There’s nothing more beautiful than a crown of healthy natural hair. So if you’ve ever had a case of bad breakage, then you know it can be a total bummer. Brittle, damaged hair gets in the way of length retention, weakens strands, and limits your style versatility. Definitely not a good look. Luckily, breakage isn’t the end of the world. If you find yourself in a tangled mess, these tips will help get your kinks and curls back on track.
#1 Get Frequent Trims
While haircuts don't make your hair grow any faster, they get rid of split ends that break your hair. Eliminating the breakage gives the appearance that your hair is growing faster. After all, a split end that breaks can lead to your hair losing length — not to mention shine, volume, and smoothness.
#2 Spread Your Natural Sebrum
Sebum is a natural oil that helps to sustain the quality of hair, and is often regarded as nature’s ultimate conditioner, while also helping to protect each hair strand. Produced and secreted by the sebaceous glands located all over the scalp (and body), Sebum is then transported from the hair follicles at the root of the hair, all the way down through the hair shaft at a slow rate.Spread the wealth that is your hair's natural oil. Use a bristle brush to distribute your scalp's oils evenly onto your hair so it stays naturally moisturized.
#3 Do a Root to End Test
Keep your scalp healthy. Think of your hair like a tree: If the soil and roots aren't taken care of, the tree can't grow tall and solid. When you cleanse and treat your scalp with healthy ingredients, you produce strong, beautiful hair. At the crown of your head, hold up a section of your hair. Healthy hair should be the same thickness root to end, but if your ends are thinner, it's time to rethink your hair care regimen.
#4 Change Your Eating Habits
Start from the inside by eating the right foods. Having long, strong hair doesn't just depend on which products you put on your hair, it also depends on what you put into your body. To promote hair growth, you need to 'feed' the hair from the inside.
#5 Stop Abusing Your Hair with heat Styling Tools
The biggest culprit that's ruining your hair: damage from hot tools. If you must use heat, decrease the temperature, and always using a heat protectant.
#6 Skip the Daily Shampoo
This allows your natural oils to penetrate your hair, allowing it to hydrate and repair itself. But just be sure not to let too much buildup occur, this can lead to a surplus of oil, itching, and dandruff.
#7 Add a Vitamin to Your Morning Routine
If your diet isn't supplying you with enough nutrition, a supplement could make a world of difference. "Look for a multivitamin that's formulated and labeled 'For Hair, Skin, and Nails,'" advises Dr. Fusco. "Those contain important vitamins like biotin, vitamin C, and B vitamins that support hair health." Bonus: You'll get better skin in the process!
#8 Don't be a Product Junkie
Product Junkies overly buy any product they think will work for their hair, use them all at once. The problem with this is, over using too many products at once can be overwhelming and you won't know what product worked and what didn't work. Give each product a fair chance before switching to something new.
#9 Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase
Wearing a silk bonnet can be hard to remember at night. Instead, change your pillowcase to a silk pillowcase. Silk is easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. The less breakage your hair experiences, the longer your locks will be.
#10 Pay Attention to Your Skin
Pay attention to how your skin feels after using hair care products. It's easy to see shiny locks initially and assume a product is working for you, but take a closer look (and feel). What the formula is doing to your skin is generally what it's doing to your hair. Does it make your skin feel dry, stripped, heavy, waxy, sticky, or greasy? Or does it feel soft, hydrated, silky, and supple? Treat your hair the way you would treat your skin — after all, it's another part of you! If your hair follicles are clogged and congested, there's no way it can grow as efficiently.