When your hair starts to break and you noticed split, dry ends, you probably head to the hair salon or the hair care aisle at the store to find a miracle for your hair. Unfortunately, no miracle products or salon products exist to get your hair back to looking healthy and beautiful. However, you can enjoy stronger, healthier hair if you are willing to do a bit of work.
Why is This Happening?
You’re probably wondering why hair breakage occurs. Well, hair naturally sheds. In fact, normally you can expect to lose 50-100 hairs each day. That is nothing to worry about. However, if your hair is breaking, this means that your hair is damaged and weak, breaking off before the completion of its life cycle. It is frustrating to start seeing your hair break off, but to stop the problem, you need to get to the “root” of the problem.
Here are five of the most common causes of hair breakage.
1 Lack of Oils and Adequate Moisture
One of the most common causes of hair breakage is a lack of oils and adequate moisture. Dry hair often makes crackling or popping noises when you comb the ends. The scalp normally produces oils that help keep hair moist. Depending upon your specific hair type, the oil will travel from the scalp down the hair shaft at varying rates. The process is slower for people with thick or curly hair.
Of course, even if the scalp produces enough oil, shampooing daily, regularly using heat or failing to condition hair may be canceling out the natural oils in your hair. The moisture in your hair is also affected by your activities and the current weather. During the winter, hair often is drier. If you are regularly swimming in a chlorinated pool, the chlorine could dry out hair.
2 Over Processing
Heat damage often occurs from excessive processing. If you use heat to style your hair regularly, the heat damage ends up causing breakage. Using a hair dryer, curling iron, hair straightener, and other tools that use heat, cause this problem, changing the texture of your ends by “frying” them. Of course, chemical processing may also cause hair damage.
Chemicals from texturizers, perms, relaxers and hair color all may change hair bonds, strip your hair and lead to breakage. Combine heat and chemical damage and you end up with fragile, damaged hair.
3 Poor Diet
The foods you put into your body will be reflected in your skin and your hair. Poor nutrition may result in weak, breaking hair. Unfortunately, failing to eat a healthy diet will result in unhealthy hair.
Certain foods, such as sugary foods and high sodium foods, may lead to shedding and hair breakage. Sugary foods can interfere with the absorption of protein… protein is very important for the structure of bones, teeth and hair.
If you are dealing with a lot of stress, it could be affecting your hair. Whether the stress comes from work, home or a significant event in your life, that stress may begin to show on your hair. Sometimes, stress may cause you neglect important hair care or to treat hair roughly. Stress affects the entire body, affecting your overall health and the health of your hair.
5 Health Problems
Certain health problems often lead to extreme shedding and hair breakage. It may be a sign that you have an underlying health problem. If hair loss or breakage is significant, see your doctor as quickly as possible. If a health problem is causing the hair loss, your doctor may be able to help treat the problem, thereby treating your hair loss.
So, What Can I Do about Hair Breakage?
Now that you know about the possible causes of hair breakage, you may be wondering what you can do to fix those problems. Once you know what is causing the problem, you can take steps to solve those problems, allowing you to enjoy healthier, stronger hair. Here are some important tips you can use to address the common causes of hair breakage.
- Start caring for hair by limiting how often you manipulate your strands. Avoid excessive combing, brushing, blow-drying and hair straightening. It’s best to avoid washing hair daily.
- If you deal with super oily hair and you have to wash daily, be sure to use a conditioning and cleansing product that keeps hair moist.
- Eating a healthy diet regularly is essential as well. Healthy meals will help you achieve stronger hair and better overall health.
- Foods rich in protein help repair hair, including nuts, red kidney beans and salmon. Try to limit foods high in sodium and sugar. Start drinking more water each day to save hair and improve overall health.
2 Relax and Learn to Manage Stress
Eliminate the affect stress has on your hair by relaxing and learning to manage stress. While there is no way to completely eliminate stress, you can learn to manage it effectively.
Being goal-oriented and driven by work deadlines is not a problem, but if it causes enough stress to lead to insomnia or other health problems, you need to make some changes.
3 Feed your Hair
It’s important to feed your hair, just like you feed the rest of your body. Luckily, you can find plenty of easy home remedies and treatments that you can use at home to feed your hair. Grapeseed and jojoba oils are commonly used in DIY treatments for hair, since they are very lightweight oils that moisturize the scalp without weighing down your hair. Eggs are often used in treatments as well, since eggs feature protein and important Omega 3 fatty acids. Another great ingredient is avocado. Not only is it tasty, but it is wonderful for hair as well.
For softer, more manageable hair, try this classic DIY Avocado Hair Mask. You’ll need:
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- An avocado
- 1 tbsp of honey
- A shower cap
20-30 minutes of spare pampering time (I recommend a whole Sunday. Why not?)
- Crush the avocado in a bowl (leaving the pit out, of course). Add the olive oil and the honey and mix together.
- Massage the green paste into your damp hair from roots to tips.
- Put the shower cap on and leave it there for 20-30 mins.
- Wash the mask out, then use shampoo and conditioner as usual.
4 Repair & Moisturize – Products
Ensuring that your hair has enough moisture is important if you want to repair unhealthy locks. When your hair is breaking and unhealthy, you will need to choose the right products to help repair the damage. Look for products that include all-natural ingredients that are gentle and designed for the texture and thickness of your hair.
Skip products that have mineral oil in them. While mineral oil sounds great, it actually can dry out hair more. The most important thing you can do is use products designed for your specific hair type. Thick, curly hair may require a thick, conditioning product to keep it moisturized. People with fine hair should avoid thick, creamy products, since they may weight down hair.
5Get Regular Trims
Sometimes it’s tough to get a trim. Most women do not enjoy seeing their hair lying on the floor after a trim. However, regularly trims can improve the health of your hair.
Trim hair every 6-8 weeks to help reduce breakage. While it may seem like you have to trim a lot of hair at first, particularly if hair is severely damaged, by regularly trimming hair and following the other tips here, you will soon enjoy, healthy, stronger, more beautiful hair.
Hair breakage and hair loss is frustrating. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to do to make hair healthy again. However, by understanding the causes of breakage and taking a few measures to prevent and treat it, you can enjoy gorgeous hair again. Learn about the mistakes you are making and correct them. Take this information and start putting it into practice regularly. Before you know it, hair loss and breakage will be a thing of the past and you will be enjoying your thick, lustrous hair once again.