So I hadn't trimmed my hair in a long while, I usually flat iron it to trim it, but I wanted to see if it was possible to trim without straightening, not because I am scared of heat, but because I am too lazy to spend three hours doing it, plus whenever I straighten my hair, it summons the rain gods to ensure it will only stay straight for 30 minutes.
So I did a split end search. I grabbed each curl and inspected for split ends, if I saw some I trimmed them, just a bit, if I didn't I still trimmed just a bit so my hair wouldn't be too uneven, of course it is hard to tell when your hair is curly how even or uneven it actually is. As a safety precaution, I decided after my trimming the other day to do a split end repair recipe I got out of my favorite natural hair care book, Mixed Up by Ayesha Fleary aka Najahface. Note, there is no way to fix split ends other than trimming them off, but this is good for deep conditioning the hair. Of course I didn't follow the instructions to a tee, but hey, I don't think my alterations really mattered.
I used some regular clover honey (yeah I know not vegan), some olive oil, and palm kernel oil (this was not in the recipe, it called for Rosemary Oil, I didn't have any, so I figured this palm kernel oil couldn't hurt to add for extra moisture) and heated it up.
I then went into the shower to saturate my hair with water and applied the mix and then wrapped my head in a warm towel for 30 minutes. I washed my hair as usual, then conditioned and detangled, rinsed out my conditioner and did a vinegar rinse.
For the vinegar rinse: It called for apple cider vinegar, but all I had was plain old white vinegar, and upon searching the internet I learned it could be used in my hair, even though apple cider vinegar is preferred. I mixed a tablespoon of vinegar with a cup or cup and a half of cold water and after rinsing the conditioner out of my hair, I applied and massaged my scalp as well as ran it through my hair. I then rinsed again.
I then applied my conditioner again (as I use it as my leave in) and styled as usual (aka the wash and go).
I will give you the results of this when this dries, but my hair looks great wet.
Even if it doesn't cure split ends, this mix will make a great deep conditioner I could use monthly in lieu of a hot oil treatment.