Your hair is vulnerable to damage due to factors such as environment, chemicals, and lack of care. As a result, your hair gradually starts to lose its natural oil and lustre. Fortunately, whenever your hair is in trouble, it shows symptoms. So, we’re going to list some of the most obvious symptoms of lack of hair nourishment.
Why does your hair need nourishment?
You must understand the significance of hair nourishment or hydration if you want smooth, lustrous, and bouncy hair. Simply said, hair nourishing means giving your hair follicle cells the vital nutrients and micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, oxygen, etc.
To learn how to tell if your hair needs moisture or care, Health Shots spoke to Dr Rinky Kapoor, Consultant Dermatologist, Cosmetic Dermatologist, and Dermato-Surgeon, The Esthetic Clinics.
Dr Kapoor says, “We love our hair and do all sorts of things to nourish and protect it. There are so many products and techniques to try out that more often than not we might end up ignoring the damage we are doing to our beloved strands. Hair damage has an adverse effect on our confidence and self-esteem.”
To help you take care of your hair better and avoid further harm, here is a list of top 5 signs of hair damage to look out for:
1. Breakage/hair fall
This is caused because of poor health of the scales of your hair. Excessive styling, blow drying, curling rods, and poor nutrition cause the hair to become weak and break and shed. Small amount of hair loss is normal but a significant amount of hair loss is a cause of worry.
2. Bumpy hair strands
Run your fingers through your hair and how they feel. If the hair strand feels rough and bumpy then all is not all good in your hair’s life. Uneven hair texture is an indicative of lack of protein.
This is one of the most common signs of hair damage. Notice how often your hair gets tangled even after combing regularly. This happens because of dryness. The hair cuticles become exposed and the hair snagged with each other causing tangles. Chemical products are the main culprits of tangles.
4. Split ends
Split ends are very easy to spot but difficult to treat. If after a fresh haircut you notice hair strands splitting in about six weeks then it is time to treat hair damage.
5. Dull and frizzy hair
Do your locks refuse to bounce back to life no matter how much you care for them? Conditioning, volumizing, anti-frizz products nothing helps get the life back to hair? The reason is moisture from the atmosphere and lack of moisture in the hair is making the hair dull and frizzy.
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There can be so many reasons for the damage to the hair such as stress, genetics, hormonal changes, lack of nutrition, diseases, diabetes, pollution, daily wear and tear, frequent hair wash etc. Consult your dermatologist before starting a treatment of your own.
Apart from this, avoid these 5 mistakes to avoid damaged hair:
- Apply a hair mask such as an egg mask for at least a week.
- Do not wash your hair frequently.
- Avoid using a blow dryer if your hair is getting dry and frizzy.
- Use lukewarm water to wash hair.
- Drink enough water to stay hydrated.