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Hair breakage is a total bummer, thanks to how it can affect your hair’s appearance. While a good hair day can be a total confidence boost, when you notice breakage, it can put a damper on your entire mood. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to help prevent hair breakage in order to have your mane look as beautiful as possible—day in and day out. It’s all about making a few key changes to your hair care routine, as well as stocking up on the best hair products for hair breakage, like leave-in conditioners and hair masks. Keep reading for five tips that can help prevent hair breakage.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), hair breaks more easily when it’s wet, so heed this golden rule: Never pull on wet tangles with a hair brush. Instead, slowly work a wide tooth comb through damp strands, starting from the bottom and working your way up the hair shaft. If you hit a tangle that you can’t delicately work through, apply conditioner or a detangling spray to help loosen the knot before trying to comb through your hair again.
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You know how your mom used to tell you that you should brush your hair 100 times a day? Well, that’s not necessarily the case. According to the AAD, 100 daily brush strokes can actually lead to the formation of split ends. So, put that brush down!
Before picking up your blow-dryer, flat iron, or curling wand, make sure to apply a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray. Apply from root to tip, and distribute evenly by brushing through hair so that no section goes uncovered. When you do go to use one of your heat tools, put it on the lowest heat setting that you possibly can while only having to pass through each section of your hair once. The AAD suggests allowing your hair to air dry somewhat before blow-drying, as well as limiting the number of times you blow-dry your hair each week. When it comes to flat irons, the AAD recommends using them on dry hair on a low or medium heat setting, every other day at the most. As far as curling irons go, the AAD says to only leave one in place for 1-2 seconds.
Adding a hair mask to your weekly hair care routine can make a huge difference. Try the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask, a rich hair sheet mask formulated with camellia flower to strengthen and care for your locks. After shampooing, apply the hair mask and leave it on for five minutes, then rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Super-hot water can strip strands of essential oils, which can leave hair feeling drier—so always rinse off in lukewarm water. While it might not feel quite as enjoyable to wash your hair in lukewarm water, your hair will definitely thank you!
According to the AAD, continuously wearing hairstyles like braids and ponytails can pull on hair and cause tension, which can lead to breakage. Try switching things up—there are plenty of hairstyles for you to try that’ll allow you to show off your gorgeous hair without tying it up (or using heat). One suggestion: Take a break from heat styling and embrace your natural texture, creating beachy waves with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. Spritz the hair spray onto damp hair, then let your hair air dry.
As you can probably tell, using the right hair products is extremely important in preventing hair breakage and taking care of your mane. Here are some of our best products to do just that.
L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion: This anti-breakage hair lotion defends against UV rays and heat damage while strengthening fragile strands. Apply a dime size amount to towel-dried hair before styling as usual.
L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm: This hair treatment restores strength and brilliance in your locks. The formula contains acai palm and our exclusive antioxidant complex to deeply care for damaged hair. Apply it to damp hair after shampooing, leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse.
L’Oréal Paris EverPure 10-in-1 Elixir: The formula of this hair treatment contains Indian lilac to help hair grow stronger. The beauty solution will keep your hair healthy, nourished, and hydrated. Apply it to your towel-dried hair and scalp before styling as usual.
Next, take our How Damaged Is Your Hair? quiz to determine your hair’s damage level and get hair care tips that are tailored to you.