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Monday, January 10, 2011

What's Your hair Damage?

There are some ways to find out whether you should lay off the blow-dryers, curlers, straighteners and dye:

Test the stretch. Pluck a hair from your head, then pull it tightly from one end, and let go. If the hair doesn't spring right back, that's a sign it has lost elasticity and could break if subjected to additional heat or chemicals.

Check your hair brush. A hair that breaks off at the root (you'll see a white bulb at one end) is normal. Hair that cracks midway down the shaft is not! if the damage is extensive, you're losing much more than the average 50-100 hairs a day.

Time yourself. Damaged hair dries faster because it's too porous. Rule of thumb: if your hair is medium to thick and takes less than an hour to air-dry, then it's in trouble.

Check your ends. Are they lighter than the rest of your hair (not because you dyed them that way)? If so, you're seeing the medulla, the inner core of the hair - and the only solution is to trim those ends.

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