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What Does Damaged Hair Look Like | Hair Damage From Split Ends, Single Strand Knot, Fairy Knots

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Abby wants to know if she has hair damage or not. Her ends look split and the ends of her hair are knotted and rough even with she is straightening her hair.

Hair Tip #1 Identify What Damaged Hair Looks Like Off Shoot, Right Angle, Taper

Damaged hair is not dry hair but rather damaged hair is broken and or splitting hair. If the ends of your hair are constantly dry or and frizzy no matter how well your take care of or keep your hair moisturized. Take a closer look at the ends of your hair and pay attention to whether or not your hair is thinning as it nears the ends (disregard this if you have layers) and if your ends are broken or splitting. For your best trim, seek a professional hairstylist out for your trim or teach yourself how to trim your own hair if this is better for you. Refer to my hair care website to learns step by step how to cut your hair to trim your split ends.

Hair Tip #2 Deep Condition Your Hair with Humectants

Deep conditioning with humectants repairs the dryness that your hair is experiencing so that you can clearly see after deep conditioning, where your hair needs further assistance at whether or not you need protein or trimming. Doing a deep conditioning treatment and a protein treatment is NECESSARY before trimming your hair because this will repair what is repairable and leave behind what needs to be trimmed. Only use shears that are used to cut your hair for your hair only. If your shears have been used for other purposes, this will dull them and give you a rugged cut (usually not seen with the naked eye) and cause more damage near the ends.

Hair Tip #3 Protein Condition Your Hair With Greek Yogurt or Hydrolyzed Protein

For your best protein treatment, you have to identify whether you need a mild or intense protein treatment to avoid protein build up on you hair shaft. It is difficult getting rid of protein build up because it is attached to holes in the surface of your hair shaft as well as lodged internally within your hair. Read The Black Hair Manual for more information on choosing your best hair care products especially when it comes to protein treating your hair.

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Black Hair Split Ends And Knots 101:

When you use a flat iron, are the ends of your hair smooth and flat, or are they frizzy? If your hair is not perfectly smooth once you straighten it, you may have split ends or single strand knots.

There are two reasons you develop split ends. First, split ends are a part of the natural evolution of your hair growth. The ends of your hair is the oldest and tends to break down over time. This is why trimming your hair every six to eight weeks is so important. Another common cause of split ends is excess heat to the hair from styling appliances. There are ways to protect your hair from heat, including flat iron sprays. These sprays moisturize the hair and help prevent damage caused by heated hair appliances. To use, simply spray the hair you are styling with the product before running a straight iron along the hair shaft.

Another thing that plagues black hair is single strand knots. Single strand knots, also known as fairy knots, occur when the hair curls in on itself. Stretching the hair as it dries can help prevent these knots. After you wash your hair, braid or twist the hair from the root to the ends and allow it to dry.

Deep conditioning can help prevent split ends. A good conditioner will contain humectants and cold pressed oils. You can make your own conditioner filled with protein and moisturizers by combining banana, egg, honey and mayo. Apply this conditioner to your hair and let it penetrate the hair shaft.

You can keep split ends at bay and avoid single strand knots by following the advice listed above. Have your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks, deep condition your hair and braid your hair while drying.