Quiz: How Damaged Is Your Hair?

Your hair is a VIP (very important part) of you. Find out if you're giving it the TLC it deserves

Nerd alert: Sometimes, when I’m having a really good hair day, I’ll pretend to be in one of those Pantene commercials. I’ll swish my hair around trying to mimic that slow motion reveal.

Unfortunately, I don’t get to do this often. In fact, it only happens after I go to the salon and they give me a super rich conditioning treatment. (So, once or twice a year tops.) When I’m not tossing my hair around, I’m hiding it under a hat, or stuffing it up into a messy bun, because let’s face it — most of the time, my hair just looks dry, damaged, and definitely not commercial-worthy.

I know, skipping regular salon appointments doesn’t really help. Like most women, I want to change my habits and fix my damaged hair, but I need a little help getting started. Why does getting “hair so healthy, it shines” have to be so much harder than it looks? (Damn you, Pantene commercials.)

I figured a good starting point is to know where my hair is on a scale from breaking-off-at-the-roots damaged to silky-soft-and-shiny healthy. This hair quiz does just that. I was able to find out what I’m doing wrong, what habits I need to change, and how to repair the damage done to my hair. I’m one step closer to having silky-smooth, frizz-free hair — all the time.

Answer the first question below to find out if your hair is in need of some serious rehab.

The Quiz

  • Nathalie Burnett

    Please help. My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don’t know what to do. my hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?

    • Emily

      Use organic virgin coconut oil & eggs, mayonnaise too if you can handle it. I would use an egg mask to dry hair for an hour. Rinse it, let air dry then use mayonnaise same thing dry hair & 1 hour. Let hair dry & put coconut oil in your hair over night, in a bag or put a shower cap on or put q towel over your pillow.

    • ADRIANNA2012

      I I recommend using coconut oil hair treatments {put it all through hair} every time, before you wash your hair. Try not to use heat styling tools and if you do use a heat protectant. I recommend to wash and condition your hair every other day to every 2 days. You can also look up some DIY hair masks. Get haircut every 1 to 2 months. Deep condition once or twice a month. Don’t put hair in a tight ponytail everyday to avoid hair fallout. You can dry hair when you come out of the shower with a t-shirt because it prevent frizz. Brush hair thoroughly until when you run your hands through your hair nothing stops you. I hope these tips helped because I was definitely on the road you were and these tips definitely helped me get back to have healthy, strong hair.

      • Huo

        Im dealing with hair brekage for 3 months. And since last month i followed every step what ADRIANNA2012 said. Im definetely seeing improvoment on my hair! But the thing is it was color treated and the color is so bad now it has orange tints. I want to dye it dark brown, but im afraid if i’ll end up starting all over. My hair stylist told me a hair dye will make it look better and shiny, and wont do further damage. Im so indecisive. Should i trust him?

    • Cottage Cheese :3

      Short hair is prettier anyways

  • Rose Akin

    I have very thick straight hair. I got a short haircut this summer. On top of that I got a perm that damaged my hair and dry it out. My hair stick up now and I have no idea what to do. I tried so many shampoos and conditioners nothing do. I am so stressed out on this and unhappy.

  • Haris Abu Bakar

    I have very damaged hair. There are lots of irregularities hair strands, very curly, dry and coarse. I have straight hair but easily become frizzy due to abnormal curly hair strands. I have tried using hair mask to repair my hair, it helps to make my hair smooth and silky again but the abnormal strands are still there. Can anyone suggest any treatment? Thank you.

  • Cottage Cheese :3

    6. ”Do you aply sunscreen to your hair before going out?”
    This question depends a lot on where you live.. I live in Gothenburg, Sweden. The warmest we get here is just like 30C, in the summer. On the winter it’s rarely sunny, just like it’s rarely sunny in autumn and spring.. why would I need sunscreen?

    • Jo

      It may be cloudy but sun rays still damage hair and skin. Clouds don’t stop UV rays since they are just a collection of moisture. You should use sunscreen 365 days in the year.

      • RAWR :3

        But in Sweden the sun is barely here, it’s really dark except for summer