Things To Do Right Now If You Have Breakage
Summertime can be hard on hair. Spend your weekends at the beach and your morning with a curling iron and suddenly you look down at your shirt and notice that your hair is breaking off.
Even the best hair has the occasional bad day (or season). And when breakage happens, or you haven’t seen growth in quite a while, it’s time to take action to help your strands get back to healthy sooner than later. Try these emergency measures to get your hair back in shape and you can stop being paranoid about leaving coils all over the sink. With care, you can stop breakage in its tracks and even start seeing growth in just a little while.
Read Your Product Labels
Stop using any shampoo, conditioner or other product that has sulfates, alcohol or glycol in the first five ingredients. These compounds are notorious for stripping oil from you hair to dry it out and leave it prone to breakage.
Switch to a Protective Style
Any style that isn’t tight enough to put stress on your hair and doesn’t require you to comb it between washes is best. Breaking strands need critical care and minimum fuss.
Finger Comb First
When it’s time to style your locks again, use your hands first to get out the tangles. After that, move to a wide-tooth comb, followed by a fine tooth. Combs can do a lot of damage to sensitive hair, but starting gently can keep breakage at bay.
Always remember that less is more. The more you comb your hair, the more you damage what keeps it strong. When it’s straight enough to style and free of knots, let it relax.
Let Your Stylist Cut It Off
The only way to get length growing again is to cut off the damage. Even if your stylist recommends a big chop, it’s the best way to start growing healthy hair again.
Space Out Your Relaxers
The general rule? Coarse hair can go two to three months between relaxers. Fine hair can go three to five, and very fine hair can wait six months. Talk to your stylist for the best schedule to help your hair heal.
Cool It Down
Set your hair dryer to cool, set your hair at night — do whatever you can to minimize heat exposure to next to nothing while your hair recovers.
Cut Knots Out
When you reach resistance when you comb, don’t comb on through. Find the knots and cut. It will do less damage than combing them out. But if you cut more than 10 knots after a wash, it’s time for another tactic.
Twist It Before You Wash It
If your natural hair knots up often when you shampoo, put it in loose twists before you wash it. Keeping your hair contained will keep loose strands from tying together and forming knots in the first place.
Moisturize the Night Before
Washing and styling can damage your hair — especially if it’s dry. For added protection, moisturize your hair with oil or leave-in conditioner the night (or at least 30 minutes) before.
Shampoo Your Roots
Shampoo is meant for scrubbing your scalp. Focus on your roots when you scrub and then finger comb shampoo through the rest of your hair. Focus on your ends when you use conditioner to help them heal and obtain moisture.
If breakage is very bad, it might be time to switch to a cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo. It will clean your hair without stripping it of oil while it’s in its delicate shape.
Rinse with Cold Water
Make it the last step in your wash to stop excess oil from being produced and your hair will be healthier, softer, and less prone to breakage when it’s time to dry.
Go to Salons for Your Chemical Treatments
From keratin to color to perms, let a professional handle any major treatments to your hair until it recovers.
Wash Only Every Two Weeks
Until you notice improvement in your locks.
Start Tracking Your Hair Growth
After each visit to the salon (or after each wash) measure your hair. Once it starts growing again, you’re on your way out of the danger zone.