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Hair Therapy1 of 9
By Brienne Walsh
You see the derm once a year, the dentist twice a year, your therapist biweekly (no judgment). But when was the last time you really took a long, hard look at the health of your hair? Sure, regular trips to the stylist can help, but to really get your strands on track, Glo brings you five at-home hair tests, along with quick and easy fixes. Damaged and prone to breakage? Not anymore.
How It Works2 of 9
Tie a lock of hair into a loose knot and set it on your palm. If the knot stays closed, then it means your hair has likely been over-processed.
The Quick Fix3 of 9
"If your hair is fragile, then don't brush it when it's wet, because that's when it's most likely to break,” says New York City hairstylist Tyler Laswell. Instead, brush it before you shower and then, "once it dries naturally, style it with your fingers."
How It Works4 of 9
Pull a strand of hair from the back of your head and place it in a clear bowl of room-temperature water. If the lock sinks, then it means that your hair is dry and porous, possibly from too many color treatments.
The Quick Fix5 of 9
"When hair is colored, the cuticle that protects the strand is lifted so that color can be deposited, making it very porous," explains Laswell. The best solution (besides quitting the colorist altogether)? "Use products like serums and waxes, which help smooth down the cuticle and bring shine back to the hair."
How It Works6 of 9
Gently tug a small cluster of hair. If more than a few strands come out of your head, then get to the root of the problem, literally. "The healthier and more hydrated your scalp is, the healthier your hair will be," says Laswell.
The Quick Fix7 of 9
"Don't shampoo your hair every day," says Laswell. "You need natural oils to keep your scalp protected." If you feel like your hair is getting greasy, then rinse it with water and apply conditioner only at the ends.
How It Works8 of 9
Take a loose strand of hair and with your nail, curl it like you would a ribbon. When you pull the curl straight, it should spring back into place. If it doesn't reclaim its shape, then it needs more strength and conditioning.
The Quick Fix9 of 9
"Try a strengthening shampoo followed by a leave-in treatment," says Laswell. "But don't use a treatment every time you wash your hair. Anti-breakage products have very intense direct proteins and if they're over-used, then they can make the problem worse."