Why oh why indeed, the answer may be more obvious than you think. In life, many of the negatives our body experiences occur through no fault of our own. In the instance of lifeless and weak hair however the root of the problem is usually down to the beholder.
Misuse and mistreatment is normally the cause, much of what we do to ourselves is not as nature intended and when we go out to change the dynamic of our hair through perming or using gels, and hair spray we can do damage that causes its weakening
Hair is already dead, but we use the term ‘lifeless’ to describe it based on the texture we feel when we touch it, and how it appears. Life is carcinogenic, everything that we do takes its toll, our skin is battered daily by the elements, and just like the elements themselves our bodies are in a constant state of decomposition.
Your hair is likely weak and lifeless as a result of this toll, naturally hair is smooth textured, and strong based on the tough protein keratin from which it is derived. Even the sun is known to weather the shiny outer layer of your hair (the cuticle) and if you allow your hair to get wet too often the exposure could force water into the hair shaft causing swelling which will also damage this part of the hair. Maintain the strength and vitality of this cuticle, and you are ensuring that the barrier that protects your hair stays in place, fail to do so and it will become porous and let the bad in.
From blow-drying to heating, and using hard water in cleaning your hair, there are a whole host of reasons why your hair may be damaged, and as you can see the bulk of these reasons are self inflicted.
Of course there are genetic conditions which lead to a weakening of the hair also but these are so rare that they will not be mentioned here. Let us go further into the issue and seek to find an answer behind your particular hair dilemma.
If the hair is weak then let’s take a look at it. Break off a strand, and give it your own assessment under these criteria: Does it easily come loose at the root? Is there a ‘plucking’ feeling? (This is a positive sign that the damage does not run as far as the root.) When you then take the hair, can you pull it apart without too much force? If so, then your hair will likely have undergone too much processing.
Have you dyed it more than once, or bleached it (particularly damaging) if you have ‘permed’ it, or are a demon with the brush (less is more) you have possibly done damage that may take a long time to repair in full. Surprisingly brushing is not good for hair, so try to be sparing with the strokes.
Looking at a hair strand on a cellular level, the strand is protected by what is called a ‘cuticle’ excessive brushing can change the dynamic of these cuticles and makes it possible for outside agents like the chemicals in hair products to be absorbed into the hair itself, right into the fibres from which the strand is composed.
Whilst we have been thought from our youth to really take pride in our appearance our being vain actually in the long run has a detrimental effect on the thing in which we have taken pride.
Is there an instance that you can remember where a great deal of pulling force was exerted on your scalp, was your hair caught in a door or did someone catch you by it when you were younger? In such a case it is likely that damage was caused at the root, and the only real healer in this instance would be allowing time for regeneration.
It is possible too that a fungal infection may be one of the causes of your brittle hair, if you expect this to be the case you should speak directly with your pharmacist.
Again the key to protection, and having the lively and lovely head of hair you want is as far as possible to go for natural forms of treatment that go with the natural entity that hair is. You will read here about further items you can consume that afford the hair output you desire later.