Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Healthy hair is beauty characteristic that a lot of people struggle with, especially those who color or dye it on a regular basis. Damages to Look For There are three main types of damage to look for: 1. Physical As hair grows, it gets older. Surprisingly enough, hair that has grown below your should is around 3 years old. Causes of wear and tear are due to shampooing, brushing, hair bands, and heat. Many women shampoo their hair, blow dry it with hot air, brush it, and put it up in a ponytail on a regular basis. All of these things cause physical damage, but simply have to be done to keep hair maintained. 2. Chemical Chemicals are very damaging and put extra stress on it, on top of the everyday physical damages. Coloring takes it away from its natural state, which causes it to break. Bleach is seen as the most damaging process in coloring, because the chemical strips the hair of natural color entirely and removes all moisture. While coloring and bleaching are very damaging, using cheap hair care products can also be a problem. 3. Biological There are a number of skin and scalp conditions that cause damage such as split ends, dandruff, and psoriasis. The majority of these are not self-inflicted and are simply a result of your biological chemical makeup. What Is Healthy Hair? Hair is not just what you see on the surface. Hair structure is made up of layers, cells, chemical bonds, and amino acids. When the shaft is healthy, hair shines and feels silky. Unhealthy hair appears frizzy and dry as a result of lack of nutrients. Healthy hair is also elastic in texture. It stretches just like a rubber band would, because it has an abundance of moisture. Believe it or not, shedding is also healthy. Many people think that losing hair means it is damaged, but a person with healthy hair loses about 50-100 hairs per day. How to Get It The secret isn’t about expensive products and shampoos. It all starts with your diet. Lean meats, protein, fruits and vegetable are all important for growing it long and strong. Vitamin D, Biotin, and water are also essential for promoting healthy hair cell growth and a healthy scalp. Another way to restore healthy hair is by reducing the amount of chemicals and heat you apply to it. Try going longer without coloring. If you flat iron your hair frequently, make sure to use a ceramic flat iron. If you dry it frequently, try letting hair air-dry. This will reduce the strain put on hair and will make it stronger and smoother over time. Final Thoughts If you already have shiny, smooth hair, that’s great! Keep doing what you’re doing. If you think there’s no hope for your hair and that it’s too damaged, don’t be discouraged! It will take some time to revive your hair back to full health, but remember to be patient and it will look and feel healthy in the long run!