Disclaimer: There is NO Miracle Product
Whether your hair breakage is trivial or tragic, it can be pretty bothersome! Once the damage is noticed, the first thing many women do is head to the salon or down the hair care aisle of the drug store to look for the magic treatment to fix their locks. While this is a completely logical move, you will eventually realize that there is no miracle product. However, recovery is possible, it will just take some time.
Beautiful, strong, healthy hair is feasible, but you will have to put some work in. Before understanding how to fix breakage, it is important to understand what is causing the breakage so it can be prevented in the long run, rather than being “fixed” over and over again.
First, please understand that hair loss and breakage IS normal and okay. In fact, the average adult loses anywhere from fifty to one hundred pieces of hair per day. Hair breakage, on the other hand, is not okay. This means that your hair has become fragile, and breaking before its lifecycle is over. Breakage can be caused by some of the most common hair treatments and tools you use most often, included chemical processing, too much high heat, and too tight styling – But those are just some of the more obvious factors. Hair breakage can be a sign that you need some R&R or aren’t getting enough nutrients in your diet. Here are the five most common causes of hair breakage:
- Lack of moisture: one of the most common culprits of breakage (if not the most common) is a lack of natural oils and moisture. This happens from over shampooing, cold winter months, and regular swimming (due to the chemicals in pools).
- Over processing: high-power blow dryers, fast-heating flat irons and extreme styling wands are all to blame. If you are using heat tools to style your hair regularly, you are probably over processing your hair and essentially frying your ends. Too much chemical processing can also cause this.
- Poor diet: hair, skin and nails are all a reflection of the food you put in your body, as the saying goes “you are what you eat.” Poor nutrition can often produce unhealthy, breakable hair. Science shows that over-consumption of sugary snacks can affect the proper absorption of necessary protein.
- Stress: when you are under a lot of stress due to school or work, it too can reek havoc on your hair. Not only does stress have the ability to mess with your whole body, it may also prevent you from taking proper care of your skin and hair.
- Health concerns: often times, extreme health problems can lead to more than normal hair loss and breakage. If you are noticing significant amounts of breakage, it may be time to contact your primary care doctor, as this may be the sign of an underlying condition.
Now that you know the main causes of hair breakage, you can use this knowledge to your benefit in preventing breakage. If you know you are going to be home all day, skip your shower; If showering is a must, let your hair air dry. Make sure you are maintaining a balanced diet with limited sugar so protein can do its job in ensuring your hair looks its best. In addition, it is good to have your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks. It is also beneficial to use an intense conditioning treatment every week or so. Don’t let your hair become brittle, you know have the knowledge and power to stop breakage in its tracks!