Quick Tip- Protecting Those Ends

Friday, March 12, 2010 Posted by Karen

Many of us wonder why our hair never seems to "grow" as much in the colder months as it does in the summer months.

Sometimes, it's due to our genetically determined hair growth phase. But sometimes, it's due to something else we can't control-- cold or dry weather. These environmental conditions can both can lead to the same problem-- dry and splitting ends. And dry and splitting ends can lead to hair breakage, or the need for more than just a little trim to get rid of unhealthy ends.

So what's the solution to this problem?

There are never any guarantees, but there are methods you can employ to lessen your hair's exposure to the weathering elements (no pun intended :-).

Protective hair styles are designed to keep the hair ends hidden. If the cold air and wind can't get to them, then they can't dry them out.

Remember to heavily moisturize your ends, because our coily hair shaft makes it difficult for our natural oils to get to the ends of our hair.

Use a thick moisturizer, like Miss Jessie's Curly Buttercreme, or Blended Beauty's Happy Nappy Styles, to saturate your ends.

Then style your hair in a fashion that will keep those ends hidden.

A few options include...
  • Individual twists put in a bun
  • Extensions (as long as you use a braid spray or oil spray)
  • Bantu Knots
  • Hair pulled back into a bun (longer hair)
  • Hair pulled back into a little poof tail, and covered by a "bun cover" (like my picture above)
  • Braids beaded at the end (as long as you use a braid or oil spray to keep the ends conditioned)
If you live on the east coast, you may not have to worry about the dry weather much longer, as spring is coming, and therefore the HUMIDITY is sure to follow.

At that point, we'll have a whole bunch of other hair issues to tackle. But that's what keeps us busy, right?

Have a good day, folks!

-Karen

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