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5 Ways To Stop Your Ends From Breaking Off

The ends of your hair are the oldest/driest and most susceptible to breakage no matter what we do. That’s just the nature of the ends on our hair. Naturally because of this factor our ends tend to break/snap off if not constantly trimmed and taken care of. There are a few things/steps we can take to help alleviate that issue, and decrease the amount of breakage to retain more length.

5 Ways To Stop Your Ends From Breaking Off

1. Decrease/Stop Heat Usage: Constant and frequent use of heat can put a serious strain on your hair but especially to your ends. Since they are already the most sensitive parts of your hair it can be difficult to maintain moisture. With the frequent direct heat source, more breakage and split ends will occur making it difficult to retain length.

2. Seal In Moisture: Moisture is the key to keeping your ends happy, but adding moisture alone will not get the job done. The best source of moisture is water hands down! And water does not just sit around, we know very well that water will evaporate eventually. In order to keep the moisture in your hair, and most specifically in your ends you are going to want to follow the LOC method and seal the moisture in with a heavy oil. If you are looking for sealing oils that work best with your hair type you can take a look at a list we have compiled here.

3. Low Manipulation & Protective Styling: There is a very clear difference between the two, but either one, or even a little bit of both will help in retaining length and protecting your ends. Low manipulation styles create less maneuvering and stress on your tresses. This allows for them to stay at rest without being moved around frequently which causes more damage, split ends, and breakage. Protective Styling allows for you to tuck your ends away while giving your hair a rest from daily manipulation and styling. Doing a healthy mix of both of these steps will decrease interaction with your ends and allow for proper growth and length retention.

4. Proper Night Time Regimen: Even if you take all the proper care and precaution if you are going to sleep with out properly protecting your hair, you are putting your ends at risk for damage. You want to make sure you have a silk scarf/headtie or bonnet on before you go to sleep or if you don’t want to ruin the mood with your significant other try investing in satin/silk pillowcases. As a side note you are also going to want to pay special attention to your day time activities as well as you could be causing unintentional damage to your ends with things as simple as your seatbelt, clothes, and jewelry. Here are 5 causes of unintentional hair damage that you may not even be thinking about.

5. Trim Your Ends When Necessary : This is one step I’m still working on myself. Many people have different advice and opinions about when to trim your hair. The safest answer is to trim when necessary. There is no time frame that I can state because everyone’s hair is different and grows differently. Most importantly our hair goes through different things with us on a day to day basis. Pay close attention to your ends. If you notice that all the moisture in the world isn’t helping, it could be that the ends are already damaged and it is time for them to go. Trimming your damaged split ends will prevent the damage from going up the shaft of the hair and causing more harm.

How have you dealt with damage/breakage to your ends? What steps did you take to alleviate the problem. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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“5 Ways To Stop Your Ends From Breaking Off”
  • Question about manipulation…
    I big chopped in March after transitioning 13 months so I have a some hair, not a lot. I twist my hair up every night to keep the style of my twist out. I don’t have enough hair or haven’t mastered the pineapple method. Is twisting it every night considered over manipulating?

    • That is a bit of manipulation. Is there any way you could rock the twists for a few days instead of taking them out every single morning? That may be more beneficial.

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