Frizz is the ultimate F word (when it comes to our hair). Whether you’re dealing with static strands or curls that flow more like a maze than a wave, it all comes down to one problem: breakage. Don’t worry, we know the struggle. To help you along, we’ll review the signs of hair breakage and how to treat it. Let’s begin, shall we?
1. Flyaways and unruly bits
Broken hairs have a whole different flight pattern than healthy hairs (hence the name, “flyaways”). These are the wild, hard-to-control bits that float upward and away from our scalp.
Here’s what’s happening: the more you abuse your hair through straightening, teasing and chemical treatments, more of your hair strands dry up, shrivel and unravel. Yes, that’s right — like yarn, your hair can actually split apart. When the cuticle (the outermost layer of your locks) becomes damaged, it peels away, leaving the strand thinner and thinner.
Since these strands aren't heavy enough to lay flat on your head, they fly off and become airborne.
2. Split ends
Let’s return to our analogy about hair being like yarn. As hair gets dry and brittle, the protective layers of its shaft will peel off from the cortex. If you inspect your ends up close, you’ll actually see tiny micro hairs that have split into all directions like the leaves of a pineapple.
Split ends are a clear-cut sign of hair breakage. To repair them, you need to do two things: get a trim and replenish your hair’s moisture. Hair that’s properly hydrated won’t break as easily because its cuticles are smooth and silky — and most importantly, sealed shut!
3. It feels crunchy
If you can’t see the damage, sometimes you can feel it. In the most severe cases of breakage, the ends may take on a crispy texture. Just try caressing these pieces and it’ll be like massaging a Brillo pad —- rough, frail and totally devoid of moisture.
Use a hydrating hair care system to replenish your stressed-out tresses. The Biotin Shampoo and Conditioner Set coats your hair with vitamins & botanicals from root to tip, restoring shine and smoothness.
4. Hair feels heavy (but looks stringy)
Without getting too sciencey, here’s a neat fact: dead hair weighs more than healthy hair. Interesting, right?
One of the most common signs of hair breakage is that the bulk of your hair feels, well, bulky. Since damaged strands are more porous, they absorb extra moisture and become heavier — but not in the good way that looks fresh and bouncy like healthy hair. Instead, it gets over-saturated with humidity and FRIZZY all over.
In this case, your hair will usually fall into one of these two categories: either your fine or semi-straight strands resemble an old broomstick, or your curls look like a post-apocalyptic poodle.
However you identify it, you’ve got hair breakage!
5. It looks dull
No matter how much argan oil you use, your hair ends up being more greasy than glossy. That’s another sign of hair breakage — it looks dull and lifeless no matter how much you try to revive it.
Stick to lightweight products to avoid buildup in your scalp, which will only weigh down and worsen your already unmanageable hair. And beware of using hair products that contain silicone. Although it feels luxurious and adds shine, this glossing effect comes from its rubbery liquid texture. You’re basically getting the illusion of smoother, silkier locks when in reality, you’re just smothering your strands in plastic goo. Gross much?
Healthy hair starts on the inside. That’s why a daily nutritional supplement like the Hairtamin Advanced Formula is vital for nourishing your hair follicles — the root source of growth.
Do you have tips on how to control hair breakage? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!