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Split End Prevention- Pre-Pooing, Protein & Pruning

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Source: Tamullar (Long Hair Community)
by Shelli of Hairscapades

Did you know that there were this many kinds of split ends?!? Pretty nasty, right? Well, I can attest to the validity of this chart. Because, about 2 1/2 years ago, I saw just about every split end on it (except the white spots) in my own head of hair. It was bad y’all. I mean, baaaaaddddd! That’s when I took to carrying around purse scissors … so that I could take split ends to task at a moment’s notice, any time, any place (seriously, I was out of control)!

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But now, in 2013, the split ends are few and far in between and have been for quite a while. Let’s put it out there. I have fine strands. So,  I’ll probably always get split ends no matter how protective I am of my hair/ends (unlike my compatriots with strong, thick-strands ). But, now I generally only see the vanilla variety, single “split” end … and they tend to be far rarer and very small. No more nasty “feathers,” “trees,” “double Ys,” “incomplete splits” (I call those “needle hole splits!”), “ETCETERA, ETCETERA.” (“The King and I?!?” Anyone, anyone? Okay, moving along.)

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Anywho, as I was writing Fairytale v. Blunt Ends and discussing whether uneven, thinner ends can be healthy, I thought about my own hair. Although I have “fairytale” ends, when I examine my strands, they are mostly un-split and healthy in appearance. So, I thought about the techniques and products that I’ve incorporated into my regimen that are probably the most responsible for that. I came up with three things that I think help me keep splits under control:

Pre-pooing: Applying coconut oil, or a form of it (in my case Vatika Oil), to hair for an hour to overnight prior to washing reduces/prevents hygral fatigue and protein erosion that generally occur when washing hair. (For more on hygral fatigue, see this informative NaturallyCurly.com article).

Protein treatments/reconstructors: Protein treatments help to “patch” cracked, chipped or missing cuticle in damaged hair and “gaps” in porous hair. Protein, when used correctly, temporarily shores hair up against environmental and mechanical damage. (For more on protein, check out the great 2 part protein series on Natural Haven, which starts here.)

Pruning: Trim split and knotted ends that have already occurred to prevent collateral damage to healthy adjacent strands and as a prophylactic measure to prevent a cycle of breakage. You see, nothing can permanently fix/repair split ends. So, once you have them, you have to cut them off to get rid of them. There is a myth that, if left unchecked, split ends will travel all the way to the root of the hair. Yeah, have you ever seen that? I know that I haven’t (see above about having almost every split on the chart). What does happen is that a weakened, split hair will typically break somewhere around the split and leave a new split (because the hair doesn’t break off clean/blunt). So the new split forms and may spread until it also breaks. Then another split is left behind and so on and so on. Therefore, cutting off split ends periodically, through search and destroys (my method of choice) and/or periodic trims as needed (once every few months, twice a year or yearly, all depends on your hair), helps prevent a cycle of splits and breakage. (Tip: Make certain trimming scissors are created for that purpose, are sharp and are used for hair only or you can cause more harm than good!)

Ultimately, a lot of things contributed to a reduction in damage and split ends: weekly deep conditioning, gentle detangling, protective styling, etc. However, I think that incorporating pre-pooing, protein and pruning into my regimen are largely responsible for the significant reduction I’ve seen in split ends. And, a reduction in split ends and breakage has allowed me to retain length and grow my hair the longest it has ever been in my life. Don’t get me wrong, it ain’t perfect, but it seems to get better and better all of the time.

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Is your hair prone to split ends? What do you do to prevent/reduce splits?

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Queen Hustle V Presents Got Curl? Expo 2.0

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Queen Hustle V presents Got Curl? Expo 2.0 on Saturday, September 28th from 12-4pm. The event will be held at the African American Museum in Hempstead, New York.

Returning this year is Palmer’s & Eden Body Works, along with several curly hair specialists, celebrity stylists, vendors, artisans, and more.

Got Curl? carries products for women, children, and offers hair and beard care for men. Be sure to head out with the family to the African American Museum located at 110 North Fulton Ave., Hempstead, New York, 11550 on September 28th from 12-4pm.

*$5 general admission or $15 VIP admission*

*Kids under 12 FREE*

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Why Got Curl Expo?

“Welcome…and thank you for your interest in Got Curl Expo 2019! As a fellow Curly Girl and proud Momma of two big curl girls I can totally relate! Finding the best products and styling techniques that are optimal to manage our curly locks has been a challenge over the years. With the wide array of products and services that have come onto the market in the past 5 years we have more options than ever before. Yaaahhh!! Now you would think that managing our hair has become simpler…on the contrary! With more options it is up to the curly endowed to decipher which products and techniques are best suited for her/his specific curly hair type. It is from this need aroused my desire to bring this information to the public via product experts and curly stylists under one roof on one day at one fantastic event. We have also included the men with a special emphasis on products and services geared towards men’s grooming needs! How grand!!!!”Victoria Stanton

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Got Curl? Expo 2018 received positive press from several news outlets and totaled over 150 in attendance.

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Kim Chapman: Respect The Roots

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“In order for us to have longevity, we [must] continue to do what we are supposed to do – that we are always servicing people and not becoming a bigger conglomerate just to have money to show that I have money.”

A simple motivational motto legendary entrepreneur Mrs. Kimberly M. Chapman, best known to many as Kim, repeats daily as she weathers herself through the daily work schedule as an active phenomenal woman. Already recognized as a legend in the beauty industry, Kim looks to catapult herself to other avenues sharing the knowledge and wisdom she has obtained in hair care.

Black shoppers spent $473 million in total hair care. Since 2015, its been reported through Kim and Will’s creativity, smart business, and customer appreciation expanded the business into a multi-million dollar company. Although one of the most recognizable names in hair care, Kim has mentioned aspirations of being “the” face of hair care. She confessed, “For our products to be No. 1 in the world.”

Influencer, media correspondent, co-creator of Chapman Products, along with husband William P. Chapman, Kimberly M. Chapman is one of the great entrepreneurs and innovators. A Southern Wesley University graduate mother of two, Kim created Chapman Products Inc with well-established entities including Nairobi Professional, Congo Professional, Kerafena Natural Hair Smoothing System, Chapman Foundation Inc., and Sheen Magazine.

Transcending beyond beauty, Chapman has crafted a lucrative addition to her business. Publisher, Kim created various media-related additions to her company’s profile under the popular sub-division known as Sheen. Publication (Sheen Magazine), Podcast, (Sheen Talks), and original viral content securing both beneficial promotions and revenue stream. Through Sheen, Kim and company develop a lifestyle brand that tethers into everything outside of beauty, opening a dialogue to Chapman Products and the culture.

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Consistency, dedication, faith, love, Kim, along with husband, effortlessly deliver the ultimate beauty products in the industry using these infused traits. Always ahead, forward-thing trends, educational, Kim provides inspired individuals with the blueprint to achieve similar heights themselves through implications of a simple strong work ethical regiment. Enriched with constant growth, its undeniable Champan Products will remain the ultimate brand in beauty and media for generations to come.

Outside of the hair culture, Kim preaches the importance of education in the community through the Chapman Foundation. In 1999, she began providing scholarships to high school students, delivers school supplies and toys to the less fortunate, and much more. The Chapman Foundation, Inc. donates a minimum of $250,000 per year to students nationwide.

Brooklyn College professor Zinga Fraser reminds, “African women have a rich history in terms of the ways they adorn their hair.” U.S. having one of the most lucrative hair care markets in the world. Chapman Products is atop of a black culture’s 2.5 billion dollar hair industry thanks to the brand’s Nairobi haircare products.

Catch Kim Chapman Tuesdays on her celebrity talk show, “Sheen Talk Live” on YouTube.

For more on Kimberly M. Chapman, follow the legend on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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