You 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 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.