10 Tips in Preventing Hair Breakage
Submitted by: Anne C. Smith
One of the common problems that most people have when it comes to hair is breakage because most of the time, this concern is often overlooked. We are usually unaware of the process of wear and tear that our hair is subjected to everyday, until such time where it will already be too late. Since prevention is better than cure, here are ten tips that you can follow to reduce the incidence of hair breakage.
1. Keep hair brushing to a minimum - Brushing your hair may be necessary to keep hair well groomed, but you have to make sure that you don't overdo this because it can also lead to a number of broken hairs. The common perception of a hundred strokes daily actually has no factual basis of improving your hair. In fact this can only put your hair strands at risk because of the contact or strain the act of brushing creates. Brushing when your hair is wet is also a very big red flag in hair care because hair strands are highly sensitive to damage at this state. Therefore dry your hair first before combing, and you don't have to reach a hundred brush strokes to keep it groomed and healthy.
2. Make good use of your towel - Did you know that your towel can be the silent culprit to hair breakage? Many are unaware of how wrapping a towel or rubbing it vigorously over your hair can cause breakage. Making a turban out of it after a shower can actually be detrimental to your strands because it creates a strain particularly on the area near the hairline. As mentioned earlier, hair can be very sensitive to breakage when wet, that is why a tight wrap over the head can be damaging. If you are also fond of vigorously rubbing your hair to dry it after the shower you may also be breaking a dozen hair strands already. A good way to use your towel is to gently squeeze the water out of your hair with it.
3. Choose the right brush - It is wise to invest in a good brush if you want to avoid damaging your hair. The good way to go is to use brushes with boar bristles with nylon. These are far better than plastic bristles because they are less likely to snag on your hair which might cause it to snap. They are also effective in smoothening out the hair and distributing the natural oils at the same time.
4. Do not shampoo your hair everyday - If you want to avoid drying out your hair making it more vulnerable to breakage, don't shampoo it more than thrice a week. Shampoo may be able to remove dirt from the hairs but it may also sap out its natural oils. Two to three times in a week is enough to keep it clean while maintaining the oil that is necessary to keep both scalp and hairs strong.
5. Go for sulfate-free shampoos - This may have to take the extra step of looking for a shampoo that doesn't contain any sulfates. This are the substances that make your soap and shampoo create lather. Unfortunately this can also lead to hair dryness which makes it easier to break. Sulfate-free shampoos are gentler on the hair leaving you with an adequate amount of oils that will protect the hair and nourish it.
6. Untangle your hair gently - Should you find your hair to be caught in tangles, make sure to smoothen out the problem gently. Tangles can be a nuisance especially when you're on the run. But to avoid hair damage, make sure that you start to untangle your hair from the bottom going up. This will prevent straining the hair with your strokes which can lead to breakage. Use a wide-toothed comb in doing to make it more easy on your locks.
7. Use the right pillowcase - If your hair is really prone to breakage, it is best to use a silk or satin pillowcase. This will make it easier on your hair because it doesn't create so much friction on your locks as you toss and turn. These type of pillowcases will also prevent absorption of the natural oils from your hair that will leave it dry and more easier to break.
8. Use conditioner everyday - Coconut oil is one of the tried and tested solutions to weak hair. It helps maintain luscious locks and is a reliable natural preventive measure against hair fall due to too much breakage. A coconut oil massage once or twice a week will not only give you beautiful hair but a resilient one at that.
9. Regular trims - Conditioning can be a very beneficial part of your hair care regimen in steering clear from falling hair. All you need to do is to prepare a cup of your daily conditioner and mix it with 2-3 tablespoons of honey. Slather this all over your wet hair and leave it on for a good 30 minutes before a thorough rinse. The action of the conditioner is taken further by the nutrients and moisture provided by the honey. This also helps seal the hair cuticles giving the hair great body, a beautiful shine and renewed strength.
10. Use the right pillowcase - If your hair is really prone to breakage, it is best to use a silk or satin pillowcase. This will make it easier on your hair because it doesn't create so much friction on your locks as you toss and turn. These type of pillowcases will also prevent absorption of the natural oils from your hair that will leave it dry and more easier to break.
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