How to Tell If You Have Damaged Hair

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Hair can be damaged by various treatments, procedures, and products. Frequent blow drying, straightening, and exposure to sun and wind can damage hair. Hair can also be damaged by chemical treatments, such as coloring and perming. Damaged hair can be treated by conditioning your hair regularly, avoiding overexposure and excessive treatments, and using leave-in conditioner treatments once a week. Damaged hair can be recognized by looking for a few signs.

Step 1

Feel the hair for roughness. The hair won't have much silkiness or softness to it.

Step 2

Feel the hair for dryness and brittleness. The hair may break easily and not feel manageable.

Step 3

Notice how long haircolor lasts. If you dye your hair and it seems to fade quickly, it could be because your hair is too dry and damaged to absorb the color properly.

Step 4

Wet your hair and notice how it reacts. If it becomes matted or stuck together, it is likely damaged.

Step 5

Look for hair in your hairbrush. If there's a lot of hair left behind after you brush, that means your hair is breaking easily. It may be weak because of damage.

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