The best books have the biggest words. Who uses strategem?! Sun Tzo does. For those of you who are like me, I googled it so you don’t have to. It means a plan or scheme, especially one used to outwit an opponent or achieve an end. Let’s outwit split ends.
I’m pretty sure a conversation between Sun Tzo and I would result in a lot of blank stares. He was dead serious about war. See what I did there? Pun intended. He said, ” In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy’s country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. It is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it.”
I’m pretty sure he said, “Don’t cut your hair.” As I write it, it seems a bit of a stretch, but seriously I see it. Do you? I don’t believe shattering and destroying your glory is not the way to save it. Are split ends annoying? Yes. But, I believe you can have a beautiful, growing mane of hair without “shattering and destroying.”
Hair is composed of three layers. The innermost layer is the medulla, then the cortex, and finally the cuticle. The cortex is created with proteins called keratin, that gives your hair it’s strength and texture, while the cuticle is dead cells overlapping each other. All the research I’ve done thus far, states, “The only thing that will get rid of split ends is a hair cut.” Dead hair. We are going to need a miracle! That’s okay though, I know a guy…
We have a saying at our church, “We pray about everything, because God can do anything.” I was told by a fellow saint and woman with natural hair when I first began my journey to pray about my hair. This is not just any woman, it is one whose hair has gone tail-bone length. It was her number one piece of advice. We didn’t talk about products, protective styling, nor hair tools, just prayer.
“If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him. If he is superior in strength, evade him. If he is secure at all points, be prepared for him…
The general who loses a battle makes but few calculations beforehand. Thus do many calculations lead to victory and few calculations to defeat: how much more no calculations at all! It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose.” -Sun Tzo
We have to prepare and plan for the split-end attack. I am so dramatic…I knooow, Mom you are right :)! There are a few things we can do to avoid future split-ends and damage from them.
1. Use a wide-tooth comb.
2. Use heat sparingly.
3. Treat your hair gently. #treatyoself
4. Increase your protein intake/products.
Although ironic, I will re-quote from earlier in this post, “The only thing that will get rid of split ends is a hair cut,” but I will leave you with this thought from the man who created online audio streaming,
“No one changed the world or an industry by doing what everybody else is doing.”
Check out the first post in this series here!