Thursday, August 6, 2009

Split Ends: What causes them? Part 1

Well, since I am fighting a losing battle with split ends, I decided to do a little research. We all know that before we can FIX a problem we have to first identify the problem and what is causing it.

Since my last trim, I have been depressed so I have kept my hair in a protective bun 90% of the time. I did wear a puff twice. ONLY twice. I sleep in a satin cap and on a satin pillow case. What could be causing my hair trauma?!

Readind online, I have found the following reasons to be the most common causes of split ends:

Excessive use of hot styling tools (irons, hot curlers, blow dryers, hot combs).
Overuse of chemical treatments (relaxers, perms, hair color).
Use of inferior styling tools that rip or snag hair (cheap synthetic brushes or combs, brush rollers, etc.,).
Environmental damage from heat, cold, wind and other climate issues.
Lack of routine maintenance such as regular trimming.
Improper detangling techniques.
Use of inferior hair care products.
Excessive use of styling products such as gels, waxes and sprays.
Trimming with inferior scissors.

(the above courtesy of

After reading this, I have narrowed down the cause of my damage to either:

Too much washing/manipulating my hair. Maybe the daily conditioner washes are just a bit much.

Improper detangling. Perhaps I am doing it wrong.

Use of styling tools. Could my beloved Denman be doing more harm than good?

What am I going to do about it?
Well for startes I am going to get my hair straightened tomorrow. I plan to wear my hair straight 98% of the time. This will eliminate the need of the Denman and detangling as well as daily conditioner washes. My only concern is how to prevent reversion while working out.

Stay tuned for updates.


hypnotic said...

honestly i hate the denman i always have strands of hair left in could be shed hair but it's alarming. I have very fragile hair to begin with so i have to be careful about over manipulating...

i try to wear my hair out only 2-3 days out of 7 the other days my hair is a bun or twists

Single Lady said...

Well I was doing that...but my hair was not responding well. Last time I went natural, I wore my hair pressed...and got it done every 2 weeks and my hair grew like a weed. I am going to try getting my hair straightened and see what type of results I get. Trial and error I guess.....

Too bad that what works for one will not work for all...this hair thing would be so much easier...