Is Your Hair Healthy?

August 11, 2008 by CutestPrincess  
Published in Hair

What’s your damage? Surprising ways you might be taxing your tresses, and the easy fixes.

Check the Bulb

Pluck out a strand of hair at the root and examine the base. Strong hair has a thick bulb. “If there’s no bulb, the hair follicle isn’t healthy.” The cause? Damage from styling or, potentially, genetically linked hair loss.

Give it a Tug

Wrap a strand of hair around your index finger and thumb (like a piece of string), then use your other hand to tug on it. If it snaps immediately, your hair is lacking moisture: if it stretches “like bubble gum”, it needs protein, which strengthens the hair’s keratin bonds.

Do the “Sink or Float” Test

Drop a strand of hair into a glass of water. A healthy strand will float. If it sinks, the shaft is porous. This can happen to color-treated hair, but it can also occur with a protein deficiency.
To get a fair picture of your hair’s overall health, repeat tests on at least four strands from different parts of your head, suggests Donna Maggi, education manager of Nioxin, a hair-and scalp-care company.

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One Response to “Is Your Hair Healthy?”
  1. pauline Says:

    I recently found a great chemical free tea tree shampoo – which really helped me grow stronger hair –its from the Made from Earth product line called the Tea & Protein Herbal Shampoo….it actiallu has wheat proteins in it and that’s what makes my hair look so full after I use it.

    The directions say for the shampoo to work – you have to leave in your hair for 2 – but I usually do it for about 5, since my hair used to be so thin. But 5 minutes really works for me cause I can see a major difference in how thick my hair is…

    Even my husband comments on how my hair felt better – and he never notices anything! I recommend it for all healthy women out there who want better full hair.

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