Few things in life are more frustrating than dealing with breakage and split ends in your hair. No matter how you try to style it, that breakage and damage can really put a damper on your locks and leave your hair looking dull and lifeless. And while it’s impossible to prevent any split ends or breakage from occurring in the future, there are some steps you can take to better protect your hair. Learning how to prevent hair breakage will help minimize breakage and keep your locks looking healthier than ever.
Protect Hair From Heat
Heat can be extremely damaging to hair, causing it to dry out and break. Unfortunately, most women need to use heat on a daily basis to dry and style their hair. The good news is that you can take steps to protect your hair from breakage caused by heat damage; simply invest in a quality heat-protecting spray and be sure to use it before drying or styling hair. Also, try using your styling tools on the lowest heat setting available whenever possible.
Try a Repairing Product
If the damage has already been done, there are some options out there that could help repair your locks by infusing moisture, oils, and other nourishment. This will improve the health of your hair while preventing further damage down the road. Consider using a weekly deep conditioning treatment or repair mask for the best results.
Schedule a Salon Appointment
Heading to your local salon for a trim every four to six weeks is another great way to minimize breakage, get rid of split ends, and keep your hair looking its healthiest. When you go in for a trim, your stylist can remove just enough hair to get rid of those split ends while touching up any layers you may have had done. If you’re really worried about losing length, tell your stylist you want a “dusting” instead of a trim, which will communicate to your hairdresser that you want as much length retained as possible while still getting rid of damage.
Be Gentle When Brushing
A lot of times, breakage is inadvertently caused when you brush or comb your hair out—especially when you first get out of the shower. Carelessly combing damp hair often results in a tugging or pulling motion, which can actually yank hair out and break weaker strands. For better results, use a wide-tooth comb when you get out of the shower and gently brush hair from roots to ends. Work through snags and tangles as carefully as possible, and consider using a detangling spray or even a small amount of leave-in conditioner to gently work through tangles.
Wash Less Frequently
Finally, did you know that washing your hair too often can be harsh on your hair and lead to damage? Moreover, did you know that the average woman has no need to shampoo her hair every day? By taking a couple of days in between washing, you can allow your hair to absorb its natural oils, which improves health, reduces dryness, and makes strands less prone to breakage. If you need to freshen up hair in between washings, try using a dry shampoo instead.
It’s no secret that breakage and split ends can be a real pain to deal with, especially if you’re trying to grow your hair out. Fortunately, by taking these simple yet effective steps, you can better protect your hair!