Do you often wonder if your hair is damaged but you are unable to tell? You are not alone, although we constantly look at our hair, many of us are unable to tell whether our hair is damaged or healthy as we become use to the way our hair looks.
Here are some tips on discovering if your hair is healthy and what to do in the event that it is damaged.
The most obvious sign of hair damage are split ends, although these can be mistaken for frizz. Split ends are the damaged ends of your hair that have split into multiple fragments.
The easiest way to tell if you have split ends is to wrap them around your finger and if you find small strands sticking out that have split from the tip of the hair follicle, then you know your hair is damaged and that you have split ends.
The simplest way to fix split ends is to go and trim the split ends off leaving you with only the healthy strands of hair, but you can also protect your hair against split ends by keeping heat tools to a minimum, using a good moisturising conditioner as well as being gentle on your hair when combing or styling it.
Overly porous hair refers to hair that is sponge like and absorbs far too much moisture and chemicals than normal healthy hair; this by extension is another type of hair damage. Porosity is described as the quality of being porous, or full of tiny holes that absorb liquid.
Chemical treatments such as highlights or colouring as well as the use of heat on the hair can cause hair to become overly porous. If you notice that you hair is absorbing or processing liquids faster in certain parts of your hair then that part is damaged as opposed to the parts that absorb normally, are healthy.
The best solution to overly porous hair is to prevent it from becoming so absorbent; this is done by decreasing the use of chemicals and heat products you use on your hair. Furthermore, heat damage is amplified when your hair is wet, so when trying to style your hair or use heat appliances, do it on dry hair.
Products such as Olaplex can also help to protect your hair against chemicals and chemical treatments furthermore it also helps to rebuild the broken bonds in your hair.
Dry and Brittle Hair
One of the easiest signs to spot hair damage is when your hair is dry and brittle as opposed to being supple, healthy looking and soft. Run your fingers through your hair, from root to tip, if it feels rough then your hair is most likely dry and brittle and lacks elasticity.
Dry and brittle hair can be caused by a number of factors including but not limited to, not moisturising your hair enough, or tying up your hair all the time, as well as the weather. Most likely it is a result of chemical treatments and too much heat being applied to the hair.
The easiest way to fix this problem is to use a deep moisturising conditioner and avoid drying your hair using a hairdryer on high heat or using a hair straightener too often.
Use these tips to check if you hair is damaged, and if it is, take the necessary precautions and remedies to get your hair looking beautiful and healthy again.