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Ways to prevent hair breakage

Updated on April 27, 2011

Make the right decisions

It is a known fact that women enjoy looking attractive, and will take advantage of beautiful hair colors, hair textures and hair styles that will help them to achieve this end.

At times it is difficult for women to choose between a temporary hair fix (by using heating irons, styling accessories and self- application of hair chemicals) or the long term maintenance that is required to keep their hair looking healthy and breakage- free. However, women that endure the maintenance that is needed to keep their hair vibrant and healthy, will tell you that it is definitely worth the effort to take the necessary measures that are required to prevent split ends and hair breakage.

If you are not aware of all of the causes of split ends and hair breakage, you can read the article on "Split ends and causes of hair breakage".

If you have problems with hair breakage and split ends, this article will outline for you seven major decisions that you can make in an effort to eliminate split ends, and to prevent hair breakage.

Say no to heating irons
Say no to heating irons

Prevent hair breakage

1. Limit the use of heating irons in your hair

If you are used to styling your hair with curling irons and straight irons, it may be difficult to get out of this habit. However, if you are serious about preventing hair breakage, limited use of heating irons is not option- it must be done!

While frequent use of heating irons may weaken your hair over time, extremely hot irons can cause immediate breakage. If the use of heating irons cannot be avoided on special occasions, you should keep the temperature of the iron as low as you possibly can while using it.

Over- processed hair
Over- processed hair

2. Restrict the use of harsh chemicals

Frequent use of harsh chemicals is a common cause of hair breakage. The recommended frequency for dying and perming is once every 9 to 10 weeks.

The application of chemicals should always be done by a professional if you wish to minimize hair breakage- professionals are familiar with the right amounts of chemicals to apply, and the optimal hair care that is needed before and after chemical application.

Regardless of how tempted you are to apply chemicals regularly or on your own, you should definitely resist the urge to do so at all times.

Trim hair ends regularly
Trim hair ends regularly

3. Trim the ends of your hair regularly

Trimming helps to prevent split ends that lead to hair breakage. Routine trimming is recommended if you wish to prevent major cutting due to extreme thinning of the ends of your hair. Split ends usually travel up the hair strands and eventually break off on their own. If your hair tends to be dry and brittle, preventative trimming may be your only option if you wish to eliminate hair breakage.

If you have problems with split ends and hair breakage, it is advisable to discuss a suitable time frame for regular trimming with your hair dresser.

Paul Mitchell moisturizing shampoo and conditioner
Paul Mitchell moisturizing shampoo and conditioner

4. Use moisturizing shampoos and conditioners

The use of moisturizing shampoos and conditioners will prevent your hair from becoming dry and brittle, and will help to restore moisture in your hair. Hair that is deprived of moisture is more subject to hair breakage and unmanageability.

Deep conditioning once per week or every two weeks is recommended depending on the type of conditioner you use, and the chemical treatments that your hair has previously undergone.

High protein foods
High protein foods

5. Include protein in your diet

Protein carries nutrients to your body cells, including those in hair follicles. Protein also helps to build and repair body structures like your hair. Inadequate intake of protein results in hair loss and brittle hair that breaks easily.

High protein foods include beans, poultry, cheese and fish.

Hair loss around the temple area
Hair loss around the temple area

6. Refrain from using hairstyles and accessories that pull the hair too tightly

While the use of hair styling accessories may not damage the ends of your hair, they tend to pull on the roots of the hair and cause hair loss around the temple area. If possible, you should always try to avoid both accessories and hair styles that cause pulling on roots of your hair.

Use a wide- tooth comb on wet hair
Use a wide- tooth comb on wet hair

7. Do not brush your hair while wet

When wet, your hair is in its weakest state. Brushing wet hair can stretch the hair strands to the point where they snap. To detangle your hair in its wet state, a wide- tooth comb through conditioned hair is recommended


I hope this article has been informative to you, and will help you to take some major steps towards eliminating hair breakage. Although there are products on the market that will help to tame frizzy hair ends and delay hair breakage, prevention of the actual splitting and breaking of the hair strands will always be the better choice.


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