Published 21st September 2021
7 Ways To Prevent Hair Breakages
Hair breakage is a real problem on its own. Yet it can also cause a number of issues to arise including hair growth issues and even frizz. Essentially, the cause of hair breakage is down to the shaft of the hair breaking, causing the strand to become shorter. Which is no good if you’re someone who has gorgeous wavy hair.
Once hair breaks, the damage is done and there is nothing that can be done. So, in order to minimise the risk of breakage, it’s important to look at how you can prevent it from happening in the first place.
So, here are 7 ways to prevent hair breakages:
1. USE A DEEP CONDITIONER
When it comes to hair breakage, one of the main causes is dry, brittle hair. If you want to keep your hair wavy and healthy, then plenty of moisture will do the trick. This will require you to use a deep conditioner alongside a leave-in conditioner too to feed your hair with the hydration ingredients it needs to stay moist.
Furthermore, to ensure you retain moisture, you should use a natural hair oil. This will help to slow down the loss of moisture by creating a protective barrier around your hair strands. It'll also lubricate your hair strands which prevents it from drying out too fast.
During sleep, you need to use a satin or silk pillowcase. This will not only help to retain moisture, yet it will also prevent friction associated with cotton products, which causes breakages.
2. USE A PROTEIN TREATMENT
Our hair is made up of Keratin. A protein that makes up the majority of our hair strands. This protein ensures it stays strong, elastic and healthy.
Problem is these hair shafts can often become weak, which causes breakages. Commonly, this is caused by hair dye, sun exposure, heating tools, diet or you simply might have high porosity hair.
When this occurs, a protein treatment hit that contains hydrolyzed protein can help restore your hair strands structure, making it stronger, healthier and less likely to break down.
3. BRUSH CORRECTLY
Never brush your hair when it’s dry. It’ll cause your hair to snag as you pull the brush through, which causes breakages.
I advise only brushing your wavy hair when it is wet and full of conditioner using a tangle teaser and/or Denman brush. These will glide through your super slippery conditioned hair without causing damage, yet will get rid of those tangles.
When you do encounter tangles, it’s important to take your time. Don’t force the knots out as if you do, it will lead to breakage.
4. AVOID HEAT TOOLS
A lot of damage can be caused by using heat products incorrectly. Regular blow drying for example can cause your hair to break and frizz up.
When you can, air dry your hair. Either use a micro fibre towel (doesn’t cause friction yet absorbs moisture quicker) or a 100% cotton t-shirt. I tend to wash my hair at night, so it can dry throughout the evening whilst asleep.
If you are in a rush, use a micro-fibre towel to get rid of excess water and then finish off with a diffuser on a low heat. It’ll take longer to dry than a high heat hairdryer, yet your waves won’t be as crunchy or damaged afterwards.
Also, try not to touch your hair during the drying process.
We've got video demos on how to diffuse and dry your hair here.
5. TAKE YOUR TIME WITH UP-DOS
While you might look and feel great with your up-do, it’s important to remember that they will place tension and strain on your hair strands. This can cause hair loss and breakages so, if you’re someone who wears their hair up regularly, give it some freedom and wear it down.
6. HAVE FREQUENT HAIR CUTS
Regular cuts will help to remove split ends. If you leave split ends, then they will eventually move up the individual hair strand and cause breakage. Regular haircuts might be out of the question because of the cost, but you can take care of your ends at home should you wish to.
7. TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH
Hair breakage can also be caused by stress while a lack of minerals and vitamins can also lead to weak hair. So, you should consume a balanced diet to ensure you get vitamins and minerals such as folic acid, zinc and iron. Furthermore, you should also do everything possible to minimise stress.
At the end of the day, nobody’s hair is perfect. We all experience frizz, breakages and frustrated hair days. It’s normal. By following the above tips and using the correct products however we can minimise these problems and ensure our hair remains as healthy as possible.
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