“Nikki, I think I have been mistaking damaged split or breaking ends for what was actually dry ends. I trim once every other week, and I’m afraid that I’ll never reach my length goals. Every time I feel a nasty end, I reach for the scissors. Recently I discovered that the ends aren’t split, they just feel crackly, and probably could’ve been saved. I want long hair, but my ends aren’t cooperating. I hate the feel of them.

I know exactly what you mean! I get those too…especially when I’ve been using a conditioner that contains protein. Your best bet is to start a routine of weekly Deep Treatments w/heat. My favorite moisturizing DTs are:

-Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose (Vitamin Shoppe or Whole Foods)
-Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment (Curlmart.com)
-Pantene Relaxed and Natural Breakage Defense Mask (Walmart, Target)

Also, getting into the habit of regularly moisturizing and sealing is essential. Sealing is adding a conditioner or leave-in to wet hair, and sealing it with a tiny bit of butter/oil, to protect the ends. I do this every time I style my hair, but other naturals do it every (other) day or so. I have to pay special attention to my ends because neglecting them in the past, led to stunted growth retention.

The important thing to remember is to catch them in the ‘dry crackly’ stage, because splitting is next.

Happy Moisturizing,
Nik