Poor Hair Care Reversal

I've been experiencing a lot more split ends, tangled strands, single strand knots, dryness and brittleness. I will admit that I haven't given my hair the attention it needs, such as protective styling, but now I can provide my hair with the attention it needs. What can I do to take care of the split ends, especially the ones that run the length of the strand? Do I need a protein wash for the dry, brittle, and lack-luster appearance of my hair?
Also, what are some things you all do to achieve your best twist-outs?
The only way to get rid of split ends are cutting them. I know this from experience. I cured my hair by washing with a shampoo nd conditioner for dry or damaged hair and getting rid of the split ends PRONTO! Also keeping my hair moisturized and doing minimal styling (low manipulation) and washing my hair less often (once a week) and my hair went from ear length to bsl in 2 years without a protein treatment. also my hair never held a style when it was damaged so healthy hair will behave better:') HTH

Last edited by Amethyst_Kisses; 12-11-2012 at 07:35 PM.
The only way to get rid of split ends are cutting them. I know this from experience. I cured my hair by washing with a shampoo nd conditioner for dry or damaged hair and getting rid of the split ends PRONTO! Also keeping my hair moisturized and doing minimal styling (low manipulation) and washing my hair less often (once a week) and my hair went from ear length to bsl in 2 years without a protein treatment. also my hair never held a style when it was damaged so healthy hair will behave better:') HTH
Originally Posted by Amethyst_Kisses
So, I washed my hair with apple cider vinegar last night. Before I washed it, I moisturized my hair with shea butter, and Vatika oil. After I washed my hair, I gave my ends a bit of a trim, then I twisted it up for bed. Tonight, I moisturized with coconut oil, and I did more than a trim. I looked at a lot of my ends and there were tons of single stranded knots (3 or 4 on one strand). Even worse, I have different types of split ends. I have tree, thickening, offshoot, taper, crinkle, knot, baby, deep, incomplete and normal splits. I cut off about two inches. In a couple of areas that aren't noticeable, I had to cut nearly down to the root. I'm frustrated, and I know haven't caught all of the split ends. I feel like cutting it all off, and starting over again.
The only way to get rid of split ends are cutting them. I know this from experience. I cured my hair by washing with a shampoo nd conditioner for dry or damaged hair and getting rid of the split ends PRONTO! Also keeping my hair moisturized and doing minimal styling (low manipulation) and washing my hair less often (once a week) and my hair went from ear length to bsl in 2 years without a protein treatment. also my hair never held a style when it was damaged so healthy hair will behave better:') HTH
Originally Posted by Amethyst_Kisses
So, I washed my hair with apple cider vinegar last night. Before I washed it, I moisturized my hair with shea butter, and Vatika oil. After I washed my hair, I gave my ends a bit of a trim, then I twisted it up for bed. Tonight, I moisturized with coconut oil, and I did more than a trim. I looked at a lot of my ends and there were tons of single stranded knots (3 or 4 on one strand). Even worse, I have different types of split ends. I have tree, thickening, offshoot, taper, crinkle, knot, baby, deep, incomplete and normal splits. I cut off about two inches. In a couple of areas that aren't noticeable, I had to cut nearly down to the root. I'm frustrated, and I know haven't caught all of the split ends. I feel like cutting it all off, and starting over again.
Originally Posted by newnatural91
Umm. I don't see anything about conditioner in here. How often do you condition?
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The only way to get rid of split ends are cutting them. I know this from experience. I cured my hair by washing with a shampoo nd conditioner for dry or damaged hair and getting rid of the split ends PRONTO! Also keeping my hair moisturized and doing minimal styling (low manipulation) and washing my hair less often (once a week) and my hair went from ear length to bsl in 2 years without a protein treatment. also my hair never held a style when it was damaged so healthy hair will behave better:') HTH
Originally Posted by Amethyst_Kisses
So, I washed my hair with apple cider vinegar last night. Before I washed it, I moisturized my hair with shea butter, and Vatika oil. After I washed my hair, I gave my ends a bit of a trim, then I twisted it up for bed. Tonight, I moisturized with coconut oil, and I did more than a trim. I looked at a lot of my ends and there were tons of single stranded knots (3 or 4 on one strand). Even worse, I have different types of split ends. I have tree, thickening, offshoot, taper, crinkle, knot, baby, deep, incomplete and normal splits. I cut off about two inches. In a couple of areas that aren't noticeable, I had to cut nearly down to the root. I'm frustrated, and I know haven't caught all of the split ends. I feel like cutting it all off, and starting over again.
Originally Posted by newnatural91
Umm. I don't see anything about conditioner in here. How often do you condition?
Originally Posted by adthomas
Admittedly, I haven't conditioned my hair in a while. I used to condition about every 2 weeks.
Conditioning should be a regular part of your routine. Oils do not moisturize - they simply seal moisture in (or out!) I am not familiar with butters to know for sure if they are inherently moisturizing. I would definitely add some good conditioning to your routine.
remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!!
My hair:
2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
My routine:
Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
LI: KCKT or CJSL
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.

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