When you realize that your hair is breaking, your first instinct may be to panic. But there’s no need to do that. Whether you’ve just discovered that your hair is breaking or are aiming to prevent it from occurring, you’ve got options. There are several things that you can do to keep breakage at bay, and we’ll share them with you in this article.
Deep Condition Your Hair Regularly
One of the best ways to keep your hair from breaking is to deep condition it regularly. Deep conditioners contain hair-strengthening and moisturizing ingredients that increase your hair’s resilience, reducing its chances of breakage.
Regardless of the deep conditioner you choose, apply it liberally to your clean, damp hair, leave it on for the recommended time, and rinse thoroughly.
For the best results, you should deep condition your hair every week or two. If you need to do so more often, you can do that as well, but you shouldn’t deep condition more than a couple of times per week.
Be Gentle With Your Hair
Rough handling is a leading cause of hair breakage. When we refer to rough handling, we mean ripping combs or brushes through your hair without a detangler, yanking on your hair when styling, or wearing your hair in tight styles. Doing these things can cause structural damage to the outer structure of your hair, increasing your risk of breakage.
So, whenever you detangle your hair, wet it down and apply a detangling product to it first. Also, take your time and use a gentle hand when combing or brushing your hair. And when choosing hairstyles, you should also be selective - only select styles that don’t require a ton of manipulation.
Protect Your Hair From Friction
Long-term friction from your hair rubbing against rough surfaces can cause breakage. To prevent friction-related breakage, cover your hair with a silk or satin bonnet or scarf. Since these head coverings are soft and smooth, they won’t put stress on your hair. You can also sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase if you’re not into covering your head at night.
Moisturize Your Hair Regularly
Moisturizing your hair regularly is a must if you want to reduce your chances of breakage. When your hair is adequately moisturized, it will be able to stretch further without breaking. So, it’s important to take the time necessary to infuse your hair with moisture whenever necessary. Here are a few ways to do this:
Use styling products specifically formulated to moisturize your hair.
Always use a hydrating leave-in conditioner after washing and conditioning your hair.
Do a hot oil treatment now and again for deep hydration.
Use a sulfate-free shampoo, which will be less drying to your strands than typical shampoo.
Stay Away From Chemical Treatments and Heat
Chemical hair treatments and heat styling are two of the most damaging things you can put your hair through. They are known to cause breakage spanning from mild to widespread and severe. So, if you want to avoid breakage, it’s wise to avoid chemical treatments like relaxers, perms, coloring and bleaching sessions, and direct heat from flat irons and blow dryers.
So, there you have it - tips you can use to keep your hair from breaking. We hope that you found all the information you need to keep your hair healthy and thriving.
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.