Here are some more pictures of my hair under the microscope. I previously talked about the structure and characteristics
of my hair well here now is the tale of my hair ends and hair damage.
I found 3 types of end - fibrillated (i.e snapped), cut and tapered. From the hundreds of hairs that I looked at, only one was tapered.
|Fibrillated end - hair has been broken/snapped|
|Cut end - smooth straight cut from previous trim|
|Tapered - naturally weathered end|
My lesson : Fibrillated end are common in African hair but are an indication that the hair is breaking and this is mostly from physical handling. The majority of my ends were fibrillated (70-80%) and a few were cut. I have not trimmed for
a while (maybe 4-5 months ago) so I am happy with the few cut ends. My goal is now to be even more gentle
and get to a point where 50% or more of my ends are cut.
My hair is quite disappointing (yay!) when it comes to damage. I did not have many obvious flaws in the hair shaft. I did not find any split ends but I did find this mid shaft split which I thought was blog worthy.
|Mid shaft split|
I also do not have many knots, in the pile of hair I only found these two. Do note the fraying around the edges of the complex knot (which is the hair fibre being damaged) and this is why knots should be trimmed
I hope you enjoyed these images! I did like doing a microscopic hair analysis and it has reinforced the necessity to trim more often and be even more gentle.
I really want to see my hair under a microscope now. I just got a trim and I want to see if my hair "looks" better.ReplyDelete
These pictures are so cool! That complex knot is something else ... wow! Loving this series :)ReplyDelete
I am absolutely fascinated by these photos. Please let me know when I can mail you a sample of my hair for closer observation...LOL!!ReplyDelete
Very informative blog post. What causes mid shaft splits? TIAReplyDelete
wow, that is crazy ! These pictures are great ! Makes me want to go get a microscope... lol The knot photos really shocked me. Cool post : )ReplyDelete
Great post. This is so interestingReplyDelete
This is fascinating. I'm so glad you've done this and shared it.ReplyDelete
Thank you all so much, it is my pleasure to share!ReplyDelete
Mikimu - lol you know you are not the first to ask, email me hun!
I am so mailing my hair to you in the post Jc! This post is really enjoyable. I feel like a kid again analysing all things small and wonderful.ReplyDelete
More posts please!
I love this. More, more, more, more!!ReplyDelete
DJ sorry I forgot to answer your question - My theory is that mid shaft splits are caused by many things including hair brushes, combs or even rough finger nails. The one I found was towards the end of the hair so it could have been caused perhaps by the rat tail comb that I use to unbraid my hair.ReplyDelete
If I find some scientific references I will put them up.
Thank you for sharing some of your findings with us... examining hair under the microscope and actually seeing it provided so much perspective. Thank you www.lilia-lifeinoh.blogspot.comReplyDelete
Great post, so interesting!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed reading your post today...It was something fresh & different from the norm I read on blogs and very interesting. The knots were so interesting and very organized under the microscope. AWESOME!ReplyDelete
Very interesting. I want a microscope. I found a middle shaft split and can't stop freaking out! What causes it? Would be grateful for your insight.ReplyDelete
Now I want a microscope too, lol!ReplyDelete
This is a really good post. I am a really visual person/learner so this is right up my alley.
Thanks for sharing.
Based on what I've been reading about hair that lacks protein versus hair that lacks water, a fibrillated end shows lack of protein, whereas a more clean break shows lack of moisture. You think?ReplyDelete
Not really Jami, when hair breaks through combing (including finger combing in my case) it ends up with a fibrillated end. A clean cut is intentional with a scissor. Getting hair to stop breaking is really about mechanics more than anything (i.e do not force it to carry more streess than it wants to).ReplyDelete
Very awsome post! Just wondering if you showed pics of matted hair on the ends and what that does to the hair cause that's the problem I have with my hair at any given time. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for this. This is really what many people need to see. Not just to look at the state of your hair but to see the images and understand how they can take better care of their own hair!ReplyDelete
How do you address the mid shaft split? When trimming my natural hair i use an 8x magnifier loupe and i see a lot of these mid-shaft splits. It is recking ahoc on my hair retention coupled with all kinds of split ends. I do not use heat at all. I wash every 7-10 days. I use all natural products. I am at a complete loss as to what to do :-( Thanks, MRReplyDelete
BTW, very nice pictures, it gives us a better appreciation of our hair. Thanks, MRReplyDelete
what magnification are these photos at?ReplyDelete