Read on to find out.
Between all of the blow-drying, styling, and brushing, we put our hair through the ringer. And sometimes it shows. But are those parched ends a sign of damage or does our hair just need a little TLC? Believe it or not, sometimes you might think that your hair is damaged when in reality it's just dry. Determining the difference between these two things will change the way you care for your hair and, ultimately, the way it looks.
To help you determine if your hair is damaged, we tapped Travis Parker, a L'Oréal Professionnel Artist, to learn the difference between dry and damaged hair, the best products for managing damaged hair and the top tip for transforming a damaged mane.
Read on for three easy-to-follow sections that will change your hair care game.
The Difference Between Damaged and Dry Hair
Even a pro can understand that this is a blurry line in hair care. To help clear things up, Parker explains that dry hair, like dry skin, is simply caused from a lack of moisture, generally caused by the environment and/or over cleansing. "Damaged hair, on the other hand, is the next step in the process where the exterior of the hair has become permanently damaged, potentially even the cortex has become jeopardized," Parker says. In other words, it's when dryness goes a step too far and starts to cause damage. This is when your hair will experience breakage (not just a few split ends), and will lose all elasticity.
Here's a simple trick to test your own hair for damage. When the hair is wet, pluck one strand of hair. Gently tug at the hair from either end. If the hair does not stretch and/or breaks, then your hair is damaged and lacking much need proteins. If the hair stretches just slightly, then it is in need of moisture.
The Best Products for Managing Damaged Hair
Now, if you find you have damaged hair, don't panic. The same way there are skin care products to help alleviate more serious skin issues, there are certain hair care products that can make a world of difference for damaged hair. L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidium not only adds intense moisture and nourishment back into the hair, but it adds visible resurfacing to the hair's structure and consolidates the internal structure of the hair. Once the hair has been repaired, look to a line, like Nutrifier , that hydrates, or Inforcer, that prevents breakage.
The Top Tip for Transforming Dry Hair
Is your hair just suffering from dryness? Hydrate and protect dry strands with a quality leave-in conditioner. Simply spritz it into damp strands and go about your day. As more days go by, you'll begin to notice your strands improving before your very eyes.