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Hair on the Sink, Hair in the Comb

By January 27th, 202116 Comments
Hair on the Sink, Hair in the Comb

We’ve all experienced breakage and splits at some point.
What was the culprit? How did you recover?

CN Responds:
I’ve experienced damage from heat, hair dye, Shredder, hair gels, and wash&gos. I grew out the heat and color damage- transitioned if you will- over the course of two years. I cut out the damage from the Denman D3 and threw that sucker away. And once I realized that wash&gos (and the gels I was using for definition) were causing single strand knots and splits, I started stretching my hair and rocking twist-outs, using moisturizing conditioners and creams to style. Implementing regular Deep Treatments, henna treatments, and less manipulation have also helped tremendously. My hair didn’t recover over night, but with lots of TLC and gentle handling, I saw improvements within months.


  • Anonymous says:

    i have every single type of split end. i dont even straighten it. I cut them off all of the time but they just re appear over and over. So i keep cutting my hair back and spend rediculous amount of money on salon hair treatments, leave in conditioners, protein masks etc. I have beachy dry curly hair but its now thinning and my whole hair has just deteriated so i then splurged more of my money taking hair skin and nails tablets and ensuring im eating the right things. SO FRUSTRATING ! Im not over proteining my hair, i wash it every 2-3 days so my hair gets its natural oils.

  • Anonymous says:

    i have a few of those up there. i jus cut the splited part off.

  • Anonymous says:

    i have been detangling in the shower with a wide tooth comb everyday! could this be the reason of my split ends and middles then???

  • L says:

    I understand it but don't get it. How much time is being obsessed about split ends, knots, etc. I plan to enjoy my hair. I have seen it clipper short, texturized, back to all natural, and on and on. Yes, I have learned a lot about my hair but I am not obsessed with it. There is one thing I learned about my hair, it grows back. If I want it to grow long and healthy, then I must stop touching and cutting (trimming) hair. Hair back in the day still grew with just water and grease (what ever your grease was or is).

  • Anonymous says:

    Try Nexxus Emergencee Polymeric Reconstructor

  • Anonymous says:

    ugh. I have 4a/b mixed hair. I have been have a hell of a time with mid-strand splits. They are practically robbing me of length. I wash, detangle, and deep condition about once a week. Everytime I do, I have a little pieces of hair all over the place. Not good shedding, but breakage! I thought it was do to over-moisturizing. My hair had be feeling kinda mushy or wearing my hair out in gel-defined curly fro all of the time. I did an Aphogee two-step and it has curbed the breakage moderately, however, I still have a ton of mid-strand splits, single strand knots just waiting to break my strands down. 🙁

  • Butterfly3000 says:

    I have those incomplete splits too. I'm hoping my new henna routine will help with it but overall I've stopped obsessing over it. I think its a result of over manipulation and tools like bobby pins and clips as well as just weak ass, dryed out hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    My hair is so tightly coiled, think 4b/c ink pen spring. I am experiencing mid strand (incomplete) splits


    I do NOT heat style or use gel; I wear twist outs, and would have to cut off 3 inches to rid myself of them!

    Could bobby pins have caused the damage?

    I am using Carol's Daughter Lisa's Elixer, Hair Balm, Tui Smoothie etc, to keep my hair lubricated, but the detaingling remains a NIGHTMARE.

    I did an Aphogee 2-step last week but I don't think that's going to save my hair.

    Please help. What has worked for you?

    Thank you!

  • Anonymous says:

    I experienced lots of split ends when I detangled with a wide-tooth comb followed a "modified" Denman once a week. It was too much stress for my highly textured, tightly coiled tresses.

    I tossed the "Denman", hid my wide tooth comb and began finger-combing exclusively. I've noticed less splits during my weekly detangling sessions. Dusting twice a year and wearing protective styles (updos and buns) also help keep the split ends away.

  • Gina, CPA says:

    @CurlyNikki, which gel caused the single strand knots?

  • Anonymous says:

    I have something that wasn't shown in the picture. That is hair strands that slit at the root. I know it's the root because on one end is the permed part and the natural (i.e., spirally part) has the split. I have not heard of anyone else experiencing this problem and I don't really know what it means, but I have seen it many times when I was transitioning. It seems to have decreased since I big chopped, but we will see.

  • Shakirah says:

    My biggest culprit is single strand knots. I clip them when I feel the urge but I can only really do the front and sides of my hair since it isn't long enough for me to hold the ends of all of my hair in front of my face to see.

  • Unknown says:

    I can't help but peer at my ends! My hair falls in my face often and I see those knots and splits and it drives me mad! Thanks to Nikki, and other, I will be keeping my hair in twists and buns and updos for a while. I'm ready to see maximum length!

  • Anonymous says:

    Not that I "peer" at my ends (LOL), but I can tell when I get split ends because my styles don't look as defined AND my twists/braids taper at the ends instead of being the same width all the way to the end. Also, the twisted/braided ends stay together (and may actually be more difficult to get apart) easier than they would if the ends are not frayed/split. So, keeping them trimmed, avoiding heat (helps reduce frequency of trims), sealing them and keeping them in protective styles ( usually a bun with the ends tucked inside of a silk scrunchie)has helped tremendously.
    What causes them to split?- The length (age) of the hair can play a role, even with the best hair care practices. Longer (older) hairs are probably more fragile on the ends, as they are less likely to get the natural oils from the scalp. They need a little TLC and moisture help!

  • Ashley says:

    I use to have all that when my hair was relaxed but I Bc'd down to 1/2 inch and its been okay. I now just have healthy end breaking but it not as horrible before. I am still trying to get down to the problem though.

  • Unknown says:

    Hmm… i just don't look this closely at my strands. Such a detailed picture. Wow.

    I do feel for raggedy ends… but i don't **peer** at my ends, you know?

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