Q: How can I tell if my hair is healthy? I mean, I think itís damaged because itís hard to control. (I have very curly hair that kinks and knots easily.) But my mom says itís just the way my hair is
and thereís nothing to be done about it. I like the curl I have, but Iím tired of it being so frazzled looking.
A: I know many women with very healthy, very curly hair who think that their hair is unhealthy because of the curliness and volume of hair they have. I also know many women whose hair is badly damaged but they
attribute the condition to the fact that they have curly hair.
To help quell this confusion, I offer these guidelines to what makes healthy hair:
• Healthy hair is shiny, and soft.
• Healthy hair does not tangle easily.
• Healthy hair is clean and not overly oily.
For women with very curly hair, sometimes the hair may be healthy, but seems unruly. Very often this is because it needs a styling product to help keep the cuticle layer
smooth and lubricated. Using a smoothing serum on the hair while it is still damp and carefully combing it through is a good way to help control the hair without lots of fuss. You can also use styling gels and
pomades, the point of which is to direct the curls so that they all lay in an orderly manner.
Damaged hair is most often dry and dull, and treating damaged hair involves using a generous moisturizer to restore moisture to the hair shaft. After using an after shampoo
conditioner, you should follow up with a leave-in conditioner and even a spray laminator to help seal in the moisture and add shine.
Try to avoid playing and fidgeting with the hair once it has been styled. With curly hair, the more you handle it once it is dry, the more likely youíre going to get frizz.