Post # 1
I’m growing my hair out for our wedding this summer, but I dyed it too much in the last year and my ends are soooo crunchy and crispy! I notice alot of little parts breaking off here and there I’ve tired all my go to stuff and nothing seems like it really hydrates my hair well.
I refuse to cut it though!
I do heat style, but I use protectors. Aside from that I also cut back on how much I wash my hair, I only wash it like once every 3 or 4 days (thank you dry shampoo and buns). So typically even if I blow dry and straighten it that’s only the first day.
Does anyone have any really great products for hydrating dead ends?
Post # 3
@Birdiebaby4: I would do some moroccan oil hair treatments but don’t overdo it because overdoing masks can damage your hair. Something about too much protein messes with it.
I will say this – your hair will look 100x better in photos if it’s a few inches shorter than some fried, frizzy ends. You might want to just bite the bullet, cut it now and keep your hair healthy. No heat styling until the wedding!
Post # 4
I agree about biting the bullet and just getting rid of the bad ends. I lost a lot of hair at the beginning of the year and the bottom few inches of my hair were straggly and sparse. When I cut them off, my hair looked 100% better even though it was shorter.
Post # 5
i agree with moroccan oil, but i also can not speak more highly of coconut oil!!!! not refined, the proper stuff, here its at the supermarket for $9 – its AMAZING. and not just for hair, but for skin rashes, under eyes, ecxema (spelling) basically everything, i LOVE it. cooking too obviously haha! so good for your hair!!
Post # 6
PP is right, a good haircut will make a huge difference. Spraying “It’s a 10” leave-in conditioner on my hair while wet and rubbing biosilk oil on the ends after blow-drying made the world of a difference when my hair was fried from bleach. I highly recommend both products, they aren’t drug store brands but are still affordable as a little goes a long way!
Post # 7
Stop straightening. I color frequently and my stylist said ABSOLUTELY NO to the straightening iron. I’m allowed to use the hot-air brush, which tames and relaxes my hair with some style, but less heat is involved.
Doing a moisturizing masque once a month is fine. And trim those split ends just a bit–your hair will be healthier in the long run.
Post # 8
Redken Extreme Anti-Snap. It’s brilliant!
Post # 9
@FleeSircus: @MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I get what you’re saying but it’s not quite to that point yet, basically it’s dry and I’m starting to get breakage but it’s not all that visible. I’ve actually got quite a few compliments on it in the last couple of weeks so I know it’s not at the point of no reutnr. Also my hair is super super thick and naturally pretty curly, plus it expands when it’s humid and we’re getting married in August :/ So basicaly short hair is awful on me, the longer the better because it weighs it down.
@Sugger_Lipps: Do you use bleach or go lighter? I color mine maybe once every 3 months but I’m naturally blonde but dye it darker and no oen’s ever mentioned this to me….typically I dye it all over once every three months and just touch up my root line once a month.
Post # 10
I agree with PP that you may want to bite the bullet and cut the dead ends. I’d say cut all of them because as they split they will move up the shaft and damage the rest of your hair but even if you just cut some it will make a big difference. You could cut a few inches and keep trimming as it grows if you’re worried about length. Also, if you want to improve the health of your hair I advise stopping altogether or greatly reducing the amount of heat you use on your hair before the wedding. Heat protectants are helpful but they don’t stop all damage and it’s kind of counter-intuitive to do the work to restore your hair health while simultaneously adding new damage.
Also I TOTALLY second @nearlymarriedlass: suggestion about coconut oil. I like the extra virgin, organic, unrefined (basically as minimally processed as possible) and studies say that kind is the best. You can get it from like Trader Joe’s or Amazon and it’s relatively inexpensive. It is literally amazing. It greatly improves the appearance and health of your hair. If you do a google search or look at some youtube videos you will see a lot of helpful information and how-to videos.
Post # 11
Even if you’re growing your hair out, you need to trim periodically. Split ends travel up the hair shaft over time, eventually causing your entire head to be one giant frizzy mess. Taking off half an inch every 4 months is not going to make you have “short” hair.
And the fact that you’re blow-drying and straightening with a flat iron every few days just makes it all the more important to trim.
Post # 12
Get a nice trim and lay off the heat products. I use Pureology’s Hydrate hydracure conditioner and it’s amazing.
Post # 13
I will forever swear by Lush’s R&B hair moisturizer.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
@Birdiebaby4: sorry, like PPs said, the damage is done and can’t technically be fixed. you really do need to trim it and majorly scale back on heat styling. also, don’t wash it every day. use a little dry shampoo for the between if you must.
my ends look frizzy when my hair is damaged. I like controlling it with The Body Shop Coconut Oil Hair Shine. it will smooth flyaways and is moisturizing (many styling products have alcohol in them and can be drying – be sure to read labels). I add it to just the ends of my hair after it’s dry.
what do you use to dye your hair? bleach, box dye, etc? salon? are you going darker or lighter? if you’re going darker and using a 2-part ammonia-and-peroxide type of dye, that might be overkill. there are tons of “deposit only” color methods available that are way less damaging and actually work better.