What does it mean when your hair kinks at the end?

On some of my individual hairs at the very end of the hair it's kind of kinked up. Meaning it looks like it's been crimped or something. Not on every hair of course but I find some here or there that are like that. The ends aren't split but the last half to quarter inch of the hair looks crimped. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Does anyone know what this means?

Does it mean I need more protein? More moisture? Is it heat damage?
CG - 3/27/09
3b - dry - medium texture/medium porosity!
Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
Styling: lube and BRHG
I would be tempted to trim it off. Hopefully someone can give you advice from experience. Good luck.
Heather

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My hair has started doing this.

I can't seem to figure out what it means. I don't get split ends, my hair is moisturized, and I use protein regularly. I never use heat, so I doubt it's damage.

If anyone has input, that would be great. We can't be the only two here having this happen...
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Last edited by kungfugirl; 08-02-2009 at 08:10 AM. Reason: It's early. :)
anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
CG - 3/27/09
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Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
Styling: lube and BRHG
That used to happen to my ends when I flat-ironed, so I associate that with damage. Although of course you take care of your hair better than I did preCG, I would still trim those off. They might just be old ends.
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I had them a lot pre-CG... no idea what they came from, though. Possibly split ends that had the split break off, maybe. Damage of some sort. I'd second the wanting to trim it off - well above the damage level just to be sure you get whatever's causing it.

(I thought for a moment you'd meant the little fairy knots we all get sometimes at the ends - I've never been able to figure out where those come from or how to avoid them...)
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I had them a lot pre-CG... no idea what they came from, though. Possibly split ends that had the split break off, maybe. Damage of some sort. I'd second the wanting to trim it off - well above the damage level just to be sure you get whatever's causing it.

(I thought for a moment you'd meant the little fairy knots we all get sometimes at the ends - I've never been able to figure out where those come from or how to avoid them...)
Originally Posted by oddityofwings
I've heard those are a symptom of not enough moisture but I don't know for sure. I did get a trim yesterday and I haven't been able to find once since then so hopefully that got them all. I think it might be from flat ironing too. Dang it!
CG - 3/27/09
3b - dry - medium texture/medium porosity!
Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
Styling: lube and BRHG
i had those. wait, i still have a few of those, lol. i started getting them buggers when i started chemically straightening my hair (specifically relaxing and japanese rebonding) the ends would "kink" or look crimped after the process of straightening, and the stylist usually just chopped the ends off coz there was nothing else he could do about it.

think about it, my hair was straightened and there were kinks at the end. what else can you do about the ends except chop them off. i mean, if the straightening stuff itself cant prevent that or whatnot, what else can you do?
they're annoying though. that's for sure.
newbie! Started CG July 22, 2009. Wish me luck! i'm gonna need it.
2b/c-ish? high porosity. medium-coarse texture. medium volume (3 inches). protein sensitive (i think).


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low-poo: Giovanni 50:50 shampoo
co-wash: Suave Naturals strawberry
conditioner/leave-in: GVP conditioning balm
DT: Lustrasilk Shea & Mango
styler: experimenting with Got2B mousse, Pantene mousse, HE mousse.
I wonder if regular protein and deep treatments would prevent this from happening? I do like to flat iron my hair on occassion and I try to use a really good heat protectant too. but I certainly don't want to see these little kinked ends after I wash out the straight style. I'm tyring to do protein treatments once a wek right now til I get my hair balanced so maybe once that happens I won't see them as much.
CG - 3/27/09
3b - dry - medium texture/medium porosity!
Co wash/rinseout/leave in: currently auditioning products
Styling: lube and BRHG

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