Damaged hair is something that many of us worry about, particularly if we are trying to grow or maintain optimal hair health. Unfortunately, there are many ways to damage your hair, from over brushing and bleaching to certain hairstyles. It’s important to be aware of any changes to your hair and keep an eye on it to make sure that your hair is in optimal health. Here are just a few ways you can tell if your hair is damaged.

Split ends

Split ends are something we’ve discussed in the past. It’s essential to address split ends as soon as possible because they can and will only get worse as more time passes. A split end can travel up the length of the hair and to the root breaking off entirely. If you notice your ends are split its time to get, your hair trimmed. When getting your hair cut or trimmed be discerning about what tool is used. Essentially, you’ll want sharp tools, specifically designed and designated for hair. Dull blades can pinch the hair, which can cause split ends.

Rough texture

Taking note of the texture of your hair can tell you whether or not it’s damaged. If you run your fingers up the length of your hair and notice that the texture feels rough, that is an indication that your hair is damaged. Heat tools and chemicals can cause this sort of undesirable rough texture. Remember to deep condition your hair after chemical treatments and restore any lost moisture.

Lots of breakage

If you are noticing that your hair seems to snap when you are interacting with it (i.e., combing, brushing, running your fingers through it, etc.) your hair is damaged. Hair strength is diminished when it’s damaged, which can result in easy breakage.

Dry

Dry hair isn’t always an indicator that your hair is damaged, however it’ important to remember that your hair needs proper hydration. If you notice that your hair doesn’t seem to be absorbing moisture (the hair seems to remain dry no matter what you do) there is a strong likelihood this means your cuticles are damaged and simply not able to seal in any moisture.

Dull

Hair that is damaged can sometimes lack shine or luster. If you notice that your hair has a dull appearance, there is a possibility that your hair cuticles are damaged.

Not elastic

Healthy hair is very elastic and can stretch quite a bit before breaking. Damaged hair, on the other hand, tends to lose its elasticity and will break as opposed to stretch.

There are ways to prevent hair damage before it happens. Firstly, avoid products that have ingredients in them that dry your hair. Second, keep your hair nourished, oils can be used to nourish your hair and provide a protective barrier as well as keep your hair hydrated. Your hair may require more or fewer oils depending on your hair type. In addition to nourishing your hair, you should also nourish your body. Things like crash dieting can cause hair to become brittle and hair loss! Be sure to take the proper measures before and after chemically treating your hair. Different treatments require different protective measures. Read instructions carefully or go to a solon to minimize the risk of damaging your hair.

Optimal hair health is not an overnight endeavor. If you want to learn about how our products can help you grow and maintain healthy hair, call us at 1-800-800-7577.