When you're trying to achieve healthy curls, you don't want to lose lengths to split ends. While splits can't be totally avoided, they can be managed. Part of the first step is recognizing and managing the types of splits. Here's a handy guide to identifying and managing split ends. Give these tips a try and you'll soon find much less split ends in your beautiful curls!
Recognizing And Managing The Types Of Splits
If you pick up the ends of your curls and notice the hair is in a Y shape, you've got the beginning of splits. This is a great time to up your moisturizing game, and use some smoothing serums. That will help manage splits and keep them from increasing.
When your strands begin to get three or more splits on the ends, your curls are at risk of becoming more damaged. These types of splits begin occurring when curls are very dry, or haven't been properly cared for. If you use heat to style your strands regularly, make sure you're using heat protectant sprays to style your strands.
After curls have been through a lot of damage, you might notice the ends develop a feathery look. When that happens, your curls are going to become more prone to frizz and flyaways. Feathering is created by scrubbing curls roughly, such as with a terry cloth towel when you get out of the shower. Instead of continuing to scrub at your curls, you can avoid feathering by using a microfiber towel or a t shirt to gently squeeze water out of your curls.
Most splits occur at the end of the curl shaft, where the hair is driest as well as the oldest. Usually these splits are pretty shallow. However, when split ends are ignored, you can develop deep splits. These splits are detrimental to your curls, as they penetrate more significantly into the curl's cortex. This allows moisture to escape, as well as for curls to break off much higher. This will make it difficult to achieve length.