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Damaged vs Dry Hair: What’s The Difference?

28 September 2018
Damaged hair vs dry hair
Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall

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An American journalist living in Paris, Elizabeth has a passion for all things hair.

There are major differences between damaged hair and dry hair. No, believe or not, they’re not the same thing! Confused? We were too, we’re here to help explain.

You see a picture of yourself tagged online and the only thing you can focus on is your dull, frizzy hair. Do you stop to think if your hair is dry or damaged? Like most of us, you may be shocked to know there are vast differences between dry and damaged locks. And don’t fret - according to the pros, it’s not too late to begin the healing process.

Damaged Hair or Dry Hair?

Before heading to the salon shelves to search for the cure, make sure you know what you’re needs… let’s identify the differences:

  • Damaged hair is hair that is lacking protein. And how is the damaged caused? Too much heat, chemicals, pollution and brushing can all be amongst the contributors.
  • Dry hair is simply hair that lacks moisture, the component that gives it elasticity - dehydrated hair if you will.

One of the easiest ways to know whether your tresses are dry or damaged is to do the famous wet strand test. Delicately pluck out one wet strand from your mane. Holding the strand at either end, gently begin to pull on both sides. If the hair stretches approximately one third and then returns to its original shape, it’s healthy. On the other hand, if the hair doesn’t stretch or stretches a little before breaking, your hair is dry. If the strand stretches like a rubber band then your hair is lacking protein, therefore it’s damaged (sorry to break it to you!).But getting an expert opinion from your stylist will always be the best way to know which kind of love your hair is in need of.

Do I Have Dry Hair?

If your hair is dry, you can expect these tell-tale signs:

  • Tough, straw-like feel
  • Dull appearance - healthy hair should be bouncy and shiny!
  • No flexibility - if your hair breaks off while brushing it
  • Frizz – if you can’t fight the frizz, your hair is parched

Do I Have Damaged Hair?

On the other hand, protein-deprived damaged hair is detected by:

  • Difficulty to style and hold curls - going flat after ten minutes
  • Easily tangled and hard to manage (like headphones out of your handbag)
  • Fluffy, split ends. Been skipping those salon appointments? Shame on you, now you’ll have to cut more off.

How to Avoid Dry Hair and Damaged Hair

The issues may be separate, but the causes of damaged and dry hair often stem from the same bad practices. Heat is hair’s rival. Shout-out to styling tool and UV rays - thanks a lot!

The hair damage caused by your curling iron can take months to reverse - not what you want to hear, we know. As tempted as you may be, stepping away from the heat tools may not be non-negotiable if your hair is hooked. Are you spritzing that all important heat protecting hero before you clamp your style?

Here are our heat protection heroes;

  1. Try the frizz battling heat protecting cream that is the Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry.
  2. Redken are offering you a setting spray packed with heat protection, a dream! Redken’s Hot Sets 22 is a staple in our cupboards.
  3. To get volume alongside your heat protection, L'Oréal Professionnel's Techni.ART Constructor offers volume to boot.

Chemicals are the culprit.

Years of bleaching when not in the hands of the professionals can take its toll on hair. This plays havoc on your hair, so it’s time to break the habit and build the bonds. Bonding system are used by the experts who always know best, make sure you’re using a bonding treatment. Look to L’Oreal Professionnel’s Smartbond. This in-salon treatment can be added into any services (colour or cut) to help repair hair from the inside out. Want to take it home with you? Check into hair-rehab with The Matrix Re-Bond 3 Step routine, a system developed enriched with Citric acid to combat years of styling tools and hair colouring, hallelujah!

Bad brush behaviour. It seems like the simplest thing, but the experts will tell you, this is not a part of your routine to overlook. Always start from the bottom and work your way up to reduce breakage. Best time to de-tangle your hair? In the shower whilst your conditioner or weekly mask is settling in, gently work on detangling as this will loosen the tangles. Start at the ends and gently work your way up using a specific detangling comb or brush. The conditioner nourishes but also reaches all the hairs on your head.

Luckily, experts assure us that there are steps we can take to get our strands back to their heyday. We’re in this together! Experts have formulated a sulphate-free formula that will reintroduce moisture to your tired locks. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner will quench the thirst of your dry hair thanks to its aromatherapy-inspired infusion of ylang ylang, bergamot and patchouli scents. We love us some hair therapy.

Don’t let dry and damaged hair control you - knowledge is power!

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