I failed the healthy hair quiz

I found the Healthy Hair Quiz at Women’s Health Magazine. My professors would be disappointed in my grade…

Q: How long is your hair?

A: Long

Women with a wider distance between their roots and ends are more likely to have more damaged locks than those with shorter styles, said trichologist David H. Kingsley.

Q: How often do you cut your hair?

A: Every six months

Vow to maintain that mane with trims every four to six weeks. It’s the best way to keep split ends from traveling their way up your strands.

The article also advised women with long hair to use a rinse-out and leave-in conditioner to protect hair.

Q: How do you choose shampoo?

A: Sometimes I pick the good stuff. Other times I buy what’s on sale.

According to the article, you can shampoo your hair daily without suffering too much damage, but you have to use a formula that’s made for your hair. I need to use a shampoo meant for dry, damaged hair. I also need to use a shampoo that won’t weigh my hair down because it is so thin.

Q: How do you dry your hair?

A: Sweating under the high heat of my blow dryer

“An extremely hot blow dryer actually boils the water in your hair, causing little bubbles to  form along the hair shaft and weaken each strand,” Kingsley said.

Gross. Boiled hair. The solution is to hold the blow dryer farther away from the hair. If you feel your head burning, then it’s too close.

Q: Flat iron or curling iron?

A: EVERY DAY

The heat from these styling tools breaks down hair proteins, which leads to brittle hair. The article advised using a conditioning product to protect hair before using hot styling tools. (I totes already do that!)

Q: What’s your coloring sitch?

A: Never.

I may or may not be doing this one right. Coloring your hair doesn’t do the same damage as daily heat styling. I guess I just like my hair color!

Q: Wrap a strand around your finger two or three times. Pull your finger down gently but firmly. What happens?

A: Snap!

Point break is a barometer for the damage in your hair… A plant-based protein conditioner can reinforce your locks before they get any worse.

Q: Starting at the root of your strand, run your fingers down the shaft toward the end. How does it feel?

A: Silky for the most part and just a bit (more than the quiz will let me say) near the ends

Roughness along the strand will identify where the hair is damaged, and roughness close to the root is worse. Luckily, my ends are the only part of my hair damaged.

At least for now.

Q: What kinds of foods do you pile on your plate?

A: Mostly healthy and some sweets

Did you know you need to feed your hair? Five to six ounces of lean protein daily will keep your hair strong and shiny.

Q: Do you shield your hair from the sun?

A: Wait, you need SPF for your hair?

Oops. Apparently the sun is just as bad for your hair as it is for your skin. Instead of letting the sun lighten your hair in the summer time, just use hair dye.

Upon first impression, my results revealed that I have lovely locks. However, I have some seriously unhealthy hair habits that give me a bad grade in hair care.

Go figure.

How did you do?