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Beautiful hair is the dream, but did that selfie just make it clear that your locks need a little love? A busy calendar, plus a few random late nights here and there, and your hair care regime can fall apart.
When you finally notice the state of your hair affairs you'd be forgiven for being unsure - is this dry or damaged hair? And does the answer even really matter?
As it turns out, there's some pretty startling differences between dry hair and damaged hair - Knowing the differences are key to finding your inner hair-goddess.
Dry hair sounds bad and can feel bad too. It’s that crunchy feeling as you tie it up because, frankly, no one needs to notice it. Rough, straw-like texture are dry hair hallmarks. And if you're suffering from a bout of frizz, chances are dryness is the culprit.
But damaged hair is on another level. It looks just like dry hair, but is even worse.
So how can you be sure what's what?
The giveaway here is elasticity. This is no mere term for any kind of bounce-back. Hair elasticity is a real thing and you can test it when your hair is wet.
Here’s your how to guide to test for dry or damaged hair:
* Separate out a single strand of wet hair
* Gently pull the strand from both ends
Your aim here is to stretch the strand and test the elasticity.
If your hair can stretch about an extra third of its original length and bounce back you have dry hair.
If your hair snaps or fails to bounce back, well, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you have damaged hair. You'll need a special kind of love to woo damaged tresses back to beautiful - find out more.
So you have dry hair? Here's how to rediscover your hair happiness.