[+Podcast] How to know when your hair is healthy
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You’re eager and may have been consistent with your hair products and keeping your natural hair moisturized for a while. So how do you know if your hair is finally “healthy”? Though we are all different, and our healthy manes will look differently from one another, there’s a few ways tell:
The snapback is real
Got to love that SHRINKAGE right? I won’t lie, I have a love hate relationship with it. Because the longer my hair grows it just seems like (when it’s curly) it’s NOT growing because the shrinkage keeps my coils tight to my head. BUT this is actually a great way to tell how healthy your hair is. Not everyone has shrinkage but if you can stretch your hair to longest it will go, if you let go of it, healthy hair should bounce right back to where it was. You shouldn’t be able to tell it was even disturbed.
She feels like a cloud
How your hair feels is one of the easiest ways to determine health at that moment. BUT just because she feels dry at a certain moment doesn’t necessarily mean she’s unhealthy. My hair gets dry too when I’m being lazy. But pay attention to how your hair feels when she’s moisturized. When you’ve been consistent with your hair care regimen and you’re using the right products, you’ll be amazed by how soft it is to the touch.
For me I always know I did a good job moisturizing if I touch my hair and feels like I’m touching a lot of oils or my fingers feel moist but NOTHING comes off onto my hands and clothes. That means that moisture is inside of my follicles and my strands are happy and full.
Hair is less porous
Technicallyyyy…a major reason many naturals categorize their hair as “high-porosity” is because they actually have some damage. Not everyone, but if you have high porosity, stop and think for a sec if you’ve used a lot of heat on your hair or put permanent color in it. These two cause damage and you can notice damaged hair by the change in the curl pattern and porosity level.
When hair is healthy, she’s less porous which means she doesn’t have a lot of holes and missing spaces in her cuticle structure and is able to retain water much better. So if you want to measure health this way, go ahead and record (take pics too) of your hair’s current porosity. You can take the porosity level test by clicking here. Get serious about being consistent with your hair care and come back to it in a few months and see if you notice a difference in the porosity level.
The ultimate stretch test
Alright this is a little more extreme than my first point about the “snapback”. When hair is healthy, it’s strong. And healthy hair should be able to stretch about 50% of its length before it snaps.
Hair can even grow while it’s damaged, but I relate hair to a rubber band. You know how a frail rubber band can lookbut how (incredibly) it still can hold things together and not disintegrate? Now if you stretch that rubber band, all the cuts and flaws in it will be clearly visible and as soon as one of those weak spots give way, the rubber band will snap.
Hair is the same way. Healthy hair can be stretched MUCH further than hair that’s not because there’s less weak spots in the structure. Its chances of snapping so soon decreases. So test that out for a while and see if the efforts you’ve put in increase your hair’s elasticity!
These are some quick ways to know when your hair is healthy. Progress can be such a slow race that it’s sometimes hard to tell if we have seen positive results so I hope this helps your healthy hair journey!