View Full Version : Should I S&D my ponytail-caused broken hairs?

November 11th, 2013, 03:33 PM
Hi all you lovely ladies and gentlemen!

My hair is about collarbone length and is slightly wavy. I have layers and I've noticed (and mentioned in the SL to APL-thread) that the top layer gets very frizzy and almost straight after washing, while the longer layers underneath are wavy and smooth. You can see it a bit in the last photo:

http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz173/askansphotos/3maringnaderkopiera_zps45e2a29b.jpg (http://s825.photobucket.com/user/askansphotos/media/3maringnaderkopiera_zps45e2a29b.jpg.html)

I also have a massive amount of shorter hairs sticking out at ear-level, and I am almost certain that they have been caused by my (former) constant abuse of ponytails.

I couldn't get a good photo, but I made a little drawing:
http://i825.photobucket.com/albums/zz173/askansphotos/Namnloumls_zpsa023e328.jpg (http://s825.photobucket.com/user/askansphotos/media/Namnloumls_zpsa023e328.jpg.html)

The shorter hairs don't have many splits, but they're all pointy at the end, as if they were new growth or (more likely) hairs that have been chafed off by an elastic (I used thin ones like this (http://www.aliexpress.com/item-img/Wholesale-Free-shipping-300pcs-mixed-Wholesale-colourful-Hair-Elastic-Ties-Ponytail-Holder-ponies-scrunchies-thin/943211325.html)). The good news is that there are no shorter, broken hairs for the newest 2,5 inches or so.
I have been adviced to get a better pillowcase and try ACV rinses to reduce frizz. I have now made myself a satin pillowcase and I also have bought S&D-scissors (for trims mainly, how do you S&D hair that's too short to see at the neck?).

Now I'm wondering if I should trim the ends of these poor strands? I could cut a whole new short layer to at least get them to be the same lenght or could I just grow them out if I avoid more damage?

Other things I do:
- Wash with SLS-free shampoo and condition every 5th or 6th day (taking a break from CO)
- Used to dye a copper tone with chemical dye, but last time was 7 months ago. Now growing out blondish virgin hair.
- I have been growing out very strong bleach for the last two years.
- Never used heat more than 2 times a year at hairdresser's.
- Use conditioner as an anti-frizz cream
- Since a few weeks I avoid ponytails and try to use claw clips, or hair sticks. Sleep with frech braid.
- Comb with wide comb and brush with a boar bristle brush.

I would really appreciate any advice. I want long hair, but I don't want the frizz... Opinions on my hairtype would also be very interesting!


November 11th, 2013, 03:39 PM
I think in a shorter version my question would be: Do you think these hairs will continue to break if I don't trim them? Should I, or should I leave them alone? ;)

November 11th, 2013, 03:53 PM
No, I think you should be fine just growing them out. If they're not split and there's no white dot in the strand, then they're *fine*. They just need to grow.

November 11th, 2013, 04:12 PM
In think we have the exact same problem, only my hair is longer.I have given up on ponytails and I havr only braided or bunned for the last 3 weeks.I am planning to just s/d when I feel I need to and just let them grow out.

November 11th, 2013, 04:18 PM
I don't think it's damaged I just think they're short hairs that still need to grow out. My hair was a lot wavier at neck length and shoulder length than it is now, it was a 1b/1c then and a 1a/1b now. It's the awkward 'flip length'.

November 11th, 2013, 04:22 PM
Hi, I have the same thing but I don't wear ponytails often. My theory is this, with us wavy hairs when the new growth comes in, when it's in the middle of a wave it sticks straight out because it's not long enough to lay flat because it hasn't gone over the hump of the wave yet, where it starts to bend inward. So my guess is, it's not damage but new healthy growth that is just bending outwards instead of laying flat because of your natural wave.

November 11th, 2013, 05:18 PM
Thank you so much. It's just so much half-length hair so I've been worrying about it for a bit. I'll just check for splits and white dots, and then let it be. Interesting to see if these little ends vill travel down. Angelicblaze: I hope your right. It just looks a bit weird, it looks so frizzy. Suppose I can use some gel or something to just hide it :)

Thanks again for the answers.