Split ends are not cool. They can prevent you from enjoying your natural hair and even from growing long hair! That’s why in this post, I will be sharing how to get rid of split ends. I will also be sharing three natural hair products you can use to treat split ends, so that you don’t have to cut off your hair
What are split ends?
Split ends often occur towards the end of your hair shaft, although it can also occur in the middle of the hair. You can easily detect a split end because they cause one hair shaft to split into two or more strands. If split ends aren’t taken care of at the initial stage, they can turn into splitting ends, whereby, the hair will keep splitting towards the roots of the hair, causing more damage.
What causes split ends?
Split ends are often caused by improper hair care practices. However, most times, split ends are usually a result of wear and tear that the hair goes through on a daily basis. You see, the ends of your hair are the oldest parts of your hair. They are also the weakest and vulnerable part.
This means that every time you comb, twist, curl, detangle, blow-dry, stretch, flat iron, shampoo, deep condition, pre-poo, style or do anything to your hair in general, it will compromise the ends of your hair.
I’m not trying to say that you shouldn’t do anything to your hair at all, because I believe in enjoying your hair to the fullest. Even if it will leave a little dent on your hair.
Another thing to note is that split ends are also very common in fine hair because fine hair doesn’t have as many cuticle layers and strength as coarse hair does.
So if you have fine hair, you want to be very careful with the way you handle your hair, as well as the tools you use in your hair.
How to avoid split ends in curly hair
You can’t really avoid split ends in your hair, but you can reduce them by minimizing the amount of manipulation you put your hair through.
You can also be very gentle and patient when you comb, detangle and style your hair. Since heat exposure damages the cuticle layers, you should also reduce your hair’s heat exposure and reduce the heat temperature on your heat styling tools.
Dry hair is also more likely to experience split ends. To prevent this from happening, you should always ensure that your hair stays moisturized.
To do this, you’ll need to use a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment, leave-in conditioner and a serum to seal your hair, so that your hair stays soft and strong.
Later in this post, I will be sharing a product trio you can use to treat and minimize split ends.
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How to get rid of split ends
The best way to get rid of split ends is to trim your hair regularly. To do this, I suggest getting your natural hairstylist to trim your hair for you. If you can’t afford a hairstylist and would rather go down the DIY route, you can trim your hair at home using sharp hair shears.
To know where to cut your hair and how much to cut off, you should stretch your hair by doing a blow-out on low heat. You can also use other non-heat methods such as bunning, banding or Bantu knots.
Then, cut off the rough ends or transparent ends. It’s recommended to trim your hair every three months or whenever you start to notice excessive breakage.
Natural hair split end treatment product
Now that you know what split ends are, what causes them, and how to minimize them, I now want to share an alternative to treating split ends, in case you prefer not to cut your hair.
During your research for the best split ends hair products, you might have come across split ends mender. These are products that sort of glues your split ends together to keep them from splitting any further or breaking off.
This way, you’ll be able to keep growing your hair long, without regular hair trims.
The product I want to introduce you to works in a similar fashion, except they repair your hair and prevent them from further damage.
The product collection I want to share with you in this post is EDEN BodyWorks Almond Marshmallow Trio. This collection only has three products that are all formulated with sweet almond oil and marshmallow root extract to repair damaged hair and soften your hair strands.
Using these three products together on a regular basis will help repair your hair to provide softer and smoother hair.
You know what that means, healthy long hair that’s free of split ends!
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How to Use Eden BodyWorks Almond Marshmallow Trio
How to Use: After shampooing your natural hair, apply this deep conditioning treatment into your hair, making sure to apply enough products on your ends. Cover with a shower cap.
For best results, use a thermal hair cap to help this product to absorb into your hair much faster. Allow it to sit for 40 minutes. Then rinse.
Results: Your hair should immediately feel softer and you should experience less breakage. For best results, use weekly to strengthen your hair, reduce breakage and split ends.
Step 2: Almond Marshmallow Therapy Leave-in Conditioner – 8oz
How to Use: After deep conditioning your hair with the hair masque, use an old t-shirt to dry your hair. Then, immediately apply this product to your hair. Be sure to work in sections and apply enough products on your ends.
Results: You should see an instant improvement in split ends and reduced hair damage.
How to Use: Apply this silicone-free serum to wet or dry hair and set or style as desired. Repeat daily as needed. This product is also great for wash-n-gos.
Results: Nourishes dry, brittle hair to smooth out frayed hair and split ends.
In conclusion, to ensure that these products work to their full potential, use them weekly for the best results. Also practice the prevention tips mentioned above. These include being gentle when you handle your hair, keeping your hair moisturized, and practice protective styling.
What other tips do you have for preventing and treating split ends? Have you tried these products? Will you be trying them anytime soon? I’d like to know in the comment section below.
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