That, my friends, is not a tree branch. I know it looks like one that a ninja snapped in half, but nope. It is a piece of damaged hair under a microscope.
Stylists talk a lot about how to get healthy hair. I talk a lot about how to get healthy hair. But to achieve it, you need to know that there is a healthy balance between damaged and damaged. Ahh yes. Sounds confusing, but you'll understand in a moment.
Your hair is made up of protein, specially one called keratin. Your hair, just like the muscles in your body, need protein to become strong and healthy. Which is why you see a lot of hair products that say, "made with protein". If you're using one of these, then good for you! Your on your way to healthy hair.
But here's where that other damaged plays in. Using too much protein can start to make your hair dry and brittle, causing it to break. Starting to understand now?
If you've hit that "too much" point, here's what you need to do.
- Use a really good clarifying shampoo. Just trying to condition the dryness out won't work because there is a building up of protein in your hair. You have to clean it out.
- Then use a really good conditioner. Clarifying shampoos leave your hair dry, so you need to put that moisture back in. But stay away from one with protein in it.