Benefits of a trim/problems with bleached ends?

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I am feeling very conflicted about my hair right now.

To give you some history, before I decided to go natural I coloured my hair three times and straightened every single day. The first time was platinum blonde, the second was a dark brown a few months later when I realized I didn't want to do the maintenance and the 3rd was a dark burgundy when the brown was fading out of the blonde and looking muddy.

Right now I have about 3" of natural roots, 3" of single coloured, 3" of double coloured and 4" of the bleached and double coloured. From what I can tell I don't really have many split ends, but the tips definitely get crispy and dry way before the rest of my hair. They are also pretty unruly and have less curl than the rest of my hair from being so badly damaged.

I am desperately trying to grow my hair to BSL so I'm reluctant to trim, but I'm wondering if my dry and bleached ends might be sapping moisture from the rest of my hair and causing more harm than good in the long run.

Does anyone else have any experience with a problem like this, and did cutting off the bleached or fried ends of your hair make a difference to the overall health?
3A-3B / Medium / High Density / Low Porosity
Modified CG
Low poo: Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine
Conditioner: Curls Unleashed NB
Leave in: Creme of Natura Argan Oil Strengthen & Shine
Styling Product: Curl Keeper/ Curly Solutions gel
They don't sap moisture from the rest of your hair they are just more prone to breaking allowing split ends to spread to your more healthy hair.
They don't sap moisture from the rest of your hair they are just more prone to breaking allowing split ends to spread to your more healthy hair.
Originally Posted by Blueblood
That would make me feel a lot better... I kind of think of them like a sponge, and I worry that having the 'thirsty' ends all mixed in with my other hair is sucking out the moisture from the healthy stuff and messing with my texture.
3A-3B / Medium / High Density / Low Porosity
Modified CG
Low poo: Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine
Conditioner: Curls Unleashed NB
Leave in: Creme of Natura Argan Oil Strengthen & Shine
Styling Product: Curl Keeper/ Curly Solutions gel
Damaged ends can tangle with or rub against healthier hair higher up damaging that, or catch on a comb causing stretching. It is therefore worth cutting anything 'grabby' off. You should be able to save the dark dyed parts but maybe not the bleached part that has lost its curl pattern.

However before that its worth having a final intensive attempt at salvaging them: clarify AND chelate, overnight or longer soaks with coconut oil, hydrolysed protein treatments. Leave in conditioner rich in slippy and patch repairing ingredients: fatty alcohols, the behentrimoniums, natural oils (NOT butters which are higher friction), silicones that resist building up, ceramides, panthenol.

Highly porous ends could in theory suck moisture (= water) from healthier hair, most likely in a low dews/ dry climate and when in an up do or protective style. In higher dews/ humidity they will probably draw moisture from the air. What most people describe as 'moisturised' hair is more about effective conditioning/ emollience than water content anyway. Excessive water weakens hair and can cause hygral fatigue.
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2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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