Hair woes – damage control

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In this extract from his new book, 101 Naked Confessions of a Gay Hairdresser, hairdresser Terry Wilson tells us how to look after our hair

Bend and stretch

So how can you tell if your hair is damaged, and what can you do about it?

Well, there is a little test that you can do. But first of all, you will probably know by now the general condition of your hair. Is it soft or coarse? Dry to the touch? Frizzy? Does it not sit right or is it hard to style? Are the ends fuzzy? Do you have a lot of breaking hair around your hairline?

And you probably know that if you colour, highlight, shampoo, straighten or blow dry your hair a lot then it’s probably damaged.

But here is a little trick I use in the salon. It’s very simple, takes about a minute and will tell you all you need to know about your hair.

The stretch test

Wet a section of your hair from the roots right through to the ends. Select a few strands and take them between your fingers at each end and then stretch them as far as they will go. Now let the hair go slack while still holding on to each end.

What’s happened to it?

If your hair stretches a further half of its original length and then returns to normal, then your hair is in optimal condition. Go, you good thang!

If the strands don’t stretch at all your hair is lacking moisture. (This can also be the case for coarse or grey hair.)

If the strands stretch and don’t return to their normal length, or snap off, then your hair lacks protein – the building block of your hair. This is often called chewing gum hair because it’s like pulling a piece of chewed gum – ewwwww!



101 Naked Confessions of a Gay Hairdresser