Split ends are pesky rips and tears along the hair strand that result from a number of factors: combing, brushing, manipulation, dryness, etc. When the protective layer of the cuticle is removed, it cannot be replaced, thus the hair splits in two, three or more strands. Splits vary in length and size. The best option and really the only option for split ends repair for relaxed hair, or any hair for that matter, is to trim away damage.
Split Ends Repair for Relaxed Hair | Transitioning Hair
Wash, Baby, Wash
Komaza promotes washing and conditioning instead of forcing moisture into the hair through creative means. Therefore, when the hair feels dry – wash, baby, wash. A simple shampoo and 10-20 minute deep condition is enough to generate moisture.
Fight off dryness by keeping the hair properly moisturized (but not wet). Rocking wet hair for extended periods is a no-no and can really damage the cuticle layer of the hair.
Based on who you talk to, sealing is debatable. However, I’m “Team Must Seal.” Therefore, I use a dab (and I do mean a dab) of oil each time I moisturize to trap moisture into my hair. Ceramide oils provide a wonderful benefit for combating split ends. Check out 30 Days With Ceramides for awesome tips!
Yes, We Need Protein!
Hair is predominately made up of keratin. The manipulation and stress we place upon our hair causes wear and tear to the hair shaft, thereby making it weak and prone to breakage and split ends. Protein treatment attaches proteins to the hair to fill in the cracks and chips and strengthen damaged, brittle hair.
1) Inspect the ends of your hair each wash day
2) Search and destroy as needed
3) Trim hair with quality hair shears
4) Dust or trim your hair every 8-10 weeks or as-needed (schedule varies per individual)
Hair ages and requires trimming regardless of how gentle and careful we are. I once read an article that said, every time we comb, we take a little bit of cuticle with us. So yeah, if that’s true, then split ends are occurring, even if we don’t realize it. Staying on top of trims is a great way to keep splits from preventing future damage.
Keep the hair pulled up off the shoulders and/or tucked away to minimize friction which can lead to split ends. Here’s an example of a basic bun that will get the job done: