Knock, Knock… Your Hair Is Damaged
The hair is the richest ornament of a woman – Martin Luther.
If you don't know whether your hair has been damaged by years of colouring, constant heat styling or everyday abuse, you can look for seven clear signs that your hair has been damaged. If you recognize these signs in your hair, it may be time to stop over-processing your hair and begin fostering healthy hair by taking better care of it.
Dull and Lacklustre:
Hair that is damaged won't have a supple look. You may find that you have to resort to a silicone spray to enhance your hair's shine, or that even after deep conditioning your hair still looks dull. This is a sure sign that your hair is damaged and the shafts are no longer smooth. Applying gel to such hair might have a more adverse effect on your hair.
To test whether or not your hair is damaged, hold a section of hair upside down so that your ends are pointing upward. Run your finger over the end to test the texture. Are they soft, or are they hard and brittle? A brittle, dry texture denotes a damaged hair shaft that is not absorbing moisture well. Oiling is necessary to get rid if brittleness of the hair.
If your hair was previously easy to style and quick to take care of, and you find that your hair is having a harder time holding a style, is constantly frizzy or you have a problem with fly aways, then your hair is probably damaged. Dry hair causes it to break into short pieces that are harder to manage. Damaged hair won't hold a style as easily as healthy hair will.
Healthy hair is supple and moisturized, so it shouldn't be hard to comb out after a bath or shower. Damaged hair will clump and stick together, making it hard to get through, even with the aids of leave-in conditioners and styling products. If your hair is constantly tangled in knots and hard to comb out, it could mean that it is damaged. Use of a wide toothed comb can be helpful in combing.
Hair Split Ends:
You can look for split ends by wrapping a section of hair around your finger near the end of the hair and watch for ends that stick up when the rest of the hair is wrapped around. Split ends are a separating of the end, caused by dryness and harsh treatment. 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. Regular trimming helps in getting rid of split ends though.
Susceptible to Breakage:
If you notice more hairballs in your comb or around your room/bathroom, it could be a sign of damaged hair. Damaged hair that is dry and brittle will snap off more easily. While some hair loss is normal, when you see a large increase of it, you can count on damaged hair as being the culprit.
Colour Fade or Hyper-Absorption:
Damaged hair is more porous than healthy hair, 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 porous-ness of the hair releases too much of the colour when you shampoo your hair.