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What Condition Is Your Hair In?

by Nicole Elizabeth Smith

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

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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.
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The information of this page is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for your dermatologist's or professional's advice or treatment. For further details, please read our disclaimer.

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