As Part 1 of my Healthy Hair Journey Series, I explain how to find out whether your curls are damaged, when the damage began and how severe the damage is. These factors are most important in a healthy hair journey because you don’t want to continue to treat damaged hair and mistake it for healthy growth, you want to slowly get rid of it and know where it begins.
I demonstrate three methods to find damage. There are many methods out there, but these three have been the simplest and most accurate for me. I hope that you find this helpful and try these methods out so that you can begin your Healthy Hair Journey the proper way!
Add a conditioner of your choice to wet hair and analyze how the ends react. Damaged hair will be limp and lifeless. From here you can identify the line of denmercatoin. Glide a Denman brush through your conditioned hair whilst applying a small amount of tension. You’ll start to notice a difference in your curl pattern after a few brushes.
The finger coil test is probably the easiest. Curl your a small section of your wet hair around your finger. This is a tension test that will identify where your hair lost its curl pattern. Damaged hair lacks elasticity and won’t curl as easily as healthy hair.
The shingling test requires you to apply your gel of choice to your wet hair. Healthy hair will curl while your damaged hair will clump together with less visible curls.