Greetings all! Last night I could not help it … I had to dust the back part of my hair. That problem area of my hair had a few broken ends and I said “Screw it!” and went to the freezer where I keep my shears and took about 1/4 inch off. I am at the end of my rope when it comes to these dry, frayed ends! I do everything I am supposed to do … I M&S in sections daily! I deep condition with heat most weeks. I co-wash. I try to avoid direct heat styling tools. I protective style 90% of the time. I am doing all the right things (or so I think), but I am not seeing the results that I want when it comes to healthier ends! Of course it is not the dry ends debacle of last year when I had a pile of dry ends on a sheet of paper, but still … I am ready for the day when I don’t have to worry about any of them snapping off. I know that may not be realistic … but I know I can do better than what I am doing now!
My ends are very porous, as I discovered in July. The longest parts of my hair are probably going on three years old and I definitely was not on a HHJ when they were in their young days … so now they are just beat up old ends with heat damage and little ability to retain moisture. I think I am going to try some remedies that I abandoned long ago (for reasons unknown … maybe I thought I had it figured out??) that will help pH balance my hair a bit more than the 4.5 pH of Roux Porosity Control.
My next wash (or co-wash) day, I think I will do a final rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar Rinses (ACV), which has a pH of 3. Starting this morning, I started misting my hair (paying close attention to my ends) with my water spritz, my Alterna moisturizer and a bit of Aloe Vera Juice (AVJ), which has a pH of 4 to 6 depending on the brand. It is apparent that I need products that are slightly more acidic to shut the cuticle and retain moisture because what I am doing now isn’t cutting it. I will update in a few days to let you know how my hair is doing!!!
Until next time!