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    I've recently had to chop again due to split ends. I was wondering is there a way to tell if my hair is healthy again? right now it's spongy does that mean it's healthy? I'm really not good with hair at all.

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    how did you know you had spit ends?

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    how did you know you had spit ends? besides looking and seeing the ends splitting, is there a certian look or texture to the ends that drew the split ends to your attention? how often were you trimming your hair by the way?

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    nicko,

    let's assume that when you did this second chop, and cut away all the damaged ends, that you now have products-can-you-not-live-without\" class=\"hrln\">healthy hair.

    the sponginess is your hair's texture. so let's also consider that being healthy.

    cleanse your scalp and hair as often as needed using a moisturizing shampoo or shampoo bar, and a moisturizing, detangling conditioner (i use kiss my face conditioned response).

    rinse your hair thoroughly of all soap and conditioner. if you normally rinsed for 3 minutes, add a couple of more minutes to make sure all of the products are out. sometimes the residue can build-up, making hair brittle and easy to break and split.

    don't comb or brush your hair dry. put some water, oil and/or glycerine in a spray bottle and mist your hair to keep it moisturized daily.

    wrap your hair in a satin scarf to protect the ends while you sleep.

    concentrate on keeping the ends moist, since that's where you had problems the first time.

    this should keep your hair healthy, now that you've cut the damage out.

    good luck.

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    I was wondering is there a way to tell...

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    Does it accept retain moisture (good)?
    -Or, do your moisturizing products sit on your hair and refuse to absorb (bad)?

    Is your fallen hair shedding (with the white bulbs on the end=good)?
    -Or breaking (no bulbs=bad)?

    Are splits visible on the ends of your hair (bad)?
    -Or, are they smooth (good)?

    If you run your fingers down individual strands, is it rough (bad) (smooth cuticles=good)?

    If you stretch individual strands, do they stretch (good) or break easily (bad)?

    Hope this helps.

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    Also, don't forget to factor your scalp into the equation because a happy scalp aids in healthy growing hair.

    Is it coated, flaking, itchy, or dry (bad) or is it calm-feeling (you don't have a need to scratch it or wash it=good).

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    I know this might sound silly, but what do smooth ends look like on hair that is curly/nappy? And also my hair has always had a problem really absorbing products since the Chop.

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    When I first chopped my hair would not ops: absorb products. After gathering information from the sight I figured I had scab hair. What I started doing was deep conditioning more and trimming my hair a little bit every two weeks or so. Me and the scab hair battled for about three months, and in the end I ended up with healthy happy hair. My hair absorbs products very well. Nicko, my hair feels soft and spongy also. HTH.

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    Yeah, I think I have scab hair because their is this spot in the back that was starting to reject relaxers. Now, no matter what I put on it, it's always dry.

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    I know this might sound silly, but what do...

    I know this might sound silly, but what do smooth ends look like on hair that is curly/nappy? (easy: not split or knotted)

    And also my hair has always had a problem really absorbing products since the Chop. (maybe you haven't found the right products, yet or you have extremely non-porous hair??. My hair always absorbs (the right) products unless it's the 5 days following my monthly cycle...) mind you, "the right products" has changed often over the last year and a half.

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    I notice since my hair has been natural the ends are curly and smooth. They don't feel dry.

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    when you put your hands in it and it feels * good *... that's when your hair is healthy.

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    what is scab hair?

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    when you put your hands in it and it...

    whoa

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    BUMP

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    when you put your hands in it and it feels...

    ummm...okay

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    The way I knew that my hair was damaged was when I ran my fingers down the length of my hair strands, the texture was a dramatic difference (healthy hair was smooth/soft and the damaged hair was rough and matted). My ends was always matted and frizzy and it messed up my shake and go flow. Also, if your wet combing becomes a resistant movement, be suspicious.

    HTH!!

    J~

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    I notice since my hair has been natural the...

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    when you put your hands in it and it feels...

    ummm...okay
    I want my hair to feel like yours!

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    when you put your hands in it and it feels...

    ummm...okay
    Wow!! That really happens?!!!?

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