Do you know the pesky hair on your forehead that sabotages your attempt at perfecting a slicked-back hairdo? Yes, that. Have you considered what is it? Is it baby hair, new growth or breakage? Can’t tell? Well, fret not. We’ve got you. If you haven’t figured it out yet, let us tell you that there’s a clear difference between the three. Let's find out what sets the three apart from each other, and how you can manage them effectively.
What is hair breakage?
Breakage can result from excessive usage of heat-styling tools, improper towel-drying, tight bun/ponytail updos, repeated dyeing of the hair, overwashing, chemical treatments, elastic hair-ties, clips, incorrect brushing or combing, and factors alike. Breakage varies in appearance and texture. Often, they're uneven in length, have fractured or frayed ends, and are dry and rough to the touch. They can appear as split-ends. Or you might find that the tip of your strand is thinner than the root. If your hair is looking frizzier than usual, it's probably because of breakage as well.
What is new growth?
You can tell the difference between new growth and breakage by observing the length of your strands. If all of them share the same length and aren't limited to one section of the scalp, you're dealing with new growth. They grow from the root, and they're easier to tame as compared to breakage.
What is baby hair?
Baby hair, on the other hand, is found around the hairline as well as the front, sides, and around the nape of the neck. They don't appear everywhere. They're uniform in appearance, soft to the touch, and don't grow more than a few inches. They're finer, lighter, and much more delicate than normal hair
How do you treat hair breakage?
You must load up on moisturising hair-care products ASAP. Stop heat-styling your hair as much as possible, and avoid colouring, straightening, or indulging in chemical treatments. Even the way you style your hair can lead to breakage. If you're pulling your hair back into a tight bun or ponytail, you've got to break the habit. Opt for loose hairdos instead. Or let your hair down.
How do you manage baby hair and new growth?
Don't fidget with them too much. Baby hair is delicate. Style them gently—don't do much while you're at it—and strengthen them with protein-based products. If they're dry, you can massage them with a little bit of (face) oil or moisturiser. And, of course, don't apply too much heat to new growth or baby hairs. Invest in moisturising products to promote healthy growth.