Have you ever looked at your hair and found those annoying splits at the ends? You may feel like you’re doing everything right in your journey, but then you wonder why it’s happening so often. How can you get rid of split ends that keep popping up?
While panicking, you go on the Internet and find products that claim to get rid of them right away, so you purchase it and expect to see results. Unfortunately, products that claim to repair split ends will not provide what you’re looking for.
Many search for ways to get rid of split ends faster, however, the only way to remove them is by trimming your hair before it becomes worse. There are no magical hair products out there that will fix your split ends and make them healthy again. Don’t believe the hype sis!
The last thing you want to do is leave split ends untreated. If you do, the split can travel up the hair shaft which will result in damage to the entire strand.
What Causes Split Ends?
Split ends can develop slowly over time due to certain factors that can damage and weaken the ends of your hair. Here are some causes of split ends:
- Daily manipulation (styling, detangling, etc.)
- Excessive use of heat tools
- Friction from cotton pillowcases, towels, etc.
- Environmental factors (humidity, the sun, etc.)
- Not keeping your hair trimmed when it’s needed
Even if you avoid the above, split ends are inevitable. However, there are ways you can prevent them from happening often. Here are healthy hair care practices to follow in your regimen:
How to Prevent Split Ends
Deep Condition Regularly
Deep conditioning weekly will help to reduce the amount of split ends you get and increase elasticity (the bounce back). Split ends can be caused by dry, brittle hair, so it’s important to keep it moisturized and strengthened.
Although deep conditioning can take extra time on your wash day, this is a step you don’t want to skip. Deep conditioning is essential if you want healthy hair, increased moisture retention, and improved manageability.
When you deep condition, I recommend
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Avoid Harmful Ingredients
Before purchasing any product, it’s important to check the ingredients! Unfortunately, some brands use ingredients that can be damaging to our hair. For example, sulfates are found in some shampoos and can cause dryness + irritation. Imagine how your hair would react if you used
I love using clean products on my hair. Ever since I started paying attention to what I’m using and choosing the best ingredients, my hair has flourished! You won’t have to worry about getting rid of split ends often if you treat your hair right and only feed it with nourishing ingredients.
I have a post where I listed natural hair brands that are black-owned and create their products with all-natural ingredients. These brands have made an impact on the overall health of my hair and I encourage you to try them out! You can check out that post here.
Be Gentle With Your Hair
Manipulating your hair daily can cause wear and tear on the cuticle and will result in split ends. Always remember your ends are the most fragile part of your hair. You want to be gentle whether you’re trying to wash, detangle, or style your hair.
Trust me, I know detangling is frustrating at times—it’s one step I don’t look forward to! However, it has to be done and you want to make sure you detangle gently. Start with your ends and work your way up to the roots to remove any tangles or shed hair.
You also want to make sure you’re using a good hair tool to properly detangle. One of my favorite tools to use is the Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush. I make sure to finger detangle before using this on my hair. It does a great job at detangling without snagging your strands or being too harsh.
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There’s no time frame for how often you should receive a fresh trim. Paying attention to your hair will help you determine whether or not it’s time for one.
Another step to do in your routine is ‘dusting’. Dusting is a way you can cut a few of your strands without it being noticeable or losing your length. Although this can be time-consuming, it will benefit the overall health of your curls and prevent split ends from occurring often. I usually cut off any ends that don’t look right when I’m doing twists!
Check out this video on my Instagram to see an example of how to dust your ends and the benefits of doing it regularly. Make sure you invest in a pair of shears before cutting your hair.
When you do a protective style, you’re protecting your ends while tucking them away. This is a great way to limit split ends since this can prevent the ends of your hair from becoming dry and brittle. This also reduces how often you’re manipulating your hair, sometimes we need to leave it alone!
While your hair is in a protective style, you still need to take care of your hair and scalp by moisturizing and sealing it in with an oil. This isn’t the time to slack off!
Hot Oil Treatments
Last but not least, doing hot oil treatments in your regimen will help combat dry, brittle hair. Using a blend of moisturizing and sealing oils can create the perfect treatment for dry ends.
Moisturizing oils such as Avocado and Olive Oil can penetrate the hair shaft while sealing oils such as Jamaican Black Castor Oil are used to lock in moisture.
Most oils provide nourishment for your hair and will prevent split ends. Here are more oils you can use when doing a treatment:
- Rosemary Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Almond Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Jojoba Oil
When using essential oils, make sure you dilute it with a carrier oil before using it on your hair/scalp.
Although split ends are inevitable, adding these healthy hair care practices to your regimen will help you maintain the health of your hair + reduce split ends.
Don’t be afraid to get your hair cut! I understand once you have those inches you don’t want to lose it, but it should always be health over length. You can’t expect to have growth if you’re not properly taking care of your hair and scalp.