Are you familiar with the signs of natural hair damage? Although it may seem silly, the indicators are not always obvious. When I first started wearing my hair natural, I often wondered how I would recognize damage… since everything felt like bizarro world from my relaxer days. Well, if you’re like I was, wonder no more. Here are five easy ways to tell if you have damaged your natural hair.
5 signs you have damaged your natural hair
1. Split ends
Split ends are a common sign of damage. Examine your ends to see if there are any splits or broken sections. If you find the results are not encouraging, get your ends trimmed to preserve the integrity of your hair.
2. Unruly mane
Hair damage can be the cause of hair that suddenly takes over, becomes difficult to style, or seems frizzy and out-of-control. Get back on course with Wella’s Enrich Moisturizing Treatment for Coarse Hair to smooth things out. Chris, our tutorial guru loves this conditioner!
3. High porosity
So, let’s say that you moisturize your curl situation and then notice that your hair seems to lose that moisture a little too quickly. What? What happens when damaged hair becomes more porous? Some curl types are more porous then others. Consider what your hair is used to doing normally and use that as a guide.
4. Extra-fragile strands
Rough, brittle strands are tell-tale for hair that’s in desperate need of hydration. Do you have curls that feel dry or fragile? You can revive your hair with Wella Oil Reflections.
5. Increased breakage
It’s normal to experience shedding and see random coils lying around on some occasions – like, say, wash day or when you’re detangling – but when breakage is excessive, you may have a damaged hair problem.
It’s never great to discover your hair is damaged, but knowing is half the battle. Once you know what you’re up against, you can work on turning your hair’s health around.