If you are trying to grow your hair long, hair breaking may be one of your worst enemies; and even if you are not, it is still something that may make you worrisome. So, why does this happen? When your hair becomes dry, it becomes brittle, and that gives way to breakage. There are many reasons behind this dryness and we would like to highlight the most common ones:
- Pulling your hair – If you have the habit of pulling your hair often or play with it around your fingers, you could be unwillingly over-stretching your strands, leading to breakage.
- Styling your hair while it’s wet – When your hair is wet, it is very elastic as well. So, brushing it right after you get out of the shower will over-stretch it. We recommend that you let your hair air dry; then, to detangle it apply our Diamond Crystal Mist Leave-in Conditioner, and finally brush it afterwards with our boar bristle brush.
- Tight Pony Tail – Having a tight pony tail creates tension in your hair, making your hair fragile and easy to break. Try instead a loose braid or a loose bun.
- Using heated tools – Iron, blow dryer, curling iron, just to name a few, are styling tools that will draw out the moisture from your hair. Dehydration is the first step to breakage. That is why, we recommend not using these tools at all, and instead, go for other natural products that will help style and manage your hair, such as our Curl Power.
- Bleaching and/or dying your hair – Your new hair color may look great on you, however, there is a price to pay. Bleaching and dying your hair robs your hair of all its natural occurring oils and vitamins. If you can’t go without dying your hair, we recommend safer alternatives, such as our Henna Hair Dyes.
- Not enough seasonal hair shapings – Your dry and split ends travel, therefore, cutting your hair approximately every season is a must. Even if you cut ¼ or ½ inches of hair, this will prevent the ends from splitting.
- Sleeping on a cotton pillow case – If you have hair breakage on the back of your head, the culprit may be your pillow case’s material. Cotton absorbs moisture, that’s why we recommend using a silk pillow case or wrapping your hair in a silk scarf before going to sleep.
- Using too many commercial styling products – Some people like to use too much of a styling product to keep their hair in place. Nevertheless, commercial styling products are full of chemicals and toxins, which end up damaging your hair. Styling is necessary to look presentable, however, we encourage our customers to use products that will not put their hair and overall health in jeopardy. Some products that do a great job for styling are our Blood of the Dragon Styling Gel and our 24/7 Styling Pomade.
- Not adding enough moisture to hair – Adding moisture to your hair can do wonders for hair-breakage, frizz, split-ends, and overall health of your hair and scalp. You can apply a small amount of our Euro Natural Oil to your scalp and massage it to spread it and allow it to get absorbed.
- Poor diet – Hypocrates once said “Let food be thy medicine. Let medicine be thy food.” Our hair’s health, just like our skin’s health, reflects our inner health. A diet poor in proteins and good fats can make your hair look dull, dry and make it easy to break.
Even if some of the above reasons resonate with you, there is not one size-fits-all solution. Trying some or most of the above solutions to the common problems will do wonders for your hair health.