1. Your hair is turning gray
While graying hair is often merely a sign of aging, according to some scientists, stress can also decrease the amount of melanin in your hair and lead to silver locks. Dermatologist Angela Lamb from Mount Sinai Hospital says there does appears to be a correlation between gray hair and stress.
Solution: Speak to your doctor about taking a vitamin supplement that may help to strengthen your hair. Also, consider these brands of protein-rich hair product, which can that help slowdown the process of hair strand aging.
2. You have bald spots or thinning hair
Significant hair loss is often your body’s response to an extreme change in your life. Starting a new diet, going through childbirth, developing an illness, or even changing up your medication can all lead to bald spots, thinning hair, or a condition called Telogen Effluvium. In this case, the hair simply stops growing and eventually falls out within a few months. Thankfully, once the root of the hair loss has been discovered and addressed, your hair will often begin to grow normally again.
Solution: If you notice any bald spots or thinning hair, make sure to speak to your doctor and rule out any serious medical issues. There are also a number of black-owned hair products that work well on natural hair and help to reduce hair loss and create the appearance of fuller hair.
3. Your Protective Styling is Not-So-Protective
There is such a thing as too much protective styling. Not only is it a shame to constantly hide your hair behind extensions, wigs and weaves, but protective styles can also lead to damage if not taken care of probably. When protective styles are left in the hair for too long, lint balls may form which can be quite difficult to remove without causing any hair breakage. Tension is another problem for those who use protective styles too often. It may cause traction alopecia, where hair along the hairline stops growing, or falls off. Heavy braids, tightly woven twists, and improperly applied wigs and weaves risk pulling your hair too tight and causing hair loss.
Solution: Protective styles are a great thing – but take some time to rock your natural hair!
4. Your Hair Is Dull
The beauty industry has a clear preference for ultra-shiny, bone-straight hair which is an unattainable standard for many people. Type 4 natural hair tends to refract light rather than reflect it, which explains why black hair is often not blindingly shiny, though it should still never be appear dull. Dull hair is often a sign of stressed out, unhealthy hair. If your hair is dull, it is likely also brittle, due to damage of the cuticles and a lack of moisture.
Solution: In order to keep your hair healthy and happy, make sure you’re frequently moisturizing, deep conditioning and sealing your cuticles with essential oils.
5. It’s Tangled
Healthy hair is durable, malleable and strong, but hair that is excessively tangled may be a sign of heat damage or too much product buildup.
Solution: If your hair is often matted and tangled, you may need to make your visits to your local natural hair salon more frequent. Hair should be trimmed regularly every couple of months, to prevent your strands from becoming dry and ragged. Also, detangling your hair should be done very carefully, so as not to cause breakage and damage. Divide your hair into parts, and comb through your hair slowly and gently.
6. You Have No Shrinkage
If your type 4 natural hair doesn’t shrink back after being stretched, you can bet it is damaged in some way. Shrinkage is an important component of black hair and embracing it will only help your hair grow longer and faster. However, if your hair no longer shrinks back after being stretched, that likely means your strands may have been damaged by heat or too much tension.
Solution: If you must use heat, do so no more than once a week on a low temperature. Also, find alternative ways to stretch your hair without heat, such as wash-and-go twists, bantu knot-outs, African threading, and banding.
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