately, the removal of unsightly split ends.
Prevention is the best way to get a handle on split ends
This is actually my favorite remedy for split ends — doing whatever I can to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Split ends tend to pop up due to improper hair care, such as use of chemicals, harsh brushing and combing, not properly moisturizing and using a lot of heat. To help you learn how to best prevent split ends, here are a couple of tips:
▶︎ Don’t wear your hair out when you go out. Sure, you want to show off your flowing hair, but this could put it at risk of damage, especially if you have long hair. So consider wearing a bun, head wrap or braid when you go outdoors where wind can whip your hair out of shape.
▶︎ Use heat styling less, or better yet, not at all. 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 on your ends like moringa oil, coconut oil or olive oil to help keep them from splitting.
▶︎ During the summer, consider covering your hair when you go outside during the day to prevent split ends caused by the sun. Or just give your hair extra care by moisturizing it before going out.