The Good Book (BIBLE) says ‘’ a woman’s hair is her cover”. Isn’t it amazing how the creator Himself made hair a woman’s cover? This shows that women should take very good care of their hair in order not lose their cover. As women as we are, we are most careful when it comes to our hair. We spend a lot of money on it just to keep it in the right shape.
Men cannot be excluded here because some men also spend money on their hair and some even give money to their wives to keep their hair neat and good looking.
All these attest to the fact that everybody loves their hair and nobody will want to carry a damaged or bad looking hair around.
Some people are overprotective and others too are careless when it comes to their hair that’s why they often end up with a damaged hair. Others too do not even notice until their hair is completely damaged. Do not worry as this post is here to alert you of some of the signs of hair damage.
PARTS OF THE HAIR
The hair is derived from the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin) and it is made up of two parts, namely; the hair follicle and shaft.
This is the root of the hair and its function is to produce an oily substance (sebum) which nourishes the hair and the skin. It also acts as a sensitive receptor that allows an individual to sense various stimuli. It also regulates an individual’s hair growth by interacting with various hormones.
It is also made up three layers, namely; medulla (deepest layer), the cortex (middle layer) and the cuticle (outer layer) which is colourless and thin. It regulates body temperature, protecting the skin, etc.
CAUSES OF HAIR DAMAGE
Stress, poor diet, unfavourable weather conditions, hair exposure to extreme heat, processing the hair too often with hair dryers, frequent or too much hair wash, too much or frequent brushing, improper drying of the hair, elastic hair ties that pulls so much on the scalp, certain health conditions like hyperthyroidism, hair bleaching, hair colouring, etc.
5 SIGNS OF HAIR DAMAGE
ROUGHNESS OF HAIR
This can be tested by running your fingers along the ends of your hair. A damaged turns out to be sticky with uneven ends.A slightly rough hair means the hair is healthy.
This measures how the hair is able to absorb moisture. When the hair is damaged, it becomes highly porous because the hair’s cuticle opens exposing the inner cortex. The gives the hair a dull and dry looks. Hair with poor porosity too lacks moisture and does not respond to treatment well.
LACK OF ELASTICITY
Hair in its normal condition is bouncy but absent in the otherwise hair. You can test for hair’s elasticity by picking a hair strand by the thumb and forefinger and stretch it to 1/3 of its length. A healthier hair will regain its original size but the damaged hair will not or better still breaks off.
A damaged hair looks extremely dry due lack of production or under production of the sebum the hair produce to moisturize it. Dry hair eventually leads to hair breakage.
Though other factors like exposure of hair to too much friction during sleep, constant wearing of ponytails can cause the hair to tangle, damaged hair tangles easily due to lack of moisture or hydration.