(Closed) Hair damage dillema.. totally bummed out. Split ends are really bad– advice?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I take the futurebiotics HSN vitamin, it’s the smallest and easiest on my stomach.  If you live near a vitamin shoppe, you can get 45 days’ worth for about 15 dollars.  GNC wants 18.  I’ve been taking HSN vitamins for a few years on and off.  I like Futurebiotics the best.  Natrol’s is good, but I haven’t been able to find it in a while.  

Just about every HSN vitamin is going to be a horsepill.  I think I noticed my nails seem stronger when I take them, but my hair and skin I don’t notice much difference. I have managed to grow my hair from chin-length to almost armpit length in maybe two years (not that it’s a feat, but I’ve got the type of hair that would rather break off than stay on my head).  But don’t forget, the vitamins are only going to work on the new growth.

I also make sure to use strenghtening conditioners/etc on my hair.  Have you checked to see if your hair is lacking protein/moisture?  Usually if it breaks too easily, it’s heavy on protein and if it stretches a lot, you need to cut back on the conditioner (I think I’ve got that right, google “strand test”).  I’m currently using the Tresemme anti-breakage conditioner.

How do you manage your hair at night?  That could also be causing troubles if you sleep on it weirdly.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Biotin vitamins I heard are good for your hair (and nails!)

I personally use Moroccan Oil and I’m telling you, it’s done wonders! No word of a lie, I haven’t cut my hair in almost a year…daily blow drying and flat ironing…and found maybe 2 split ends within that year.

You can totally feel the difference with the first application. You just get a dime size amount and spread it on your damp hair.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

You can’t ‘cure’ split ends.  it’s like curing a broken nail.  You can make it look better by using a silkening cream (like Biosilk or Moroccan Oil) to make them less noticeable or a mask (k-pak is good or I personally use straight coconut oil put a shower cap over my head and hit it with a hairdryer) which will help your hair in the future and impart moisture, but once you have a split, you can only fix it by cutting it off.  I’ve been trying to grow my hair out too.  It just never grows.  What I would do is cut it so it is healthy, otherwise it’s going to start breaking more and it’s going to just look bad in general.  Then, you have two options.  You can get clip-on extensions so it appears that your hair is the length you want it on your day, or you can just hope it grows and take the vitamin Biotin, which really does help your hair grow stronger (and my nails grow like weeds too). Once your hair is damaged, it’s damaged though.  One negative of your hair not being ‘alive’.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

use lotion or baby oil…any lotion will do…your hair needs moisture…it does wonders for mine!!!

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ananeele:  I have to agree, there is no “cure” for split ends other than getting trims which you should do anyway. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I haven’t tried those vitamins, but have noticed a difference since takng prenatal vitamins in my hair and nail strength…so I think it would be worth it for you to try them!  They won’t fix the damage already done, but will help strengthen new growth.

Do you blow dry or flat iron your hair daily?  I used to, and have found that taking a few days off in between styling with heat has reduced some of my breakage.  Try to find a way to wear your hair wavy or naturally curly that doesn’t involve heat, or go for a loose bun at the nape of your neck on “normal” days when you aren’t dressed to the “9’s.”

If you do heat style, try some spray that is specially designed to reduce heat damage.  I use L’Oreal (can’t remember exactly what it is called right now….sorry!) and I also use a deep conditioner twice a week for split ends at bay (Absolut Repair Cellular Mask).  Try to take a break from coloring your hair for a bit (at least up until closer to the wedding), and I found out the hard way…DON’T use the product “Sun-In” if you ever have!!  Destroys your hair really badly!!! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Also, buy a silk pillowcase.  Less stress and pulling on your hair.

 

And a big reason that prenatal and hair, skin, and nail vitamins work is because of the Biotin in them.  It’s gelatin (like Jello).  The nice thing about Biotin is that they are small.  I use the Sundown Naturals -they’re small and they’re inexpensive.  Usually BOGO at CVS.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@ananeele:  Good point!! 

I also just remembered, watch how often you wear ponytails that sit high on your head.  I would frequently do this, and since I had long, damaged hair…well, it weighs a lot and would break off halfway down the shaft near where the hairband would sit.  Make sure your hairbands are coated so there aren’t metal pieces that can catch on your hair either.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

There is no cure for spilt ends. The only way to stop them from splitting further is to cut a hair cut, and get rid of the splits. All of the things PP’s mentioned will prevent splitting, once you have the existing splits eliminated.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I didn’t read all the comments, so sorry if this is a duplicate, but there is no way to get ‘rid’ of split ends other than cutting them off. Your hair is like a rope and once it begins to ‘fraw’ the only way to stop it is to cut the frayed end off. There are ways you can smooth the cuticle enough to not look dry and damaged, but it won’t repair what’s already there.

That being said, my hair was so fried from colorings and heat styling, but it was short so there wasn’t much to cut off. I started coloring less, brusing more (AFTER it’s dry,) limiting the heat syling, and using better quality products while trying to grow out the short cut. I personally don’t like most serums as I feel like they make my hair feel MORE dry after I have washed the serum out, but I have fallen in love with Aveda’s Elements Smoothing Fluid (like a serum) and their Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment (deep conditioner.) I deep condition once a week and only wash my hair about 3x a week to give the natural oils time to work their way down the hair shaft. (I alternate using a moisturizing shampoo and a clarifying one and I use a moisturizing conditioner.) I put the fluid in my hair before I dry it (sometimes with heat, sometimes without,) and my hair looks so much better now.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I haven’t noticed a major difference with my hair on my body growing, but I shave every day.  My nails are crazy though.  I have to cut them weekly or I can’t even hold a pen properly without stabbing myself with my nail.

 

And, yes you can use castor oil.  Coconut, olive, tea tree, almond, almost all natural oils are good.  In India, women give themselves a head massage with oils before they get in the shower, and look how thick and beautiful their hair is!

And I’m not ashamed to admit this.  I use a scrunchy.  Not those god awful ones from the 80’s, but I don’t use bands even if they have no metal.  My hair was breaking off in the middle of my head.  I haven’t had a breakage problem since. 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree with PPs, it’s really trying to find a masking type of product, but cutting them off is best. It’d be best to do it now and give yourself the 6 months to get about 3 inches of healthy growth back.

I haven’t done any meds/pills for hair growth, but my keys for keeping it from splitting are: silk pillow case, hair-friendly hair ties (no metal, coated), braid it or a high bun at night so it doesn’t tangle up/get knotty, no heat styling or blow drying, and shampoo only the scalp area of your hair, and condition only the ponytail part. Keeps the ends from drying out and keeps extra oil from producing on your crown..then you’d wash more, it’d dry more, etc,etc. 

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