This chart reveals 16 types of split ends


As someone who’s guilty of going months without getting a haircut, I’m definitely prone to the odd split end (or twenty).

I won’t lie; I actually find them kind of fascinating. In fact, I often find myself picking at them (hey, this is the circle of trust). But now a chart has taken my interest to a whole new level. Check it out…

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For those of you who’re too stunned to bring yourself to count, there are SIXTEEN types of split ends there. Who knew a damaged ‘do could be so diverse? came up with the visual after stumbling on this more in-depth video chronicling the 16 degrees of distress…


The video’s definitely more educational than entertaining (and contains a blatant spelling error in the first frame that we assume no responsibility for, just FYI), but if you’re a split end obsessive like me, you’ll want to watch till the end to find out just which kind you’re dealing with (and why). 

To me, the ‘tree’ is the four-leaf clover of hair. I’ve yet to boast one of these, but as of today I’m committed to the cause (even if it means going a year without a trim). 

Also, how cool is the ‘incomplete split’? It’d take some serious sleuthing to spot that bad boy.

In all seriousness though, while the odd kinky end is kind of fun, a whole head of frayed hair ain’t exactly a hot look. Here are some tips for stopping the splitting:

Do you have a love/hate relationship with split ends? Which of the 16 types do you experience the most?

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