I have never liked trimming my hair. I was happy to read in the
"Ultimate Black Hair Growth" by Cathy House, that the frequent cutting of the hair does not grow hair. It never made sense to me anyway.
Hair is dead and and therefore no message can be sent to the brain that cutting the hair should allow growth to occur. Based on this fact, I did not touch my hair (in terms of trimming) for a long time. I have been so obssessed with length to the point that unhealthy ends had to stay. I have also noticed a lot of breakage and less moisture retention due to my porous ends.
As a reminder for my new blog readers, I colored my hair three times within the duration of one year(April 2009 to April 2010). The hair that I had last year is all gone from breakage.
I finally decided to put obsession with length aside and get my ends healthy. You could see through me ends.
Trimming: I recently put micro braids in my hair, stretched out the ends, and trimmed the pieces that were sticking out.. Unfortunately(or fortunately for my hair), I had to trim a lot of me ends. I had split ends everywhere. I did not do this to make my hair grow faster( "cutting hair grows hair" is a myth), but to make my ends healthier. My hair is so much better. The ends look fuller and they are not as dry as the trimming corrected the porosity of my ends.
Attaining healthy hair:
If you are serious about having beautiful long healthy hair, PLS do not color your hair. It is damaging to the hair.If your ends look stringy and are much much thinner than the rest of your hair, that means the outer part(cuticle) is worn off and the cortex which you are now seeing is exposed and not being protected. The only solution to that problem is cutting those stringy ends off.
Moisturize Daily:Once your strands are almost equal in size( as I do not believe that they can be of the same length), optimize your moisturizing routine.
Product Build up can break hair: A lot of naturals cowash (using conditioner to wash the hair), while this method of cleansing the hair, has it's benefit of keeping the moisturized, it can also result in hair having a lot of build up. I suggest clarifying your hair every 6 to 8 weeks. I use Curls Clarifying Shampoo. I have only used it once, which is why I have not done a review on it. But I will be using it every 6 to 8 weeks.
Deep Conditioning: always with heat, will open the cuticles allowing the ingredients in your deep treatments to penetrate yor hair shaft. With consistent usage, the hair gradually becomes less prone to split ends and breakage. I use Curls Ecstasy Hair Tea Conditioner for this purpose. Pls check my review of the conditioner here
Protective Styling: All the effort put into moisturizing and deep conditioning the hair would only go to waste if the hair is left loose. It must be tucked away, braided, twisted, bunned. Have you noticed that when you leave your hair loose, it tends to get dry, tangled and break. Leaving hair loose consistently produce tangles and split ends, which could have been avoided by putting the hair in protective styles.