As I opened my eyes on this day, my heart sunk right through to the back of my chest. I rose up to turn and lay on my side and I could feel my tears run down the side of my face into the pit of my ear. As I wiped them away more tears followed.
I was alone.
In 2007 I made a visit to see my mom. She hugged me and then looked at my face and said “Eww! What happened to your face? You look like a chocolate-chip cookie!”
I had scars all over my face with a combination of fresh pimples and abrasions from scratching along with a waxy build-up of dry skin around the edges of my front hairline that was very noticeable. While my mom is being so raw with how she feels about my face, In the back of my mind I’m thinking “really mom?” I didn’t know any other way to respond other than to laugh it off as if it didn’t bother me.
As my 12-year-old client walks into my private salon suite, her mother hands me a little white box. I look at her and say “What’s this?” She replies “Oh, it’s the relaxer I want to put on my daughter's hair.” I reply back to her in with a look of shock and disappointment because I dread having to tell her that I’m not gonna be applying this box perm on her daughter's hair today. [It ain't happenin’ captain] Now it’s very obvious that I’m thinking when I go silent for a brief moment because I’m trying to figure out how to relay the news.
Simply put, split ends or weakened areas along the hair shaft where the cuticle is breaking apart and the cortex of the hair is exposed.
PROBLEM: When the hair gets dry, brittle and is lacking in moisture, the hair strand naturally begins to crack, chip and unravel.
SOLUTION: The best way to get rid of split ends is to prevent new ones from occurring.