I'm researching some good info on taking care of your ends... I'm quite concerned about mine..hummph.
Baggying- I think i'm gonna start adding this to my wash regimen. starting..tonight. :)
Also, i'm trying to decide whether to avoid trimming or not...
Specific Reasons to Trim Long Hair
Sometimes, long hair gets damaged by environmental conditions, or specific styling
requirements. The results can be severe in the long term. The best way to tell if this is a
problem for you is to look at your hair when it's down and examine the density of the
hair both at the scalp area and the ends. Does your hair seem to "thin out" the longer
it gets? Do you have a lot of split ends? Does it get frizzy and frayed looking at the
A friend of mine is a man who has been wearing his hair long for nearly ten years
now. He's a computer professional and motorcyclist. For him, his long hair (worn in a
ponytail for work and riding) is a matter of personality. He calls it his "tribute to counter-
culture). The trouble is, wearing it in an elastic band for 18-20 hours a day and in wind
and traffic has caused his hair to break off at about half its desired length. His hair
becomes very sparse at the ends and not at all what he wants it to be.
It took a lot of convincing, but finally, I made him agree to let me work with him on
trimming away the damaged ends. The first cut was the hardest for him. We had to lose
about 4 inches from the overall length. However, in the last year, with careful trimming
(and teaching him how to care for his hair properly) he now has hair a little longer than
when we began, and it is shiny, smooth and healthy-looking.
There is also the issue of split-ends - a common problem with longer hair. Split-ends
can be treated with protein rich conditioners to strengthen the hair, and with anti-frizz
serums that coat the hair and bind the ends back together temporarily. But sometimes,
trimming is necessary to remove these splits before they get worse.
With long, blunt-cut hair, trimming the ends of the hair is a simple matter of
following the established line and removing the damaged ends. Yet with long-layered
hairstyles, there is an alternative that works especially well.
Brush out the hair to remove any tangles and section the hair in to workable
divisions. Use clips to hold the hair you aren't working with out of your way. Divide the
section you're working with into approximately two-inch segments and twist the hair along
the length. You'll notice that the layered ends (and the split ends) will stick out from the
twist. Following the line of the twist, carefully snip off the split ends along the length of
the segment. Do this with all the segments of the section you're working on, and move to
a new section.
The result will be a smoother, healthier-looking style, with no loss of length or
potential change in the style.