Tips For Preventing, Removing And Treating Split Ends

natural-hair-split-endsSplit 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.

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About Safiya Elle


Since 2008, I have been embarking on a journey to all things natural. I'm completely chemical-free (body and hair) and because of this, I was able to avoid the big chop, restore my natural curl patterns, grow my hair to tail bone length and clear my chronic acne. Today, I'm an organic vegan, natural health expert, DIY herbalist, DIY beauty, blogger and shop owner. I enjoy helping others with starting and continuing their journeys to natural hair and skin care, and hopefully an overall healthy lifestyle. On my blog, I share health and natural beauty tips, as well as delicious smoothie and meal recipes (I'm all about flava!) that help to promote healthy skin, hair and body from within. Why not maintain our beauty, as well as our youth? Health is the answer!

About Safiya Elle


Since 2008, I have been embarking on a journey to all things natural. I'm completely chemical-free (body and hair) and because of this, I was able to avoid the big chop, restore my natural curl patterns, grow my hair to tail bone length and clear my chronic acne. Today, I'm an organic vegan, natural health expert, DIY herbalist, DIY beauty, blogger and shop owner. I enjoy helping others with starting and continuing their journeys to natural hair and skin care, and hopefully an overall healthy lifestyle. On my blog, I share health and natural beauty tips, as well as delicious smoothie and meal recipes (I'm all about flava!) that help to promote healthy skin, hair and body from within. Why not maintain our beauty, as well as our youth? Health is the answer!

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Jay | Relaxed Thairapy

I had a number of split ends last year for some odd reason. I think it might have resulted from relaxer runoff leading to over processing. I resolved them through search and destroy and frequent trims. Here’s how I handled my splits: http://relaxedthairapy.com/techniquethursday-tips-for-managing-split-ends/

Beverly Parnell

This is how beauticians should be. Professional honest direct communication. Not the one that have jerry springer going on, loud music playing and gossiping over your head

Elissa LaToye Collins

Unique Blanca this is why trimming is important.

Marnique Rhodes

It looks like this post was posted by someone in Houston, but actually the salon mentioned is in Georgia. ☹️

I’ve been searching for someone who really knows how to take care of relaxed hair, to make and keep it healthy in Houston.

Selles Bryant

Contact Quarbecca Canales, she’s great!

Jennifer Barlow-Boatner

That should have been cut a long time ago!

Janice Zuri Knight

Don’t do it!

Kelly White

It looks horrible . Plus once she cuts it , it will be healthy and grow stronger

Lena Johnson

What’s the use of keeping the length of it looks like raggedy straw? It looks awful when women have thinned out damaged hair because they don’t want to part with any length.

Riel Major

So satisfying to watch lol

Riel Major

Wish she did cut it

Tameka Richards

Yeah… All that is dead hair

Starlet Jacobs

I wish she had shown the “after” part of the video.

Kelly White

Let go and let god

Marlyn Wood

So important to get regular trim’s often… Unfortunately some stylist don’t know the difference between a trim and a haircut,I would love to have her as my stylist!!

Shanita Freeman Harris

Wow you can see how the hair is thinning out.

Being Tessie Mae

Flawless Hair

Tiffany Dorris

Cut the bad ends or Leave split ends, will continue to split further up! Better do it now while its 3-4 inches then to do it when its your entire head and u be bald! Ijs

Traci Gassett Wilson

I wish you could show the finished style after the cut!

Mo'nique Highstatus

Ouuu girl no don’t cut it

Sonji Dawson-Hotstream

Sonada Hotstream those are ends

Lena Johnson

Nothing better then cut healthy ends, the hair looks thicker moves better and holds styles better and also retains length better if you want to grow it longer.

Amber Persons

Lies

Ashley Ford

Diedra Logan I thought of u when I saw this

Negrita Indiana

Whitney Janae perfect example of why to always cut it when u need to its such a waste long hair

Jessica Reneé

Kiona is this what you were talking about with my hair?

Antoinette Wright Lake

Yes u know I’ve been demonstrating that for 20 plus years

Kimeesha Gambles

Antoinette Wright Lake yes and folks still want to keep them ends lol

Maria Gaskins

so much hair gone to waste

Shonda Freeman

Noooo hair preventing u from getting length.

Rose Evans

Gorgeous, Beautiful Hair!!!