Hair Ends Curl Up

I air dry my hair most days, and my hair is somewhere between straight and wavy. My hair is manageable, except for the ends. They tend to curl up, while the rest of my hair falls nicely. I'm wondering what might be causing this. My hair is shoulder length, color treated (highlights), and I use a leave in serum containing some silicones and oils. I wrap my hair up in a turban style towel for a while before taking it down to detangle with a wide tooth comb. At this point, I add the serum. Any ideas as to why my ends curl up?


  • Not sure but if the ends of the hair have experienced a split end and breakage from being pulled during brushing and combing, that can cause the structure of the hair to twist and curl.
  • edited May 2017
    I pretty much have this as well. I have a haircut similar to Mr. Lynch in my avatar and just the ends have a dramatic wave to them. I've found the best non-heat option is to comb when it is 80% dry and spray it with a hairspray that doesn't have water as an ingredient. Seems to keep it a bit more in-check without the heaviness of gels, clays, and the like. I find things like serums, oils, and any kind of "moisture" or water heavy products just intensifies the wave/curl.
  • I'll definitely try combing and hairspray after, thank you! Do you have any recommendations for a spray? I'm trying to find one with lightweight hold, adds shine, and that isn't crunchy. I generally dislike the feeling of products in my hair which is why I tend to go for lightweight serums. They make my hair feel like my regular hair, just softer, shinier and more polished. I've tried leave ins and creams but they all leave an unpleasant residue. Creams seem to enhance my waves more, maybe since they have more hold...? I'm going for a cut next week so I'll let you know if my ends seem better. I have a one length cut, but I have face framing in the front (not really layers, more like long angled bangs). My stylist uses thinning shears to take weight out of the ends. It gives a better shape and less frizz. I wonder if that adds to the curl factor though. Does your stylist point cut your ends/use thinning shears?
  • edited May 2017
    So I scrunch my hair in a towel to get it as dry as I can then I finish the rest of my routine, comb, and spray. I use L'oreal Lock it Bold spray. It is strong, but if you keep the bottle 10-12" from your head and use very little I think you will be ok. I find that after 30 minutes or so raking my hand through my hair breaks the scrunchiness of the spray while keeping the style in check. I find that this spray has the best humidity resistant properties of the ones I have tried. I think if you don't need too much hold, Oribe's Dry texturizing spray is a good choice as well as Living Proof's Dry Volume Blast. For a long time I was against thinning sheers because I like my thick hair, but my stylist convinced me. He does use thinning sheers on my hair now, but doesn't point cut. I think having some strands that are shorter than others makes the waves much more manageable. For what it is worth, I have not has success with point cutting, or any kind of razor work on my hair. It seems that looks best with people who need more volume, not less.
  • I agree, thinning shears and razors add a nice texture to the hair. I only have it on the ends. She cuts into the ends vertically with the thinning shears, just to break up the blunt line, since my hair is mostly one length. I can't deal with any kind of layering or adding of texture. It gives me too much volume and I end up having to style it everyday for it to look presentable. Do you use thinning shears on the interior of your cut? I know it's supposed to take away unwanted volume. Still, I worry that it will cause more volume as the hair starts to grow out. If not, I'd definitely try it. I love Oribe's I just wish it wasn't so expensive! I'll definitely look out for Loreal's
  • edited May 2017
    As an FYI, the Oribe Dry blast and Living Proof Dry spray are very different than the L'Oreal. The L'Oreal is a typical hairspray that is much stronger. Like I mentioned it will dry with a bit of a crunch, but just running your hand through your hair will break that and it will feel more natural. I actually got a haircut yesterday and watched what he did. No vertical cutting or anything, he essentially took the top of my hair and with thinning shears cut once midway between my scalp and hair ends and then once more 1/3 of the way between the ends and my head. I don't think this will create more volume as my hair grows out. I think a lot of the volume is literally because of the waves. Wavy hair creates more space in between the strands because they don't lay completely flat. If you limit the amount of wavy strands, in our case towards the ends of the hair then you will have less strands creating space between each other. Does that make any sort of sense?
  • Yes, I see what you're saying. I just worry that when the thinned hair grows back, it almost turns into an interior "layer." I generally stay away from layers since I have plenty of volume. It's strange, the back of my hair is almost stick straight and "baby fine." The front sections on either side of my part, towards my face, are straight to wavy. Maybe I'll try the thinning shears there. My stylist has asked if I would want to try it. Do you think it makes a significant difference?
  • I guess it depends on what you're trying to accomplish. I find that it definitely makes my hair lay a bit flatter, but it certainly makes the wave easier to manage with styling products. Most stylists have different thinning sheers that take different amounts out. Maybe ask for the one that takes the least out and try that out first. Question for @RandyS that might provide some input on hairspray... So when I spray my hair with hairspray and let it dry for 10 minutes or whatever and I rake my hand through my hair to break some of the crunchiness I can feel my hair making a sound that I can only describe as "breaking". I was worried that my hair actually was breaking until I saw this article: Is this just the sound of the polymers "ungluing" or am I actually causing breakage by doing this? What's your take?
  • I always have wondered the same! I use hairspray on a spoolie brush to tame "baby hairs" or "flyaways" whenever I wear my hair up. It makes a film that definitely causes a stiff, draggy feeling and an audible crunch. By the way, Patrick, I grabbed a travel size of Wella Shine Spray and I love it...I think you might too. It's an aerosol hairspray and shine spray in one. It makes my hair feel so soft and it gives a nice texture and hold without crunch/stiffness. I use it on the lengths/ends. But for a strong hold, I usually stick with Sebastian Shaper or Tresemme Tres Two.
  • Thanks for the info! I prefer a more matte look to be honest. Tres Two I have used, but honestly the L'Oreal despite having the same ingredients I find works better and I don't have to use as much.
  • Just a friendly poke to @RandyS on the crunchy, snappy question from above! :)
  • I'm not sure I understand the question but if you're asking if that sound is caused by the polymer film breaking rather than your hair, then the answer is yes.
  • Yup, that was the question. My guess was that the hair strands are stronger than any hair polymer could be so the snapping isn't actually damaging the hair.
  • You got it.
  • Update: It seems that my leave in might be causing this. I use serums, but I notice that serums with oil tend to make my ends curl up.
  • For sure, any oil-heavy products definitely make my hair curl more. It is odd for some, but drier hair is better for me!
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