Do Not Ignore These 9 Symptoms Of Distressed Hair

African American Black Woman With Big HairYou have seen the error of your ways and you have made a resolution to approach your hair care differently.

You have been pouring over countless hair blogs and you have learned so much that you are dubbed the hair care expert in your own circles.

Since starting your healthy hair journey, you have diligently avoided the deadly sins of hair care and made sure to observe all the best practices that should set you on the path to achieving your goals.

But you still have bone dry hair, still encounter a myriad of SSK’s and you have constant breakage. This may cause you to lose faith in the process and do away with your regimen.

But have you ever stopped to think that it could be an indication of a deeper underlying issue that went unnoticed?

All the things we do to our hair are bound to have an effect one way or the other. It stands to reason that what you are now experiencing are symptoms of distressed hair.

Why is it surfacing now when I have embarked on my healthy hair journey?


Chances are the signs were there but you did not recognize them. The fact that you have started a HHJ doesn’t necessarily mean that the effects of the damage done won’t surface over time.

What you are experiencing could be as a result of severe damage that will require more than just a quick fix. Often times, such damage requires a process of renewal.

Distressed hair is a state of acute damage of the hair and/or scalp, which results in prolonged symptoms if not addressed promptly. Distressed hair does not just have to do with what you do or don’t do to your hair in a short space of time. In fact it goes straight to the issues of your overall health.

If you find yourself in this particular situation, do not ignore these symptoms of distresses hair, as it could be the deciding factor in whether or not you are able to attain healthy hair.

1. Bone Dry Hair

If your hair is perpetually dry as a chip, has a rough texture and is brittle to the touch, you may have distressed hair. This is an indication that there has been some erosion of the cuticle layer, which results from excessive use of heat (frequent blow drying, curling and flat ironing), the effect of natural elements such as sun and wind or the use of harsh chemicals in hair products.

2. Ultra Soft Hair

Sure soft hair is great, but if it feels like mushy cotton that’s a red flag! Extra or excessively soft hair is usually an indication that your hair is begging for a dose of protein.

Remember, protein is integral to the structural makeup of the hair. If your hair is lacking protein it’s strength has been diminished and you are now susceptible to mid-shaft popping, split ends and other types of breakage.

Hair may also become ultra soft when over moisturized or conditioned or kept wet for extended periods of time.

Originally posted 2013-11-24 15:00:50.

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Comments

  1. Alx Edg
    Alx Edg

    BlackHairInformation.com..Thanks for all the info you have shared with us and the free e-book.Appreciated!!

  2. Kamarla Walters
    Kamarla Walters

    I use Kantu leave in conditioner for my hair treatments, is that ok or is there something else i should be using?

  3. Linda McClinton
    Linda McClinton

    Thank you for the ebook! I love all of the tips too and I love my natural hair…keeps me feeling like a naturally spiritual woman. 🙂

  4. Marsha Buchanan

    I’ve had my fair share of these ladies so I can understand the frustration that comes with dealing with them. Patience is important when battling any of these issues and more so when dealing with multiple issues, so be patient, be consistent and you will reap the rewards.

  5. Keanna Akasha Payne
    Keanna Akasha Payne

    I just buzzed off my hair two months ago due to a lot Of. Dyes, perms and bleaching. It’s grown somewhat but what can I do/use to make sure it stays healthy and continues to grow without breaking off?

    1. Marsha Buchanan Post author

      Congratulations on that step Keanna Akasha Payne. Ensuring that you continue to grow healthy hair involves consistently engaging in a number of practices inclusive of having a healthy diet to nourish the growth from within, moisturizing and sealing, deep conditioning and maintaining the proper protein and moisture balance. Healthy hair care practices such as sleeping in a satin cap/scarf (or on a satin pillow case) and low manipulation through protective styling will be crucial especially as the hair grows longer. The key in all this is consistency.

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