If your hair breaks easily or you notice hair in the brush, there are a few steps you can take to help right now in order to have your mane look as beautiful as possible—day in and day out. It’s all about making a few key changes to your hair care routine, as well as stocking up on the best hair products for hair breakage, like leave-in conditioners and hair masks. Keep reading for five tips that can help prevent hair breakage.
HAIR BREAKAGE PREVENTION TIP #1: DON’T TUG TANGLES
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), hair breaks more easily when it’s wet, so heed this golden rule: Never pull on wet tangles with a hair brush. Instead, slowly work a wide tooth comb through damp strands, starting from the bottom and working your way up the hair shaft. If you hit a tangle that you can’t delicately work through, apply conditioner or a detangling spray to help loosen the knot before trying to comb through your hair again.
HAIR BREAKAGE PREVENTION TIP #2: LIMIT HOW MUCH YOU BRUSH
You know how your mom used to tell you that you should brush your hair 100 times a day? Well, that’s not necessarily the case. According to the AAD, 100 daily brush strokes can actually lead to the formation of split ends. So, put that brush down!
HAIR BREAKAGE PREVENTION TIP #3: PROTECT HAIR FROM HEAT
Before picking up your blow-dryer, flat iron, or curling wand, make sure to apply a heat protectant. Apply from root to tip, and distribute evenly by brushing through hair so that no section goes uncovered. When you do go to use one of your heat tools, put it on the lowest heat setting that you possibly can while only having to pass through each section of your hair once. The AAD suggests allowing your hair to air dry somewhat before blow-drying, as well as limiting the number of times you blow-dry your hair each week. When it comes to flat irons, the AAD recommends using them on dry hair on a low or medium heat setting, every other day at the most. As far as curling irons go, the AAD says to only leave one in place for 1-2 seconds.
HAIR BREAKAGE PREVENTION TIP #4: TREAT YOUR HAIR TO A LITTLE TLC
Adding a hair mask to your weekly hair care routine can make a huge difference. After shampooing, apply the hair mask and leave it on for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Super-hot water can strip strands of essential oils, which can leave hair feeling drier—so always rinse off in lukewarm water. While it might not feel quite as enjoyable to wash your hair in lukewarm water, your hair will definitely thank you! (P.S. They're on sale now at up to 30% off!)
HAIR BREAKAGE PREVENTION TIP #5: TRY A DIFFERENT HAIRSTYLE
According to the AAD, continuously wearing hairstyles like braids and ponytails can pull on hair and cause tension, which can lead to breakage. Try switching things up—there are plenty of hairstyles for you to try that’ll allow you to show off your gorgeous hair without tying it up (or using heat). One suggestion: Take a break from heat styling and embrace your natural texture, create beachy waves.