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How to know if your natural hair is damaged

How to know if your natural hair is damaged
 Know when your hair is damaged
Natural hair care plays a big part in beauty.
As women, we embrace our natural hair to the point where we’re always at salons wanting it to look better than what it is currently.
We all want silky, smooth natural hair with volume.As much as we can exhaust our natural hair by changing hairstyles daily, weekly or even monthly, do we know when our hair is damaged? Or do we just put on a good weave to cover it up?
This article is solely to give a few pointers as to “How to tell if your natural hair is damaged”. We don’t look great with weak hair, so ladies be on the lookout for a few of the following.
During winter, do you notice your hair on the floor, on the sink or even painful itching on your scalp? Then we can assume it needs a treatment or a wash to get rid of the itchiness. But also, in essence, it could be damaged.

“STAND OVER THE SINK AND BRUSH YOUR HAIR TO SEE HOW BADLY YOUR HAIR IS DAMAGED”

Stand over the sink and brush to see how damaged your hair is.
Nobody teaches us how to see if our natural hair is damaged. Our parents just tell us that after so long we must go get it relaxed, washed or treated. That’s why we stick to those schedules until we have a general idea as to what healthy hair should look like. Which is: thick, bouncy, blows in the wind and has a healthy sheen.

But what does damaged hair really look like? Your hair is damaged if it has a rough texture when you run your fingers through it. If it is overly spongy it also means it is rigid and dry. Brittle hair that breaks easily, hair that has no elasticity, or hair that becomes spongy and matted when wet. Also hair that fades or absorbs too rapidly when being coloured or has colour.

We often hear our fellow friends or colleagues in supermarkets speaking about their hair care. Of how much trouble they go through to get it into a certain shape or style. In fact most middle aged woman have something that maybe was once a dry perm. Only now it’s some ashy looking hair style and of course they are unaware that their hair is damaged.

Our mothers have naturally long African hair which is high maintenance. Which means it needs product after product to get it a certain shape. Then again product after product to get it into another style.

“FEW TIPS TO CHECK IF YOUR HAIR IS DAMAGED”

Feel and compare, this I do frequently. Pick up a strand of hair and run it through your fingers, check if it feels rough or smooth at the end. Roughness is a sign of dryness and damaged hair. You can further compare the strands of your hair from the front part or crown of your head to hairs from the back. If you do this and you notice a substantial difference in texture from roots to ends then your hair may be damaged.
The Hairbrush test is when you look in your hairbrush or if you don’t use a hair brush, look into your comb. Pay close attention to the hairs you see: are they breaking from the roots? Or do you see broken off hairs all over the floor or sink? This means that your hair is damaged at various points on the strand.
Do the hairbrush test to see how damaged your hair is.

The split end test is recommended after we trim or cut our hair shorter. If your hair is splitting soon after a cut or trim, then there is something really wrong. Healthy hair does not split easily, it takes a month to eight weeks to split. Furthermore there is no better way to treat split ends than to cut them off.

And lastly if your hair is tangled,  it shouldn’t take hours to comb out after a wash or shower. Healthy hair is supple and moisturized. Damaged African hair will clump and stick together making it hard to get through. This is true even with the aids of leave-on conditioners and styling products. If your hair sticks and is hard to comb out this could mean it is damaged.

“MOISTURISED AND STYLED AFRICAN HAIR”

find the product that works for you
So our personal experiences with hair are different. Some people are lucky to grow up with good genes and never struggle a day in their lives. Some of us move from product to product till we get the one that we want. But to us, hair is all about finding what works for you and sticking to it. But be cautious to not exhaust your hair with a lot of chemicals and heat styling. Your hair needs to breathe!

I often see ladies come out the salon and get home and put on a dook to cover their hair. This is because of the stereotype that it grows faster that way. I’m one person that changes my hair frequently. I’m never afraid to cut it short and start afresh because I understand that hair is a lot of work.

But all in all ladies let us take good care of our hair. You can do so in researching methods to treat it that work for you and use products that you can afford monthly. With that being said ladies go out there and rock your hair! Remember “Your natural hair is not a trend. It’s simply YOU”!

Written by: Coco Msomi

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