Truth – Some people have finer hair than others.
Myth – There’s nothing you can do to minimize hair breakage.
While some people have simply resigned themselves to having their hair susceptible to breaking, there are actually a number of ways you can minimize the amount of hair breakage. Better yet, these preventative methods don’t necessarily mean buying a plethora of products or adding a significant amount of time to your prep time.
11 Ways to Keep Hair Breakage to a Minimum
As long as people are concerned about the status of their hair, there will be those looking for ways to make it better than ever. The Aveda team, along with hair pros around the globe, is always looking for ways to keep your hair healthier and more beautiful than ever.
Here are some of the best tips in the industry for minimizing hair breakage.
· Be gentle when your hair is wet. Don’t pull a brush through freshly washed hair! Rather, wrap it in a soft micro fiber towel or t-shirt and gently squeeze out excess water. If you must use something, opt for a wide tooth comb and spritz your hair with a detangler on to your hair.
· If possible, air dry your hair.
· Keep heat styling at a minimum. Heat puts stress on your hair and can cause breakage. If heat drying is a must, be sure to use a diffuser on low heat and speed.
· Use products designed for your hair type. Some favorites from Aveda that can help minimize hair breakage include Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair, Brilliant Damage Control, Be Curly Style-Prep or Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother.
· Don’t pull ponytails, braids or curlers tight. Should you wear your hair in a ponytail, consider using a scrunchie or a soft ribbon elastic rather than those with rubber on the outside. Also, be sure not to wear your hair in a pony tail or tight bun all the time. Your hair needs to relax.
· Use products that add some extra moisture to your hair. Hydrated hair is less like to snap and break.
· Minimize how often you wash your hair. For most people, 3 times a week is plenty; for those with fine or oily hair, drench your hair with water before actually applying the shampoo. Rinse thoroughly. Even better, rinse with cold water as this helps lock in moisture and smooths the cuticle so any breakage is less noticeable.
· Invest in a silk pillowcase. Sleeping on silk is not only decadent, but it will keep your hair from being roughed up while sleeping – especially if you are to move a bit while asleep.
· Eat healthy. A diet rich in proteins and vitamins such as since, iron, and folic acid helps to minimize hair breakage.
· Don’t stress! Life can be tough, but getting stressed out solves little and actually affects the health of your hair. Telogen effluvium is a chemical your body produces when stressed and is linked to causing the hair follicles to go dormant which will cause hair in the middle of a growth cycle to break off.
· Get your hair trimmed regularly. Sometimes, the easiest way to prevent significant breakage is to first cut off the damage and then implementing these tips above going forward.
Having healthy, strong hair is not an impossible task. Use these tips to help you keep those annoying split ends and excessive breakage at a minimum. If you have questions about the best products and practices for your hair care routine, come by true Salon today.