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What Condition Is Your Hair In?

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Our hair can be categorized in three different ways:

  • Healthy
  • Dry
  • Damaged
    • Characteristics of Healthy Hair

      • Smooth texture and feel
      • Shiny
      • Hair loss is 75?100 strands per day
      • Hair loss consists of entire hair strands (contains bulb)
      • Holds curl well
      • Relatively easy to comb while wet
      • Good elasticity (hair strand stretches when pulled)
      • Healthy scalp
      • No breakage
      • Minimal split ends
        • Characteristics of Dry or Stressed Hair

          • Hair loss is 75?100+ per day
          • Hair is dry to the touch but responds well to moisture
          • May have some scalp problems
          • Dull appearance
          • Itchy scalp
          • Loses curl easily
          • May be frizzy
          • Hair has poor elasticity (does not stretch before breaking)
          • Breakage (hair strands are short)
          • Split ends
            • Characteristics of Damaged Hair

            • Dull
            • Dry
            • Coarse
            • Frequent use of oil does not help retain moisture and/or the effects do not last long
            • Tangles easily, difficult to comb while wet
            • Frizzy
            • Breakage is severe in spots
            • Visible split ends
            • Scalp may be unhealthy
            • May have excessive dandruff
            • About The Author

              Nicole Elizabeth Smith, the author of "Healthy Black Hair" (2003), is a freelance health and beauty writer and a graduate of Michigan State University. She and her son Zack live in Michigan. Currently, she is beauty editor for


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