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What Condition Is Your Hair In?

By Nicole Elizabeth Smith

Our hair can be categorized in three different ways:


Characteristics of Healthy Hair

Smooth texture and feel
Hair loss is 75100 strands per day
Hair loss consists of entire hair strands (contains bulb)
Holds curl well
Relatively easy to comb while wet
Good elasticity (hair strand stretches when pulled)
Healthy scalp
No breakage
Minimal split ends

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Characteristics of Dry or Stressed Hair

Hair loss is 75100+ per day
Hair is dry to the touch but responds well to moisture
May have some scalp problems
Dull appearance
Itchy scalp
Loses curl easily
May be frizzy
Hair has poor elasticity (does not stretch before breaking)
Breakage (hair strands are short)
Split ends

Characteristics of Damaged Hair

Frequent use of oil does not help retain moisture and/or the effects do not last long
Tangles easily, difficult to comb while wet
Breakage is severe in spots
Visible split ends
Scalp may be unhealthy
May have excessive dandruff

© Nicole Elizabeth Smith
Nicole Elizabeth Smith, the author of "Healthy Black Hair" (2003), is a freelance health and beauty writer and a graduate of Michigan State University. She and her son Zack live in Michigan. Currently, she is beauty editor for


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