what-causes-split-endsWhat causes split ends? The answer isn’t as simple as you may think.

There are many different types of split ends and all of them are created by different types of damage.

If you’re worried that your hair is very damaged then you may want to start by taking my quiz: How Damaged is My Hair?

Sometimes split ends just happen from everyday wear and you just need a haircut. Having split ends does not always mean that your hair has been neglected. Everyone needs regular haircuts to take care of split ends and keep their hair looking healthy!

This post is from Ogle School…it explains the different types of splits and what causes split ends! If you’re not sure what type of split ends you have please leave a comment below and I’ll gladly help you figure out your hair.

What Causes Split Ends?

Between washing, drying, and styling, the average woman spends 240 hours a year, that’s a whole 10 days, working on her hair. And yet, despite all this time spent primping, many of us still face the annoying reality of split ends.

Split ends aren’t just irritating, they’re a giant sign from your hair that something’s wrong and that you need to fix things fast. There are a large variety in types of split ends, but today we’re going to cover the four most common ones: double splits, partial splits, tree splits, and fork splits.

The Double Split


The double split is the most common and arguably most recognizable of all the splits. These come about when the cuticle of the hair is worn or damaged, exposing the cortical cells underneath. Since the cortical cells are substantially weaker than the cuticle, the strained hair tends to split from the strain.

Many times this strain comes from friction, so if you’re seeing double splits chances are you could be styling and brushing your hair too vigorously, causing rapid damage to the cuticle of your hair.

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