Not split ends, but "split middle"

What does this mean? Weak hairshaft?

ETA: a single hair is split in the middle, but not on the end
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Split ends

Split ends generally start at the tips of the hair, if they are not cut they carry on splitting and will split right to the roots, not good.

So for the middle I think it could have happend for one of two reasons;

Either the strands have been split at the ends, and then all the way up the strand, then superficially glued themselves back together at the ends through product use, (which believe it or not can happen)or;

As you rightly guessed a week hairshaft, this damage can also be done by tying it back too tightly or with a vicious hairband.

I have learnt about this but never actually come across it so I dont know of any reliable remedies. Hope this explains a little x
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If it was only one hair I wouldn't worry about it but if you find more that is pretty serious, it means your hair's cortex (middle layer) is badly damaged.
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What does this mean? Weak hairshaft?

ETA: a single hair is split in the middle, but not on the end
Originally Posted by esmeralda
Hi Esmeralda,

I would like to know more about what might be causing this too.
Ever since I have gone naturally curly and followed the curly girl routine
I no longer get split ends -- bit I do get split middles! I basically wash and
wear and do not bind hair in ponytails so I really am wondering what could be causing them?

I purchased a pair of hair shears from Sally's and for the past year I do "search & destroy" missions to find and cut the hair above the "Split middles" on a regular basis.

SDL
sdl:

Technically, this problem is the same as split ends, just that the weakness goes up further up the hair shaft. It could be due to external cause (products used, hard water, way of handling the hair, etc.) or internal (protein and vitamin deficiency, illness, medication taken, etc.). Protein-rich DTs are needed and hair must be kept well moisturized and softened with emollients (preferably vegetable oils or butters). Weeding out the damaged hairs you find is good because that way they won't tangle with the others maybe causing them to break too.

Can you share which products you've been using and how long you've been doing CG? It would also be helpful if you described your hair length and at what distance from the roots you have found the breaks. This way we can calculate how old the hair is at the point of break and if it may have anything to do or not with CG. Also, I want you to think if there were any significant changes in your life several months to a year ago (such as pregnancy or a lot of stress) as this could've caused the hair to grow in weaker for a while.
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Thanks so much for your reply!!
It really helped me a lot.

I found one single "split middle" hair & maybe 5 split ends on my whole head.
Its probably because my hair needs to be cut every 3-4 months to be healthy.
Other than that, I dont know:
I dont color it, use any heatstyling, but I do tie my hair up a lot because I exercise so much.


SDL, I also cut them as soon as I see them
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esmeralda:

Glad to be of help, that's really the reason I hang out here!

One last thing, be sure not to tie your hair too tight when you exercise and choose something that doesn't cause friction on the hair or could pull the strands and you'll be OK. If your hair is long enough you could try gently twisting it into a bun high up and secure it with 2 or 3 bobby pins, that way you're not putting stress on any spot repeatedly.
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sdl:

Technically, this problem is the same as split ends, just that the weakness goes up further up the hair shaft. It could be due to external cause (products used, hard water, way of handling the hair, etc.) or internal (protein and vitamin deficiency, illness, medication taken, etc.). Protein-rich DTs are needed and hair must be kept well moisturized and softened with emollients (preferably vegetable oils or butters). Weeding out the damaged hairs you find is good because that way they won't tangle with the others maybe causing them to break too.

Can you share which products you've been using and how long you've been doing CG? It would also be helpful if you described your hair length and at what distance from the roots you have found the breaks. This way we can calculate how old the hair is at the point of break and if it may have anything to do or not with CG. Also, I want you to think if there were any significant changes in your life several months to a year ago (such as pregnancy or a lot of stress) as this could've caused the hair to grow in weaker for a while.
Originally Posted by HalfWavyHalfCurly
I understand that no matter where on the hair strand they occurr - a split is a split is a split. But I have been doing CG since the second month I did the big chop to go natural about 3 or 4 years ago and try so hard to be gentle with my hair ... well here has been my regimen:

Every Sunday nite I apply coconut oil to my scalp and hair for overnight conditioning.

Every Monday & Thursday morning I wash my hair with either Elucence Conditioner or Jessicurl Aloeba Conditioner.

I towel dry with my Curleaze or Microfiber turban while I get dressed for work.

I apply a little more Elucence or Aloeba as a leave in conditioner.

I apply Rockin Ringlets or Gelebration or Pink Boots (of of late Milkshake that I am gonna give away becasue the protein content is too drying) to style.

I then let my hair air dry while I commute one hour to work.

At night I sleep in a satin cap and use a satil pillowcase in case the hata falls off.

I only comb my hair while it is soaked in conditioner in the shower and am always
extremely gentle so I just cant tell where the splits come from. When I wear it up on Saturday while house cleaning I twist it into a bun without using any bands of any sort.
I do a Jessicurl Weekly Deep treatment about every three weeks. It is kinda expensive for me to do every week but I know I probably should.

When the weather turns cold I only Poo on Mondays and last month ater three years
of no heat - I started to use an ionic tourmaline dryer with diffuser for about 5 -10 minutes so I don't go outside with a wet head in the cold weather.

The only thing I haven't done yet is buy a water filter for the shower so perhaps
hard water is causing the splits? As for stress I have it all of the
time. My mom has been diagnosed with Alzheimers and I have been looking
for a job for almost a year now since the company I have worked for for 20 years is ending theire final contract in a few months - not to mention the owner has literally stolen our pension money and the Dept of Labor has sued for the money
and ... well you get the idea. My life has been full of stress for the past few years, but if
that was the reason I should be bald ;-O. Guess If that has caused just some splits I should be thankful.

Oh well enuff of that. Back to the issue at hand ... from my regimen can anyone tell what might becausing the mid- length splits. My 3a/b/c hair is a little below shoulder length when wet but shrinks to about mid neck length when dry.

Thanks for your time. Looking forward to any and all suggestions.
Oh I forgot to say that those mid splits are pretty random IMHO.

Also I get professional trims about every 8 months.
Thank God they're random, right? They're a good reminder to apply a little more TLC than usual. Btw, eight months in between trims is waaay too long even if you're trying to grow your hair out, try to get at least 3 a year, if you warn the stylist to just "clean up your ends" because you're letting your hair grow she/he will understand.
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Thank God they're random, right? They're a good reminder to apply a little more TLC than usual. Btw, eight months in between trims is waaay too long even if you're trying to grow your hair out, try to get at least 3 a year, if you warn the stylist to just "clean up your ends" because you're letting your hair grow she/he will understand.
Originally Posted by HalfWavyHalfCurly
Any ideas other than maybe more deep conditioning?
As for trims... After my first big chop, I went for a TRIM and
the &*#%()$&()&$% literally SCALPED me! It took me about 8 mos to
find someone else to trim away the god-awful Triagle CUT I was scalped into.

Since then I am very hesitant to get trims - hence the delays. But I know you are right. To compensate I put a little coconut oil on my ends between cleansings. That is why I figured I hiave very few split ends - just split middles.

Cheers
I feel the same way about getting haircuts.
Ask for a drycut. Wet hair is stretched hair & they cut of more than you think. A drycut will help!
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Well, in reality you both have all my sympathy, that has happened to me more times than I care to remember because few stylists take the "spring factor" into account when cutting curly hair. In fact, it happened last November 1st when I went for a trim after putting it off for a good while. I did want some length taken off but mainly my layers needed reshaping because during my last real cut in April (I think) they were done unevenly, I'd tried to fix them myself but the back was also longer and I just couldn't even it out myself. But the reshaping was perfect so at least I was happy with that, and it's beginning to look good now (took some new pics today) in another month it'll probably be more the way I wanted it.

I still remember how in Oct. of '03 I went to get the rest of my color-damaged ends trimmed and I got cut so much that for an entire week I couldn't make my hair look good because it just wouldn't curl right. My only comfort was that I was left with the healthy part of my hair and from then on it behaved more normally but I think I too didn't go back for a trim again in a VERY long time!
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sdl:

I inadvertently skipped your post where you described your routine, very sorry about that! In reality it sounds pretty good so I'm thinking the weakness must come from inside and hearing all you've been going through, yes, you're lucky to have hair at all!

I'm sincerely sorry to hear about your Mom and your job, life sometimes throws us these curve balls and there's really not much we can do about that but hang in there until the storm passes. I don't know if you are a believer or not but just the same I will include you in my prayers. Besides having some faith, we can do our best to try to take care of ourselves too through all those ordeals. So try to find some way (or ways) to help you relax and occasionally take your mind off all the madness around you, and give your body the best nutrition you can, paying special attention to extra protein, fresh fruits and vegetables. I strongly recommend that you take a multi-vitamin with minerals or at least a B-complex supplement (one of those for stress with C & zinc would be fine). You may also consider adding silica, my favorite is Kal's Super Silica Plus with MSM which in the experience of many curlies and my own personally, helps to grow healthy hair with other added benefits like detoxifying our body, strengthening bones, skin and nails.

Lastly, I send you a ((((HUG))))!
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Half,

Thanks for the suggestions, advice and especially the HUG. I really liked that part of your post .

Since you don't find my routine/products flawed I will have to assume that my hair issues come from stress as you suggested. That probably explains the adult acne that I am fighting right now too. (Never had a pimple as a teenager - not a one!)

I do take no-named multivitamins and a special vitamin for hair& nails from Puritan's Pride, but I think I will (1) change to a better, named brand multi-vitamin, (2) purchase an Aquasan water filter when my finances allow and (3) try to relax more finding some me time to share with the man upstairs

Thanks for your time.

SDL
I will keep you in my prayers. Keep telling yourself that you've survived this far so you're strong enough to make the rest of the journey, especially with God's help. He did say that all we need is faith like a grain of mustard so I think it's probably enough to make it one day at a time. Anyway, that's what I tell myself because the past several years have brought one thing after another and my own future seems uncertain at this point, but if God has provided this long He can sure keep on doing it and our fretting about it isn't going to help "none".

I honestly think you have been very conscientious about taking care of your hair so comfort yourself in thinking that had you not known to do all you've been doing you could be wearing a wig right now! You said your life has been full of stress "for the past few years", well, with hair your length it means you grew all or most of it while already under that stress, and maybe at one point in particular (which may coincide with the age of the hairs at the point of splitting) you felt a little more stressed and were too tired and worried to eat perfectly right. So your body had to "rob Peter to pay Paul", so to speak, and for a bit your hair got the short end of the stick. So as you continue caring for it with love, thank it and bless it for taking part of the burden (and do the same with your skin). I do not think of things as "inanimate objects" because anyone who knows about atoms knows how much energy they contain, so with our thoughts we can generate more energy to which they can respond, so I'm sure your hair and skin will do just that.

Before I forget, if you like eggs and can digest them well, make sure to include them often in your diet because they contain good protein and sulphur both of which are "hair food". And the brand of your vitamins is not as important as whether they have enough of all the things you need the most of, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have an extra pills on days when you feel you didn't eat or rest as well. And since you know Puritan, next time get some of their digestive enzymes too, you want to make sure your body can extract all the benefit from the foods you eat.
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