Split ends can make your locks look dull and lifeless, which is why it’s easy to understand how they can become your hair’s biggest enemy. We want to help you avoid them by listing 3 tried-and-true tips to help you shout “Girl, bye!” those split ends and welcome back the lustre to your mane.
Trim, Trim, Trim
One of the most effective ways to get rid of split ends is to trim them away – yes we know, sometimes this suggestion isn’t black girl friendly because we love our length, but this is only going to end up causing you problems I the long run. A visit to your local salon can work wonders. Regular trims, about every 6-8 weeks, can help prevent split ends from traveling up your hair shaft and causing eve more damage. We don’t suggest trying this at home if you’re a rookie, but if you’re a certified kitchen beautician, make sure you have super sharp scissors specifically designed for cutting hair. A little snip goes a long way!
Pamper Those Locks
Your hair deserves some tender loving care. Using the right hair care products can help prevent and reduce split ends from occurring. Invest in a good quality shampoo and conditioner, and make sure they’re suitable for your exact hair type. Consider a hydrating mask or deep conditioning treatment once a week (yes afro Huns once a week!) to restore moisture and strength to your hair. Don’t forget to use a wide-toothed comb to detangle your hair gently when it’s wet to avoid further damage.
Heat Styling and Tools
Now, we love a silk press as much as the next Hun but heat styling tools like straighteners, curling irons, and hairdryers can be a significant source of split ends. If you can, let your hair air-dry naturally. If you really need that silky fix and must use heat styling tools, always apply a heat protectant spray before styling to minimise damage. Opt for the lowest heat setting necessary to achieve your desired style and try to limit your use of these tools to special occasions rather than daily styling.
If you prefer natural remedies, there are a few options to help reduce the appearance of split ends – Using coconut oil, argan oil, or shea butter on your hair can help moisturise and condition it. These natural oils can be applied to the ends of your hair to prevent further damage and make it appear healthier. With a little care and attention, you can keep split ends at bay. Remember to get regular trims, use quality hair care products, and be mindful of heat styling. Your hair will thank you by looking shiny, healthy, and split-end free!