Nov 1, 2012

Breaking Up With Split Ends

Split ends can be a hard thing to break up with, especially if you are looking to retain length. Trims can be dreadful and cuts may seem like a form of torture, but I assure you they are needed. First, let me tell you that your hair is no where near as tough and resistant as you think it is. It's actually pretty fragile and should be handled with care while styling, especially if you are using heat tools. Second, even with proper handling your  hair will still need trims. Trims are an inevitable part of growing hair, and as many times as you hear they aren't necessary, I'm here to tell you they are.

Think about your favorite destroyed pair of jeans, the ones that sit right, slenderize and make you look juicy in all the right spots. Now think about that time you accidentally slipped your foot into one of the cuts and how it ripped open a little bit more, and then again and again until you could hardly wear the pants because they went from destroyed chic to straight trash. Now I want you to think about your hair the same way, if you don't cut ends while they are ragged and split, they will continue to split up the hair shaft until most of your hair is split and damaged. Once your hair reaches this point, that 1/2 inch trim is looking like a walk in the park compared to the 5 inches you now have to part with.

Trimming hair is all about being proactive instead of reactive. In order to get your hair at a HEALTHY desired length you have to trim regularly. Now what exactly is regularly?

 For relaxed, chemical/color treated hair, regularly falls between 6-8 weeks. This also applies to women who choose to wear their natural hair straight.

For natural hair worn in its natural state, 8-10 weeks is recommended.

How much you cut off is up to you and your stylist, you don't have to cut all of it off and shock yourself. Keep in mind that it is JUST hair, no need to stress yourself over it, it WILL grow back. Maintaining healthy lengths is a process that takes patience.


DaCia said...

I have been natural for over three years and I have only had my ends trimmed three times. I think if you don't wear you hair straight often, it's all up to the individual.

Ashley Patrice said...

There are a lot of factors that determine whether you should trim your hair or not, low/high manipulation is also one of them. But as a cosmetologist I can assure you that trimming your ends are necessary.