Whether your hair is curly, straight, frizzy, color-treated, thin, or thick, hair breakage is a common worry. While a certain percentage of hair breakage is normal, too much hair breakage is a proper problem and it should be taken care of.
Conditions like uncontrollable frizz, split-ends, and hair thinning eventually lead to hair breakage. Although it is very common, it is very difficult to fix. Especially if your hair is too damaged. To avoid hair breakage, let’s begin with the basics. Identifying the causes is very important. We have adopted hairstyling habits, which can be disastrous to our hair.
Just like you scrutinize each and every feature of Internet Preferred plans before you decide to subscribe to one, figure out everything about basic hair care and all the causes of hair breakage. Let’s help you keep your locks glossy, well-maintained, and healthy. Get ready to welcome good hair days!
Common Misconceptions about Hair Breakage
First things first, let’s clear up some common misconceptions and bust some famous myths about hair breakage.
Many people take split ends and hair breakage as synonymous phenomena. However, in reality, they are not the same thing. Split ends refer to having damaged ends, which begin to crack. The result of split-ends is frayed hair. Hair breakage is different and refers to more evident structural damage, where the hair is partially broken or fractured.
Moreover, these fractures can cause hair to completely break off or they can happen at the ends causing the hair to look straw-like and brittle. To begin with, you need to ditch common habits like aggressively brushing your hair or using a flat iron without applying a heat protecting serum.
The Causes of Frayed and Broken Hair
To stop hair breakage, you need to first understand the causes. Environmental factors are the major culprits to dry out the hair, suck up all the moisture, and reduce flexibility. Hairstyling tools and techniques and improper hair care are the next big culprits.
Here’s a brief overview of the causes of hair breakage:
- Incorrect or excessive hair brushing and teasing.
- Rough combing in wet hair.
- Strong pressure due to hair clips or hair elastics.
- Frequent color treating, exposing the hair cuticle.
- Chemical hair treatments, for instance, permanent waves, re-bonding, and so on.
- Excessive heat from sunlight, hairdryers, straighteners, curling rods, and so on.
Let’s discuss some of the most prevalent and damaging habits.
Incorrect Towel Drying
Most people aggressively rub their towels on their skin and hair right after stepping out of the shower. This rubbing motion is damaging for your hair especially when it is wet because wet hair is more vulnerable.
The better idea is wrapping up an absorbent towel around the hair. Keep it wrapped until excess water is absorbed.
Have you heard the myth that the more you brush your hair, the better the blood circulation is! And good blood circulation means healthier hair! It is a universal myth and we are going to bust it. 100 strokes a day are too much for your hair.
Moreover, hair experts suggest using wide-tooth combs to prevent hair breakage. Use a brush only on dry hair and avoid plastic bristles at all times.
For people with oily skin, excess sebum on your scalp makes the hair look greasy and messy. But don’t let it become a temptation to over-wash your hair. Don’t wash your hair more than needed.
About the frequency, daily washing is fine for people with oily hair. But washing it multiple times a day is excessive and not good for your hair and can result in hair breakage. In addition, for those with very dry hair, weekly shampooing is the way to go.
Moreover, don’t forget to generously apply conditioner on the ends and roots of your hair.
Colour-treatments, bleaching, perming, professional straightening, relaxers, re-bonding may look cool and trendy, but they are not good for your hair. Any treatment that involves chemicals, exposes the cuticle and damages hair structure.
If you are really into these treatments, consider having a gap of 8-10 weeks between these sessions. And meanwhile, take good care of your hair and use hair masks and oils.
Heat damage is a popular cause of hair breakage. Most of us are in the habit of using flat irons, diffusers, curling rods, hairdryers, and other styling tools that expose our hair to high heat. However, extreme temperatures can damage the cuticle and hair structure.
Try to avoid using these tools too much. But when you have to, apply a heat protecting serums or sprays. Also, go for ceramic versions of these tools to avoid too much damage.
The last time I visited the Cox internet support office, a rep had her hair dyed in a lush red shade. I was so tempted to have the same color but when she explained the procedure, it actually involved tons of chemicals. So, I decided to stick to my natural hair color.