Rita works as a fashion model. As part of her profession, she has to wear a lot of cosmetics and use many hair treatment products on a daily basis. Of late, she noticed that her usually lustrous hair was looking dull and began knotting up quite easily. She worried she might have some nutritional deficiencies and immediately went for a medical check-up. To her surprise, all her reports came out fine. The reality is that she suffered a cosmetic hair damage.
Like Rita, many of us look after our health through diet and exercise. However, we forget to look after our hair. Merely applying styling products does not help maintain healthy locks. Infact, an excess of chemical hair treatment products does more harm than good. Treating damaged hair in time will save you from many long-term scalp complications such as psoriasis, dandruff, and even female pattern baldness.
The first step to curing any issue is recognising the signs of damage. Here are 7 warning signals of damaged hair that you must not ignore.
When you run your fingers along a single strand of your hair, notice how it feels. Does it feel smooth and even throughout or are there noticeable bumps along the strand? Bumps and an uneven texture of a hair strand indicate that your hair is suffering damage and there are gaps in the protein cells. There are many salon-based hair treatment options for protein deficiency. However, the best treatment comes from a consistently healthy diet.
Split ends normally appear around 6 to 8 weeks after a haircut. However, damaged hair develops split ends too soon. This is especially the case with frizzy hair which is the type most prone to split ends. If you notice the ends of your hair strands are brittle and splitting less than a month after a trim, do treat it as an indication of damaged hair.
Does your hair loss seem be increasing day by day? Normal hair loss varies between 50 to 100 strands per day. Moreover, when you wash your hair, it is perfectly normal to find strands in your bathroom drainage. However, if you find your hair on your shirt, pillow or randomly on the floor of your home when you haven’t combed it, this is an indication that your hair loss has increased.
Does your hair appear dull, limp, or lifeless most of the time? This is a clear sign that your scalp and strands have been overexposed to either too many chemicals or even pollution. Often women (and men) who have had too many hair straightening procedures done experience limp hair. The best remedy for this problem is to use natural methods such as hot oil massage and to stay away from any chemical products like hair serum, mousse, sprays, and gels.
Do you notice strands breaking when you comb, try to style, or even simply run your fingers through your hair? This is definitely a red alert that your hair is severely damaged. Notice that strand of hair when it falls out. If the bulb is attached, this means your hair follicle is damaged. Normal shedding sees strands fall without the bulb attached.
Does your hair wear a rough and matted looked most of the time? Damaged hair lacks protein and this leaves the strands with a dry, matte look. Most hair styling products like dyes work by opening up the hair cuticle. Repeated use of these hair treatment products leaves your cuticle weak and exposed. A damaged hair cuticle easily sticks to another cuticle from a neighbouring strand of hair. This explains why damaged hair knots up very easily and is hard to untangle.
Damaged hair is usually unresponsive to any efforts of styling. For instance, you might iron your hair and apply serum but your hair might get unruly within an hour or two. Or, a blow dry will leave your hair looking frizzy and messy instead of well set.Damaged hair is difficult to style and the irony is that use of more styling gels or sprays will simply damage your hair further. Your best bet is to keep the styling products away until your hair heals from within
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