Ever looked at your hair and knew instantly that you were in desperate need of a trim? Or maybe you thought you were retaining length but in actuality all you were doing was causing your hair to break uncontrollably? Ok, maybe that’s a little intense lol BUT, I’ve fallen victim to this too many times, so I wanted to share some tips on how avoid split ends!
To break it down, split ends happen when the inside of your hair (the cortex) begins to literally “split”. If ignored, this splitting can continue up the shaft of the hair and cause major breakage.
There are numerous factors that contribute to split ends being caused. Some of which include over processing of hair, extreme heat damage and lack of nutrients. When hair begins to feel dry and untouchable that means there is a serious lack of moisture. The less moisturized the hair is the more at risk it is for split ends.
Some naturals are scared of trims because they want to retain length. However, the secret to unlocking your natural hair growth potential is to get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks (about 1/2 an inch or so). Always remember that hair grows back so there should be no fear in trimming less than an inch every couple months.
How can you avoid split ends in the first place?
Well, I’m a huge fan of weekly deep conditioning treatments. I sit under a hooded blow dryer to allow the heat to penetrate the conditioner into my hair.
I also lock in the moisture by applying coconut oil to my hair in sections. Every once in a while I try a protective style such as leaving my two strand twists in and style them by doing some sort of updo. These styles protect my ends and keep breakage at a minimum.
I would highly recommend going to the salon to get ends professionally trimmed and then going again to get hair appropriately cut every 3 months! (This was advice I received from Dickey, creator of Hair Rules products, when I went visit the salon). He was very adamant about getting a healthy cut every few months to promote healthy hair growth and to eliminate dead ends.
I’m due for a trim in couple of weeks and I will definitly be visiting Hair Rules salon in the city!
That’s all for now beauties! Any advice on how you trim your own natural hair? Share with us how often you get your hair trimmed below!