If your daily routine is causing hair breakage or thinning, it’s time to change things up. Great hair starts with great hair care habits. Avoid dull, dry and unhealthy strands by following these easy tips:
One of the most important steps in keeping your hair healthy begins with using a sulfate-free shampoo daily, or at least every other day. Sulfates, which are detergents found in many shampoos, can weaken hair follicles over time, making your hair susceptible to breakage and the appearance of thinning. If you have color treated hair, it’s especially important to avoid sulfates because they can pull the pigment from your strands. Sulfate–free shampoos gently clean your hair and scalp to provide the right environment for healthy hair growth by removing excess sebum and debris.
Conditioning your hair every time you shampoo is equally important. Try using a leave-in conditioner once a week to keep your hair smooth and shiny. Look for a deep conditioning mask or make your own using one of these DIY recipes.
Using the best brush for your hair type can make a huge difference in the health of your hair. For fine or thinning hair, use a brush with boar bristles to maximize volume and shine. The top choice for textured or curly hair is a synthetic fiber brush as they’re more flexible and help you detangle without damaging your hair.
While everybody loves their hot styling tools like blow dryers, hot rollers and flat irons, the best way to avoid split ends is to skip the heat a few times a week. The high temperatures of your favorite tools can weaken and damage your hair, resulting in breakage and dull, dry strands. On the days when you can’t go without your hot tools, make sure to use a heat protectant spray.
There are several ways you can help minimize hair breakage. If you have long hair, avoid pulling it back frequently and when you do, use a hair tie that is designed to be gentle. You might also want to try blotting your hair with a soft t-shirt instead of rubbing or wringing it dry with a towel after your shower. Wet hair is fragile and prone to breaking so you’ll want to use a wide tooth comb starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots when detangling.
Diet can play a key role in helping you achieve healthier, thicker hair. Your hair is made up of mostly protein, so a smart way to keep your hair strong is to eat protein-rich foods. Taking a multivitamin is also important because vitamin deficiencies can potentially cause hair loss. For more hair-healthy nutrition tips, click here.
In addition to fading color-treated hair, the sun can dry your locks, causing them to become brittle. Invest in a hat to wear when you’re spending time outside. If you’re relaxing pool side, slather on a leave-in conditioner and pull your hair back into a loose bun. You’ll get the added benefit of a deep conditioning treatment, while protecting your hair from harmful UV rays.
In an effort to make your hair grow faster, you may be tempted to skip a trim. But, this can actually lead to more split ends and breakage. Even if you want to grow your hair longer, it’s important to get your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks.