Raise your hand if you are obsessively looking at your split ends all day long! I can’t see you, but I am sure many of you, wherever you are, did. That’s it! You take out the pair of scissors (if you normally carry them around) and kill the little b*tch.
The fact that there are different types of hair and different treating and styling routines, results in an infinite number of different kinds of split ends. Humbled by science? Yep.
Good news! There is a method to classify each type of split end in a specific group or category. One more reason to keep looking out for them and staring to see if you should cut it or not.
Here are the most common types of split ends you can find:
The Traditional or Basic
Easy to find, because it’s the most common one. It resembles a “Y” shape and it only splits into two. What this split is telling you: your hair needs nourishment, try The Hair Routine to nourish and replenish the hair shaft.
The Three-way split
It looks like a fork, and they are less common. As you may have guessed, these mean more damage. You could’ve probably avoided it by trimming your hair when you began finding those other two-way (Traditional or Basic) split ends. Use deep conditioning treatments at least once every 15 days, and trim when your hair starts to get thinner and unhealthy in the ends, or it could get worse. * FYI deep conditioning treatment requires you to mask your hair and let it sit for at least one hour. Pro tip: use a shower cap to retain warmth and moisture.
The most dreaded one of them all. We hate her, we fear her, and we cannot repair her. Personal advice: when you see ONE of these, get a trim and ask your hairdresser to remove all the damage (as painful as the end result might be).
I want to add an extra one (just because I can) to the list:
The Knot-ty one
This tends to happen when you have wavy or curly hair. The shaft gets tangled and it makes a little knot at the end that will end up breaking by itself at some point. I’ve seen these a few times in my lifetime, and now I know why they get there. Are they a sign of damage? No, not really. But if you have your available scissors at hand, cut it.
How to avoid split ends?
What to do:
- Treat your hair with hair masks.
- Follow a Hair Routine that is made for you.
- Stay hydrated and follow a healthy diet.
- Protect your hair if you style it.
- And most importantly: trim your hair before it starts to split!
’till next time,