Break It Down (Less)

It’s unavoidable. Damaged hair is something that we all deal with at some point in our lives. Too much time in the sun, over brushing, towel drying (who knew!!??), hot tools, and chemicals are just a few of the major factors that could be traumatizing your lovely locks... We’ve all had that traumatizing moment when we notice the amount of hair that’s broken off in our brush... and don’t even bring up the shower drain! Split ends and breakage are a fact of life, but I’m happy to say that there are ways to mend, or at least minimize the damage. So here are a couple of simple things anyone can easily do to mitigate the breakage (and keep the plumber away).

It’s Elemental

Believe it or not, exposing your hair to the elements during harsh seasons like winter and summer can do a number on your locks. Sun exposure not only affects your skin but can damage your hair as well. If you know that you’re going to be spending prolonged periods in the sun, make sure your hair products have UV protectant built in. No matter the weather, a little spritz of a leave-in or dry shampoo with some UV blockage is always a plus before leaving the house. Like summertime, the cold, windy and rainy months can be harsh on your hair as well. Do yourself a favor and pick up a nourishing hair oil or treatment masque to help replace the moisture that your hair has been lacking.

Inside and Out

Just like the rest of your body, your hair thrives off proper nutrition. A well balanced diet does wonders for your mood, energy levels and you guessed it—your hair, too! For a complete list of foods and their nutritional value that contribute to lovely locks. I recommend foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and beta-carotene. More on that on our blog Eat Your Way to Great Hair.

Ditch the Towel

By now we all know that putting heat on your hair can cause major damage, but let’s be honest there’s no way we’re going to nix the blow dryer and curling iron completely. But you can give your hair a break (no pun intended) from time to time by letting it air dry before styling. Applying a hair oil or wave spray while your hair is wet is a great way to add some unexpected style and nourishment at the same time.  Something surprising that I’ve learned recently is that towel drying can cause major breakage and even major hair loss! So remember to use the towel gently and pat your hair dry instead of rubbing it with the towel. If you have to use a blow dryer, I recommend letting your hair air dry about 80 percent of the way dry before turning your blow dryer on a cool setting to finish it off. Additionally, constantly combing your hair or wearing too tight of a ponytail can cause some serious breakage as well. So, let your hair down—literally!

Do you have any useful tips when it comes to preventing hair damage?

I’d love to hear your tips and tricks in the comments!

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