There is nothing to love about hair breakage. It makes a good hair day impossible and often the only solution is a decent trim. The good news is a few small changes to your daily hair routine could see you say goodbye to hair breakage forever.
Let’s start at the beginning:
What is hair breakage?
Hair breakage happens when a hair strand (or part of a strand) weakens and loses its protective outer layer. Once this layer is damaged the hair becomes brittle, frizzy and hard to manage and eventually thins, frays, and breaks.
Is hair breakage the same as hair loss?
No, they are not the same. Hair loss is when hair sheds from its root, and hair breakage is when there is a breakage anywhere in the length of the strand.
When it comes to hair breakage prevention is key here are our tips on how to keep your hair healthy and breakage free.
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture.
We can’t stress enough how much your hair needs moisture to be healthy. We believe lack of moisture is the root of most hair issues. Your hair grows from a life source full of moisture (your scalp) but as it grows it can no longer reach this natural moisture source. As the mid-lengths and ends of your hair are the oldest it makes sense that they need extra moisture and care.
Prewash oil treatments and masks are one of the best ways to hydrate deep into the hair shaft and lock in moisture. Look for ingredients that nourish on a deeper level such as avocado, argan and jojoba oils, hyaluronic acid and crambisol seed rather than products that have silicone as the first ingredient. Whilst silicone can be useful for styling it sits on the outside of the air shaft and doesn’t have the moisture content needed to nourish the hair.
Manage your heat styling.
We aren’t going to tell you to give up your heat tools as we know this is impossible. The most practical solution is to minimise use where we can and protect the hair every time you heat it.
Rather than blow-drying from dripping wet hair, let your hair half air dry and use medium heat. But most importantly keep the hair dryer moving if you have noticed your hairdresser’s technique, they always agitate the dryer to keep it moving. When you use your straightener don’t run it over the same strands of hair too many times and when refreshing your style only use it on the sections that really need it. If you have particularly fragile ends or a lot of breakage, try to avoid those areas and use a cool- warm hair dryer instead to help smooth these areas.
We tend to think of our hair as a whole- rather than each individual strand. An average hair strand is about 80,000 to 100,000 nanometers. To put that in perspective a sheet of paper is 100,000 nanometers thick. So, each hair is incredibly small and easily damaged. Being gentle is key to less breakage and frizz.
When washing don’t rub the ends roughly if you like a strong scalp massage, that is okay but don’t include the ends. Pat your hair dry or use a hair wrap rather than vigorously rubbing.
When brushing or combing, hold the hair at the mid-length and do the ends first and then move up the hair shaft. Use coated hair elastics and mix up your style so the elastic isn’t in the same spot every day.
Use a silk or satin pillowcase to cut down on friction and stop your hair snagging through the night. If you need to wear your hair up, use a silk scrunchie or tie it as loosely as possible. Just like your skin you can use the night to use your intense treatments. An overnight oil treatment that you wash out in the morning will see you waking up to smooth extra shiny hair.
All colour treatments take a toll on the health of your hair. Applying new colour to the roots only and refreshing the ends with a toner will stop overprocessing. If you like to straighten your hair a keratin treatment is gentler. Always be mindful that chemically treated hair needs more moisture and can dehydrate quicker making it prone to breakage.
Diet can play an important role in keeping your hair healthy. Foods rich in omegas, protein L-lysine and vitamin D can have an impact on the growth, strength, and volume of your hair.