Split ends are the bane of my life, and I usually manage to keep them to a minimum, but this week I am getting a trim for the first time in years. To grow long hair, you need to look after the ends of your hair even more so thank your scalp. Your ends are the oldest parts of your hair and the most fragile hence why they split but they are the key to retaining your length. Everyone, myself included has struggled with split ends since being the most fragile, they are the most susceptible to breakage. However, we may not all have the same type of split ends, different types of split ends can occur for many different reasons so I’m going to show you the differences and how you can deal with them. For me having a trim is a bit of a last resort, I’ve not cut my hair in years. Whether this will work for you or not, I’m not sure but you don’t have to go straight for the scissors there are other ways you can keep split ends at bay.
Types of Split Ends
There are approximately 16 types of split ends, but here I have summarised the 6 most common types. Knowing which one, or ones you have, will help you to understand what’s going on with your hair and what you can do to fix it. I am going to list the main features and causes.
Type 1. The Basic Split
Features – The classic split where the end of the hair is split in half.
Causes – It is the result of dryness and friction so indicates your hair needs extra moisture.
Type 2. Fork in the Road
Features – A triple split in the end of the hair.
Causes – A weakened cuticle layer causes the cuticle to peel away from a strong cortex.
Type 3. The Knot
Features – Single strands of hair that have small knots.
Causes – This is common among people with curly locks as the hairs get tangled and tie themselves into knots – which can lead to breakage when brushing. You’ll have to be extra-careful when brushing to prevent this from happening – and ensure you always condition after shampooing.
Type 4. The Tree
Features – Multiple feathery splits at the end or along the hair.
Causes – Caused by damage on one side of the hair shaft, usually from sun damage or frequently brushing the hair into a ponytail.
Type 5. The Candle
Features – This is when the end of the hair has thined as the cuticle has pealed away.
Causes – You’ll notice the cuticle has started to peel away, this is typically caused by chemical damage.
Type 6. The Mini
Features – A smaller version of a basic split.
Causes – The beginning of a normal split end, it will worsen if not addressed immediately.
How To Fix and Prevent Them
The first preventative measure is reducing heat. This can cause damage by drying out your hair causing your fragile ends to split and break. I’m not going to say I don’t hit full blast on the hair dryer once in a while when I’m in a rush, but I do try and minimise how much I attack my hair with heat. Instead, I use heat like steam etc when I deep condition my hair. As this will help my deep conditioner to really nourish my hair.
- Hair Treatments
Not only is this prevention, but it can also be the cure. Hair treatments can help to heal your split ends and stop them from occurring. One of the products I’ve seen flying around on Instagram is the Shea Moisture ‘Hydrate and Repair Split end Balm’ and there are various other product ranges out their dedicated to repairing hair damage and split ends.
- Protective Styling
One of the best ways to prevent your split ends from growing is protective styling. This helps to keep all your hair together and also locks in moisture. Try to keep your hair in a protective style for as long as possible – the less stress on your hair the better. Some naturals choose to wear their hair in plaits, cornrows, braids, weaves and wigs and all are great ways of protecting your hair. Just remember to make sure it isn’t too tight, keep your scalp clean and don’t neglect it just because it’s in a protective style it still needs moisturising. Get creative with different protective styles there are thousands of videos to choose from on YouTube.
- Cut It
Sometimes you just need to cut it. Plain and simple. If you are noticing that you keep getting split ends and none of these steps are working for you it is time to give it up and have a trim. One thing that I feel is really important is that you don’t go crazy with it because I know some people who trim their hair every week. Cutting your hair will NOT make it grow, it is a lie. Keeping your hair healthy will make it grow. So, when you need to find someone you trust to take the hair scissors to your head and trim of those split ends.
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