HAIR MAINTENANCE: Maintain Your Ends

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.

maintain healthy hair ends
A wash and go with healthy 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

When your hair is in braids or twists, don’t think that your ends are fully protected.

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:

  1. During your waking hours, smooth a heavy sealing oil like Jamaican Black Castor oil on your ends tuck the braid or twist into itself:
maintain healthy ends by preventing breakage

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.

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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

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