Your Ends--A Major Key to Retention
By Erma W.
When we talk about hair care, the typical points of discussion include cleansing, conditioning, styling, products, etc. Caring for the ends of the hair is not usually a major talking point, but it is just as important as the more popular hair topics. Proper maintenance of hair ends increases the amount of hair that one retains. If you are able to retain your length, then the other areas of hair care mentioned above will be relatively easy to handle.
We now know that we must care for our ends to retain length, but we must know how to care for our ends to actually realize the retention.
1. Moisturize and seal your ends. When you moisten your ends and seal in that moisture, you are locking out dryness. You must keep dryness at bay to retain your hair because where there is dryness, breakage will soon follow.
2. Wear protective styles. Protective styles keep the ends hidden from the elements (cold, snow, summer heat, etc.), and from heating appliances (flat irons, blow dryers, and curling irons). If you use heat, try to reduce the length of time the hot appliances sit on your ends.
3. Cover your hair before going to bed. The ends of the hair are more prone to dryness and breakage when they are exposed. Putting on a satin scarf or bonnet lessens the chance of dryness taking over your ends and hair. If you prefer not to tie down your hair, you can sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase.
This is in no way an exhaustive list, but these three tips will give you a firm grip on how to care for your ends.
Have fun retaining your length!