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Hair Breakage: Causes, Types, Repair And Prevention

13 Easy Ways To Reduce Hair Breakage 

Bad hair days may come and go but experiencing hair breakage routinely is a serious concern. If you have noticed any split-ends in your hair or your hair is simply breaking off while combing, it’s a sign of hair damage.

Sometimes, the cause behind hair breakage is something as simple as brushing your hair harshly. But brittle, dry hair that breaks off could also be a symptom of nutrient deficiencies. 

But no matter what the cause is, putting a stop to breakage is essential if you want to preserve your hair volume. Some common signs of
hair breakage are increased hair fall during hair wash, flyaways, and split ends. So here are the top causes of hair breakage and different ways to control it.


Causes Of Hair Breakage

  • Rough Handling of Hair:
    Brushing your hair too often or rubbing them too hard while towel drying your hair can weaken the hair strands. Your hair is already weak when they are damp, so handling them roughly can cause hair breakage.
  • Heat Styling:
    When you use straighteners, curling irons, or blow dryers frequently, they can damage your hair strands. The heat from these styling tools damages the cuticle, which is the outermost layer of hair which leads to moisture loss leaving your hair weak.
  • Lack of Moisture:
    Without adequate moisture, your hair strands become weak and form split ends. This could either be caused due to dry climatic conditions, using hot water for hair wash, or simply not using the right conditioner for your hair type.
  • Delaying Haircuts:
    Getting regular haircuts is not just essential to help your hair look trendy. They even help cut off split ends and dry, damaged hair around your tips.
  • Imbalanced Diet:
    Your hair is primarily made up of proteins. Not eating enough protein in your daily diet can weaken your hair which leads to
    hair breakage. Even other nutrient deficiencies like biotin, zinc, or iron can weaken your hair.
  • Chemical treatments:
    The chemicals used in hair colouring, perming, and straightening your hair are also known to weaken your hair leading to
    hair breakage.
  • Harsh Haircare Products:
    Using shampoos made with strong surfactants or even washing your hair too frequently can dry out your hair leading to breakage.

13 Ways To Reduce Hair Breakage

  • Moisturise your Hair:
    Make sure to moisturise your hair strands with a good conditioner after shampooing to help lock in moisture within the strands and prevent dryness. You can also use a deep conditioning hair mask 2-3 times a month for extra nourishment.
  • Avoid Heat Styling:
    To reduce breakage, it is best to air-dry your hair as much as you can after shampooing. If you do wish to blow dry, wait until your hair is 70-80% dry and use a lower heat setting. Also, limit the use of curling and straightening tools to control further damage.
  • Choose Gentle Hair Care Products:
    While choosing products for your hair care routine, look for products that are specially formulated for dry, brittle hair. Avoid using drying shampoos, and instead, choose gentler, sulfate-free options that cleanse your hair without stripping off the moisture.
  • Oil Your Hair:
    Plant oils are filled with essential fatty acids that help nourish your hair and keep them soft, smooth, and strong. Coconut and olive oil especially can penetrate into your hair and moisturise it from within. Oiling your hair before shampooing can even prevent your hair from drying out during the hair wash process. So make hair oiling a part of your hair care routine to avoid
    hair breakage.
  • Avoid Chemical Hair Treatments:
    If you are experiencing
    hair breakage it is best to avoid further damage through chemical treatments. You can use natural hair colour options like henna or indigo to colour your hair without further damaging your hair. 
  • Be Gentle:
    It is a myth that brushing your hair 100 times a day will improve hair growth. So try to go easy on your hair and brush only when needed. It is also best to avoid wearing tight hairstyles that put pressure on your hair follicles and force them to break. And wear your hair in a loose braid or ponytail on a daily basis.
  • Towel Dry Properly:
    When drying your hair, choose a soft cotton towel or an old T-shirt. This will help reduce friction which causes
    hair breakage. And instead of rubbing the towel on your hair, gently squeeze out excess water.
  • Improve Your Diet:
    Strengthen your hair from the inside by fulfilling your daily intake of nutrients. Vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, and antioxidants are also essential to keep your hair strong and healthy. So include more vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes in the diet. 
  • Avoid Overwashing:
    Washing your hair every day is not recommended as it tends to dry out your hair. So to avoid dryness and
    hair breakage, stick to a healthy hair wash routine. For most people, washing hair twice a week suffices. In between your hair washes, you can use dry shampoo to reduce oiliness and absorb sweat.
  • Time for a Haircut:
    The best way to get rid of split ends and damaged hair is to get a haircut. So book an appointment at a salon every 2-3 months and have your ends trimmed regularly by a professional.
  • Cover up Your Hair:
    If you go swimming often, keep your hair covered with a cap to minimise contact with chlorinated water that can affect your hair. Even when you step out of the house during the day, wear a hat or tie up your hair to limit sun exposure.
  • Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase:
    When you toss and turn at night, your hair gets rubbed against the pillowcase which creates friction and causes your hair to break. So a good way to reduce such friction-related
    hair breakage is to switch from a cotton pillowcase to silk or even a satin pillowcase.
  • Change Your Hair Accessories:
    While elastic hair ties and bands are essential to keep your hair away from your face, they may also tug on your hair leading to
    hair breakage. So try using satin or silk hair bands or even wear your hair down more often.

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FAQs

  1. How often should I oil my hair?
    You can oil your hair 1-2 times a week before shampooing.
  2. Can I take supplements for hair breakage?
    Yes, you can. You can consult a doctor to get supplements that will help reduce hair breakage.
  3. Can I use a homemade mask to strengthen my hair?
    You can make a DIY hair mask with aloe vera gel and coconut oil and use it before shampooing to deep condition your hair. 

REFERENCES –

https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/hair-loss/insider/stop-damage
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325026#treatment
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4387693/