Can I Remove Split Ends Without Cutting?


by Mary Wolff
We all want our curls to look their best. When split ends pop into the picture, it can be a real nuisance. Many naturalistas have questions about splits ends and how to best solve them. What causes split ends? Do split ends mean my hair is unhealthy? Can I remove split ends without cutting? Well, let’s get to the bottom of these questions!

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Here's How To Stop Split Ends


by Mary Wolff

You want your hair to be healthy and beautiful all the time. So, when spilt ends happen, it can be a real pain. Split ends make your hair look unhealthy and downright uncared for in a way no curly girl ever wants for their tresses. Here are a few of my favorite tips on how to stop split ends.

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I Stay Trimming My Hair But My Ends Keep Splitting and Breaking...


Ariane of BlackNaps.org

Does it seem like you can never get rid of your split end problem? Well, part of this because to an extent you never really will. Let me explain.

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The Real Cause of Mid-Strand Splits and How to Avoid Them

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As if split ends were not trouble enough, curly girls also have to deal with another hair damaging issue, one that some never even knew existed. What am I talking about? Mid-shaft splits. Yes, this is another thing to add to your list of things to avoid when caring and treating your natural curls. So what exactly is a mid-shaft split and how can you prevent this from happening? 

Always Have Split Ends? Learn How to Stop Them, Now.

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No matter how many times I cut my hair I always have split ends. How can I stop this?

3 Easy Ways to Prevent Split Ends for Healthy Hair


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by Shelli of Hairscapades

Did you know that there were this many kinds of split ends? Pretty nasty, right? Well, I can attest to the validity of this chart. Because, about 2 1/2 years ago, I saw just about every split end on it (except the white spots) in my own head of hair. It was bad y’all. I mean, baaaaaddddd! That’s when I took to carrying around purse scissors … so that I could take split ends to task at a moment’s notice, any time, any place (seriously, I was out of control)!

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But now the split ends are few and far between and have been for quite a while. Let’s put it out there. I have fine strands. So,  I’ll probably always get split ends no matter how protective I am of my hair/ends (unlike my compatriots with strong, thick-strands ). But, now I generally only see the vanilla variety, single “split” end … and they tend to be far rarer and very small.

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Preventing Split Ends and Breakage for Longer Natural Hair



Have you been natural for a while yet you feel as if your hair is just not growing? I certainly felt like this for the first five years of wearing my hair natural--I am now seven years natural and I have started to pay more attention to the habits that were preventing my hair from retaining length. The first step I took was to stop dying my hair.   Hair dyes can make our hair even more fragile, brittle and prone to dryness. Within a few months after dying application you may begin to notice breakage if you use color treatments. The hair color you see in the video below was my last hair dye and I was growing it out. The step I took to retain length was trimming split ends on a regular basis. 

I would like to stress that damaged ends cannot be permanently reversed, no matter how much you try to smooth the ends and no matter how much a product you use. Products assist with anti-breakage--in other words, maintaining healthy strands that prevent our ends from thinning out or splitting anywhere from the middle to the ends of the shaft. There are products that can help your split end stick together and decrease the rate at which it splits further, using a complex known as PEC. But neither of these product categories will actually fix the hair permanently once the end is split. In the video below I demonstrate how split ends work by using a piece of electrical wire and outline 3 steps you can take to be split end free.

How to Ensure Healthy Ends- Natural Hair Care


by Antoinette and Shanti of Around The Way Curls

We all face dry ends from time to time. Dry ends are just a symptom of a habit (or lack thereof) that needs to be modified. As the cooler weather quickly advances, I wanted to provide some tips to bringing some moisture back to your strands. You can follow one or follow the whole sha-bang to ensure optimum results.

1. Make Sure that Your Moisturizing Ritual is Solid.
If you do not know the difference between a sealant and a moisturizer than your hair's ends probably reflect your ignorance! A moisturizer is water or a water based product (leave in conditioner). You can identify a moisturizing product by reading the ingredients on the product label.

A moisturizer will have aqua or water listed as the first ingredient. A sealant is a natural oil such as olive, jojoba, shea butter etc or (aloe vera juice/gel for finer hair that is weighed down by oil). A moisturizer is applied first and the sealant is applied second. If you are not following this process in your hair ritual than you probably should implement it to ensure healthier more moisturized hair strands.

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How to Give Yourself a Deva Cut- Natural Hair Care



By far, the best decision I ever made in my natural hair journey was to have my chop turned into a Deva Cut at the end of my transition. Not only was there a tremendous amount of care put into cutting my hair curl-by-curl, the resulting shape of my hair (both curly and straight) was awesome:

But that was in December. According to several popular stylists that work with natural hair like Felicia Leatherwood, as a rule of thumb natural and curly girls should look to trim their ends every time the seasons change -- every 3 to 4 months. It doesn't have to be a drastic trim, but just enough to get the split, dry, damaged, or uneven ends away from the bulk of the healthy hair.

As much as I love my Devachan stylist Sergio, I can't afford a Deva Cut every 3 months. Besides, he travels back and forth between New York and LA, so getting appointments that regularly would be insane.

The solution? Do it myself.

Although there are about 54,648 different reasons to not take scissors to your hair yourself, a small trim at home does have some benefits:

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Trimming Natural Hair and Length Retention



by Shelli of Hairscapades

I straightened my hair about two weeks ago (see that post here). Although I “search and destroy” regularly, my ends were desperately in need of a trim as it had been 10 months since my last professional one. So, the Monday morning after straightening my hair, I reached out to my stylist Tameeka (aka Jaded Tresses) to see if she would be in her NJ location that night. I was hoping that she might be able to slip me in between her other appointments.

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7 Signs You Need a Trim NOW!



There are a few ways that your ends can tell you when it's time for the good ol' heave-ho. Sometimes all it takes is one look at your lifeless, scraggly ends to get the hint. Other times it can be subtle, leaving you confused about your how to solve your problem.

Luckily, you don’t have to pull your hair out trying to get to the bottom of your hellish hair situation. If you’re experiencing any of these issues and have examined your hair regimen, tried different products, and tweaked your techniques to whip your curls back in shape, maybe you’re just due for a trim.

Split Ends
If you’ve got that frayed look going on at the ends, it’s time to break out the scissors and let those bad boys go once and for all. Don’t fret about losing an inch or two after a snip. Breakage is what makes your hair look thinner and shorter, so a little trim will only help in the long run.

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7 Ways to Prevent Split Ends and Breakage



Is the dry winter air killing your volume and shine? It’s probably also causing extra breakage, especially since you’re constantly pulling sweaters, scarves, and coats over your head.  Keep your curls looking fabulous with our 7 tips for fighting split ends:

Don't Be Picky
DO NOT pick at your split ends.  Doing so will only cause more breakage. Instead of picking at your split ends, use hair shears (not paper scissors) to trim them. Be sure that you clip above the damage or the split will reappear.

Deep Condition
Deep condition regularly to keep your hair moisturized. Try using coconut oil as a pre-shower treatment. Simply soak your hair in the oil (thirty minutes before your shower, if you’re not using heat), twist it into a bun and put on a shower cap. In the shower, wash and condition your hair as normal.

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Prevent Hair Breakage- 3 Ways to Protect Your Ends From Breaking Off



by Michelle of Radiant-Brown-Beauty.com

As you know, your ends are the oldest part of your hair and the most fragile.  This makes them very vulnerable to breakage. That’s not to say that your hair can’t break off in other places. It’s just more likely to take place at the ends of the hair shaft.

So here’s 3 easy ways (consistency required) to protect those ends (and no, protective styling isn’t one of them) -

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How to Trim Your Own Hair



Whether you’re in the midst of a hair-mergency or you’re looking to save on your salon bills, you may find yourself in a position where you need to trim your own hair. With so many professional methods and the individual needs of your unique curl pattern, learning the tricks of this trade can be overwhelming. Fortunately, we have compiled our list of the most popular methods to trim your hair so you can get the job done without giving yourself an accidental TWA.

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Heat Damaged Ends? - Natural Hair Care


by KalaG

The majority of the questions and inquiries I receive on my YouTube channel, email and blog have a common theme. Heat damage. More specifically, inquiring minds want to know if there is hope after heat damage and if so, how to get their curls back. My answers are always personal, because cutting your damage is more than likely a personal decision. There are however, some very tell-tell signs for when it’s really time to let go.

The 1st Sign

Raggedy ends. My word choice is very specific because I feel that ‘raggedy’ describes almost every scenario in which it is time to let go. Heat damage usually stands out like a sore thumb. Part of the heat damaged strand, whether it be the ends or mid-shaft, is limp and lifeless. Lifeless ends don’t necessarily mean that you must cut your ends. Personally, my lifeless ends helped me discover several styles. Like many transitioners braid outs, twist ‘n curls and roller sets were routine styles in my arsenal for blending my curly and straight textures. However, if you’re lifeless ends are frayed and breaking causing split-ends and knots, IT’S TIME TO LET GO!

Why?

Raggedy ends prevent the hair you could be transitioning into from reaching its full potential. Split ends spread up to the hair shaft spilt the healthy hair growing from your scalp. Knots or SSKs (Single Strand Knots) are the result of raggedy ends getting together for a raggedy party. No one has time for that. Knots caused by raggedy ends attract their other raggedy counterparts (shed hair, dirt, dust, debris) and can even cause clumpy tangles at the ends of tightly coiled hair.

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Hair Loss vs. Hair Breakage- Natural Hair Care



If you’ve been diligently measuring and monitoring your hair growth since going natural, you may be discouraged by each strand you see collect on your comb when you detangle. Many women are distressed by the amount of hair they shed in the shower daily. But, are you losing your hair or are you experiencing hair breakage?

What’s the difference between hair loss and hair breakage? Understanding this difference can be the key to solving the problem.

Hair Loss

When your hair naturally falls from the root, you are experiencing hair loss. Some amount of hair loss is normal and to be expected.

In fact, while you may not be aware of it, you’re likely losing up to 100 strands each day. The “100 strands” theory is based on the assumption that we have approximately 100,000 hairs on our scalp and lose around 1% of them daily.

Additionally, the rate at which you’re losing hair can vary based on gender, diet and genetics.

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Trimming Your Natural Hair


Shekia Renea of SheDontLye.com is back with a tutorial on keeping your ends sharp!


What are your best practices for trimming/dusting? Share below!

CN Says:
Peep my tips, HERE.

How to Cope with Dry Ends- Natural Hair

via AroundTheWayCurls

We all face dry ends from time to time. Dry ends are just a symptom of a habit (or lack thereof) that needs to be modified. As the cooler weather quickly advances, I wanted to provide some tips to bringing some moisture back to your strands.You can follow one or follow the whole sha-bang to ensure optimum results.

1. Make Sure that Your Moisturizing Ritual is Solid
If you do not know the difference between a sealant and a moisturizer than your hair's ends probably reflect your ignorance! A moisturizer is water or a water based product (leave in conditioner). You can identify a moisturizing product by reading the ingredients on the product label.

A moisturizer will have aqua or water listed as the first ingredient. A sealant is a natural oil such as olive, jojoba, shea butter etc or (aloe vera juice/gel for finer hair that is weighed down by oil).
A moisturizer is applied first and the sealant is applied second. If you are not following this process in your hair ritual than you probably should implement it to ensure healthier more moisturized hair strands.

2. Trim your ends
Trimming your dry, damaged, frayed ends is a wonderful way to rid yourself of the hassle and unsightly appearance of your dry tresses. A simple, small trim goes a long way for overall appearance and hair health.

3. Clarify Your Scalp
Hair health begins with your scalp. If your scalp's pores are clogged and unable to breathe, you are definitely increasing your likely hood of facing dry, brittle hair. Natural hair oil/sebum comes from your hair's pores and travels down your hair's strand resulting in naturally moisturized hair strands. The oil distribution of curly hair is compromised due to the coiled nature of the strand so to add clogged pores on top of that is a nightmare. We all know that excessive cleansing with shampoo dries hair out but a good, clarifying cleanse AT LEAST once a month is very important in providing your scalp with an opportunity to be rid of any clogging product buildup and allowing the natural oil to be distributed.



4. Deep Condition Your Hair Weekly
When struggling with dry ends, it usually takes diligence and consistency to try and bring them back to health. Consistently try and deep condition your hair weekly. If you have the resources, change up the process. Use your steamer once week, a warm towel the next, incorporate protein or honey the next etc. You will soon see results after about a month of weekly applications.

5. Protective Styling
Leave your hair alone! The best way to ensure that your strands aren't losing moisture is to tuck your strands away! After a thorough cleansing, deep conditioning and proper moisturizing application you should style your hair in a beautiful protective style that can be maintained for a couple days ensuring that your hands are out of your hair. Click here for some style ideas.

Hoped This Helped Ladies!

Retaining Length- Natural Hair and Split Ends


by Tamara Floyd of NaturalHairRules.com

The key to long hair is to retain the length of your hair or maintain the ends. If you think your hair is not growing, you are mistaken. Your hair is growing. Average hair growth rate is an one-half of an inch per month. If you’re not noticing growth, chances are the ends of your hair are breaking or splitting which results in breakage. Below are some reasons why you may be experiencing split or breaking ends. In the beauty world split hair or split ends is officially known as trichoptilosis. There are wide range of reasons why split ends occur.

Courtesy of Felicia Leatherwood, Celebrity Stylist & Owner of Loving Your Hair with Natural Hair Care.

Some causes include:
  • Excessive use of hot styling tools (irons, hot curlers, blow dryers, hot combs).
  • Overuse of chemical treatments (relaxers, perms, hair color).
  • Use of inferior styling tools that rip or snag hair (cheap synthetic brushes or combs, brush rollers, etc.,).
  • Environmental damage from heat, cold, wind and other climate issues.
  • Lack of routine maintenance such as regular trimming.
  • Improper detangling techniques.
  • Overwashing.
  • Use of inferior hair care products.
  • Excessive use of styling products such as gels, waxes and sprays.
  • Trimming with inferior scissors
There are other causes for split ends beside some of the main ones mentioned above. Other causes could be excessive tangling, improper application or removal of hair extensions, headgear that snaps or rips delicate strands or even scratchy bedclothes, fingers or hands. Regardless of how you developed split ends, once you have them they will not just disappear. You will have to deal with them by either having them removed, wearing your hair to disguise their appearance or utilizing tricks to temporarily merge the splits together. There are a lot of myths about split ends. The number one myth is that once a split end occurs, you can actually fix it by repairing it so that the end is no longer torn. The truth of the matter is that once an end is split it is ripped apart for good. Yes, there are ways to temporarily glue the ends together and even give the appearance of healthy ends. Celebrity stylists disguise split ends all the time for their megawatt star clients. However, ultimately the only way to remove a split end is to cut it off with a proper trim.


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Thin, Tired Looking Ends- Natural Hair

curlykinkynfrizzy writes:

I'm so loving the Curly Nikki blog and forum! Anyway , I don't recall seeing this issue mentioned on your site. But I hope you can post this topic so I can get some assistance! Lately I've been plagued with thin ends. Strangely though, it's only in the front of my hair. Now I know most of us want to retain as much length as possible but I hate seeing thin ends especially when it makes your hairstyle look busted! Whenever I style my hair in twists they look great...until you see the ones framing my face. In a moment of passionate frustration I quickly snipped off about half an inch from the 4 twists framing my face. I couldn't stand seeing full shiny twists with thin, frayed ends!

Now I'm wondering if I just may have to say goodbye to twists/twist-outs because it seems it may just be too much manipulation for my hair: the process of detangling , sectioning/parting , smoothing and twisting. I may need to just go back to my WnGs and finger detangle as much as possible. But it kinda annoys me because I can't seem to twist without a comb being involved. My hair is extremely curly/coily and I can't just grab a section and twist. What's a girl to do!

So I ask you fellow curlies what do you do about thin ends? Snip them off? Change up your style or technique?

Oh and btw ,I don't use heat except for when I deep condition - and only for 15 minutes under a soft bonnet dryer (it's too hot and that's all I can take!).

Thanks in advance!

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