In the midst of a dry and cold winter season, having a lack of moisture in your hair is inevitable. In my previous blog, I talked about growing your hair out without giving up half way through. Today, we are going to dive into preventing breakage and some common ways hair breakage occurs, but few are aware of.
Did you know the way you brush you hair, and what you choose to brush it with, is one of the most common ways to cause stress and breakage to your hair? Remembering to be gentle with your hair by not ripping through it with a fine-toothed comb will take your hair a long way. For best practices, choose a wide-toothed comb, or my favourite a 'Wet Brush' and start from your ends, moving up as your hair detangles. If you have just stepped out of the shower, towel dry your hair as much as you can before setting out to smooth it. Hair is in its most vulnerable state when its wet. Using a reconstructive spray or oil in your hair while it’s damp can help with combing, and prevent further split ends and breakage.
We know, it’s one of the favorite and sometimes mandatory ways to get your hair out of the way. Especially with scarves, hoods and coats, throwing your hair in a ponytail or the infamous top bun, is a cute and simple solution. However, this repetitive habit is notorious for causing damage. Repeated pressure on the areas where that top bun sits will wear down the strength of the hair, often resulting in broken hair and split ends. This doesn’t even cover the damage that occurs when you remove the ponytail, you know, the yanking and pulling. Be gentle with this process, you will be surprised at how it effects the integrity of your hair.
Let's be realistic. Most of us need heat every day to make our hair look the way we want it to. We blowdry, flat iron and curl quite often. This isn't a problem, as long as you follow a few simple rules. Firstly, use a heat protecting product on your hair before you style. Usually a good argan oil, or thermal spray will do the trick.
Second, turn the heat of your irons down. Just because it can go up to 450 degrees doesn't mean it should be used at that temperature. Turn it down to 350-375 degrees and give your hair some needed relief. Your hair will thank you!
Chroma Salon is here to help keep your hair strong, healthy, and beautiful. I'm excited to work with you and help you grow your hair to that goal length, or give you the color you’re dying for!
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Christine White is a stylist, educator and the owner of Chroma Salon in Sarnia, ON.