Pesky split ends can often stand in the way of our hair goals and if you’re dealing with hair thinning or hair loss, you might be more determined than ever to protect your locks from breakage.
But how do we ACTUALLY prevent breakage? First, we need to understand the culprits.
- Frequent use of hot styling tools like straighteners and curling irons can cause damage to your hair’s cuticle, leading to split ends and breakage.
- Harsh chemical treatments, such as bleaching, perming and coloring, can weaken your hair’s structure and cause breakage.
- Aggressive brushing, especially when the hair is wet, can lead to hair breakage and damage.
- Exposure to sun, wind and pollution can cause the hair to become dry, brittle and susceptible to breakage.
- Wearing hairstyles that pull the hair tightly, like ponytails and braids, can lead to breakage and even hair loss along the hairline.
So what do we DO to reduce split ends and breakage? There are many simple steps you can to prevent damage and keep your hair growing healthy and strong.
Limit Heat Styling
Embrace heatless styling methods whenever possible. If you must use heat styling tools, always apply a heat protectant spray beforehand and use the lowest heat setting suitable for your hair type.
Embrace Air Drying
Allow your hair to air dry whenever you can. Patience pays off, as air drying reduces the risk of breakage caused by heat and friction.
Choose Gentle Hair Care Products
Opt for sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners that nourish and hydrate your hair without stripping it of its natural oils.
Be Mindful of Chemical Treatments
If you love experimenting with color or texture, always consult with a professional stylist and prioritize treatments that are less damaging to your hair.
Brush with Care
Use a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush to gently remove knots and tangles, starting from the ends and working your way up to avoid causing damage.
Schedule regular hair trims every 6-8 weeks to prevent split ends from traveling up the hair shaft and causing further damage.
Deep Conditioning Treatments
Invest in deep conditioning treatments to replenish lost moisture and nourish your hair. These treatments can help repair damaged cuticles and improve the overall health of your locks.
Treat yourself to weekly or bi-weekly hair masks to restore strength and shine to your hair. Look for masks containing ingredients like keratin, argan oil and shea butter to boost hair resiliency and manageability.
Try using overnight hair treatments or serums to infuse your locks with moisture and nutrients while you sleep. Wake up to beautifully restored and revitalized hair.
Armed with these expert tips and tricks, you can now confidently prevent damage and breakage, ensuring your hair stays strong, healthy and radiant. Remember, consistency is key, so invest time in nurturing your hair with gentle care and quality products. By following these preventive measures and treating your tresses with the care they deserve, you’ll enjoy the luscious locks you’ve always dreamed of.
Remember, even with the most diligent hair care routine, you may still experience damage. You’re not alone. Over 2 million women trust Keranique on their hair rejuvenation journey and we’re here to support you too.