A big pet peeve many naturals have about their hair is split ends. In fact, it’s a nuisance of most women trying to repair their hair.
In a nut shell, split ends occur when the hair loses a lot of moisture and protein, thus causing the bond that makes a hair shaft what it is split. This split also makes your hair weaker and more susceptible to breakage.
Unfortunately, women with kinky and curly suffer from dryness far more often than straight textured hair so heat damage and styling damage resulting in split ends is nothing new
Personally, I hate split ends because I know have to get my hair cut and then kiss all my lovely growth bye bye!
The good news is that it’s usually no more than a couple of inches but some naturals have a head full of damage and making a “big chop” decision is not something that comes easy for them.
However, there could be a means to the madness WITHOUT chopping off your splits but it will require some work and dedication from you.
And frankly, the steps are nothing new; surely, you’ve heard or read about them before on your natural hair journey.
So, here are some ways to fix split ends without the trimming:
- Get more protein in your diet. When the hair shaft loses a lot of protein, it can split. Fix and prevent this by taking more protein pills or including more protein your diet. This means eating more lean meats and fish.
- Deep condition more often. With the right deep conditioning regimen, you can slowly repair damaged ends. You don’t have to wash your hair every week, but try to deep condition it at least once a week if your are contending with split ends.
- Do more hot oil treatments. Hot oil treatments are a great way to maintain moisture in your hair for several days. Some great repair oils for a hot treatment include coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil. Massage the oils onto your scalp and all the way down to the shaft directly on the damaged ends.
- Find products specifically fdesigned for split ends. It will say so on the bottle or container. Or it might use words like “repair” or “rejuvenate” or “ strengthen” to describe its split end sealing purpose. Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow Restore Leave-In Conditioner would be an example of a split end repair product.