A Tail of Split Ends | Tips for Healthy Hair Care
Swimming competitively for ten years throughout childhood exposed my hair early on to high levels of chlorine and blow drying. Many mornings to save time after practice and before school, I pulled my wet hair back with fasteners, which caused even further damage. Add in the years of chemically relaxing, attempts at highlights and living in a highly mineralized German water system, and my hair has left me with an unraveling tail of split ends.
Although it was tough on my father's wallet, my mother was actually very good about taking me and my three sisters to the hair salon routinely as children. However, after I left home, the busy life of academia, work, and parenting has taken its own toll on my already damaged hair. It's definitely time to make a change and stand up for new growth.
In an effort to try to recover my split ends, I've asked healthy hair styling expert, Michelle-Nichole for some hair care and styling tips. Based in my native Philadelphia, Michelle-Nichole styles clients fabulous in her Bounc'n & Behaving Hair Studio and has worked with celebrities including Chrisette Michele and Teyana Taylor as well as Dom Streater, winner of Project Runway. Her work has also been showcased in countless publications including Vogue Italia and Coiffure Magazine. Follow Michellle-Nichole on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Here are a few hair care tips from the Hair Artist:
The key is to make sure hair is properly moisturized. When hair is dry it can cause breakage and split ends which can become detrimental to the health of your hair. She recommends the following regimen to maintain a healthy mane:
- Keracare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo (Sulfate-Free)
- Keracare Humecto® Creme Conditioner. Use weekly for best results.
- Keracare Intensive Restorative Masque
- It's a 10 Miracle Leave in Conditioner. This can also be used as a heat protector.
- Chi Royal Treatment Pearl Complex. Apply to ends as needed for more moisture.
- To prevent split ends:
- Ends should be trimmed by a professional EVERY 8 weeks. After the initial cut, trims should only be a light dusting to prevent split ends.
- Heat should be used at a minimum (no more than once a week). Always apply heat protector beforehand.
- Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase or wear a scarf/bonnet. never cotton, It robs your hair of its moisture.
I'm definitely ready for some hair therapy. I'll put Michelle-Nichole's tips to use and follow-up with you guys soon! Happy Hair Days!