What Are Damaged Hair Follicles and How Do You Fix Them?

Your client has probably heard of hair follicles, but they might not know what they actually are – and they may be even less aware of how a follicle becomes damaged. While the lengths of hair get plenty of attention, the scalp, roots and follicles are often overlooked in daily care routines. But, as every hair professional knows, strands are only healthy if they’re nourished from root to tip. 

So, let’s take a look at everything you need to know about damaged hair follicles, from the signs of stress to watch out for, to ways you can help your client strengthen their strands…

Model with long, shiny, chocolate brown, curly hair, glancing downwards.
Model with long, glossy, honey blonde hair, looking over their shoulder.
Graphic showing the structure of a hair fiber, featuring the follicle, shaft and cuticle, as well as pigment cells and the sebaceous gland.
Graphic showing the anagen phase, catagen phase and telogen phase in the hair growth cycle. As the phases progress, the hair fiber starts to move away from the hair follicle.
Back of model’s head with long, brunette, loosely curled hair flowing past their shoulders.
A red comb glides through blonde, towel-dried hair.
Hand holds and sprays a bottle of INVIGO Volume Boost Uplifting Care Spray.
Model runs hands through long, glossy, brunette hair.
Model pumps out a drop of NutriCurls Curlixir Balm.
Model with long, curly, shiny, golden brown hair faces the camera.
Model with long, honey blonde hair holds up a bottle of Fusion Intense Repair Shampoo.
The Wella Fusion haircare collection arranged on a dressing table.
Hands hold a jar of INVIGO Scalp Balance Mask.
Hairdresser runs their hands through a model’s long, curly, black hair.