There’s so much information about split ends, that you would think no one would have split ends by now. The Split End Mystery would be solved and articles like this one would be irrelevant…
I would have liked to title this article “how to get rid of split ends once and for all”, but who knows if my dance with split ends is over (because I am liable to do something silly to my hair in all of the years to come).
Here’s what has worked for my hair and my suggestions to get rid of split ends.
1. Stop Putting Heat in your Hair!
I used to be a flat iron advocate. I would flat iron my hair at least every 3 days. You know what I learned when I decided to stop? That I was wasting a ton of time and I was using the wrong products. I wasn’t using products that allowed me to wear my hair naturally. A lot of people think that they have what I call in-between hair. It’s not curly, but it’s not straight. It’s not straight, but it’s wavy. What I want you to do is to picture your hair the last year it was healthy. What were the strands like? That’s how your hair should look.
I still love a good blow dry and flat iron, but let’s save those for special occasions, that is, if you want healthy hair. Now you will not see results right away because of the next thing….
2. Cut your Hair
“OMG NO!!! I’m not going to cut it!!” Why not? If it’s not healthy, it probably looks it which means it doesn’t look good. You don’t have to do the big chop, but a progressive one.
3. Start being Kinder to your Hair
Treatments. You have to do treatments. I have yet to find a drugstore treatment that works. I usually go to the Beauty Supply store and purchase one of those little “Intensive Repair” packets. You can also research natural conditioners. I like the honey ones.
4. Repair the Bond
Someone told me to use Olaplex No. 3 for my hair. This is the best bond-builder I have ever used. It is a bond-builder, not a conditioner. It took about 3 uses for me to see amazing results. It is expensive, but worth it.
I don’t use it the way that it is suggested. I leave it on for 24 hours, after I shampoo my hair. This works for my hair. I was using once a week. Now I use every 2 weeks. It is a little pricey!
Yes dusting actually works after you cut your hair. If you have a lot of split ends, just dusting is not going to get rid of your split ends. Do a trim and then a couple weeks later dust your hair. You can go to a salon or if you are like me, ask a friend.
6. Find the Right Products
It honestly seems like harley anyone actually gets my hair; so, now I am Sherlock Holmes, searching for the right hair product that is affordable. The great thing about 2019, you can take pretty much anything back easily. Let me tell you, I do and this helps when experimenting with hair products.
Learn about hair products and what works with your hair. I am still learning, but now I know which products will make my hair look dried out. Which products to put at the ends vs scalp. I also know when I need to do a clarifying rinse.
7. Stop Bleaching your Hair
Okay this is the hard one… Stop bleaching your hair. Again 2019 is so great because wigs are everywhere. Get a colored wig.
If you are going to bleach your hair, know that it will never look as great as it possibly can. I have bleach in my hair and I have to keep it short for it to look healthy. This is okay for me right now, but if I ever wanted a really nice and thick, shoulder length bob, I would have to stop dying it.
8. Get the right Hair Accessories
The right brush for wet or dry hair. The right hair bands that won’t pull out your hair and a Silk Pillowcase.
This is how I got rid of my split ends.
Now my hair is far from perfect, but it is healthy and the ends look great. It took me about a year and half to get to this point, so patience is key unless you do the big chop.