For years I would look at these images and try to get my hair to mimic the shine and movement of the brunettes. The shine was the most important for me and I would purchase all these shampoos, conditioners, serums, oils, greases you name it to provide me with that just stepped out of an ad shine. All the while I thought I was doing something to make my relaxed hair healthy and nothing could it damage it outside of frying with the curling iron. For some of that time my hair was healthy. The rest of the time it wasn't.
So how do you know if your relaxed, colored or natural hair is healthy or not? After talking with stylists, reading multiple hair blogs and learning from my own mistakes I've compiled a list of five ways to tell when your hair is healthy.
1. No breakageWhen hair is healthy it has elasticity and will snap back into place. When hair isn't healthy it will snap into pieces when put under pressure. This creates little pieces of hair that you may find on your floors or counters. It also creates short and scraggly hairs on your head where the breakage occurred.
Breakage is caused by over-drying, a diet low in iron or protein, over-styling, heat damage or chemical damage.
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2. A regular amount of sheddingHair can shed between 100-200 strands a day. I've never counted the number of strands that shed from my head, but I can easily notice when my hair is shedding more. That's when I know my hair isn't as healthy as I think it is and it's missing something that it needs such as moisture or protein.
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