You can tell that something awfully wrong with your hair when it starts to behave in the weirdest ways daily. If you care for your hair, you cannot simply put the blame on the “just another bad hair day” excuse!
Don’t give yourself any false hope. Don’t be in denial.
And definitely do not shy away from asking yourself:
“Could those be behaviours of damaged hair?”
It’s extremely essential to stay aware of your overall hair health.
There are some obvious ways by which you can recognize signs of damaged hair. Brace your heart! It may be time to stop over-processing your hair and begin fostering healthy hair by taking better care of it
1. Lack of Shine
There’s nothing more aging than hair that looks as dull as a dishwasher.
Hair that is damaged will most definitely not have a supple look. If even after deep conditioning your hair still looks dull, it is a sure sign that your hair is damaged.
This happens because the shafts of hair are uneven and it can no longer reflect light. Your hair starts to absorb light due to these uneven surfaces of damaged hair instead of bouncing off the light for a perfect hair commercial effect!
A lack of shine may have a direct correlation with improper styling techniques and excessive heat styling.
Another reason why your hair might be looking a little dull can be due to chemical abuse for example boxed hair dyes, gels, pomades and sprays.
If you want to restore your hair to look more youthful, full of volume and vitality, then a botox anti aging treatment for hair is a good way to restore your hair to its natural state.
2. Brittle and Dry Texture
What is a brittle and dry texture you ask?
Hold up a section of your hair upside down so that your ends are pointing upward and run your finger over the ends. If they are hard and bumpy, you understand what brittleness is. A brittle, dry texture is derived from a damaged hair shaft that is not absorbing moisture for its smoothness well.
If smoothness on a single section of your hair varies vastly from root to ends, this is not a good sign either as this signifies impending breakage. While protein treatments may help to ephemerally heal those gaps, sometimes the problem can only be fixed internally with proper nutrition and effective hair vitamins.
3. Extreme Occurrence of Split End
Split ends! Now those are dangerous- this not only for the overall look and feel of your hair but also for your hair growth! Split ends are a separating of the end, caused by dryness and harsh treatment. Wrap small segments of your locks around your finger: any small, uneven strands sticking out from one single hair strand means that you have split ends, a recurring and atrociously repetitive tell-tale sign of damaged hair.
Why do you think your girlfriends with awesome curls brag about their casual hair trims? The minimum amount of time before an average person will notice their hair splitting is one to two months after a trim. It is thus utterly important to cut those split ends off at least once a year. Split ends irrevocably halt hair growth and dramatically alter the hair shape and volume in unwanted areas. There is no way to treat split ends but to cut them off, as the hair becomes so damaged it cannot be fused back together again. But you can keep your hair healthy so that you don’t have split ends in the first place.
4. Inefficient Colouring
Hair that has been severely damaged or over-processed, might not take colour well anymore. The same shade of the same brand that you’ve been using for years can seem less intense and off-tone after the colour application. Fading will also occur faster if the hair is badly damaged.
Hair that is highly porous is not necessarily good as it automatically means that the hair cuticle layer has been destroyed. Because of the absence of this cuticle layer, your hair can no longer properly absorb and retain moisture resulting in problems when you want to colour your hair
The dye might absorb too much into the hair, giving you a too-dark result that you didn’t want. You also may find that your hair colour fades faster, as the excess porousness of the hair releases too much of the colour when you shampoo your hair.
5. Tangled Hair
Does it take you longer than usual to detangle your hair- this even when your hair is soaking wet with a very slippery conditioner? Damaged hair! Why? Disobediently tangled hair is a result of the hair cuticle being absent. This means that it is hard for each individual strand to slide past each other when combing or detangling.
Healthy hair in contrast is supple and moisturized, so it is never too hard to comb out after a bath or shower. Only damaged hair will clump and stick together, making it hard to get through, even with the aids of leave-in conditioners and styling products. Also, damaged hair has more resistance making it hard to pass the comb through the hair both in the wet and dry state. Tangled hair is alarming as it makes the hair more susceptible to further damage.
A lack of decent lubrication can cause tangled hair as can the use of cheap, plastic brushes that tear at your head and leave your hair in a tangled mess.
6. Extreme Breakage and Hair Loss
Beware if suddenly you discover an increased number of broken hair on your floor, your hairbrush, or pillow! It is a strong signal that your hair is damaged. As the hair is damaged, it remains weak and hence while combing, the bristles of the brush rub against the weak cuticles and it tears the hair’s surface resulting in hair breakage.
It is vital to note that hair loss to a certain extent is absolutely normal. However, if you notice a drastic increase, it can only be accounted for by damaged hair. Recognize that healthy hair has great elasticity and has the capacity to stretch more than its normal length without breaking.
Next time you brush your hair, take a look at the strands that your tool has collected. If you notice a root bulb, it could be improper nutrition and an unhealthy scalp. If there is no bulb, chances are your hair has been broken off which signifies weak or damaged hair. Either way, your hair is damaged. It will only lead to decreased hair volume which would be a sacrilege of the highest magnitude!
7. Unresponsiveness to Hair Styling
Hairstyling is a must today- this even if you want the messiest hair bun around! But what if your hair can no longer be easily styled and quick to take care of as before? What if your hair can no longer hold a style? What’s with all those flyways? Damaged hair.
Again. Quite logically, damaged hair will never hold a style as easily and elegantly as healthy hair will.
Before you consider new treatments or an all-together new hairdo, make an inventory of your hair’s current state and evaluate how your hair-care routine or the lack of it is affecting it. By being wise to the signs of damage you can make easy changes that will pay off in healthy, luscious locks. Recognising damaged hair is primordial for you to want to work towards gorgeously healthy hair.
At the end of the day, what all we, hair fanatics, are looking for are moments where we can happily swish our hair around trying to mimic that slow motion reveal as do all those hair models!
Hair damage not only makes your hair look bad, but it also forces you into buying more products to take care of it.
The best thing to do is to assess what’s causing the damage, reduce the amount of toxic hair products you’re using and look for a more holistic approach to your hair care routine.
A keratin treatment is a good start to reset your hair when nothing seems to work.