Damaged Hair and Hair Loss
If you find your hair breaking off there are several steps you can take to start getting your hair healthy again. Use the suggestions below to repair your damaged hair and prevent losing hair from breakage.
Don’t panic, it’s likely that over several months you’ll be able to repair your hair’s condition and prevent further breakage. Panicking and over-treating your hair with every product that describes its ability to prevent breakage can cause you additional problems in achieving healthy-looking hair.
It’s likely that your hair treatments are the cause of your hair breakage so that you’ll want to switch out harsher treatments for less harsh treatments where possible. If you straighten or perm your hair, it’s likely that you’ll want to take a break from these treatments.
Don’t give up on combing your hair in an effort to avoid breakage. Combing your hair brings the natural oils from your scalp, or the conditioner you apply to the ends of your hair which can improve its ability to resist breakage over time.
Use a wide-toothed comb on wet hair to avoid breakage because wet hair stretches more than dry hair so that your hair won’t break as easily. If you use a detangler, it should also be used on wet hair for the same reason.
Keep your hair well-trimmed, or consider a shorter haircut to remove the damaged hair and reduce the look of frayed edges from broken hair.
You should take a break from the blow dryer if your hair is breaking. You’ll need to leave enough time to air dry your hair so that you might want to change your hair washing regimen to evenings instead of mornings and wear a shower cap in the mornings. If you need to use your blow dryer, use it on a cooler setting since the heat settings add another stressor on your hair.
If you use tools to flatten, straighten or curl your hair, make sure that your hair is dry before using them. By waiting for your hair to dry you’ll prevent severe damage to your hair from scorching. There are some styling tools that have wet hair settings that are safer to use if your hair is damp.
If you dye your hair or have your hair dyed, switch to a gentler dye. In order for a hair dye to be gentler, you’ll probably have to avoid permanent color products for awhile. Consider using root touch-ups instead of re-dying your entire head of hair at signs of gray.
Avoid double-processing your hair if you’re experiencing hair breakage. The less you do to your hair the better your hair will look.
Sun exposure and UV rays can add to hair problems and breakage. Look for hair products that have UV protection if you’re going to be out in the sun. If you find yourself outside without the right hair product, it is recommended that you use a small amount of sunscreen applied at your roots and comb it through your hair.
If you’re hair is breaking there are simple steps you can take to improve your hair’s condition and prevent breakage. Use the tips above to prevent hair breakage.