Thanks for your help.

The only thing I can say is I am sure I get "enough" of my ends
cut off when I get it professionally done. The only thing I have
yet to try is deep conditioning often and "spritzing" my ends,
which I will try. HOWEVER, I do not know what to use when
spritzing my ends. Any suggestions?

Also, suggestions on shampoo and conditioner? I am leaning
towards the Creme of Nature products w/ Argan oil; I've read
it is quite gentle on hair. Any other good products known to
be gentle?