Natural Hair Damage You Need to Be Able to Recognize

Healthy hair is the ultimate goal of many naturalistas.

But, achieving this goal can be challenging, particularly as you transition to natural.

Many women who are suffering damage from various sources are eager to be rid of their damaged ends. This is why so many women choose to big chop -because it is the quickest way to get on the track to healthy, natural hair.

But, even for those who have been fully natural for many years can struggle with hair health.

The first key to success is knowledge.

Do you know what damaged hair looks like? Can you spot the warning signs in your hair?

Natural Hair Damage: Signs You Need to Be Able to Recognize

This guide will help you spot damage in your hair so that you can address it quickly and correctly.

Split Ends

Split, fraying ends are a sure sign of hair damage. Women with split ends will notice that their hair is not the same thickness from top to tip. You will also note that your hair will be knotty and tangled towards the damaged ends. Be sure to trim your hair periodically to prevent split ends from getting out of control.


Healthy hair that is not suffering a ton of damage will be easier to detangle than hair that is damaged. We all need a good detangling product in our lives to help ease the work. When your hair is damaged, the cuticle tends to become lifted making it difficult for the hair to be smoothed into place. This means that even the most well-made, slippery products will not be good enough.


Highly porous hair does not absorb and maintain moisture adequately because the cuticle is damaged. This causes your hair to be dry and unhealthy. If you need help determining your hair’s porosity, be sure to check out our post and figure out the best course of action: Understanding Your Hair Porosity.


Everyone loses strands of hair when they wash and style it –even those with healthy, undamaged strands. If your hair is suffering from damage, however, you will notice a significant increase in the amount of hair loss when you detangle or even just brush it.


Healthy hair is shiny and vibrant. If you notice that your hair is very lackluster, even after you wash it, it may be a sign of damage and evidence that you need to address some of the issues we’ve discussed previously.

If you’re struggling with hair damage, take a moment to check out this post on healthy hair habits for some guidance. Depending on the nature and extent of your damage, you may be able to repair it without another big chop!

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