How to keep my ends from splitting???

I've had this problem with my ends for a while (almost 2 years) - they won't stop splitting. I've noticed the splitting occurs when I wash it (I'd get my ends professionally clipped, go through life living great, but after washing my hair my ends are terribly damaged), which causes me to cut my ends every time I wash - awful. I have considered the shampoos I use, going from all natural to sulfate-free to washing WITH conditioner but nothing has worked. I have considered that I do not deep condition "once a week" but I am just now going natural and I was not able to wet my hair once a week, as I would have to blow-dry then flat iron it once a week. Nonetheless, I do not have chemically treated hair, I do not flat iron or blow-dry excessively, all things people have asked me in the past when I present this problem. My sister believes I need to "seal in moisture," saying the ends of my hair are malnourished and need moisture.

Has anyone EVER had this problem before? I have yet to meet a single person in my entire life who has had this problem. Possible solutions? If it is that I need to seal in moisture, what things should I use? I wear my hair in twists or a twist-out now, but a dry twist out, if that changes what should be done.

Any help would be more than life-saving! Thanks!!
do you get enough cut off? if you dont get all of them off then they just keep splitting and it just gets worse. also, do you seal? sealing helps prevent your hair from splitting.

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Are you maybe being to rough when washing, wash scalp, condition ends by running fingers down the shaft or through the hair. Stop scrubbing length and ends between hands or on top of scalp.

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Do you have hard water? I recently discovered my hard water was making my hair very dry, tangled and causing split ends to occur more than usual (excessively).

I have been treating my hair with protein treatments, deep hydratring conditioning treatments and an ACV rinse to remove all of the hard water buildup. My hair is much happier now!
1.Is your hair getting too much protein? Check the products you're using for protein content, and if it is there, try using products without protein for a while to see if it helps.

2.Is your hair getting enough conditioning? Try spritzing your ends once or twice a day with a spray bottle containing water and conditioner 50/50 or 75(water)/25 for a while to see if it helps.

3.You can also try Deep Conditioning treatments once a week for a while to see if this helps, again checking that the treatment has no protein.
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Last edited by raindear; 05-31-2012 at 10:01 AM. Reason: fix punctuation
Your sister is right. You need to start sealing.

How long is your hair? Sometimes the scalp's sebum production just isn't enough to lubricate and protect the hair shaft and you have to help it out. Usually the longer your hair gets (or the curlier your hair is), the more oil your hair needs. Also, another point is you may not be using enough conditioner. And if you want to keep using shampoo, make sure to condition more days per week/month than you shampoo. On the off days, just rinse your hair with water and use a ton of conditioner, focusing on the ends. You can apply the oil to wet hair after your leave-in conditioner or moisturizer/styler.

In addition, if your hair touches your shoulders, the ends (that are probably at least 2 yrs old at that point) are getting more wear and tear on them, causing the ends to begin splitting. Oiling your ends on a regular basis can stave the issue, but make sure that when getting trims you are getting the strands cut above where the hair shaft if splitting (at least 1/4" above). Otherwise it will continue to split and you'll continue to spin your wheels. Start out with a lightweight oil (like apricot kernal or sweet almond oil) and apply a little to the last 2-3 inches of your hair and you should see a difference pretty quickly.

To me though, besides issues in your regimen (hair not getting enough moisture) it seems like the trims you have gotten were insufficient (not enough was cut to prevent the splitting from recurring). Make an effort to learn your hair's properties (texture, porosity, and density) to make the most out the time you do have to care for your hair.
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I read either on this board or the Long hair community...that a catnip rinse (1 teaspoon dried catnip soaked into 1 cup boiled water for 30 minutes.) done after shampoo but just before conditionner is practically a miracle against splits. People have tried it with amazing results.

You need to soak the catnip in a container with a lid though, because there are good oils that can evaporate. After the 30 minutes, shake well to collect the oil on the lid and use.

It's also very important to use the catnip tea on clean hair with no residue or conditionner. And not use more then 1 teaspoon for 1 cup ratio because it then gives opposite results.
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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?
About oiling ends, if you only use shampoo twice a week, but condition the hair in the shower daily, would you oil every day?? Because won't that cause buildup on the ends??? I can see before or after a shampoo because the shampoo gets it off, but I can't see me oiling every day after using conditioner, because I think that oil just sits on top of the hair and will build up. Any thoughts/?
Also, do you all just to ends, just ends, or length with oil?? and do you scrunch oil into ends or smooth or what??
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About oiling ends, if you only use shampoo twice a week, but condition the hair in the shower daily, would you oil every day?? Because won't that cause buildup on the ends??? I can see before or after a shampoo because the shampoo gets it off, but I can't see me oiling every day after using conditioner, because I think that oil just sits on top of the hair and will build up. Any thoughts/?
Also, do you all just to ends, just ends, or length with oil?? and do you scrunch oil into ends or smooth or what??
Originally Posted by mamaherrera
well every one uses oil differently, my hair for example, soaks most oils up, in small amounts that is. i oil my ends to "seal" the water in, this helps with dryness n breakage. i oil my ends almost every day. after my shower or refreshing/washing my hair, i mix my condish and a little oil in the palm of my hands. then i work it in my hair. the bottom half. i guess i just smooth it in, though i do make sure that the very ends of my hair is totally coated. i can leave the oil in over night/during the day, and my hair doesnt get greasy, i dont get build up from it. my hair just soaks it up.

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494
Thanks now. I definitely hear ya. It really is an experiment thing. But what would I watch for to know if it's building up or not?? Any symptoms that I can watch for or just the weighing down?? Thanks I know one for example that when I oil all my length and then lowpoo, now all the oil comes off, (I used almond oil and soybean) and even the next day, I could still see the shine and definition from the oil, making me think my lowpoos aren't that good at getting oil out and so I could perhaps get buildup.
2c
Medium texture
Normal porosity
Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
I still believe that even minimal flat ironing/blow drying can really damage your hair. There are women who would only flat iron their hair once a year and the damage caught up with them. Perhaps put down the heating tools after trimming your ends for a month and see what happens.
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Thanks now. I definitely hear ya. It really is an experiment thing. But what would I watch for to know if it's building up or not?? Any symptoms that I can watch for or just the weighing down?? Thanks I know one for example that when I oil all my length and then lowpoo, now all the oil comes off, (I used almond oil and soybean) and even the next day, I could still see the shine and definition from the oil, making me think my lowpoos aren't that good at getting oil out and so I could perhaps get buildup.
Originally Posted by mamaherrera
ive never knowen oil to build up as such, though it can make your hair greasy and weighed down. same curlies can leave it in, like me, others have to wash it out, same can just go with washing a bit out.... everyone's different so yes it is an experiment thing.
if the next day you still have shine and deffinition from the oil, i would use less, or use a low poo instead of cowashing. does it weigh your hair down? maybe you just need to use less.

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494
good point. Maybe I overdid. One more thing, does coconut oil (I've heard it's the best for penetrating) but does it give your hair more protein really???
2c
Medium texture
Normal porosity
Normal elasticity
can get weighed down with lots of oils
Co-wash-trying giovanni wellness
Rinse out: Garnier Body Boost, GVP
Leave-in: none right now, maybe a touch of SM curling souffle
Curl enhancer: AOMM and KCCC
Gel: Kiss my face gel
DT:Jessicurl
Low Poo: abba pure and natural, Giovanni Wellness
working on: getting rid of frizz from the get-go
Using seamless combs and brushes (bamboo bristle brushes are seamless)
good point. Maybe I overdid. One more thing, does coconut oil (I've heard it's the best for penetrating) but does it give your hair more protein really???
Originally Posted by mamaherrera
ive heard alot of that kind of stuff about coconut oil. Im protein sensitive, so i have to watch what i put in my hair, i also have a massive collection of oils that i use for my hair/body/face. out of all my oils, coconut oil seems to be the best for my hair. i really like n use other lighter oils, but coconut oil seems to be different. i think it just seals the protein in or somthing, im not quiet sure, i can use it really well, but other curlies who are protein sensitive cant use it.

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494

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