Last updated on August 19th, 2020 at 02:02 pm
Moisturizing your hair is key to keeping it pliable. You can also maintain healthy hair ends by keeping them lubricated when in a low manipulation style. Both are important steps to maintaining your ends.
If you have short hair, your ends are a bit more protected since they won’t be rubbing on your clothing but as your hair grows, the friction that it comes in contact with can cause a bit of wear and tear on your strands.
That’s why you need to ensure that they are moisturized AND well lubricated.
Tips for Moisturizing & Lubricating Your Ends
Depending on the hairstyle, you can moisturize your strands when grouped together or individually. Here are some techniques:
– Scrunch in a moisturizer containing water and oils
– Use the praying hands method to smooth in the same type of moisturizer
– Spritz a moisturizer across the surface of your hair using a spray which contains water and oils
Maintain Healthy Ends in Braids/Twists
Even though your ends aren’t completely loose when in braids or twists, they are still prone to rubbing against any fabric they come in contact with. That’s why you need to protect as well as you would if you hair was out loose.
There are two ways I found to maintain healthy hair ends when twisted or braided:
- During your waking hours, smooth a heavy sealing oil like Jamaican Black Castor oil on your ends tuck the braid or twist into itself:
2. During your sleeping hours, use that same oil on your ends and roll up about an inch of it and clipping it in place with a bobby pin or hair clip. Then, when you awake in the morning, release the pins and clips. Optionally, pull the braids or twists up into a bun or a ponytail.
Whatever method you choose to help maintain healthy hair ends (I hope you try them all), just be consistent. The very act of “attending” to your ends regularly is what will provide what is the oldest part of your hair with the TLC it needs.