Signs of Healthy Hair

A woman with her hands in her thick, light, curly hair

Enliven and rediscover your hair’s natural beauty when you understand healthy hair signs. If you’re worried that you have unhealthy hair, it could be due to a number of factors, including your diet, your health, genetics, which products you do or do not use, and how you style it. We will review how to tell if your hair is healthy and how to boost your hair’s health below.

How to Tell if Your Hair Is Healthy

Healthy hair has certain qualities and conditions that distinguish it from “damaged” hair. Texture, elasticity, and porousness are all important indications of your hair’s health. The good news is that these healthy hair signs can be determined fairly easily. You’ll be able to quickly evaluate the well-being of your hair with the following simple self-assessments:

Someone running their fingers through their hair


Texture is arguably the most obvious indicator of hair health. While hair types vary, generally healthy hair will be significantly smoother and softer to the touch than damaged hair would be. Proper moisturization keeps hair feeling silkier and lighter. You should be able to run your fingers through your hair smoothly and feel hair that is soft without being brittle. This also means that your hair will detangle relatively easily, though that can vary more widely based on individual hair type. Unhealthy hair is typically too dry and/or overstimulated from too many products or other stressors, so it will get brittle and break at the ends. 


Elasticity is one of the healthy hair signs that is easiest to recognize. Healthy hair can stretch to its full length without snapping or breaking. Damaged hair, on the other hand, breaks easily. All you have to do is brush or comb your hair and notice any breakage to tell its elasticity. If you have a lot of split ends, your first step towards healthier hair will be getting a quick trim or haircut.


Another healthy hair sign that you can test with a simple method is about how porous hair strands are. Healthy hair will hold moisture better than damaged hair. To test your hair’s health with water, you can put a few strands of hair in a small container of water. Strands of hair that float will be healthy. Unhealthy hair will sink, since these strands are porous, allowing water to pull the strand down.

Presence of Dandruff

If you can’t see dandruff in your hair, that’s a good indicator of healthy hair. Dandruff, or dead skin flakes that signal a dry scalp, can be caused by a range of factors. It’s important to recognize that dandruff is a skin condition, not a hair condition, and that it may lead to hair loss. Hair is generally healthier when it is free of dandruff.

How to Improve & Sustain Healthy Hair

Now that you know some good healthy hair signs to keep in mind, the next step is working to sustain or improve the health of your hair. Whether you already have healthy hair and you want to keep it that way, or you’re looking for ways to achieve healthier hair, there are some strategies that are good to keep in mind when it comes to hair health.

One of the most important factors in hair health is the overall health of your body. In particular, a balanced diet promotes healthy hair. We recommend working with your primary care physician to assess what lifestyle or dietary changes you need to make to boost your overall health and well-being.  

Promote Your Hair’s Health with Us

At Salameh Plastic Surgery and Hair Transplant, we know how to rejuvenate hair in both health and appearance for hair loss solutions with sustainable results. The innovative ARTAS hair transplant offered by Dr. Salameh is FDA-approved and client-proven to rejuvenate hair in customized treatment plans. Your individualized plan to combat unhealthy hair can include a PRP procedure as well as hair rejuvenation products to supplement any treatments with us.

Ready to start seeing all those healthy hair signs? Don’t delay. Dr. Salameh is here to help you with a consultation so that you can get started on your hair health journey. No matter what your goals are for your hair appearance and health, our local Bowling Green solutions can be tailored directly to you. 

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