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The Different Types of Split Ends, Explained

Split ends make us go running for the salon, but the answer isn’t always an impulse cut. There are a few tricks to eliminate split ends and the first step is recognizing the problem/the exact type of split end offender you’re up against. We consulted with T. Cooper, an Eva NYC hairstylist, on the different types of split ends, their causes, and how to remedy them. Read her expert advice below!

The Types of Split Ends

“There are many types of split ends, more than 15,” exclaims T. However, the ones you’re probably thinking of are “classic.” According to T, “classic split ends, which is when the hair separates in half at the tip, are the most frequently occurring.” But that’s not all. “Other common split ends include incomplete split ends, when the strand weakens but doesn’t completely split; feathered split ends, when the ends split multiple times; mini split ends, which are early signs of split end development; and deep split ends, which split high on the hair shaft.” Who knew there were so many types of split ends? Mind split!

How to Repair Split Ends

“Many people believe that whenever they have split ends, they need to run to the salon for a haircut,” says T. While it’s true that a haircut will get rid of 100% of split ends, it can be an expensive way to treat them and you also risk losing hair length. “One of the few products that I’ve seen help repair split ends in between haircuts is with Eva NYC’s Mane Magic 10-in-1 Split End Mender, which is a powerhouse treatment that’s clinically proven to repair split ends and deliver three times stronger hair, reducing breakage by 68%. It seals your ends (so that they don’t continue to split), it softens tips, and it adds shine—there’s nothing worse than thirsty-looking ends,” she says.

How to Avoid Split Ends

T. shares her tips to avoid getting split ends: 

  1. Get regular trims.
  2. Be gentle with your hair. Brush it gently with a detangling brush—the bristles are usually further apart, so you don’t tug at your hair as much.
  3. Wash your hair less frequently. In between washes, use a great dry shampoo like, Eva NYC’s Freshen Up
  4. Avoid using heat tools if you can. If you must use them, keep them on low and use a good heat protectant like Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer to protect your hair. 
  5. Stay hydrated. 

“A lot of damage and split ends are caused by styling and using the wrong products for your hair type,” she shares. “Pay attention to how your hair reacts to your haircare routine and styling. You will know pretty quickly if your hair likes what you’re doing. Do not try to beat it into submission, you’ll lose every time. What works for one person, may not work for another, so experiment with different products until you find what works best for you—and be consistent.”

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