When your hair becomes dry and brittle, it can result in your strands getting weaker, and as a result, more susceptible to hair breakage. Of course, nobody wants damaged hair. But luckily, there are a few things you can do to help minimise hair breakage and unnecessary damage to your delicate tresses. Read on to discover what they are.
9 Tips that will help to minimise hair breakage
Tip 1: Your hair is much more delicate when wet, so brushing it during this time may cause more damage than when it’s dry. Our advice is to try and be as gentle as you can when brushing damp hair. For those who have to contend with lots of tangles and knots, we recommend spritzing some TRESemmé Oleo Radiance Bi-Phase Conditioning Mist (£5.99*) on to your hair before brushing, as it’ll help detangle, as well as leave your locks feeling super soft and nourished.
Tip 2: Hair breakage can occur at any point in the hair shaft, not just at the ends. And your strands can become particularly weak at the point where you regularly use a hairband. We recommend opting for looser styles, like messy buns, or loose waves. But if you must wear your hair in a tight ponytail or bun, just make sure it isn’t for too long!
Tip 3: Trim your split ends regularly. Although it can be tempting to keep postponing your salon visits, this can actually cause more harm than good, as the split will only travel further up the hair shaft, resulting in more hair breakage. So it’s best to snip these off, asap!
Tip 4: Sleeping on a silk or satin pillow won’t only feel fabulous, but it can help minimise hair breakage, too. This is because your strands rub together when you toss and turn at night, but as silk and satin are quite slippery materials, there’ll be less friction, and therefore, less breakage.
Tip 5: We’ve said this before, but we’ll say it again, never underestimate the power of a leave-in conditioner. They can help keep your hair hydrated and moisturised, meaning your strands will be less dry and susceptible to breakage. Pop the TIGI S-Factor Papaya Leave-in Moisture Spray (£16.45*) into your handbag, and give your hair a daily spritz to help add moisture on the go.
Tip 6: After washing your hair with a strengthening shampoo and conditioner duo, like the TRESemmé Platinum Strength Strengthen & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner (£4.99 each*), rough dry your hair with a T-shirt, instead of a towel, as the T-shirt fabric will be less harsh on your mane.
Tip 7: Try avoid hair extensions, as although they may look great, they have the potential to cause a lot of hair damage. Even when put in by a professional, the extensions can tug at the root of your hair. If you must wear extensions, opt for the clip-in variety, and try to only wear them occasionally.
Tip 8: Try to limit your use of heated styling tools, which can wreak havoc on even the healthiest-looking hair. If you’re an avid user of straighteners, try to cut down the amount of time you use them to once or twice a week.
Tip 9: Never, ever bleach your hair. As you’re probably aware, bleaching your mane is one of the most damaging things you can do to it. If you have bleached your hair recently, or are planning to, make sure to treat your hair to a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week.
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