Helpful Tips To Minimise Hair Damage

Unfortunately, for anyone with long or fine hair, breakage is a part of everyday life.

We blow dry, we colour, life’s daily wear and tear, we straighten, we shampoo….and as a result, we do damage to our tresses.

The hair has an amazing ‘coat of armour’ called the cuticle which protects and prevents damaged, but unfortunately it will (with time) become compromised…check out the images (almost looks a little alien)

If allowed to continue unchecked, snapped strands and split ends can really become a styling nightmare: however, it is possible to give your locks a fair amount of protection and this will help to keep them in good shape.

To help you with this, I’ve put together a list of top tips to minimise hair breakage.

1. BLOW IT OUT

If you are serious about protecting and strengthening your hair then you need to get serious about your treatment options. A little like the beauty industry, we have ‘feel good’ treatments and then we have ‘medi-spa’ options. Your stylist or colourist is the best person to prescribe the right option but either an Rx Treatment, and Express BlowOut or a Keratin Complex Permanent BlowWave are your best bet for serious strength.

2. PROTEIN KICK

If you are serious about preventing breakage, the first thing you will need to do is consider your shampoo. Breaking hair is weak hair, and in order to remedy this, you will need to opt for a product, that will help to strengthen your locks. Go for protein rich variations; these will help to repair your fragile tresses. Try the Repair Rescue range from Schwarzkopf Professional for serious repair

3. COLOUR SAFE

We see a lot of ‘over coloured’ hair in the salon…a lot! Its a crime a lot of hairdressers are guilty of when it comes to their colouring techniques..and when it comes to colour the old adage of ‘less is more’ could not be more appropriate. This is particularly important if you want to minimise hair damage. All the hair around your hairline is especially fragile, so where possible ask your colourist to use a gentle no-lift colour on this area. If you must be blonde on the underneath, then at least give your hair a ‘break’ and go for a more gentle tinting product rather than powder lightener or bleach

4. MOISTURISE

Heat styling, environmental damage and daily wear can leave hair dehydrated. This in turn weakens the strands and predisposes them to breakage. Replenishing your hair’s lost moisture will help to restore it’s elasticity, rendering it less brittle and easily broken. Get yourself a great quality nourishing conditioner directed specifically at re-hydrating dried out locks. Try the 98% natural goodness of O&MHydrate & Conquer  or 7-Day Miracle (available at M2 in Takapuna)

5. NOURISH

Fragile, brittle hair can be a sign of poor health or could be a result of a vitamin deficiency. Get yourself a good hair supplement from your local pharmacy, or, alternatively, start yourself on a course of vitamins E and B: this should help you get your hair back in tip top condition.

6. RECONSIDER YOUR STYLE

Very tight elasticised hair bands can contribute significantly to hair breakage. If you wear your locks in a pony tail most of the time, consider changing this. You might be unknowingly causing strands to snap.

7. GO NATURAL

If you work on your locks every day using a blow dryer and an iron, you might want to take a break from this kind of intensive styling. Together with a moisturising nourishing shampoo (like the new wonder product Oil Miracle) and a conditioner, and a vitamin supplement, resting your locks and allowing them to fall naturally will help to minimise further hair breakage.

8. WASH WITH CARE

Broken hair can also result from over washing and this is rendered more serious, if you are cleansing your locks with the wrong product. Experts recommend that we wash only every other day – more frequently – and we risk stripping our locks of the natural oils that nourish them and keep them in good shape. Look out for sulphate-free shampoos (we recommend BC Color Frezze Sulphate-Free, or Kevin Murphy or O&M) for gentle care

9. BRUSH RIGHT

The correct brush and brushing technique can also make a big difference to the condition of our hair. As a general rule, it is a good idea to avoid plastic. Instead, opt for natural boar bristle: this is softer and more flexible and won’t snap hairs in the way that more rigid synthetic variations will. Remember always to start your brushing at the ends of your tresses using short strokes: this will help to minimise any breakage that does occur.

Over-processing, rigorous heat styling and the general stresses of daily life cause our hair to become weak, fragile and brittle. It is possible to protect and repair your damaged locks, however, and this list of  tips to minimise breakage should help to get you well on the way to healthy, strong tresses.