The Beauty Dept / 9 Surprising Reasons your hair may not look great
WORDS BY MARCIA KILGORE
9 Surprising Reasons Your Hair May Not Look Great
(10 minutes to read)
A hair-science overview of what weakens, breaks, thins, frizzes and dulls your tresses, and what you can do (or avoid doing) to improve!
Whoever came up with the much-uttered adage ‘the grass is always greener’ was probably talking about their hair (or their sister’s hair, or their best friend’s hair). If your mane is curly, you probably own a few straightening irons. If you’ve been saddled with fine hair, you may wonder if it’s possible to ‘Dolly’ (Ms Parton, it’s rumoured, loves efficiency so much she now exclusively wears wigs). And while there really are limits to how much real change you can have on what mother nature gave you, there are a few hair pro tips that will help you make the best of your genetics:
If your normally-healthy hair is naturally fine, but seems to be thinning or lacking elasticity, or if you’re losing hair volume, assess your daily routine for one of three of the usual suspects: too regular heat-styling or bleaching/colouring, hormonal fluctuations (especially post-pregnancy) and high-stress levels. Why? Heat styling opens-up the hair cuticle and causes hair breakage and a reduction in elasticity. Hormonal fluctuations can cause hair to grow or shed in waves. And high-stress has been proven to lead to temporary hair loss – the medical term being ‘telogen effluvium’ – which is a physical response to the impact of stress on the body and mind. So yes, stress-related hair shedding is officially a ‘condition’.
If your hair is sometimes gorgeous, thick and curly, it can probably also have moments when it’s coarse, frizzy, fuzzy and shapeless. Why? Thick, curly, frizzy hair is very dynamic, and the texture is easily affected by friction. So brushing or fine-tooth combing is a ‘NO NO’ if you don’t want va-va-va-volume. And running your hands through your hair without weighing it down can still turn it into a helmet. A balance must be struck between curly hair absorbing too much moisture (which makes it expand and get ‘poufy’ if not managed by anti-humectant ingredients) and being too dry (the result, again, of regular use of heat styling, curling irons, flat irons, hot rollers). And chemical treatments can exacerbate dryness, so if you’re regularly colouring your hair, you should choose specially formulated products for curly hair and a reparative shampoo, repairing conditioner and repairing treatment to feed it what it needs.
If your naturally shiny, healthy hair is suddenly flat, dull and lacking in vibrancy, any of the following could be the culprits: hard water is full of minerals (Calcium, Lime, Magnesium) which can leave you with dull, brittle and damaged hair that’s more prone to breakage (and can even strip colour-treated hair). Too much sun exposure can break down hair proteins, which weaken the hair and causes it to look dull and lifeless. Over-styling your hair (for all the same reasons we’ve mentioned above) and quite possibly your hair just needs a little more conditioner - because natural oils in your hair’s outer layer help protect the inner layers, and they reflect light so your hair looks shinier. But if you wash a lot, you might need to add to those oils from the outside!
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