Split ends, also known as Trichoptilosis are a real nuisance to hair health. Unfortunately, over time, we all get them, although some more than others. There are several reasons why we get split ends, the main ones being mechanical damage, chemical damage and weathering. Here we will identify 5 split ends signs that could help you take preventive measures sooner rather than later.
5 Split ends signs to keep an eye for
1. Hair gets tangled
After a fresh cut, you will notice how easily your fingers can glide through your hair. But over time, you start noticing that you get stuck towards the ends of the hair. That could be the first sign that your hair is starting to get split ends. The hair feels more knotty than usual and seems to remain tangled even after you just detangled it.
2. Visual splits near the ends
This is probably the easier of the split ends signs to detect. Take your pony tail in your hands and examine the fibers. Split ends that have opened into a Y shape or others are easiest to detect. But sometimes, what you see are tapered ends that seem thinner than the rest of the hair. These could be the result of part of the hair ‘slicing’ off.
3. Thin strands of broken hair
You notice pieces of hair falling into the sink as you style. These pieces look thinner than your actual hair thickness. They could be breaking off from the split ends leaving behind tapered ends as mentioned in #2.
4. Dry ends
Split ends can cause hair to look ‘parched’ near the ends. The fact that the hair is damaged causes it to lose its smoothness and thus its shine. Additionally, the hair is unable to retain moisture because of its stripped lipid protective layers. The results: dry, coarse and unruly ends.
5. Hair doesn’t seem to grow anymore
You’ve probably heard the advice: ‘cut your hair to help it grow’ . Yes it sounds counter-intuitive but there is actually a logic to it. Split ends are dangerous. They don’t just stay at the ends, the split can actually move further up the hair shaft. At that point, hair will break, leaving behind shorter pieces of strands. While it might seem that the hair has stopped growing, it is in fact simply breaking all the time. The net effect is that the length remains unchanged.
Trimming the hair regularly every few weeks will keep the split ends away, and allow you to grow stronger longer hair. Obviously, you will want to make sure that the trims are minimal because otherwise, it may not feel that the hair is growing any longer.