Damaged Hair: Everyday Wear and Tear
Hair is by nature fairly robust and can withstand a lot of styling abuse, but it can still be damaged by over-zealous brushing and combing, especially if it’s wet and/or tangled. Metal combs are a major watch out as is backcombing (careful when creating your bouffants, ladies), as it tugs against the scales of the cuticle and can cause damaged hair. Once hair has been backcombed the delicate scales of the cuticle are lifted, and the next time a comb passes over these scales they will be ripped off.
Heat is an obvious source of damaged hair’s dryness and unmanageability. It really robs hair of the moisture that is crucial to its lush feel. In fact, if a heat appliance is too hot, it can actually cause the water in the hair to boil and for bubbles of heat to form inside the softened hair shaft! This, too, is a source of damaged hair. Minimizing the use of heat on your hair and setting your heated styling tools at the lowest possible temperature will work like a charm to help keep your hair soft and healthy looking.