View Full Version : Those white dots...

March 8th, 2009, 09:02 PM
Just what are they? I've always trimmed them off, as I often see them on damaged strands.

Heavenly Locks
March 8th, 2009, 09:07 PM
They are like a blowout in the cuticle of the hair. More often than not, IMO, they are a new born split end. That little end below the dot will break off and then the white part peels apart.

I snip them when I see them too!

March 8th, 2009, 09:17 PM
I get so many of these. It looks like I have flat ironed my hair for months, only... I haven't. Sucks. I cut them off because these strands are often really really thin anyway.

March 8th, 2009, 09:26 PM
I'm glad to know that they are beginnings of a split end, I had been wondering too. I've been snipping them off knowing that they can't be good!

March 8th, 2009, 09:35 PM
This article by Nightshade has great examples of what different types of hair damage look like. An example of what a 'white dot' looks like under a microscope is shown under the heading "Heat Damage". They're really pesky, they can pop up anywhere along the hair shaft, it seems!


March 8th, 2009, 09:46 PM
I'd like to know more about what causes them, as the hottest thing my hair ever sees is the water I wash it in, but yet I've always got thousands. :(

March 8th, 2009, 09:47 PM
I think I just cut off about a thousand today. Pesky, aren't they?

March 8th, 2009, 09:57 PM
Those would be split ends! Or breakage might be a better word.. I get them on the hair shaft a few inches from the end...

March 8th, 2009, 10:09 PM
Do you know you have 2 threads about this?

They are breakage/new split ends, I trim them off when I see them. I usually find more of these then actual split ends.