My hair is quite dry at the ends. No matter what I apply, it doesn’t improve!
Our hair on its own does not produce oils but instead relies on natural occurring oils to travel up from the scalp to the ends to nurture it. Natural hair’s curls and coils make it even more difficult for the oils to reach the ends, which could aggravate the situation.
Common causes of dry ends in natural hair include coloring hair and not taking care of it appropriately, use of excessive heat, over manipulation and using sulfate-rich shampoos.
You can repair dry ends by first getting a good trim every 2-3 months. It is advised to do so even though you are trying to retain length. Trimming removes split ends, single strand knots and damaged cuticles that might have clustered at the ends of the hair.
Use a sulfate free shampoo and reduce the number of times you shampoo a month. The rest of the time you can Co-wash your hair. Co-washing is using a conditioner to clean your hair without stripping it too much; leaving it smoother, softer and easier to manage. Also, increase the frequency of your moisture treatments to manage the overall dryness.
For your bedtime routine, plait matutas or two strand twists. Spritz the ends with water or apply a leave-in then seal the hair with a heavy sealant oil or butter. Pay extra special attention to the ends. Use the hanging bantu-knot method and cover your hair using a satin cloth or bonnet to help keep the moisture in.
Finally, always nourish your hair from the inside out. The best ways to promote healthy hair is by eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water.