6 Splits: our guide to split end repair
We've all had split ends, but… which kinds? If you didn't even know there are different types, you're not alone. It turns out that there's one thing we've managed to miss while we've been booking emergency hair appointments: there's more than just one kind of split end and each type needs different care. Sound complicated? Don't worry – we've got a handy guide on how to get rid of split ends, from the 'Basic Split' to the 'Tree' (and no, we haven't made those names up…)
The Basic Split.
It's in the name: 'Basic Splits' are the most common type of split ends. They're a sign of early split development, where the cells are still mostly held together but big sections are starting to separate – so it's time to add more nourishment into your regular routine. Get a boost by using a deeply nourishing conditioner, like Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner
'The Mini' is really common, too – but it's more like the beginning stages of a 'Basic Split', where only a small amount has started to separate away. Your hair definitely needs more care but you won't be able to see this tiny split unless you're really looking. To help prevent 'The Mini' developing into a 'Basic Split', cleanse your hair regularly with a moisturizing product like Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and follow with Dove Daily Moisture Conditioner
Have you ever wondered what causes split ends in curly hair? It turns out, curly hair even has its own specific type of split end: 'The Knot'. When a curl tangles all by itself, it can end up in a tight knot, which snaps at that spot once you brush it. Take extra care of curls by using a wide-toothed comb; the space in between the teeth means less friction, making it easier to detangle curls which helps to prevent split ends
It turns out candles aren't always a relaxing part of a beauty routine. 'The Candle' is where a hair strand hasn't quite split yet, but a large amount of the outer cuticle has been lost and it's starting to thin out at the very end. Try an oil-infused hair mask, like Dove Anti Frizz Oil Therapy Mask, once or twice a week to nourish the ends of your hair
The Fork in the Road.
'The Fork in the Road' won't slow you down on your hair journey – but it means that there's been a significant split in your hair strand and a lot more damage, too. There's a clear path to take: book in a few more trims during the year and add a deep conditioning mask, like Dove Intensive Repair Treatment Mask, into your routine at least two to three times a week
We might have a tip for everything, but there's no going back from 'The Tree'. When more damage has happened on one side of the hair fiber than other, several ends start to split from the main strand – just like branches. Booking in for a trim is the only quick fix, but using a shampoo for damaged hair is the answer to how to prevent split ends like these in the future. Add Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo and Conditioner into your everyday routine and your stronger strands will thank you for it