Our hair can be categorized in three different ways:HealthyDryDamaged
Characteristics of Healthy HairSmooth texture and feelShinyHair loss is 75?100 strands per dayHair loss consists of entire hair strands (contains bulb)Holds curl wellRelatively easy to comb while wetGood elasticity (hair strand stretches when pulled)Healthy scalpNo breakageMinimal split ends
Characteristics of Dry or Stressed HairHair loss is 75?100+ per dayHair is dry to the touch but responds well to moistureMay have some scalp problemsDull appearanceItchy scalpLoses curl easilyMay be frizzyHair has poor elasticity (does not stretch before breaking)Breakage (hair strands are short)Split ends
Characteristics of Damaged HairDullDryCoarseFrequent use of oil does not help retain moisture and/or the effects do not last longTangles easily, difficult to comb while wetFrizzyBreakage is severe in spotsVisible split endsScalp may be unhealthyMay 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 www.myhairbook.com.