Posted on June 22 2016
7 Different Types of Split Ends
Unhealthy hair is a drag, but knowing why your hair is unhealthy could potentially save you a lot of trouble in identifying a solution to rebirthing your hair. According to Marie
Claire, a women spend 1.5 years doing their hair via brushing, washing, colouring, blow drying, flat ironing and curling. I am totally not surprise... I spend a good 15 minutes on my hair every single morning. And at the end of the day, it's definitely overwhelming, when it comes to split ends and how to get rid of it. This blog post will go through a few of the most common split ends you will find. I will also explain what the specific type of split end means. (Image: https://www.pinterest.com/emmaa0842/split-end-treatment/)
The Basic Y
- The Y split is the most common type of split end you will find. This is the early stage of split ends. This type of split ends calls for more nourishment for your hair. Since it is still the early stage of the split development there is still time to heal it. Try using treatment that gives more nourishment for your hair, it will help seal the split end. Living Proof has a product called Perfect Hair Day Fresh Cut Split End Mender which specifically helps with problems like such.
The Mini/Baby Split
- This is very similar to the basic Y split and it is also very common. The difference between the mini and the basic, is that the tear is a lot smaller. Similar to what I mentioned previously, there is still time to nourish and heal it.
The Fork Split
- This is when the split is in more than two directions. This is when the basic split end begins to get a bit more complicated. The fork split is when the hair is more damaged and there is a more widespread of the splitting. Something like this requires the attention of a deep conditioning mask treatment. A good trim would definitely also get rid of a few of these fork splits.
The Thinning Split
- The thinning split looks a bit like a candle - at the tip of your hair, it is very thin. This means that there is a loss of the outer cuticle and that a split could happen anytime. This is the stage before the basic Y. It best to get a trim to get rid of the splits, but a nourish treatment could help too.
The Thickening Split
- The opposite of thinning is thickening. This is where the ends are still intact but the actual texture of the hair is beginning to change.I am not too familiar with the thickening split because it has not happened to me before. But as explained on http://www.howtomakeyourhairgrowfastertips.com/, thickening split ends means that there is a hormonal imbalances and certain medication could cause the texture change along the hair shaft. I would say this is a bit of an uncommon type of split ends. If you do notice it in your hair, perhaps talking to your doctor in regards to changing up medication could help resolve it.
- This is the one I get the most. When you use too much heat products on your hair it will create a wrinkle effect on the tip of your hair strands. This means that your hair is dry and damaged. One way to cut down on the crinkle splits is to stop using so many heated products. But sometimes we can’t avoid it – in that case you a protective spray that seals the hair before using heated tools.
The Knot Split
- A problem common among curly-haired girls, the knot isn’t a split end, but it can lead to more tangles. My hair is super straight so I don’t ever come across this problem, but I have a few friends who can definitely vouch for this. It is a result of dry, physical manipulation and harsh winds.