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    Default how can you tell if it is breakage or new growth?

    I just noticed that there are a looooot of shorter hairs along the outer circumference of my head, and they're pretty much all the way around, not confined to any spot or to the back or front specifically. A lot of them are about 2 inches long or so, and there are some shorter than that and some longer than that. Since they are not in any one spot but rather scattered throughout, can I assume this to be new growth and not breakage? (I hope so, that would be SO great...and so much breakage would be SO horrible...lol) How can you tell the difference?
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    Default Re: how can you tell if it is breakage or new growth?

    If you look closely, new hairs will have a tapered end on them. It sounds like a regular re-growth halo to me, but you can't be sure until you look at the ends.
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    Default Re: how can you tell if it is breakage or new growth?

    What exactly is meant by "tapered end"?

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    Default Re: how can you tell if it is breakage or new growth?

    A new hair grows out with sort of a pointy end, thinner than the main body of the hair strand. Take a magnifying mirror and look closely at the ends of the little hairs. If the ends are the same thickness as the rest of the hairs it is likely breakage.
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    Default Re: how can you tell if it is breakage or new growth?

    thanx a lot for the clarification. I appologize for the off topic, but what does it mean if you have a white edge of a hair, but not split end. is it pre-split end or breakage or?This also happened when i trimmed my hair - the end points became white ...

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    Default Re: how can you tell if it is breakage or new growth?

    thank you! I think I'll have to have my husband do it, as the hairs are too short for me to get a good look at them. Keeping my fingers crossed it is new growth!! )
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    Default Re: how can you tell if it is breakage or new growth?

    breakage will look like spit ends

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    Default Re: how can you tell if it is breakage or new growth?

    Quote Originally Posted by violetka View Post
    thanx a lot for the clarification. I appologize for the off topic, but what does it mean if you have a white edge of a hair, but not split end. is it pre-split end or breakage or?This also happened when i trimmed my hair - the end points became white ...
    They are usually the beginnings of a split. It's possible that your scissors are dull. Just to make sure, try again on one strand of hair, then run your fingers along the hair. The white spot might just be dust.
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    Default Re: how can you tell if it is breakage or new growth?

    Quote Originally Posted by violetka View Post
    thanx a lot for the clarification. I appologize for the off topic, but what does it mean if you have a white edge of a hair, but not split end. is it pre-split end or breakage or?This also happened when i trimmed my hair - the end points became white ...
    Quote Originally Posted by RancheroTheBee View Post
    They are usually the beginnings of a split. It's possible that your scissors are dull. Just to make sure, try again on one strand of hair, then run your fingers along the hair. The white spot might just be dust.
    It could be white spots, but when I cut my hair I also notice that the ends become white / get a white edge. I tend to think this is because I have coarse hair, and that the end of the hair is more visible than when you have finer hair, thus resulting in something that looks like a white spot. If it's not.. well then almost every hair has a white spot and is beginning to split .

    Seeing as violetka has coarse hair too, it might be the same for her.

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    Default Re: how can you tell if it is breakage or new growth?

    can't wait to hear what they realy were..
    I think rather re-growth

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