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 split ends 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 naturals 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 hold on to split ends and leave them untreated. If you do this, the split can continue to travel all the way up the hair shaft which will result in damage to the entire hair 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 manage to avoid the above, split ends are pretty much inevitable. However, there are ways you can prevent split ends from happening so often. Here are some healthy hair care practices to follow in your regimen:
How Can You Prevent Split Ends?
Deep Condition Regularly
Incorporating weekly deep conditioning in your natural hair regimen will help to reduce the amount of split ends you get and promote elasticity. Split ends can be caused by dry, brittle hair, so it’s important to ensure your hair is 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, moisture retention, and improved manageability.
When you deep condition, I recommend
Don’t Use Harmful Ingredients
Before purchasing any natural hair product, it’s important to check your ingredients! Unfortunately, there are some brands that add certain ingredients in their products that can be damaging for our natural hair. For example, sulfates are found in some shampoos and can cause more dryness and irritation for your hair/scalp. Imagine how your hair would react if you used
I love using all natural and/or organic products on my hair. Ever since I started paying attention to what I’m using on my hair 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
I have an old blog post where I listed natural hair brands that are black-owned, woman-owned, and create their products with natural ingredients. These brands have made a great impact on the overall health of my hair and I encourage you to try them out this year!
Check out the post here! Why You Should Buy Black + My Favorite Natural Hair Brands
Be Gentle With Your Hair
Manipulating your hair daily can cause wear and tear on the cuticle and will result in split or frayed ends. When styling, it’s important to remember your ends are the most fragile, vulnerable part of your hair. You want to be gentle whether you’re trying to wash, detangle, or style your hair.
And trust me, I know detangling can become frustrating at times—it’s one step in my wash day I don’t look forward to! However, it has to be done and you want to make sure you detangle gently. You don’t want to run the hair tool through your hair out of frustration and end up causing damage. 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 your hair. One of my favorite hair tools to use when detangling is the Felicia Leatherwood Detangling Brush. I always lightly finger detangle first before using this on my hair. It does a great job at detangling without snagging your strands or being too rough.
Related Post: 13 Must-Have Tools for Your Natural Hair Journey
Trim Your Hair Regularly
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 so often. I usually cut off any ends that don’t look right when I’m doing two strand twists! When doing this, make sure you’re using a good quality pair of shears so you can get a precise cut.
When you do a protective style, you’re making sure your ends are protected by tucking them away. Protective styling is a great way to limit split ends since this can prevent the ends of your hair from becoming dry and brittle. This also limits the amount of time you spend manipulating your hair, sometimes we just need to stop touching it and leave it alone!
While your hair is in a protective style, you still need to take care of your natural hair and scalp by moisturizing when needed and locking that moisture in with an oil. This isn’t the time to slack off and not think about your hair!
Some great protective styles you can do:
- Box Braids
- Simple Buns
- Hair Extensions
- Mini Twists
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 natural oils provide some type of nourishment for your hair and will prevent split ends from happening so often. Here are more oils you can use when doing a hot oil 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, you can still add these healthy hair care practices in your current regimen to maintain the health of your hair and limit the number of split ends that occur.
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 during this journey. You can’t expect to have healthy hair growth if you’re not properly taking care of your hair and scalp.
Follow the above tips so you can say goodbye to numerous split, dry ends!
How often do you deal with split ends and how do you prevent them from happening?