Damaged and unhealthy hair have their own looks and ways of behaving. Some people get used to how their hair feels and looks like and most likely ignore the glaring signs of unhealthy hair needing regular treatments. Visible signs like bald spots, patches of hair falling out, or hair thinning are easy to spot, but what about some lesser-known signs that can even more threatening for your hair health.
Most commonly mistaken for frizzy hair, split ends occur when hair shaft gets split in two or three fragments. The ends are the oldest part of our hair which gets highly porous with time. This is why girls with naturally curly hair tend to oil their hair heavily. If your hair is thick and full at the roots, but quite thinner at the ends, then it’s obvious the ends are damaged. Split Ends
Healthy hair possesses high level of elasticity which results in the formation of its body, texture, and bouncing ability. The biggest concern with loss of elasticity is the difficulty in its treatment. To test for elasticity, wet a strand of hair and stretch it. If the strand breaks with just a little or no pull, then it needs more moisture. While if it stretches a bit and returns to its original position at release, then the elasticity level is normal. But if it gets stretched beyond that and then breaks, or feels soft or limp between the fingers, then there is a lack of protein. The point to understand is hair must have the perfect balance between protein and moisture which can best be attained by protein treatments. Lack of Elasticity
Porosity is the level of ease by which hair tends to absorb moisture and chemicals. You may have noticed that after oiling some parts of your hair become dry quickly as compared to other areas which may still be moist or wet. This means the damaged hair are more porous or quick absorber than healthy hair. Applying chemicals regularly such as straighteners, hair gels, colors, etc. makes hair more porous. Apart from undergoing conditioning and protein treatments, you need to reduce the usage or totally eliminate chemicals, dyes and styling products for some time. High Porosity
Textured or styled hair are more vulnerable to tangling that straight hair. If you are doing everything right in detangling but still finding it hard to free unruly and dirty tangles, then it’s a possibility your hair must be damaged. The stubborn tangles can be a result of some of the issues discussed above: dry hair and split ends. Also if your hair lacks elasticity then it can easily break in the attempt to rescue from tangles. The best solution goes with trimming your hair short and frequenting more deep-conditioning. Unruly and Hard Tangles
Grab a couple of strands and run your fingers from the root to the tip. If the hair feels rough, then it’s a potential sign of dryness and damage. Do this test every time after a day of washing as sometimes the dryness can also result from the accumulation of chemical in hair. Dryness is also caused by some external factors such as weather or even within the body reactions from certain medications and hormonal changes. But most often it is due to applying too much heat, chemicals, and improper conditioning and moisturizing treatments. Dry, Brittle, No Moisture
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