Your hair tips are the oldest section of hair and therefore the most vulnerable to breakage, split ends and fraying. To stop this from happening you need to give the tips extra moisture. Even when your hair is in braids or twists hydrate the ends at least every other day with a hair cream or a leave-in conditioner.
New growth is much less vulnerable to dryness because sebum (the oil naturally produced by the scalp) can travel part of the way up the hair shaft. In addition, new growth is stronger and more resistant and protected from the elements.
In contrast, hair ends are more exposed and the kinks, curls and coils of natural black hair make it difficult for sebum to travel all the way to the tips. Here are some solutions:
Although new growth is less vulnerable, I personally encourage my hair to grow by massaging our essential oil infused hair oil, Neno Natural's Hair Growth Stimulator, into the scalp.
Even if you have braids with extra hair/mesh attached, treat the plaits as though they were your hair by spritzing daily and applying a leave-in condition conditioner, oil and cream regularly. Your ends will thank you by not breaking off!
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