Breakage Got You Feeling Incomplete?
Here are some tips to follow to get your hair back on the road to recovery
10 Ways to Help Prevent Against Hair Breakage:
- Use a tee-shirt to dry your hair instead of a towel
- Do not brush your hair while it's wet
- Apply heat protection prior to styling your hair with tools
- Use the lowest possible heat setting
- Wait a while before you start blow-drying
- Stop pulling your ponytail so tight
- Let your hair air dry
- Use a leave-in conditioner
- Sleep on a silk pillowcase
- Get regular trims
The above tips will be extremely helpful in cutting down breakage, here's why.
Using a towel to sop up excess water can be very harsh on your hair. Towel fabrics can be very rough and abrasive. Instead, reach for an old cotton T-shirt and carefully blot your hair rather than rubbing.
Steer clear of brushing through your hair directly after washing. Lightly spritz a detangling spray and use a wide tooth comb to smooth out your wet hair. The Wet Brush is also great to use since the bristles are flexible and move with your hair. Your hair is in its most fragile state when wet, many bristles (even bore) will actually pull on your hair causing it to snap and break.
When using styling tools like blow-dryers, curling irons, and flat irons, you should always use a thermal protector. All tools have heat settings, for a reason. If your hair is fine-normal, then your heat should not exceed 350 degrees. The highest setting is 450 degrees, this temp should only be used if you have very thick and coarse hair. Letting your hair air dry is best, especially if you plan on styling with a curling/flat iron. The less heat the better.
Remember, you're hair is like a delicate flower and deserves to be treated gently. Tight ponytails and braids can pull on your hair causing havoc and breakage, especially if it's wet. Always pull your hair back once it's dry. Whimsical and romantic is in this year, why not try a loose side pony or waterfall braid?
Get fancy and buy yourself a silk bed set or at the very least a silk pillowcase. Silk is super gentle on your locks which can be your saving grace when fighting breakage. This is especially true if you're a restless sleeper.
Finally, get regular trims. Sometimes, the only way to deal with breakage is by having it snipped off. Split ends will continue to split up your hair shaft if not trimmed. So don't skip out on hair maintenance. Otherwise, you'll end up paying for it in the long run.