Yes, the origin of each split end may be the same – weather and damage – but this does not mean that each hair does not have its own story to tell. On average, women spend 1.5 years caring for and styling their hair with their own combination of brushing, washing, coloring, straightening, etc. From a scientific perspective, there are a huge number of combinations of split tip types, and each of them can say something about you. Are you intrigued about how yours are? Keep reading!
This type of tip is probably the most common and is an example of early splitting. In these cases, the cortical cells are still largely together, but large sections are beginning to separate.
What they say about you: Your hair needs more nutrition, and it’s not too late to do it! Use a treatment that helps seal and heal your ends.
Like the basic split, the mini is very common and is an example of early split development.
What a hundred of you: Once again, your tips are thirsty but it is still time to repair them. Seal them and heal them before it’s too late.
These are slightly less common than the basic or mini split, and are an example of increased hair fiber damage. The fork shows more extensive damage and a major break or split.
What it says about you: Your hair needs deeper conditioners and masks, as well as a couple more trims a year.
The tree shows an example that more damage has occurred on one side of the fiber than the other and as a result many “branches” of cortical cells begin to separate.
What it says about you: You need an appointment with your hairdresser as soon as possible. After that cut, use products that protect hair from extreme weather conditions (look for products that contain the ingredient OFPMA).
The candlestick is an example of a significant loss of the outer cuticle without splitting, but it is highly susceptible to it occurring at any minute.
What it says about you: You need a cut! But in the meantime, use a split-end treatment like a nourishing essential oil to help control previous damage.
The knots in each hair are self explanatory. Curly hairs have this problem where the curler curls and tangles making its own knot. This will usually cause your hair to break at the point of the knot when you style it.
What it says about you: If you have curly hair, you have to be very careful when brushing in order not to cause another break.