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Can You Really Repair Split Ends?

June 27, 2019
Have you ever wondered if you can really get rid of split ends? Find out in this post! |

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 products out there that will fix your split ends and make them healthy again.

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.

How to Prevent Split Ends

Deep Condition Regularly

Deep conditioning regularly 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 adding heat. You’ll be able to reap the benefits of your product more effectively since heat opens your hair’s cuticle and allows the nutrients to penetrate your strands.

You can purchase a Thermal Hot Head cap or sit underneath a dryer for 30-45 minutes!

Related Post: 10 of the Best Deep Conditioners for High Porosity Hair

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 this consistently in your regimen!

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.

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.

Related Post: Make Detangling Easy and Get Your Life Back!

Regular Trims

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 called 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.

Check out this video on my Instagram to see an example of how to dust your ends and the benefits of doing it regularly.

Protective Styles

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. It 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 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 them, 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.

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  • Reply Consy TORIBIO June 27, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    great post boo! any time I see something about “fixing” split ends – my eyes roll all the way back. the brand cannot be trusted. to pro-long split ends coming I always always seal my ends after moisturizing. & most of the time I like to seal my ends with oil when deep conditioning as well 🙂

    • Reply Madisen June 27, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      Thank you sis! Lol I do the same thing now, but I know some people don’t know any better. Yes making sure your ends are moisturized is important! I need to start focusing on my ends more often. Thanks for reading and commenting boo!

  • Reply Ayana Aden June 27, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Great tips! I get split ends wayyyy too often. As such I try to get “invisible trims” every 6-8 weeks. I cut off an eighth of an inch so that I’m preventing split ends from occurring. Proactiveness is crucial!

    • Reply Madisen June 27, 2019 at 5:03 pm

      Thank you, love! Awe really? Surprisingly I haven’t dealt with many split ends, but I know everyone’s hair is different. This year since I’m focusing on the health of my hair, I’m definitely going to schedule more trims (maybe 3-4 months or whenever its needed).

  • Reply Aisha June 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Great Post! I cut my daughter’s split ends within 2 to 3 weeks a day after wash day. I use a leave in conditioner and usually braid her hair the next day but trim the dead ends first. Another method I use when I do a style when I twist her hair, I clip the noticable ends, you know the ends are mom’s used to wrap around the barret to keep it from coming off? I use a detangler brush and a wide tooth comb to detangle her hair.

    • Reply Madisen June 27, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you for reading sis! And that sounds perfect! I haven’t done my own trim on my hair, I usually just dust any ends that look crazy! It’s good to get a good trim consistently so I’m glad you take good care of your daughter’s hair!

  • Reply Naturallyzandra June 28, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    I experienced a ton of split ends and I can definitely agree with you on this post.

    My journey to less split ends will be a journey but I’ve noticed with regular hot oil treatments, protective styling, and trims with sharp scissors are best for my hair.

    • Reply Madisen June 28, 2019 at 8:59 pm

      I’m glad you found something that will lessen the number of split ends you get! I honestly need to do a protective style more often, it’s nice to take a break from messing with your hair.

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