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Why Does My Hair Flick Out at the Ends and How to Prevent It

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Unless you’re going for a mid-20th century-inspired look, flicked-out ends can easily drive you crazy.

If you’re not ready or willing to embrace your hair flicking or curling outwards, this article will teach you what causes your hair to curl outwards and how to prevent those flicked-out ends.

You’ll soon be able to part with your curled ends for a more flattering look.

Why Does My Hair Flick Out at the Ends? 9 Key Reasons

Your hair is likely to flick out at the ends due to nine primary reasons:

  1. Your ends are split
  2. Your hair is reacting to the climate
  3. Your hair is shoulder-length
  4. Your styling methods are problematic
  5. You’re going through hormonal changes
  6. Your hair is overprocessed
  7. You heat style often
  8. You have thin ends
  9. Your non-dominant hand is to blame.

The first step toward fixing flicked-out ends is to find out why it’s happening. You might be surprised to find out just how many factors contribute to this issue.

Read on to learn more about the 9 common reasons why your tresses won’t stay put.

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Your Ends Are Split

Less-than-healthy split-ends can be fickle, preferring to go their own way rather than cooperating. This makes split-ends naturally resistant to styling. Curly tresses are more likely to flick out as compared to other hair types, being that they’re naturally textured, dry, and easily damaged.  

Your Hair Is Reacting to the Climate

Your hair might be sensitive to the climate if you’ve noticed your ends start curling upward as the weather changes. For some, this means that humidity will cause their ends to flip. Excessive heat may be the catalyst for others.

Young African American female with an uneven natural curl pattern due to getting the wrong haircut.

Your Hair Is Shoulder-Length

Hair that hits right at the shoulders has a higher chance of flipping than longer or shorter hair. As you go about your days and your hair comes in contact with your shoulders and neck, the ends will gradually curl upward at the ends.

Your Styling Methods Are Problematic

The way you style your hair directly affects how it will lay. For instance, you could unintentionally flip out your hair with a round brush or by holding your flat iron at the wrong angle.

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You’re Going Through Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes are also to blame for flicked ends and unruly hair.

Menstruation

Depending on the time of the month, you could be in line for more bad hair days. During menstruation, hormonal variations can increase sebum production, resulting in oily hair.

Women who don’t consider Aunt Flow (and other potential hormonal imbalances) when styling their strands might be perplexed as to why their locks are suddenly becoming problematic.

Menopause

A woman’s hair texture also changes during menopause, and this can begin as early as her thirties, though it’s more common between forty and fifty-eight.

The hair will become more sensitive to heat styling, making it an easy target for damage. Unruly locks are not uncommon during this transition.

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Pregnancy

Limp hair is one of the adverse effects of pregnancy, resulting in floppy strands that tend to lay in strange patterns. While this change isn’t permanent, it can make styling more challenging. 

Your Hair Is Overprocessed

Coloring products used at home are often overly harsh and cause hair damage. Hair relaxers and perms also hurt your tresses and make them more prone to random curling. Even using too many products – or the wrong products – can contribute to flipped hair.

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You Heat Style Often

Damaged hair is the most likely to flip, and few things wreak havoc on your strands as heat styling does. Experiencing dry, brittle hair that refuses to cooperate? Your favorite straightener or curling iron might be to blame.

You Have Thin Ends

Hair ends may flare due to their wispy nature. And because they are the thinnest, they are often the most difficult to control. The more damaged your hair is, the higher the probability that thin ends are to blame for that flicked-out look. 

Black girl with a fresh cut who is worried about whether her hair will flick outwards.

Your Nondominant Hand Is to Blame

Many women overlook how their nondominant hand styles their dominant side.

Because styling with your dominant hand is easier, one side of your head could be getting preferential care. It may be a minor distinction, but it could explain why a part of your hair doesn’t curl or lie properly.

9 Techniques to Prevent Flicked Out Ends

The following solutions will help you avoid flipped ends for good. Keep in mind that because the causes vary, different techniques may be required for different people and situations. Use one or more of these techniques to keep your hair flip-free!

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Grow Out Your Hair

Ready to put flicked ends behind you? Grow your hair past your shoulders to avoid them altogether. Unruly ends are often straightened out by the weight distribution of longer locks. And even if a few flips do appear, they will be less obvious with long hair.

Chop Off Some Length

If you don’t want long tresses, a shorter style might be more appealing. The idea is to steer clear of the shoulders so that your ends don’t bend. A stylish bob or a cute pixie cut could do the trick.

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Opt for Some Layers

Layers can work with your natural curls or waves instead of fighting against them. It’s a clever way to incorporate flippy ends into your look. You can do this with both long and short hair.

Try a Leave-in Conditioner

Another way to tame your locks is to use a leave-in conditioner. This method will make your hair heavier and less prone to flipped ends.

Choose one that complements your natural hair type: for fine hair, go with a lightweight leave-in – for coarse hair, go with a mid to heavyweight leave-in.

African American female with longer hair than it appears - since it's curly instead of straight hair.

Reevaluate Your Product Stash

Examine the products you currently use to see if they are appropriate for your natural hair type. This small change can make a big difference in your hair’s health. Any products that dry your hair out or make it difficult to style should be thrown out. 

Cut Back on Heat Styling

While your favorite straightener may improve flicked-out ends temporarily, it is bound to cause long-term harm. If you use it often, even on the lowest setting, it might cause brittle hair.

So, save the straightener for special occasions and opt for healthier everyday styling solutions. We encourage you to opt for styles like twist-outs and braid-outs in between heat styling sessions to minimize how much heat you’re using on your hair.

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Air Dry Your Hair

Skip the blow dryer and allow your hair to air dry instead. Your locks will naturally fall into place and be less likely to flick out. In the long run, this will also make your hair softer and healthier.

Apply a Hair Serum to Your Ends

To prevent flippy ends, apply an oil-based serum to your strands. This will make them heavier while also protecting your locs from outside influences and moisture loss.

Choose a serum that contains natural ingredients that are beneficial to your hair, such as avocado oil and argan oil.

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Never Skip Your Heat Protectant

Heat protectants ensure your strands are protected against heat styling and sun exposure. Include this highly rated protectant spray in your regimen.

It’ll form a protective barrier between your hair, the elements, and styling equipment and promote stronger strands that are less likely to flip.

When to Contact a Professional

If none of the previous tips or techniques help you get rid of your flicked-out ends, it’s time to make an appointment with your local stylist.

They will do a consultation where they’ll examine your hair and give their expert opinion on how to get you out of this flippy situation. It can be a drag to go in to see a stylist, but it will be necessary in some cases.

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However, chances are you won’t need to go see a professional to fix your flicked-out ends, as the strategies and tips outlined in this article are bound to bring you better hair days.

Try these strategies at home to find out which ones work best for you. Be gentle with your flipping ends and have patience. Remember, every head of hair is unique – just like you are!