Leave-In conditioners can help with hair breakage! But to get the maximum benefit of a leave-in conditioner, we have to make some changes in our habits and choices. Leave-in conditioner can’t do all of the heavy lifting on its own. And speaking from experience, there is no worse feeling than being covered in little pieces of hair that have broken off caused by brushing. Unfortunately, a lot of the reasons for hair breakage is brought on by our own doing.
Why is my hair breaking off and falling out?
Poor diet is one of the contributing factors to hair breakage. Hair growth is supplied by a healthy diet full of vitamins and nutrients. The same food recommended for building muscle is also the same food that feeds your hair. A diet rich in protein and iron is one of the ways the best ways to grow stronger hair. And of course, drinking more water.
If you are one of the many women asking yourself "Why is my hair breaking off in the middle?" Start by making the promise of practicing the golden rule: treating your hair the way you want to be treated. In other words, start being kinder to your hair. It is so tempting to turn our styling tools to the highest heat setting for maximum hold. By doing this, especially without a heat protectant, our hair can only withstand so much heat before it dries out.
By turning down the heat and showing some hair love, we can greatly reduce the chances of further breakage. And also, opt to let your hair air dry instead of using a blow dryer. With our busy lives, this might be hard to do. But think of a few ways you can change up your daily routine that will allow time for it.
And while most of us believe you can never have too much of a good thing, that is not always the case when explaining what causes hair breakage. Especially when that good thing is dry shampoo. On more than one occasion this product had saved the day for me. It is also one of the main reasons for my hair breakage I think. The sole purpose of dry shampoo is to absorb the oil in your hair, but when it does its thing, it also absorbs all of the good and natural oil in your hair too, leaving it dry and dull.
Think about the types of products you are using for your hair as well. Did you know that certain hair types don't mesh well with certain products? (You are about to get a quick science lesson by the way). With products like shampoo and hair dye, the higher the pH level the more alkaline a product is, and it’s really harsh on hair. When color treating hair, in order for it to work, the high pH opens up the cuticles allowing the hair to soak up the color, but by opening the cuticles of the hair, it also leads to hair becoming dry. Blondes can definitely relate because this is the reason why hair turns green in a swimming pool or when using a purple shampoo to brighten hair color. I know this because it has happened to me on more than one occasion. So, just know when talking about pH, there has to be a balance, and when the balance is off, bad things happen.
A few other ways worth mentioning to prevent hair breakage is to stop using elastic ponytail holders or wearing tightly pulled hairstyles, especially if you are wondering how you can stop fine hair from breaking. The finer the hair, the less strength it has, and the continual pulling on it, only stretches it out more, making hair weaker and more prone to breakage.
Is hair breakage normal?
A little bit is, but if you have A LOT, then the answer is no. Hair breakage is most often caused by stress and hormones. When our body and mind are stressed, like a toddler, it acts out. Hair breakage is one of the body's ways of showing you something is wrong. And stressing out about your hair is only going to make things worse. If you know that you have a lot of stress in your life. Be proactive, and find ways to reduce or eliminate as much stress as you can.
Just by making a few changes, you can make a huge difference in overall hair health. A leave-in conditioner like Daily Dose in conjunction with a healthy diet and changes in styling habits will have your hair looking fabulous in no time.
Author: Jessica Biggs
Jessica is a wife, mother, teacher, writer, and marketer. Like a moth to a flame, she is drawn to all things pretty, sparkly, and shiny and believes there is no such thing as natural beauty. When she is not working, in her spare time she dreams of the day where all she has to do is lay on a beach somewhere and endless frozen concoctions with little pink umbrellas are served to her on a silver platter. Until then, she will just settle for summers in the backyard. You can follow her on twitter @jessbiggs11 or Facebook @jessicadillardbiggs