Losing hair can be traumatizing for most people and they will do anything they can to stop their hair from breaking. To stop hair breakage, you need to be proactive and do a number of things. Here are some of the major steps you can take.
Cut out the split ends
If you don’t cut out the split ends from your hair, they will eventually run up the hair strand and break off on their own. Therefore, it makes more sense to trim off the split ends before the whole hair strand is affected. Have your hair trimmed off every three to four months to minimize cases of split ends. This may seem counterproductive at first, as you are probably trying to grow your hair long, but your hair will eventually grow fuller and thicker. Request your stylist to cut off half an inch or a quarter of an inch of your hair.
Avoid brushing your hair while it is still wet
Your hair is at its weakest when it’s wet. Brushing it will most likely result in breakage. Wait for it to dry before you brush it. When washing your hair, use a wide toothed comb to comb through it after you have applied a moisturizer.
Be careful with the towel
Use a soft cloth, like a t-shirt to dry off your hair after washing it instead of using a towel. Towels are rough on the hair. If you must use a towel, then press it against your hair instead of rubbing it dry.
Go easy on the heat
Let your hair dry off naturally on its own as much as possible. While blow dryers, flat irons and iron curlers are quite convenient to use, using too much heat on your hair too frequently will result in weakening of the hair. This will eventually result in hair breakage. If you must use heat, then set your appliances to the lowest heat level possible. This also applies when it comes to too much sun exposure. Too much sun will result in your hair becoming brittle, so if you will be staying in the sun for too long, find a creative way to cover up your hair. This may include wearing a hat or tying a scarf around your hair.
Style up, but just not too tightly
While holding up your hair in a ponytail may bring out your face, it is not advisable to tie your hair too tightly. It is also not advisable to braid your hair too tightly, as this will stress your hairline. Consider trying out different hairstyles on a regular basis. Also, be careful on the hair accessories that you use. Go for hair accessories that will not pinch or pull your hair too much.
Consult a professional stylist
While styling your own hair at home may help you save some money, you may end up doing more harm than good. That is why it is advisable to let a professional stylist handle your hair, especially when it comes to applying chemicals and color. If these are not properly handled, it can result in major hair breakage.