How to Stop Hair Breakage
Hair breakage is actually a common occurrence that is both manageable and preventable. When your hair breaks it can be very unsightly, especially if it happens near your scalp. Here are some great tips to minimize or stop breakage from occurring, while keeping your hair healthier and shinier!
Limit Hair Washing
- Wash your hair only 2-3 times per week. Frequent hair washing can cause the hair to dry out, becoming more brittle and prone to breakage. It also subjects you to a cycle of excess sebum production, since over-washing your hair strips its natural oils and then your scalp responds by producing more. It then becomes more oily, only prompting your hair washing even further.
- Sulfates are akin to a harsh detergent and are responsible for producing that bubbly foam when washing. It makes your feel like it’s getting the job done, however, it is very drying to the scalp and actually leaches moisture from your hair’s cuticle. The resulting excessive dryness will make your hair more prone to breakage and therefore gentler shampoos are a much better alternative.
Condition & Mask it
- By always conditioning when you wash, you are adding back strength and moisture to your hair. A fantastic addition to this is to add a hair mask to your routine on a weekly basis if you’re finding that your tresses could use some extra replenishment and protection. Even a once a month treatment can do wonders!
- Finally, avoid “wet-combing” your hair! When your hair is wet, the hydrogen bonds are broken and this leaves your tresses vulnerable to breakage, especially if you are using a harsh comb. It’s also a great idea to switch your brush to gentle boar bristles, which will also increase your hair’s natural shine!