Stop Breakage In Its Tracks•
Posted on October 17 2020
There is so much to love about rocking natural curls!
Not only are natural, soft curls a big confidence booster, but they’re fun to play around with and give you lots of choices when it comes to twist outs, braids, and wraps.
But for all the things we love about natural hair, there are some downsides. One of those downsides is breakage.
Today, we’re going to cover 5 ways to help prevent breakage - so you can grow your hair longer, faster.
5 ways to prevent breakage
Lock in moisture
The more dry and damaged your hair becomes, the more likely you are to encounter breakage. That’s why it’s so important to to eliminate dryness by focusing on moisture and hydration. Use moisture in your wash day regimen, but also in your day-to-day styling.
Avoid harsh ingredients and products
Harsh ingredients and products can strip hair of its natural moisture, causing long-lasting damage to your hair. Make sure you avoid products that contain harsh preservatives, unnecessary chemicals, phthalates, formaldehyde, parabens, fragrances and other harsh additives. Minimizing harsh ingredients and products will enhance the overall health of your hair.
Protect your hair at night
Covering or wrapping your hair with silk or satin at night is ideal because it protects your hair from friction and moisture loss and helps your style last longer. It also helps with length retention. Before going to bed, add extra moisture as needed to your ends. Then, cover or wrap your hair as usual, taking extra care to tuck your ends completely into the scarf or bonnet.
Avoid direct heat
This should come as no surprise. Direct heat like from blow dryers, flat irons and heated brushes can severely damage your hair over the long term. Use minimal direct heat to reduce breakage and grow your healthy tresses.
We know...cutting your hair is the last thing you want to do when your hair goal is length. But, the reality is once your ends suffer sufficient damage, there is no coming back. If you don’t trim those damaged ends, the damage can spread up the shaft of the hair making the damage worse. Insufficient or irregular trims can also make it seem like your hair product selection is wrong -- like your hair is super dry or unruly! To gain length and maintain the health your hair, you must regularly trim damaged ends.
As always, one of the best ways to protect your hair and help it grow is with regular moisturization and hydration.
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