How to Test Hair Health
Before exposing your hair to harmful chemicals, here are some ways on how to test hair health. Assess the following:
Hair porosity refers to the ability of your hair to retain and absorb moisture. Damaged hair is highly porous, which means the cuticle or the outermost layer of the hair is raised, exposing the inner part of the hair (cortex).
Check for this by using your index finger and middle finger, and then feel the strands between your fingers. If it feels coarse and rough, you most likely have porous hair.
Healthy hair follicle
How to test hair health? One of the ways is to check your follicles. The hair follicle is the part of the skin where the root of the hair is attached to.
Take one strand of your hair and wrap it around your hand. Locate its root and pluck it out as close to your scalp as possible.
Check the root of the hair. If there is a bulb-shaped structure, in the end, your hair is healthy. If it looks flat, or the root does not have any form in it, then most likely your hair is damaged.
Damaged follicles can mean the hair is weak. Strands can grow too thin or not at all.
Hair elasticity can tell us how strong your hair is.
To check this, take a strand of your hair, wet it, and stretch it. If it stretches by at least 30% before it breaks, then your hair is healthy. If it breaks at less than 30%-50% or if it breaks almost as soon as you try to stretch it, then most likely our hair is damaged.
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