My hair is pretty normal (naturally wavy and medium-long), but in order to protect my normal-looking hair, I still have to go through a hair care routine--especially if I plan to straighten my hair that day. Straightening your hair can help it look smooth and shiny, but at the same time it can really wreak havoc on the ends of your hair. Actually, any time you apply heat to your hair, it is damaging because the heat makes the natural moisture and oils evaporate, thereby causing those split ends.
Also, just the way you brush your hair can either help it or hurt it: brush your tips first so you don't make more split ends, and then work your way up to brush from top to bottom. If you first brush from top to bottom in one stroke, you will stretch out your tangles and then you will have even more split ends. Also, try not to use hair care products that contain SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate). This stuff makes shampoos bubbly, but it also causes split ends. So many things to watch out for!
Well, if I want to give my hair some help, after I shower I wait for my hair to dry and then I use Garnier Fructis' Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk. It smells sooo good, and it helps my hair avoid getting frizzy or static-y. Then, if I am straightening my hair that day, I would put some of Fantasia's Heat Protector Straightening Serum through my hair, along with Herbal Essences' Long Term Relationship Leave-In Split End Protector for Long Hair on the ends of my hair. Better safe than sorry! Then after straightening my hair, I spritz Garnier Fructis' Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray all over and brush my hair.
I know it sounds complicated because my hair care routine has a lot of steps, but normally, I do not blow-dry or straighten my hair because of the damage it causes, and I believe this is why my hair is pretty healthy. I think it's best to air-dry and in general, just leave it alone. I used to use higher-end products on my hair, but I would go through them too fast to justify spending that much on those products. All of the products I use (except the Fantasia product) are available at Wal-Mart for a few bucks each, and the Fantasia product I got at Sally's Beauty Supply for I think $7.99. They are shown below if you are interested in picking them up from the store.
Thanks for visiting my blog, and good luck with your hair care!