Hair Under The Microscope: Types Of Hair Ends Deconstructed

After years or even decades of mistreating your hair and dealing with the problems that came along with it, you finally have your eyes opened to healthy hair journyes and the possibilities that come along with them.

You spend 2 months solid learning almost all there is to know about hair, watching YouTube channels more than regular TV and following every hair blogger you can get a hold of.

You decide to go all militant with your regimen vowing never to go within 50 yards of a blow dryer or flat iron again and deep condition religiously.

A year later and your hair is thriving and you are retaining length like it’s going out of style but what’s this? Split ends???

My colorful storytelling notwithstanding, this is actually something that many women go through at some point or other in their hair journeys.

For decades, before information sharing became instantaneous many women of color both natural and relaxed followed the Caucasian version of hair care and as such we had it drilled into our heads that us that heat = split ends. But this is not strictly accurate.

What causes split ends?

While it is factually true that excessive heat usage does in fact cause splits ends, it is not the only cause.

Black hair is structurally different from other hair types having a flatter more oval cross-section as compared to Caucasian or Asian hair.

Our small diameter curls and coils added to the torsion twists that our strands create as they grow makes our hair relatively dry and fragile.

That is to say that even under perfect conditions, a very low manipulation or protective regimen, our hair will still experience more breakage than other hair types.

Now while we have shown over and over that this increased breakage won’t stop you having long healthy hair of your own but there is a little known consequence of this increased breakage. Split ends.

Split ends form when there has been damage to the hair fiber that causes the hair shaft to split into two or more sections. In spite of products on the market that would try to convince you otherwise, the only way to actually treat split ends permanently is to cut them off with a sharp pair of hair shears.

Delaying or just not cutting off split ends leads to further damage of the hair strands and even though the split is unlikely to travel all the way to the base of your hair shaft, they do have the potential to travel a few inches down your shaft. This weakens that portion of hair making it very likely to break off when next manipulated.

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About Alma


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com.I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too.My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com.I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too.My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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