We all want bouncy, shiny hair like celebrities, or the models we see in magazines and shampoo commercials. Unfortunately, not all of us have access to a personal stylist, and our daily hair routines (washing, blow drying, styling, applying heat, etc.) can create havoc on once luscious locks.
If you are worried that your hair might be damaged, there are a few tell-tale signs that are dead giveaways that your hair is in distress.
- Split ends: This is a no-brainer. To inspect for split ends, hold the tips of your hair up, close to your face. If you see single strands breaking off into multiple pieces, these are split ends. Split ends can be caused by a number of factors, and unfortunately there isn’t any cure to reverse the effects. Trimming may be necessary to prevent breakage.
- Tangles: Hair is supposed to be naturally moist. If you find yourself struggling to run a comb or brush through your hair after showering, you might have a problem. Especially if you’ve used the aide of conditioner or de-tangler.
- Not so shiny: Healthy hair has a naturally glossy texture. If your hair looks dull, it could be damaged. To restore shine, you have to restore your hair to a health, which means preventing hair shafts from breaking.
- Hard to control: If you have more frizzies than usual, or can’t seem to maintain a style, you might have damage. Damaged hair breaks off into smaller pieces, which aren’t easy to maintain.
- Problems With Hair Dye: Damaged hair doesn’t respond to hair dye like healthy hair. Hair that absorbs too much color, or turns out darker than expected, can be an indicator that damage is present. Similarly, colored hair that fades very fast can also be a sign.
A number of other factors can help determine how at-risk you are for damaged hair. For instance, a Daily Glow article suggests that women with curly or kinky hair are more likely to have damage because of the amount of moisture it takes to retain the curl structure.
Similarly, Daily Glow reported that women who constantly expose their hair to chemicals from dyes or other sources are more likely to have damaged hair. This is because the harsh ingredients in the chemicals peel away the hair’s cuticle and cause hair strands to become brittle.
Additionally, using heat products like blow dryers, straighteners and curling irons can cause damage if used repeatedly. To give your hair a break, try to cut back on how often you use these tools. If you must use heat to style your hair, consider investing in a high-quality heat protectant spray and spritz your locks with that before applying heat.
Overall, if your hair is exemplifying any sign of damage, it’s best to consult with a professional hair stylist on how to proceed. You might need weekly deep-conditioning treatments, or something as simple as a trim to help eliminate split ends.
Katie Clontz is a staff writer and customer service representative for Pro Extensions. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and has previously worked for publications such as The Courier-Times, The Knightstown Banner and Angie’s List.