You spend months growing those beautiful long locks and then… snap! Oh no! You look down in despair at you brush, which is now covered in broken strands.
Hair breakage is (sadly) an all too common problem. But what is it that causes hair to break? Well, here are some of the most common causes of hair breakage and some tips on what you can do to prevent them, or mitigate their effects.
1. Too Many Chemical Services
There’s nothing better than stepping out of the salon with your hair looking vibrant, shiny and freshly coloured. Be careful not to overdo it though as too many chemical services can quickly damage your hair, leaving it brittle and prone to breakage.
You should really leave at least 6 weeks between visits to the salon for your colour. And if your colour is not lasting that long in between… then maybe you should find a new salon!
2. Heat Damage
Heat styling tools, such as hair straighteners can damage your hair.
Invest in a high quality hair straightener, which will minimise damage (the ghd Styler is still the best available) and always use heat protection prior to styling.
Just like your body, your hair needs nourished, so feed it regularly! In addition to using your regular condition you should use a deep conditioning treatment once a week to replace lost moisture (dry hair is brittle hair) and build strength.
4. Split Ends
You may be growing your hair, but to keep it long you have to get it cut! That sounds a bit odd, but regular trims to remove split ends will keep your healthy and prevent breakage.
5. Alcohol In Styling Products
Many hair styling products contain alcohol, which can be bad news for your hair. Pay attention to the ingredients in your styling products, particularly ones which provide hold such as gels and hairsprays.
As mentioned at the start of this article, hair can often snap when brushing. Be gentle when brushing your hair and choose a good quality brush.
Using a conditioning treatment should minimise tugs and improve the condition of your hair, but when you do find them never force them. Before brushing, tease out tangles with a comb or tangle-teezer.
So, that’s 6 common causes of hair breakage and some ways you can help to prevent them. Follow these tips and hopefully those lonely strands on your brush will be a thing of the past and they will remain happily on your head!
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