Split ends are a girl’s worst nightmare, especially if you’re trying to grow your hair! Your hair grows, you notice split ends, and you know it’s time for a trim. But who wants to cut an inch OR MORE from there hair after months of trying to let it grow.
I’ve trimmed my hair twice since November due to split ends…TWICE! My hair thanks me for it now but I wasn’t happy about it. Usually I trim 3-4 times a year but I’ve found myself having to trim more with short hair. I think shorter hair tends to get neglected because it is only so much we can do with it. We cant throw it in a bun or ponytail and just tend to let it do what it wants. This in turn can result in split ends.
Unfortunately, the only way to get rid of split ends, is by cutting/trimming your hair.
What causes split ends/What you can do to prevent them?
Not getting regular trims (your hair may look fine but all hair needs to be trimmed)
Excess washing. (Wash once per week or Co-Wash. Use t-shirt instead of towel, to dry hair )
Heat Styling Tools (reduce your heat styling or turn down the temperature)
Detangling Tools. (Detangle with fingers or wide tooth comb while hair is wet)
Hands in Hair (keep your hands out of your hair)
Not drinking enough water (simple, water is key for healthy hair)
Eat your vegetables (you need the nutrients for strong healthy hair)
Chemicals (cause hair to dry faster, resulting in more trims. Just stay away from chemicals, such as color and relaxers)
Lack of Hair Maintenance (frequent trims, leave in conditioners, deep conditions, protective styles. Also, seal your ends with oil to add moisture)
Not protecting hair at night (sleep with satin hair scarf or satin pillow case)
Split End Myths
Split ends can be repaired. Well that’s not true. Many think treatments can repair split ends but there is no DIY remedy or split end cure. Treatments are make it seem like your split ends are healed, but trust me, they’re still there. Once those ends are split, it’s time to get rid of them to prevent further damage. If you do not cut the split ends, the damage will rise up the hair shaft, causing it to split further!
Hair grows faster after a trim. Trimming hair does not make hair grow faster. Trimming hair does help improve your hair health by eliminating damaged hair, which can PROMOTE hair growth.
Why do I still have split ends after a recent trim? Either your stylist did not get rid of all the damage hair or you need new shampoo and/or new hair products.
Should I stop using my heat styling tools? You do not have to stop completely but just know the risk of gaining some damaged ends in the process. If you choose to use heat, use a heat protectant and use a protein treatment.
How can I tell if my ends are split?
if hair tangles more at ends
Hair does not seem to be growing
Hair is limp and has no volume
How often should I trim? Trimming is usually recommended every 3-4 months. For chemically treated hair, every 4-6 weeks. Watch my tutorial below to see how I trim my short natural hair.