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Last Updated on July 23, 2021
Hair breakage occurs when the internal shaft of a strand of hair breaks. This usually happens near the end of the hair strand and is referred to as a split end. Of course, your hair can break anywhere and cause issues. The main difference between hair breakage and hair loss is that hair loss involves the hair coming out from the root, hair breakage is when it breaks at any other point on the strand.
There are 3 Common Causes of Hair Breakage:
- Harsh Products
Many cheaper shampoos, conditioners, and other hair products use harsh chemicals to remove dirt and debris. Unfortunately, in the process, these products strip the natural oil from your head. As this oil protects your hair and helps it to stay hydrated, stripping the oil gives you dehydrated hair.
Hair without enough moisture is brittle, dull-looking, and easily broken.
If you use heat styling products frequently then you will remove the moisture from the hair, leading to dehydration and the associated brittleness.
Alongside this, using styling tools on wet hair increases the risk of damage as this is when the hair is most vulnerable.
- Coloring Products
The third most common reason for hair breakage is the use of home color dyes. These also use harsh chemicals that can damage your hair and scalp, leaving your hair brittle and easily damaged. That’s why people generally recommend using the more expensive home dye kits or letting the professionals do it.
Repairing Your Hair
The good news is that it is easy to identify the above issues and repair your hair.
- The Right Products
The most obvious starting point is to change your hair products. Choose something from the Nioxin range to ensure you are using a natural product that won’t strip the valuable nutrients and will look after your hair.
This is a simple but very effective adjustment to your daily routine.
- Avoid Styling Tools
Equally, you can reduce the damage caused by styling tools by using them less. Try to give your hair a couple of days off a week and, if possible, turn the heat setting down on your heat tools. It will reduce the amount of damage done. In line with this, you should use a heat protection spray before using the styling tools.
- Check Your Diet
Your hair is full of protein, it is essential for every cell in your body. That means you need to be consuming enough protein to keep your body happy. In other words, eating a balanced diet of protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates, and vegetables won’t just help your body to stay healthy, it will help to avoid breakages in your hair.
The other biggest reason for your hair breakage is simply stress. Stress increases the production of the hormone cortisol and lowers the production of other hormones. This reduces the number of nutrients available for your hair follicles and weakens them.
Simply reduce your stress levels and you will notice a difference in your hair quality.