It can be easy to ignore all the warning signs your hair can give, telling you it isn’t the best it can be. And I know firsthand what’s it’s like to not know the signs your hair gives you or to simply ignore them because finding a good hairdresser can be so taxing. I am going through some of these problems right now, my hair isn’t the best it can be; and if you don’t know if your hair is unhealthy, here are some warning signs that your hair might not be as healthy as you think.
One of the biggest signs your hair can give you when your ends are not moisturized enough is split ends. Split ends come in all forms. Split ends are when the ends of your hair is split into two ends, or the end of a strand has a knot, or the there is an uneven strand. You get what I’m saying? Split ends come in many forms and it usually means your hair is dry and in need of hydration.
Everybody gets split ends once in a while and while the only known cure for split ends is to cut them off. But if you don’t want to cut your hair, or you’re like me who tried to save money and cut them off yourself and created a mess; some ways to manage your split ends until you can get that much-needed trim is to apply a split end balm, Shea moisture has one called Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Split Balm to help keep the ends from splitting upwards more into your hair or keep the ends moisturized as much as possible. But seriously just get it trimmed.
Hair Shedding + Breakage
This is perhaps the biggest sign your hair isn’t as healthy as it should be. And I know that some people can’t help it because they’re sickness causes then to lose hair. But for us people who just need to take care of our hair. Hair breakage while shampooing or untangling is a sign of unhealthy hair. Don’t get me wrong there is supposed to be some sheddings while your cleansing your hair, but excessive shedding where you can make it into a hair ball that fits into the palm of your hand, that’s hair breakage.
They are several ways to fix hair breakage, it may mean your hair is thin and not strong enough so adding a protein treatment to your hair care regimen would definitely help, also adding a deep conditioner to add moisture to your hair. Massaging your scalp with hair oil to promote hair growth and thickage.
This is your hair’s ability to be stretched or manipulated without breaking. To find out if your hair has good elasticity simply wet your hair, take a few curls and stretch them out, then observe what occurs after you stretch them. If your hair returns to normal shrunken state after releasing your curls then your hair is healthy, if the strand breaks or doesn’t spring back it is a sign that you have unhealthy hair. Shrinkage is a key component in determining the elasticity and healthy of your hair.
To fix this add a protein and deep conditioning treatments to help balance out the keratin levels in your strands.
This can be a little tricky to spot but your hair should feel soft in its healthiest state. Conduct a “feel” test on different strands of your hair to determine if it is rough or smooth. If your hair feels rough or dry then it is damaged. Even if, you have several textures on your head your hair should still feel smooth all the way through. Rough or brittle strands should be treated with adding more moisture based products to your styling and hair care regimen.
When your hair is naturally shiny this is a sign of healthy hair. You can just as easily apply a product to give you that shine, but it is not the same as having your hair natural shiny. A good way to know is to check on wash day after removing all the products and your hair is in its natural state. Healthy hair will have a shine to it, it may not be noticeable in some areas of your hair but as long as you see it your hair is healthy. Dull, lifeless hair is a sign of possible unhealthy damage.
A good moisture/protein balanced regimen will do wonders for your hair to assist in retaining moisture. I have mentioned moisture and protein treatments a lot but that is how important they are to our hair’s strength, moisture, elasticity and overall health.
Everyone had different porosity levels for their hair but generally healthy hair will be able to absorb moisture( though it might be a little and for us low porosity hair girls) and retain it to prevent dry and brittle hair that ultimately leads to breakage. If you’re having an extremely hard time with your hair maintaining moisture the cuticles on your hair shaft may be damaged which render them incapable of properly covering the hair.