I have a couple of questions about my natural hair. How often should you dust or clip the ends of your hair? My ends are frizzy. I may need more moisture (not sure), but I don’t want to cut my hair. Is there anything I can do to make them less fuzzy? My second question is to retain length is cutting ends needed?
Most natural women take really good care of their hair with regular moisturizing and deep conditioning treatments. Trimming or “dusting” the ends of their hair is usually required only when there is a noticeable increase in tangles and single strand knots.
Frizz can be reduced by being mindful of how you handle and style your hair, as well as the products you select. Here are a few quick tips :
- Reduce the number of times you use shampoo on your hair. Try the “no poo” co-washing technique (using conditioner to cleanse the hair) and see how that works for you.
- Deep condition every week. There are many commercial products that women recommend, but my personal favorite is a Banana Avocado Coconut Creme conditioner I whip up at home.
- Apply a leave-in moisturizing conditioner before styling. Favorites in the natural community are Kinky Curly brand Knot Today or Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner. We’ve also created a great concoction that women rave about.
- Avoid shampoos and conditioners with damaging ingredients known to dry out the already dry hair of black women by stripping oils and removing moisture. Several of the items on the list below are also suspected carcinogens:
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Lauryl Sulfate
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Propylene glycol
- Polyethelene glycol
- DEA, MEA or TEA
- Imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM hydantoin
- Parabens (propyl, methyl, butyl or ethyl)
- Protect your hair from heat. Extremes of temperature can be drying to the entire hair shaft, not just the ends. Protect your hair in winter or summer with hats or scarves when outdoors. If styling with heat, use the lowest heat setting possible to get the style you want.
- Handle wet hair gently. Black hair is delicate and can be damaged easily. After you’ve decided on a style for your hair, leave it alone until it is completely dry. Avoid scrubbing your hair dry as you see in television commercials! Instead, wrap your wet hair in an absorbent towel and allow the towel to wick moisture from your hair without manipulation.
- Check labels of styling products. The same chemical warnings given for shampoos and conditioners also apply to styling gel. Check the label before purchasing to make sure your gel does not contain alcohol. Flaxseed gel is wonderfully inexpensive alternative you can also make at home in less than 15 minutes.
- Protect your hair while sleeping. Protect your hair from breakage caused by friction by wearing a satin sleeping bonnet or scarf. Some women invest in a satin pillowcase instead, which also works.
Sealing Moisture Into Dry Frizzy Hair
Frizz can also be caused by improper sealing of the hair after shampooing. Moisturizing your hair is not enough, you must layer a protective coating on top of the moisturizer to lock moisture into dry hair to prevent dryness and breakage. After moisturizing your hair (concentrating on the dry frizzy ends), seal hair with a butter such as Shea, avocado, mango or cocoa butter. Other great alternatives are Crisco, castor oil or jojoba oil.
Women with Type 3 frizzy hair have had great success sealing with aloe vera juice, as butters and oil make their lightly curled hair limp and heavy.
To retain length you do not need to cut your hair unless you are cutting off hair damaged from heat or chemical processes. Damaged, frizzy hair needs to go ASAP! Hanging onto damaged hair to appear to have length can cause serious hair loss, as the split ends can split the hair down to the root. Nope, not a good look.
If you’d like to try using Crisco as a sealant, we have a very interesting and informative article here on the site that will guide you through the process.
About the Author (Author Profile)Blogger, writer, relationships/dating expert, fitness trainer and natural hair enthusiast since 1997. Sharing information from grandmomma, books and scientific journals, as well as my personal discoveries and experiences with natural hair as we journey from relaxers, flat irons and weaves together.
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