We put our hair through a lot. From heat appliances to aggressive styling, we put it under intense pressure and then wonder why it's beginning to break. It starts with an innocent split end, and then before we know it, the hair has broken off. Unfortunately, once the hair breaks it's game over, and while there may be products to cover them up, there's no cure other than to chop them off. For this reason, it's all about hair damage prevention. To clarify, we don't mean regular hair loss which is a natural bodily process, we mean hair breakage which can be avoided through the correct measures. If you're shedding shorter strands that may be dry or frayed, this is a sign they have broken off. Here's what you can do to keep your hair in shape.
Before we begin, we should note that some hair is more susceptible to breaking off. So, if you have coarse or aging hair, bear in mind you are at extra risk and should take extra care. On that note, one of the most crucial tips is not to brush your hair too much. Although many people champion the benefits of constant hair brushing, The American Academy of Dermatology says that brushing should be limited to styling. Make sure to keep the strokes gentle and avoid pulling if possible.
A clever hack to prevent hair breakage is to put your hair into a braid before bed. This will keep it protected while you sleep, especially if you move around at night. Most importantly, do not go to sleep with your hair wet. When hair is wet is it incredibly fragile as it is more elastic and damage-prone. Drying your hair before going to sleep may take a little longer but will pay off in the long run in the form of healthy hair. Smooth silk or satin pillowcases are worth purchasing as they are more gentle on your hair.
This one may come as a bit of a surprise, but rubbing your hair in a towel to 'towel-dry' it after the shower, is doing more damage than good. Yes, it's an age-old custom but considering how fragile your hair is when it's wet, the practice is too rough. Instead, take a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt and 'blot and squeeze' your hair. Keep up these healthy hair habits and wave frizz and breakage goodbye!