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When it comes to a gorgeous-looking mane, it’s all about taking steps to help prevent breakage as much as you can. And that means there are certain habits—like aggressively brushing your hair and flat ironing it without using a heat protectant—that you’ll want to avoid in order to help keep your locks in tip-top shape. Below, we’ve outlined 10 tips to help prevent against breakage. We wish you many good hair days ahead!
After hopping out of the shower with soaking strands, your first instinct is probably to rub your hair with a towel to sop up any excess water. But towel fabric can be rough, so reach for an old cotton T-shirt instead. Your technique matters, too. Be gentle—carefully blot your hair instead of rubbing.
Your hair is at its most fragile when wet, so steer clear of brushing through your hair after you’re done bathing. If you need to detangle knots, spritz a detangling spray onto wet hair and gently glide a wide tooth comb through your hair instead.
Want to give yourself a smooth, sleek blowout? Give your hair a while to dry on its own before picking up your blow-dryer. When you try to blow-dry your hair immediately after stepping out of the shower, it can take what feels like forever to full dry your hair. Since excessive use of heat tools can cause damage, it’s a good idea to wait until your hair is about halfway dry before you start using the blow-dryer. That way you’ll ensure you spend less time exposing your strands to heat.
When it comes to blow-drying, straightening, or curling your hair, it’s important to apply a heat protectant beforehand to help protect your hair from heat damage. Try the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Heat Spray.
Love your flat iron or curling iron? Well, as we told you before, excessive heat styling can lead to damage—so try to go as low as you can in terms of temperature. Ideally, you should only have to pass through a section of hair once with your heat tool. Keep sections to about one inch in size—anything bigger and you may need multiple passes, which is what you’re trying to avoid.
The L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Break Proof Lotion can help strengthen fragile hair and prevent against breakage. Applied daily, the lightweight formula can help moisturize, revive shine, and fortify hair sensitized by UV rays, water, and heat styling. Apply a dime-sized amount to towel-dried hair and gently work it in to evenly distribute before moving on to styling.
Sometimes your hair just deserves a break from the heat styling. The good news is, you can’t go wrong with beachy waves. Spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to towel-dried hair, braid it, then undo the braid once your hair has dried.
Remember: Your hair deserves to be treated gently! So, the next time you sweep it up into a ponytail—whether for time spent at the gym or a fancy party—don’t pull it so tight. Why not take this as an opportunity to rock a low, loose side ponytail?
How fancy! Silk can be gentle on your locks, so consider investing in a pillowcase made of it so that you’re not roughing up your hair while you sleep.
Sometimes, the only way to deal with breakage is by having it snipped off. Yep—it could be time to go in for a trim. Of course, you could also opt to make a more dramatic cut. Pixies are super-popular these days and they look seriously chic. Another option? The lob! This low maintenance hairstyle looks pretty on just about everyone.