If you haven’t been already you should be giving the ends of your hair extra attention when moisturizing and conditioning. Many of you may have heard this piece of advice before but do you understand the logic as to why doing this is important?
Let’s say that you have been growing your hair for 2 years, the ends that you now see once upon a time were at your roots. On its journey down to your ends it had to endure 2 years of detangling sessions, styling, washes, and climate changes.
Just like any material like your favorite shirt or those trendy pumps in your closet, your hair gets worn out from normal wear and tear. This is why you must maintain it as best as you can, for as long as you can until it is time for it to be trimmed away. Holding on to those older ends is how you achieve length retention, which is not to be mistaken for hair growth. Our hair is growing all the time, whether you are able to keep the hair that you grow is measured by your length retention.
During your moisturizing routine, it’s good to cover all areas of your hair, but giving your ends a little extra moisture is a smart strategy for maintaining them. Those ends are thirsty so help quench their thirst!
Moisturize the ends of your hair with water or a water based product. Many people take this to mean saturate your hair.
Saturating your hair is unnecessary a simple spritz will do, there is no need to drench your hair. After your spritz seal the moisture in with an oil. Jojoba Oil is particularly good for this purpose as it has a similar composition to sebum, the natural oil that our scalps produce.
Doing this will help to reduce breakage and cut down on the number of split ends that you get, enabling you to hold on to more length.
When you do your deep conditioning, it is particularly important that you give your ends some pampering time. Our hair is composed of protein and every day we lose protein from doing something as simple as twirling or touching our hair.
Imagine how much protein loss a 2 year old hair end has. This is why if left uncared for our ends can easily start looking raggedy and tore up.
Our ends are always going to incur some sort of damage, but we can make the strain it experiences minimal by supplying it with nourishment. Doing something as simple as giving your ends a little extra love can make a difference in its health and its ability to retain length.
Take note if you have been seeing those mid shaft splits or those tiny wisps of broken off hairs; taking better care of your ends is worth investigating. If you haven’t tried this strategy out before I challenge you to moisturize and condition your ends with special care and see if it makes a difference.
Originally posted 2013-03-13 15:00:35.