Different Types of Split Ends and What They Mean

Yes, the origin of every split end may be the same—weathering and damage—but that doesn’t mean that each fiber doesn’t have its own story to tell. On average, women spend 1.5 years doing their hair with their own unique combination of brushing, washing, coloring, blow drying, flat ironing, or curling it. “From a scientist’s perspective, there are an infinite number of combinations of split ends,” explains Eric Spengler, SVP of Research & Development at Living Proof.

Because that’s an overwhelming thought (especially because we’re strangely addicted to picking at our ends), we’re shedding light on how they go from pristine and pin straight to frayed rope status with the six most common types of split ends.

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“These are probably the most common types, examples of early split development. In these cases, cortical cells are still largely held together but large sections are beginning to separate,” explains Spengler.

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