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Are My Hair Products Damaging My Hair?

We have all complained of having damaged hair from time to time, it is only natural, however what are the 10 biggest signs that your hair has become damaged and is in need of some urgent care?

There are four main causes of everyday hair damage;

  • Incorrect product use
  • Over styling
  • Excessive heat
  • Over processing

Alone or in combination, engaging in these activities regularly will lead to your hair becoming damaged.

So how do we know when our hair is damaged? There are many signs that hair is no longer in a healthy condition, and spotting them early is key to preventing the damage from becoming long term, and will help you keep your hair looking healthy all year round.

Here we outline the top 10 signs that indicate that your hair is showing those tell tale signs of damage:

Sticky Texture

Have you ever noticed that after you wash and blow dry your hair, that your hair feels waxy and sticky? A sticky texture on your hair is an indication that your hair has become oversaturated with silicones. Silicones are often found in conditioners and intensive treatments, and coat the hair in order to give a silky, shiny appearance. If the product uses a cheap silicone ingredient, these are not water soluble, meaning over time they build up on the hair, which makes the hair feel sticky, and will eventually lead to the hair becoming dry.

Split Ends

We have all dealt with split ends at some point, and to many of us these are entirely normal, however they are in fact a sign that your hair is damaged.  Split ends are most commonly caused by over processing/colouring your hair, or excessive use of heated products.  Not only that, but split ends will prevent your hair from growing longer, as the hairs will continue to break away.  If you do have split ends, be sure to have a trim, and to make adjustments to your hair care routine in order to prevent them from coming back, such as reducing heat tool use or cutting back on colouring treatments.

Rough Coarse Texture 

When running your fingers down each strand of hair, if you notice the strand to feel thick, rough or even bumpy, this is another key sign of hair damage.  It indicates gaps in the hair shaft and raised cuticles, which will cause the hair to feel rough, tangle easily and be difficult to care for.

Lack of Shine

When your hair appears matte, or lacks lustre and shine, this means that each of the cuticles are raised, preventing them from being a reflective surface and thus not being shiny.  Similarly, if your hair is overloaded with product build up, this will also prevent light reflecting off of the hair and is a clear sign that something in your routine needs to change.

Lack of Elasticity

A sign of healthy hair, is hair that can stretch and then return without breaking.  Hair that lacks elasticity, and therefore easily breaks when put under any tension, is a very clear sign of hair damage.  A lack of elasticity means that your hair lacks a balance of moisture and protein, and the most common cause of this type of damage is excessive heat or chemical damage.

Stiff Hair Texture 

Much like when your hair feels sticky, hair that feels stiff is likely due to a product build up, which is causing your hair to retain the product on the hair rather than it being rinsed away between washes.

White Scalp Residue

Again, much like a stiff texture or a sticky feeling on the hair, white scalp residue is yet again a sign of product build up, and an indication that your products are not currently working effectively for you.  Product build up on the scalp will lead to your head feeling itchy and potentially sore, and is directly linked to your hair feeling either sticky or stiff.

Porous Hair

Hair porosity refers to how well your hair is able to absorb water, oils, moisture etc.  If you have high porosity hair, this means that the hairs cuticle has been damaged, and it cannot retain moisture anymore.  Highly porous hair is typically frizzy and tangles easily, and will require a sealant to smooth the cuticle and help the hair to retain moisture.

Colour Fading 

If you find your colour fades very quickly, then this is yet another sign that your current products are working against your hair, and potentially causing damage. Typical culprits of this are SLES or SLS found in many shampoos, as they are known to strip out colour from the hair as they are a harsh sulphate.  Opting for gentler sulphates can ensure your hair is still clean, but only removing the dirt and any product buildup, rather than the colour and moisture as well.

Does your hair require more product to tame it than usual?

If you have noticed that you are starting to need more serum to tame your frizz, more hairspray to keep the flyaways at bay, or more conditioner in order to achieve a shiny finish, then this is a sign that your products are damaging your hair.  It isn’t that the products are no longer working for you, it is that your hair is requiring them to work harder in order to be effective, therefore a change in your hair care routine is key to restoring your hair to a healthier condition.

Products that help

Our mission is to provide hair extension wears (and non-extension wearers) with the best hair care they can get. If your hair is suffering any of the above, we recommend using our Hairapeutix Hair Mask and Shampoo & Conditioner set to kick-start your hair revival routine.

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