The levels of hair damage - How bad can it get?
When it comes to your locks, there are few phrases as dreaded as “hair damage”. There are literally dozens of causes of hair damage, from dietary deficiency and environmental factors to over-processing, a brutally hot hair straightener and a care routine that isn’t quite cutting it.
Signs of damage include hair that looks dull, feels rough and is difficult to comb. Other indicators are how prone it is to frizz, split ends, and dividing along large portions of the strand. Of course, brittleness and frequent breakage are big red flags as well.
To set things right, and restore your hair to its lustrous glory, L’Oréal Professionnel has developed a Hair Fibre Test for stylists to perform at its brand-endorsed salons. With a professional assessment, you’ll be able to see where you fall on the Hair Damage scale. And with improved understanding of the state of your strands, you’ll be able to pick up the best shampoo, conditioner and other treatments for dry, damaged hair of your level.
Here’s a breakdown of the hair damage levels and products you should use.
At Level 1, hair is classified as “slightly damaged” and tends to look a bit dull and lifeless. It feels rough too and isn’t especially easy to brush or comb. Strands also thin towards the tip, making this an especially vulnerable point for fraying and breakage.
L’Oréal Professionnel’s Pro Fiber series includes the Revive subrange of products, specially designed for normal to slightly damaged hair. These cleansers, conditioners and intensive treatments do what their name suggests – instantly reviving hair by restoring vibrant colour, shine and softness.
At Level 2, hair strands have suffered greater damage to the protective outer layer called the cuticle. This exposes the cortex inside. Not only does this mean hair struggles to retain vital moisture, but the knock-on effect is a loss of suppleness and vibrancy. At Level 2, split ends tend to be more noticeable.
In response to this damaged hair need, L’Oréal Professionnel created Pro Fiber Restore. Restore products help to resurface jagged and uneven strands, so hair is once again soft, smooth and healthy looking. This long-lasting formula works best on medium to thick hair.
The highest level of hair damage reflects as strands that are very fragile and coarse in texture because so much of the cuticle has been lost. Instead of uneven colour, hair appears uniformly faded and dull. Split ends, continual tangles and snapped strands are very common.
The Pro Fiber Recover range is recommended for Level 3 damage, especially for women with thick hair. Resurfacing, nourishing formulations act from root to tip, fortifying hair so it looks stronger, feels softer and can return to full vivacious health.
To get in on the Pro Fiber damage-repair action, visit your nearest salon as this range is only available from haircare professionals. At the same time, you’ll be assessed and guided as to which Pro Fiber care programme is best for you.
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