This question comes to us from @curiouscoils (how appropriate!) on Instagram.
Our resident natural hair care professional Simeko Watkins-Hartley answers…
How do I soften my ends?
Answer: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Usually, when the ends tend to be harder or rougher than the rest of your hair, it may be due to lack of moisture. The ends are the oldest part of the hair and tend to hang out furthest away from the scalp, so they may dry out faster, leaving a hard, brittle feel.
Here are some steps you can take to whip those ends back into shape:
1. When cleansing your hair, use a moisturizing shampoo and luke-warm or cool water to rinse
Moisturizing shampoos are usually pH balanced and generally have ingredients that will lubricate the hair, making it soft. Cool water helps to seal the cuticles which aids in making the hair smoother and shinier.
2. Treat your hair to an Acid Rinse/Treatment
These treatments usually help to balance the hair’s pH levels and soften the hair. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse and Coconut Milk treatments are two that can be used.
Emollients generally describe ingredients that soften the skin/ hair and work by increasing its ability to retain water. Some examples of natural emollients are coconut oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, castor Oil, and extra virgin olive oil. And yes… most, if not all, you can find right in your kitchen cabinet!
If you have tried one or more of these steps and your ends are still rough and brittle…
Don’t Panic…..Be Patient! Continue to nurture those ends and love them like they’ve never been loved before and in time, they will get better!
Owner & Creative Director of Meko, New York Natural Hair Care Spa & Boutique
Disclaimer: This information serves as a guide to inform, inspire and encourage women, like myself, to regain and maintain their healthiest hair possible.