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BlueMajorelle
January 12th, 2014, 07:55 PM
I've been noticing that the ends of my hair are dry and crispy feeling, as opposed to the rest of my hair which feels soft and silky. I've even gone through my ends with a dissecting scope (we have them in my classroom) and I haven't seen any split ends. This happens even if I get a trim. I'll use coconut oil on the ends at night or if I put my hair in a braid to protect them but it hasn't helped. Any advice?

Firefox7275
January 12th, 2014, 08:06 PM
Try clarifying and chelating to remove mineral and product build up. Do you need coconut oil so often, do you have porous ends? If you are primarily looking for softness and slip use a leave in conditioner rich in the major emollients (fatty alcohols and cationic surfactants).

HairFaerie
January 12th, 2014, 08:11 PM
This happens to me sometimes too and it is frustrating. Yesterday I used baobab oil on my ends and they felt amazing after an hour or so. Tomorrow I am going to use a clarifying shampoo & conditioner and apply a tiny bit of that oil on my hair when it is still damp. Hopefully I get good results.

Maybe experiment with different oils to see which one(s) give you the best results. Maybe try olive oil and/or avocado oil - supposedly those two penetrate pretty good. I have also read a bit of honey mixed with conditioner may help too.

Aingeal
January 12th, 2014, 08:17 PM
Sounds like build up. I would try clarifying and using an acv rinse.

BlueMajorelle
January 12th, 2014, 08:24 PM
Okay I'll have to try clarifying. My apartment has really hard water so that's probably the culprit. :)

Firefox7275
January 12th, 2014, 09:34 PM
Okay I'll have to try clarifying. My apartment has really hard water so that's probably the culprit. :)

Definitely number one suspect, in which case you need to chelate more than clarify.

BlueMajorelle
January 12th, 2014, 09:56 PM
Definitely number one suspect, in which case you need to chelate more than clarify.

Okay! Thanks. I'll have to look at some articles around the site on what shampoos I can buy at Target that chelate. I never heard of chelating before joining this site! :shrug:

askan
January 12th, 2014, 11:52 PM
Oh, I get this feeling too. I don't find many splits but a few bent ends. Just stiff ends that won't 'flow' as the rest of the hair.
I'm not sure what chelating means, I mean I've heard the term here but I can't translate it so I don't know what it means in Swedish. Is the idea to get a chelating shampoo, or can you do it with other special ingredients?
Sorry for slight thread-hijacking!

monsoonstorm
January 13th, 2014, 12:29 AM
My hair does this and it was the coconut oil that was the culprit. It worked great for a while, but if I use it now, that happens. Seems my hair isn't a fan of protein and the coconut oil exacerbates that.

Clarifying and switching oil worked for me

emilylightning
January 13th, 2014, 12:37 AM
I have the same problem. I am due for a clarify. I co-washed yesterday and I'm going to have to wash my hair again tomorrow because the length is greasy and gross and the ends feel like hay!

Peggy E.
January 14th, 2014, 09:13 AM
My hair does this and it was the coconut oil that was the culprit. It worked great for a while, but if I use it now, that happens. Seems my hair isn't a fan of protein and the coconut oil exacerbates that.

Clarifying and switching oil worked for me

My hair hates all oils - and this is exactly how it reacts. What has helped me is NW/SO, but you most certainly don't get that silky slip that is so longed for!

Still, my hair is stronger, healthier than it's been in a very long time. There are lots of ways to deal with "crispy" hair.

Firefox7275
January 14th, 2014, 11:46 AM
Oh, I get this feeling too. I don't find many splits but a few bent ends. Just stiff ends that won't 'flow' as the rest of the hair.
I'm not sure what chelating means, I mean I've heard the term here but I can't translate it so I don't know what it means in Swedish. Is the idea to get a chelating shampoo, or can you do it with other special ingredients?
Sorry for slight thread-hijacking!

Chatting is removing build up of miners from hard water or chlorine from swimming pools. You need a specialist product or can DIY with a combination of specific acids (eg. Acetic acid, citric acid, vitamin C, EDTA) at specific percentages. EDTA has other functions so just finding it in a product does not mean that product will chelate as it may be too weak.

askan
January 15th, 2014, 01:26 AM
Thank you Firefox7527 for the explanation. I have soft water where I live and don't go to swimming pools so mineral build up seems not to be the case. I'll look over the products I use on my ends.

lapushka
January 17th, 2014, 02:25 AM
You might try clarifying well, then using the loc method (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=118167&highlight=method).

Wosie
January 17th, 2014, 04:33 AM
Just to make sure -- does clarifying mean shampooing it with a SLS shampoo to strip it of old build-up? If so, I should do it soon, I barely ever use 'strong' shampoos anymore...

lapushka
January 17th, 2014, 05:05 AM
Just to make sure -- does clarifying mean shampooing it with a SLS shampoo to strip it of old build-up? If so, I should do it soon, I barely ever use 'strong' shampoos anymore...

Yes, any regular (no silicone) sulfate shampoo should do!

Firefox7275
January 17th, 2014, 07:07 AM
Just to make sure -- does clarifying mean shampooing it with a SLS shampoo to strip it of old build-up? If so, I should do it soon, I barely ever use 'strong' shampoos anymore...

Any non conditioning/ clear type (not just silicones but polyquats etc) shampoo based on any sulphate (not just SLS), an olefin sulfonates or cocoamidopropyl betaine. The betaine is gentlest providing the formula is acidic.

Gothchiq
January 17th, 2014, 08:09 AM
Hard water? That's the problem right there. Blah, I hate hard water! :mad:

Wosie
January 17th, 2014, 08:21 AM
Thanks a lot for the help. I just clarified my hair, and left the shampoo in for ~two minutes, then rinsed, and afterwards applied a rather 'fat' (Garnier Respons avocado and shea butter) conditioner to my ends and lastly dipped my hair and scalp in a bowl of water and ACV. I hope I did it somewhat correctly. :o

I also have a crispy hemline, so that it makes distinct crunchy sounds when rubbing the hair between my thumb and index finger. Of course this is amplified by having coarse hair. I was hoping clarifying might help. *holds thumb*

I apply coconut oil daily to my hair, as my ends are very dry. Is this a good idea for crispy hemlines? I need a lot of oil for my hair to look non-frizzy, but I normally only use about two drops (before sleeping) so that the hair just gets a little sleeker, but the oil is gone in the morning and looks all dry again.

BlueMajorelle
January 17th, 2014, 08:27 AM
Used a clarifying shampoo-- it definitely worked! Thanks! :)

vanillabones
January 17th, 2014, 10:55 AM
I'm glad your ends feel better :) mine felt crunchy last week so I clarified and noticed a difference too. I started using coconut oil again this week on the ends before and after showering and I like it too. I have hard water and I never thought that could be why, I thought I was just due for a trim with crunchy fairytale ends :( Hair never fails to surprise me as well as the tips on this site!