How to Avoid Excessive Breaking
Did you know that just like split ends, breakage is not something you can stop completely? However, there are a few things you can do (or NOT do) to keep breakage to a minimum.
Based on the countless Healthy Hair consultations done over the years we have put together a shortlist of things you should NOT do to your hair. Avoiding these things may help reduce the amount of breakage you experience.
Do not use excessive heat
We get it, you feel like your day might be ruined if your hair is not perfectly straight, or if every strand isn’t in place. But, you could be saving today just to sacrifice tomorrow. Using a source of heat on your hair daily (flat irons, curling irons, blow dryers, etc) weakens your hair over time; which will eventually cause it to break. So, pick and choose your battles with your hair. For straight hair be sure to wrap your hair at night. For curly hair, consider using plastic rollers, flex rods, or even pin curling your hair with bobby pins before wrapping your hair at night. Whatever you do, try to keep the heat to 1-2 times per week.
Do not over-wash your hair
This one applies more to my natural Lux Beauties who love their wash-n-go’s. Do you remember when we discussed how important it is to keep your hair hydrated? Well, this tip is directly related to that topic. You may not think so because you’re literally putting water on your hair, but, washing your hair actually dries it out. Every time you wash your hair you remove the natural oils your hair depends on to lock in moisture and stay healthy. The more often you wash your hair the more frequently you strip those oils away.
Do not skip your trims
As your hair grows your ends split and break, it’s just a part of life. However, if you do not clip off the damaged ends on a regular basis (every 6-8 weeks) you are paving the way for more and more damage. Keep your hair looking healthy by sticking to a regular trim schedule.