How to Identify and Treat Damaged Hair

How to Identify and Treat Damaged Hair

A woman I know told me that the hair she had was very smooth, flat and difficult to style. I looked closer and saw that her hair was flattened and smooth, silky and shiny, but a little greasy. When I listened further, I told the woman about an advertisement for a conditioner which treats damaged hair, which promised smooth, silky and negotiable hair. She bought it and used that conditioner every day a month long. This was too much of a good thing.

In contrast, another lady I knew was a woman I knew from the gym. Her hair was cut shoulder length, clearly permed and colored. Her hair was curled and looked dry. I really don’t like to be negative about someone’s looks but her hair was similar to a “bird’s nest.” This woman had damaged her hair, and she clearly had no idea that she had done so. It surprised me that these two women did not know how damaged their hair looked. Nobody had ever showed them the characteristics of damaged hair. So, here are some characteristics of damaged hair and some ways to effectively combat it:

  • Damaged hair looks spongy and tangles when the hair is wet
  • The color fades quickly or is absorbed too much by the hair
  • It has a rough structure
  • It is largely porous
  • The hair is dry
  • It has no elasticity, is easy to break

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The Characteristics of Damaged Hair

The most obvious characteristics to notice are that damaged hair is rough in texture, very porous and dry and brittle – this is usually done by damage and excessive elongation of the upper hair shaft layer. This can be caused by sharp shampoos, blow dryers and chemical treatment of the hair and other thermal modeling ways plus influences caused by the environment. By using a conditioner that is pH neutral, and is moisturizing, and enriched with proteins, you can soften the top layer of hair and the hair shaft to protect it against further damage. If your hair is damaged, it’s important to use a good moisturizing conditioner each week until the condition of the hair has improved. Using a light conditioner and spray it in daily, while you are styling the hair. This is also interesting in regards to make your hair grow faster.

Be Aware of Your Hair Issues

The problem of the reduction of elasticity and brittle hair is not always easy to diagnose. Hair can be up stretched to 150% of its normal length without breaking when it’s healthy – whereafter it returns to its former state. Unless you have a lot of split ends or shorter, broken hairs, you may realize you have a serious issue. The best indication of bad hair is that you can find hair in your brush after you’ve brushed it. Is there a lot of hair in your brush? Do you often clean a lot of hair out of your  brush? Unless you can see that these hairs are in full length and came from the root out (in which case you have a different problem), there is usually damage.

Signs of Severely Damaged Hair

Things like color absorption, fading, sponginess and tangling of wet hair, are also linked to porous hair, but are worse. Such severe damage can only be solved through treatment and continuing care during styling. Many people with such severely damaged hair often find it easier to break the damaged hair and start fresh again. But perhaps this is not an option, so you better be good to your hair care before it gets damaged like this.

How To Treat Damaged Hair

Your hair is dead as it exits the skull. Just as the free corner of your nails (white part), your hair is a dead substance. Therefore, do not believe the promises of products that heal your hair or make damaged hair better. The creme rinse products and treatments we can buy in stores help reduce damage to the hair, but the greatest way to get healthy hair is prevention by treating your hair with care and taking in a healthy diet. Next to that you should use products like Har Vokse or in a somewhat lesser degree Viviscal which both make the hair healthier and grow out better looking.

  • Anissa

    Every time I brush my hair I seem to be pulling out a bunch that is usually knotted. Could this be because I’m using the wrong brush or shampoo. I don’t use a lot of chemicals on my hair in general and try to avoid straightening it as much as possible. I have been however trying homemade treatments and my hair does feel a lot better and thicker.