Thursday, March 27, 2014

Do You Know How to Test the Health of Your Hair?

In order to know the best way to handle your hair, you need to determine what its true condition by running a few simple tests.  Once you do, you will have an easier time of figuring out the right products or style to always keep it looking great.

Here is test number one.  This will require you to pull out a strand of your hair.  Now wrap that strand pretty firmly between your thumb on one hand and index finger on the other.  Then tug it a little further apart.  If that strand snaps right away, your hair may be overly dry.  However, if it stretches and seems to have some elasticity to it by bouncing back to its original shape when that tense hold is removed, you can feel fairly confident that your hair is healthy. Hair that stretches, but doesn’t spring back is a sign that it is a little damaged and somewhat on the dry side, requiring a conditioner.

Test number two requires a glass of water and another strand of hair that you will add to it.  If you see that hair sink to the bottom, your hair is parched and needs deep conditioning.  On the other hand, if that strand floats, this signals healthy, fully hydrated hair.  This happens because the drier the hair, the more it absorbs water.

For this last test, you will need to yank out another strand of hair as well as locate a sewing needle.  What you are going to do is try threading the bottom of that strand (not the tip from the root) through the eye of that needle.  If your hair manages to go through that needle, then your hair is in excellent shape.  But, if the strand is snagging in the process, your hair cuticle is damaged and frayed.  Then again, another possibility of its failure to go through is you could have split ends and benefit from a trim.

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