Hey there Beauty Dolls,
Good Evening and Welcome to our Blog!
I decided to start a blog so that you all can get my personal views and opinions on everything that deals with HAIR! I am very excited to share my thoughts, my views and my knowledge.
Tonights' topic will be about Trims and how important they are to maintain the length of your hair.
I know, I totally get it. We all want our natural hair to be long and luxurious! But the reality of the situation is that we have to get Trims on a regular to maintain the length of our hair.
Every single day your hair goes through trauma:
Some of us WRAP our hair with a satan bonnet or scarf and some of us do not..(But thats another discussion for another time lol.)
The daily grind cause split ends – washing, combing, styling, and chemical treatments – can cause the hair cuticle, which is the outside protective sheath of the hair’s shaft, to wear off. Once the cuticle is damaged the inner layer of hair is exposed, and it becomes weakened, dehydrated and damaged, making the hair prone to split ends.
Here is a little example: We wake up, we unwrap our hair with a Paddle/Denim brush or a comb. Your hair is no longer protected and now it is exposed to the harsh environment. Then throughout the day your hair is continually touched, combed and brushed. Which causes the tip of your cuticle to weaken and eventually begin to rip up and split.
Here are a few images of what spit ends look like:
The images above our examples of the many forms that split ends can come in.
They are the results of:
1.Combing to often
2.Brushing to often
3.Touching to often
4. Not wrapping your hair at night
5.To much heat application in between bi weekly hair appts
6.Dry Hair: Dehydrated Hair
7.Over Processed Hair from color or relaxers
8.Bad hair products
9.Lack of deep conditions
There are many things that effect your hair strand ends. These are just a few examples.
Now im not going to just give you the bad, but I will give you the good and how you can prevent Split Ends as well.
DONT GET IT TWISTED!!! This is not, i repeat this is not split ends! I despise when Stylist try and cut off someones hair because it isn't all lined up at the tips. That is crazy to me! And it just isn't the way that I operate within my professionalism. Knowledge is truly power and until you fully understand what or how things should go people will treat you how ever they please!
So now that you know what split ends do and do not look like, lets talk about steps to prevent split ends from happening!
7 Ways to Treat and Prevent Split Ends
1. Get Regular Trimming
No matter how well you look after your hair, the everyday combing, washing will cause some wear and tear, and therefore you can’t prevent split ends entirely. Inevitably, a trim will be necessary at some point to control split ends. But, proper care will allow you to stretch trim appointment to every eight to twelve weeks, or may be even longer. Keep a regular check on them. If you happen to see a random split end, take a pair of scissors and get rid of it. Leaving the split end uncut is not a good idea, as it could potentially get worse and travel all the way up to the root.
Removal: Always use sharp scissors or the ones meant for hair cuts. Using blunt pair can fray your ends and cause more splits after a while. Also cut about 1/4 of an inch above the split, and if you don’t there are chances that split might reappear.
2. Oil Your Hair Before You Wash it
Shampooing/Washing can cause damage to your hair. When hair gets wet – during shampooing – it absorbs water and swells. In this state it is very fragile and therefore it is easier for splits to occur.
How does oiling hair help? Oil forms a protective sheath around your hair, reducing the damage during washing process. Plus, oil also nourishes your hair, and help restore its moisture balance. Some of the best oil for pre-wash treatment are coconut oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil and almond oil. To use: Apply oil of your choice on the scalp and massage gently with the pads of your fingers. Finish by running fingers through your hair. Keep it for an hour and wash as usual.
3. Apply A Leave-in Conditioner
If you have bad split ends or are prone to having them, then be sure to apply a leave- in conditioner to your hair. This is to protect your hair from the regular wear and tear that can happen due to combing, styling, and also environmental factors (hot sun or cold winds).
You don’t need any fancy brands. Oils or plant butters make an excellent leave-in conditioners. Best oils to use – coconut, almond, olive, and jojoba oil; and best butters that work – shea, kokum, and aloe butter. To use: Take a little amount (not more than a pea size) of oil or butter and rub it between your palms and apply to damp or dry hair, focusing on the ends and leave-in. This will smooth down frizz, split ends and flyaways, and leave your hair looking shiny and beautiful. Start with little, you can always add more to adjust the needs of your hair— you don’t want your hair to look greasy.
4. Dry Hair Gently
Wet hair is fragile and vulnerable to damage. So treat it with utmost care. Vigorously rubbing your hair dry with a towel creates tangles and twists in many unnatural directions, thus causing breakage and split ends. Instead, gently dab the dripping hair with a towel to get rid of the excess water.
To Dry: Use a soft cotton towel, as they are kinder to your hair and causes less friction when drying, and therefore less damage. Plus, cotton towel absorbs a great amount of water, so your hair will dry faster. The next time you wash your hair, wrap hair in a soft cotton towel and leave it on for 5-10 minutes, then let hair dry naturally. Your hair should be smoother and healthier!
5. Use A Wide Tooth Comb
The best way to detangle your hair after shampoo is by using a wide-tooth comb (comb in general are more gentle than brush). And Do Not tug it down your hair from the root to the tip. Doing this will cause tough knots which will be hard to undo and the delicate ends will be forced to take the comb bashing, thus causing hair breakage and split ends. Instead, start at the ends, and gently work your way up. When you encounter a tangle, stop and untangle gently with your comb or fingers and then proceed.
For tangles, apply a leave-in conditioner – as previously mentioned. This will help untangle with ease and prevent the snaps and breakage you can incur when you try to comb hair. Also try to avoid combing until your hair is almost dry.
6. Reduce Use Of Heat Appliances
In and ideal world you should only put heat on your hair every two weeks with a blow dry and iron. Which equals out to twice a month. Anything more dries your hair out and cause your hair to become dry and brittle which will result in Breakage and split ends.
7. Protect Your Hair From The Elements
Environmental factors such as sun, wind and cold work against your hair. Long term exposure to hot sun may damage your hair, leaving it dry and brittle, and more prone to breakage as well as split ends. Similarly, cold winds too can be quite harsh on your hair.
Whenever you are stepping outside in the hot sun or cold winds you must protect your hair. Wearing a scarf, a hat or a cap will lock the moisture of your hair and protect it against the elements. In addition, they make great accessories, and they are also excellent at hiding bad hair days
Further tips and tricks to keep your ends healthy:
- Don’t wash your hair everyday. Washing hair couple of times a week gives your scalp enough time to restore the natural oil balance – leaving your hair smooth, shiny and protected.
- Skip hot showers: Hot water strips away protective oils from your hair. Thus, prefer lukewarm water which is kinder to your hair as well as your skin.
- Don’t swim unprotected. Apply coconut oil or olive oil to your hair to prevent any related damage. Even when you are using a swim cap it’s safe to apply some oil for that extra protection.
- Stop back combing your hair as this causes a lot of damage to your hair. It lifts up the scales of the cuticle in the wrong direction and this may cause them to break off. The result is hair breakage and splits.
- Eat a balanced diet. Getting all the necessary nutrients will ensure that your body produces healthy and strong hair.
Be kind to your hair and it will be beautiful