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lemur530
September 6th, 2013, 11:24 AM
How does everyone grow their hair without getting disastrously dry ends? I had a recent trip to the hair salon where they had to cut a few coveted inches because they were dry. I'm currently washing every 4-6 days and using a wide tooth wood comb.

I was told by the stylist that the dry ends were leading to all the bottom tangles in my hair which caused a lot of pulling and quite a bit of hair breakage while she was combing it wet :/ Any tips on how I can prevent this for next time?

Hootenanny
September 6th, 2013, 11:26 AM
A little coconut oil added to my ends every few days works wonders for me! I also use a leave-in conditioner. Either or both of these options might work for you. Can't hurt to try! :)

ositarosita
September 6th, 2013, 11:44 AM
I dust my ends every couple months, clarify when needed ( no build up means moisture can get in there), and only wash every 7-10days. When I'm able to I also like to use sweet almond oil, or apricot oil on my ends.

nobeltonya
September 6th, 2013, 12:58 PM
For years I'd been using conditioners that made it really easy to comb my ends.. it wasn't until I stopped using them that I noticed how dry and tangly my ends really were.. I've been only using coconut oil after I wash, and cut off about 7-8" of dry, tangly ends.. now everything is good :) I definitely didn't want to cut so much off (especially when I was only like 2" from my goal), but it looks and feels much better now.. try babying the ends, maybe wearing it up or in braids more often. Coconut oil. Be really easy when combing (another reason I think I had to cut SO much.. my husband ripped out a huge knot about a week ago in my ends :/ ) :disco:

HintOfMint
September 6th, 2013, 01:10 PM
SMTs help, as do various oils such as coconut and olive. However, many times I've found that "dry ends" were actually due to buildup or, specifically, protein buildup. It usually happens around the time we feel like we should go to the stylist for a trim, around the three month mark. Usually a clarifying and a deep treatment (for me, without protein) is usually the ticket.

I've found that I can't stave off trims forever, though. I can't really go more than 6 months without a trim, no matter how careful I am with my hair.

Wildcat Diva
September 6th, 2013, 01:54 PM
I made sure when I went to get a trim, I went to the barber on about the third day after a wash after I detangled myself with the tangle teaser. My ends appeared moisturized and pretty much damage free, go figure. She trimmed my hair dry. I got about one inch or so taken off only, which I was fine with.

Very happy with the experience, and I intend to only seek trims like this once a year. Oils are my friend. Maybe cones too, although the jury is still out on that one. Maybe, maybe not.

jacqueline101
September 6th, 2013, 03:47 PM
I'd try Aussie deep conditioning treatment.

goldenlady
September 6th, 2013, 03:52 PM
My ends love olive oil.. Think which oil works best just pretends on your hair :)

Vrindi
September 6th, 2013, 04:38 PM
Hmm. Dry ends don't always need to be cut, unless they're actually splitting. Coconut oil works wonders for me, so does almond oil. And I agree with HintOfMint that protein build up can make your ends feel gross, and it usually happens around "trim time." So next time, try some clarifying and some oils? Also, try to keep your ends up and protected in the sun.

sarahthegemini
September 6th, 2013, 04:45 PM
Try coconut oil on your ends or leave in conditioner. If you think it could be build up, clarify.

spidermom
September 6th, 2013, 05:41 PM
Yup, nothing new to add, really. When any part of my hair is dry and tangly, these days I go for the clarifying shampoo first (scalp to ends), then a deep treatment (I like KPak Reconstructor or Regis Designline Hydrating Balm).

If that doesn't help, I repeat once.

If that doesn't help, trim.

I use oil, too, but that's really a maintenance thing. I don't think it treats dry ends as much as makes them feel better temporarily.

I've recently discovered that some products are more compatible with one's particular hair type than others. I used to use whatever was on sale, as long as it fit my rather loose criteria. However, I stumbled upon a product line that makes my hair feel and behave so much better that I now use only that, other than a clarifying shampoo and deep treatment when needed.

spirals
September 7th, 2013, 01:50 AM
I run into this routinely. I have few splits, but my ends feel dry. I realized today they feel more stiff than anything. I think it's a combination of damage and protein buildup. (I use marshmallow root decoction in my detangler, and the mucilage is a protein.) I was so tempted to chop off 2 inches this morning. But when I washed it I remembered that baking soda helps. I washed my hair like normal, but then cleaned the ends with bs before doing my herbal rinse. My ends are so soft. I just need to remember to do this more often, maybe every other wash, rather than every ten.

Firefox7275
September 7th, 2013, 04:56 AM
How does everyone grow their hair without getting disastrously dry ends? I had a recent trip to the hair salon where they had to cut a few coveted inches because they were dry. I'm currently washing every 4-6 days and using a wide tooth wood comb.

I was told by the stylist that the dry ends were leading to all the bottom tangles in my hair which caused a lot of pulling and quite a bit of hair breakage while she was combing it wet :/ Any tips on how I can prevent this for next time?

When was the last time you clarified or chelated to remove product build up or hard water residues?

QMacrocarpa
September 8th, 2013, 07:09 AM
Hmm. Dry ends don't always need to be cut, unless they're actually splitting.
I agree with this. Also keep in mind that a very small trim can make a surprisingly big improvement in how your hair behaves. I do self-trims (http://feyeselftrim.livejournal.com/) about every 6 months, to ward off velcro-y, instantly-tangling ends, which turn into breaking-off ends if I ignore them. I trim the smallest amount I can. If that doesn't improve things enough, I can always trim a tiny bit more. I find that oiling my ends a bit helps postpone the need for a trim (I use cheap olive oil).

sourgrl
September 8th, 2013, 08:26 AM
I've found oils to be helpful with my dry ends. I do a heavy coconut oil on my ends just before a wash and after a wash I seal with argan oil and damp bun it.

Mindy
September 8th, 2013, 09:13 AM
Just echoing what everyone else said. Clarify once a month or so. I apply coconut oil to my braid tassel every night. It has made a huge difference for me. I still have a lot of old box dye and heat styling damage. It will be years before it's all cut out. Before I started oiling the ends every night, they were dry and velcroy. Now my hair is smooth and tangle free all the way to the ends.

clioariane
September 8th, 2013, 11:11 AM
Moisturizing hair masks! I used Aveda dry remedy moisturizing treatment masque weekly when my hair was very dry from damage and it improved drastically. But if you can stand it, snipping off the worst bits makes everything look a lot better too.

spirals
September 8th, 2013, 11:54 PM
I haven't used it in a while, but my ends like olive oil. I need to get a bottle for the bathroom.

lemur530
September 10th, 2013, 11:20 AM
Thanks for the advice everyone! I found that way more of my hair was snapping and tangling with the dry ends, so that when I was combing, a lot would come out in the brush. Since the cut, it's healthier and I've purchased a bottle of coconut oil and hoping to get long beautiful hair :)

sarahthegemini
September 10th, 2013, 12:01 PM
Yay :) Glad you've fixed your problem!

Kwantslonghair
September 12th, 2013, 11:54 AM
My ends were really dry and nothing was helping. Tried olive oil, coconut oil. Finally I tried macadamia deep treatment. It's expensive but I only use a tiny bit on the last 2 or 3 in of my hair. Only use it once per week. I have been using and my hair is loving dove therapy conditioner. Have to wash mine every other day or it is a grease pit. I also use argon oil every wash. My ends are much better

rosemilk
September 12th, 2013, 01:00 PM
I started to use "Organix Luxurious Moroccan Argan Creme Sheer Hydration Mist Spray" it worked really well for my dry ends. I also use coconut oil, almond oil and conditioner.

ExpectoPatronum
September 12th, 2013, 01:06 PM
Baby oil as made a HUGE difference with my ends. They were always so dry and velcro-y, even after I would trim them. Putting baby oil in my hair (you only need a few drops) has been the best change to my hair routine. I can run my fingers through my hair without them getting snagged at the bottom and my ends aren't dry anymore. My hair, overall, looks and feels so much better now. It saved me from, yet again, chopping off another inch of my hair in an effort to have soft ends. Outside of the standard hair routine stuff (shampoo, conditioner, deep treatment) it's the only product I use in my hair now.

Panth
September 12th, 2013, 01:07 PM
Thanks for the advice everyone! I found that way more of my hair was snapping and tangling with the dry ends, so that when I was combing, a lot would come out in the brush. Since the cut, it's healthier and I've purchased a bottle of coconut oil and hoping to get long beautiful hair :)

As everyone has said, this is a symptom of build-up. Clarifying and/or chelation will remove the snapping/tangling phenomenon without the need for scissors.

Ambystoma
September 13th, 2013, 09:07 AM
^ Exactly, I swear by using a chelating shampoo at regular intervals (I avoid my scalp though since the one I like has sulphates) and then following it up with a moisture treatment, it's like hitting a reset button for my ends :magic:

kitana97
September 13th, 2013, 11:24 AM
I've yet to try coconut oil because I'm not fond of the smell, so I stick with olive oil. Using a little dab of it every day to every other day really softens and shines up my ends. When you wash make sure your using a good ultra moisturizing conditioner. I've been hooked on Aubrey Organics lately; they have a nice conditioning one. Also, make sure you use a leave-in after you wash. That's my regimen and it works pretty well for my hair.

Leeloo
September 13th, 2013, 11:36 AM
How does everyone grow their hair without getting disastrously dry ends? I had a recent trip to the hair salon where they had to cut a few coveted inches because they were dry. I'm currently washing every 4-6 days and using a wide tooth wood comb.

I was told by the stylist that the dry ends were leading to all the bottom tangles in my hair which caused a lot of pulling and quite a bit of hair breakage while she was combing it wet :/ Any tips on how I can prevent this for next time?

Ohhhhh, there is no need to cut off hair because itís dry, just when itís damaged. For the dry ends coconut oiling the night before wash is great. And if you do S&D regularly then hair wonít catch easily when brushing.

kitana97
September 13th, 2013, 11:54 AM
Baby oil as made a HUGE difference with my ends.

What kind of baby oil do you use?

biogirl87
September 13th, 2013, 12:42 PM
kitana, I think you can use any baby oil as long as the only ingredients in it are mineral oil and fragrance. Some members here use Johnson and Johnson baby oil, I am using Equate baby oil (both have mineral oil and fragrance as the only ingredients). While you can find baby oil in the same aisle as baby shampoo and baby powder, try looking in the travel section of Walmart or similar store as then you should be able to find smaller bottle. You don't need to a lot of baby oil when you use it.

Firefox7275
September 13th, 2013, 02:49 PM
I've yet to try coconut oil because I'm not fond of the smell, so I stick with olive oil. Using a little dab of it every day to every other day really softens and shines up my ends. When you wash make sure your using a good ultra moisturizing conditioner. I've been hooked on Aubrey Organics lately; they have a nice conditioning one. Also, make sure you use a leave-in after you wash. That's my regimen and it works pretty well for my hair.

Refined coconut oil smells of nothing (unless you are a cat, and then it smells delish).

WilfredAllen
September 13th, 2013, 03:02 PM
determining your hair's porosity can be helpful in finding the best moisturizing treatments for your hair