Is Your Hair Healthy? Telltale Signs of Damaged Hair

Is your hair healthy?

First and foremost, hair can make or break an entire look. Although there are generally four types of hair but it would not need a second glance to know if it is unhealthy. The four types of hair include the following: type 1 (straight), type 2 (wavy), type 3 (curly), and type 4 (kinky). Type 1 (straight) is considered as the healthiest as it is the most resilient hair type. It is almost impossible to damage. On the other hand, despite being resistant to damage, it does not mean that it is no longer susceptible to certain hair conditions.

Take for example the type 1 (straight) hair. Even though it is resilient and almost impossible to damage – it is still prone to seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), scalp psoriasis, and generally oily hair. Severe seborrheic dermatitis, meanwhile, can lead to hair loss.

How to know if your hair is healthy?

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Your hair is strong.

Hair can be stretched 30 percent of its length before it breaks. Healthy hair is elastic, resilient, and resistant to breakage. What makes hair resistant against extrinsic damage is the cuticle layer, or outer sheath, that encases the inner cortex of each hair strand. Hair is made of keratin, a protein, along with amino acids so it is important to supply your hair – as well as body – with the right amount of protein that it needs.

Your hair is soft.

Healthy hair is soft, silky to touch, bouncy, and overall smooth. The secret to soft hair is the hair cuticle. The cuticle is the outer sheath of a hair strand that absorbs almost everything – heat from
ironing and blow-drying, damage from hair dye, and so on. Conditioning your hair is important to as to keep
moisture in.

Your hair is shiny.

Healthy hair is glossy and shiny. This is also due to healthy hair cuticles laying flat on the outer layer of each hair strand and reflecting light, creating a high sheen. The technique to a sheen and shiny hair is how you dry your locks after a shower. Avoid frantic towel drying as it can roughen the cuticle. Instead, gently pat your hair with an absorbent towel. This generally does the trick.

What are the telltale signs of damaged hair?

Split ends. Wrap a small section of your hair with your finger or a brush. Small, uneven strands sticking out would indicated split ends. Moreover, the ends of hair split as it age – the most is two years. Thus, it is important to get a regular trim.

Brittle Hair. Pay particular attention to the amount of hair you lose in a day. The usual number is 200. On the other hand, if you lose more than that or notice a dramatic increase in hair loss during or after a shampoo, it indicates a serious problem with your hair.

Dull Shine. Your hair losing luster would indicate problems with your cuticle. Too much styling – heating, blow dry, iron, chemical treatment, and hair dye – can cause your hair to lose its shiny prowess.

Dry Hair. Take a small section of your hair and drop it into a container of water. Healthy hair will usually float whereas dry, damaged hair is porous and will definitely sink and absorb the water.

If you have these telltale signs, it would mean that you need to improve your hair care practices.

How to keep hair strong? The technique is to protect each hair strand against unhealthy hair practices and environmental damage. It is important to choose the right shampoo and conditioner to keep your hair moisturized. Apply cuticle protectors when ironing your hair. Moreover, according to experts, the ends of hair split as it age – the most is two years. Thus, it is important to get a regular trim. In addition, when coloring your hair, choose dye products with less ammonia as it can cause hair to become brittle.

On the other hand, you can’t just apply conditioner and that’s it. Hair absorbs almost every product applied. However, it cannot absorb well if it is saturated with water. Shampooing prior conditioning is important because it helps remove dirt, oil, and sebum but your hair needs to be squeezed of water before applying conditioner for optimum absorption.

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