We may spend quite a big portion of our lives splitting hairs over the most trivial of matters, but the issue of split ends is certainly not inconsequential. Observing the different types of split ends you’re experiencing can help you determine what your hair needs, and by keeping these in check will help achieve your hair length and texture goals.
The Mini Split
Try to look out for these as often as you can, as they’re usually the start of traditional splits. They’re nothing major of course, but if you can, try to get them trimmed before allowing them to worsen. Nip them in the bud!
The Basic Split
This is the most common of split ends. They’re usually due to dryness, everyday wear and tear, and a lack of nourishment. So, stock up on a good quality healing conditioner and try to incorporate foods such as walnuts and avocados into your diet.
The Fork in the Road
This is a clear indication that your hair’s calling for aid. The damage is slightly severe as it’s reached the inside of the hair shaft. Invest in more frequent trims throughout the year and treat yourself to a deep conditioning hair mask every weekend or so.
The Incomplete Split
This is where the hair shaft is weakened at a particular point through excessive styling, but doesn’t manage to separate entirely. This is often the result of harsh products or excessive heating. Try to switch to more gentle shampoos and sprays, and give your hair a break from the straighteners a few times a week.
Curly hair often falls victim to this form of damage. However, hair exposed to strong winds and stormy weather leads to these, and can eventually cause the cortex to break off entirely, especially after vigorous brushing. Go gentle through your hair with a good de-tangler, and try to keep your hair covered in the wind.