Ends are the most fragile part of the hair — and the most critical for retaining length, but they often go overlooked. While applying product to your hair make sure you take an extra few seconds to seal your ends with a heavy oil or slightly acidic cuticle-closing product (like aloe vera gel). On most textures, sealed ends will clump together and curl. Check out our six steps to longer lasting sealed ends.
Yes, yes, it’s true that a large percentage of the natural hair community is in pursuit of length… but trimming should be a part of that journey. Using a pair of sharp scissors to give your ends a clean cut is far better than letting ends snap off, leaving the cuticle uneven — a perfect breeding ground for split ends. The fact that many naturals no longer use chemicals or regular heat means that our ends are in better shape than the average woman and require less regular trimming. Still, if you spot split ends, thrashed ends or knotting, make a habit of busting out the scissors. How to know when you need a trim.
Using products that close the cuticle
Natural hair guru Kimmaytube explained it best — slightly acidic products smooth and close the cuticle, helping to retain moisture and making for smoother, softer strands.
Ladies, which hair practices do you think are most underrated or overlooked?