How to Fix The Most Common Mistakes With Hair Breakages
Hair breakages are a common occurrence, and can be caused by a number of factors. Some of the most common causes include hair styling products, humidity, hot tools, and direct heat from the sun. To help prevent hair breakages, make sure to follow proper hair care guidelines, avoid using harsh chemicals, and protect your hair from the sun. Hair breakage is probably one of the most annoying things in the world – you can quote us on that. Who even likes dry, flaking strands that break off? So don’t let hair breakage stop you from seizing your day. Here are Tropika Club’s top tips to fix hair breakages.
Table of Contents
- What is Hair Breakage?
- The Top 5 Common Mistakes Behind Hair Breakage
- 3 Easy Tips To Deal With Hair Breakages
What is Hair Breakage?
While it’s easy to mistake hair breakage with split ends, they’re not exactly the same thing. Split ends refer to the damage and cracking at the tips of your hair.
Hair breakage, on the other hand, refers to more pronounced damage to the hair, compared to split ends. Hair breakage can be identified with small white dots that occur not only at the ends of the hair. That means that your hair is partially fractured, giving it a brittle, straw-like appearance. This could lead to hair thinning, hair loss, and slow growth.
The Top 5 Common Mistakes Behind Hair Breakage
1. Not Having Enough Moisture For Your Hair
This is one of the biggest causes of hair breakage. The easiest thing you can do to fix that is to get the right shampoo and conditioner. Make sure you’re getting products that can provide ample moisture.
On the flip side of the coin, don’t over-wash your hair too. If you over-wash your hair, you might be stripping your hair of the natural oils that keep it hydrated. For those with fine and/or oily hair, you can still stick to frequent shampooing; you just need to be careful.
Before you lather on shampoo, thoroughly drench your hair with water. Then focus on the hair two inches closes to your scalp, because that’s where sebum usually accumulates. Cold water can help too, since it smoothens the cuticles, reducing the appearance of frayed ends.
2. You’re Blow-Drying the Wrong Way
Let your hair air-dry for a while before you go for the blow-dryer. If you don’t want water dripping everywhere, you can blot (not rub), wet hair with a microfiber towel. The terry-cloth turban can damage and tangle your hair, so it’s time to let go of the rich tai-tai vibe we all aspire to.
As you blow-dry, don’t let your hair too close to the nozzle, keep the blow-dryer around two inches away. Also avoid yanking too hard, and stretching your hair with a brush, and stick with brushes synthetic bristles since they’re smoother.
3. Going too Extra with Heat Styling
If you have to resort to heat styling, make sure to use a heat protectant to prevent hair breakage. For those heat style daily, you could try new hairstyles and use heat styling tools once, or twice a week.
Here’s another major tip: go easy one the flatiron. There are already too many tragedies with the flatiron on TikTok. Make sure you don’t exceed the maximum suggested time, and maybe get flatirons with ceramic plates instead.
4. Exposing Your Hair to Excessive Chemicals
Imagine if Ariana Grande didn’t have to bleach and dye her hair red for four years when she played Cat on Nickelodeon’s “Sam & Cat”. Her signature high ponytail would be godlike. So let that be a lesson in the perils of overprocessing your hair.
But if you’re too far along, you can try chopping it all of so that your hair can grow back to its original state. Otherwise, you’d have to gun for the salon-grade Olaplex treatments to rebuild the breakages in your hair.
If you’re still a fan of chemical straightening, try switching to keratin treatments. It’ll give your hair a smooth coating without messing with your hair’s cortex.
5. Cotton Pillowcases
This is a weird one, we know. But cotton pillowcases create friction between your hair and the fabric as you sleep. We understand that not everyone might be high SES, but maybe its time to invest in satin or silk pillowcases, which could cut down the snag as you sleep.
3 Easy Tips To Deal With Hair Breakages
As with health and beauty, prevention is crucial. But, you should also know your hair isn’t a living thing, so any treatment you have is usually only there to cover dead hair strands. That being said, let’s get to the heart of the matter:
1. Spot Breakage as it Happens
Fortunately, it isn’t too hard to spot. Look at the strands of hair that are on your comb after you brush, and check if they’re shorter, with or without pointy and uneven ends. If they do have those symptoms, you should be on your guard. Hairs that are prone to breakage may look lighter in the colour of the other normal strands too.
Here’s an extra tip for people with curly hair: the spiral shape of your hair follicles and hair shafts means that your hair breaks a little more easily. Also, it’s usually less dense, and it usually grows slower compared to other hair types. That puts your hair shaft at increased risk for severe damage, especially when exposed to heat or chemical treatments, as do prolonged exposure to sun and chlorine.
Another way to check is to blow-dry your hair as straight as you can, and then comb your hair out at a 90-degree angle. Look for hair strands with ends that begin to look shallow. If there’s a lot of it, it means it’s time for a trip to the salon, which brings us to our next point:
2. Don’t Skip Your Regular Trips to the Salon
Try and visit the hair salon at least once every three months to prevent hair breakages. This is especially helpful when you know your hair is damaged beyond the follicles so you can prevent further damage to it. You can always consult your hairdresser to adjust your hairstyle to eliminate the broken bits of your hair.
If you’re wanting to get treatments to repair the damage, don’t get your hopes up too high. Damaged hair can only be restored from the follicles. So most treatments mainly make the hair look less damaged, but cannot fix split ends or damaged cortex.
3. Look Out for Key Ingredients in Your Products
You’ve probably heard about them before. The key ingredients you should keep an eye on are avocado oil, buckthorn berry, coconut oil, olive oil, and shea butter. If you can, find products with hydrolysed proteins. For example, products with hydrolysed keratin and hydrolysed wheat protein can strengthen and repairs the hair, fortifying them against hair breakages.
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