Everyone experiences changes in their hair sometimes, often in the form of hair becoming thinner, drier, and breaking more easily. The good news is that you don’t just have to live with damaged hair. Below are some of the best ways to stop hair breakage.
Stop Damaging Your Hair While Styling
If you’re like many people, you have a daily hair routine that involves brushing, drying, and styling. Although these things may make your hair look nicer for the day, they can actually promote hair breakage. To reduce the damage, try the following:
- Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet
- Use a soft cotton t-shirt to pat your hair dry, instead of wrapping it in a towel
- Don’t blow dry your hair when it’s dripping wet
- Lower the heat setting on your hair tools
- Keep your hair dryer at least 15 cm away from your head and continuously moving when in use.1
Protect and Seal Your Locks
Use a heat protectant spray before styling. A regular deep conditioning can also help. While hair professionals recommend not washing your hair more than three times per week to protect your hair’s natural oils, hair masks can seal broken ends that are starting to split from their strand.
Boost Your Collagen Intake
Breaking, splitting, and dry hair strands may be a sign of low collagen levels. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, and is primarily found in your hair, skin, tendons, and ligaments. Collagen is what gives your hair its elasticity and strength.
One way you can give your hair a collagen boost is by consuming bone broth or taking a collagen supplement, like Collagen 24/7 Protein.
Feed Your Hair With a Healthy Diet
A balanced diet full of nutritious foods is an easy way to support hair growth, and certain foods have been shown to be especially beneficial for your hair.
- Eggs are full of protein and biotin, which may promote hair growth by boosting keratin and keeping your hair follicles strong2,3
- Berries, citrus fruits, and bell peppers are full of antioxidants like vitamin C, which boosts collagen production, enhances iron absorption, and prevents free radical damage4,5
- Spinach and sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A, which helps your skin produce sebum, an oily substance that keeps your hair healthy6
- Avocados are full of vitamin E and healthy fats, which can help prevent hair damage and hair loss7,8
- Oysters, sprouted legumes, and hemp seeds are a great source of zinc, a mineral that has been shown to support hair growth and repair9
Get a New Pillowcase
Did you know that your comfy cotton pillowcase might actually be causing your hair to break? It turns out that cotton can cause friction that can damage hair, especially if you toss and turn at night. A satin or silk pillowcase can be much gentler on your hair.
Schedule Regular Haircuts
Even if you’re not donating ten inches of hair at a time, getting regular trims will get rid of damaged ends. This will help ensure that your hair continues to grow without splitting or breaking off. How frequent is a regular haircut? It varies by your hair type, but can be anywhere from every 6-12 weeks.
- Lee Y, Kim YD, & Hyun HJ, et al. Hair Shaft Damage from Heat and Drying Time of Hair Dryer. Ann Dermatol. 2011 Nov; 23(4): 455–462. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3229938/
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- Guo EL & Katta R. Diet and hair loss: effects of nutrient deficiency and supplement use. Dermatol Pract Concept. 2017 Jan 31;7(1):1-10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28243487
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- Park SY, Na SY, & Kim JH et al. Iron plays a certain role in patterned hair loss. J Korean Med Sci. 2013 Jun;28(6):934-8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23772161
- Suo S, Sundberg JP, & Everts HB. Dietary vitamin A regulates wingless-related MMTV integration site signaling to alter the hair cycle. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2015 May;240(5):618-23. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25361771/
- Beoy LA, Woei WJ, & Hay YK. Effects of tocotrienol supplementation on hair growth in human volunteers. Trop Life Sci Res. 2010 Dec;21(2):91-9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24575202
- Skolnik P, Eaglstein WH, & Ziboh VA. Human essential fatty acid deficiency: treatment by topical application of linoleic acid. Arch Dermatol. 1977 Jul;113(7):939-41. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/406855
- Karashima T, Tsuruta D, & Hamada T, et al. Oral zinc therapy for zinc deficiency-related telogen effluvium. Dermatol Ther. 2012 Mar-Apr;25(2):210-3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22741940