Raise your hand if you have fine hair and you are always suffering from hair breakage. Well, you are not alone. There are hundreds and hundreds of women out there who suffer from severe hair breakage every day and don’t know what to do about it or how to prevent it.
Keeping in mind about your and other women’s constant trouble, we have talked with our in-house experts as well as other renowned hair experts to come up with the best solutions to prevent hair breakage of fine hair so that you can flaunt dazzling healthy manes all day, every day.
1. Add Nourishing Products to Avoid Lack of Moisture
Lack of moisture and hydration is one of the vital reasons for your fine hair strands to suffer from breakage- when there is not enough nourishment in your manes, they become dry and brittle and results in premature breakage and hair fall.
To avoid such a situation, you should start your hair care routine with an excellent shampoo and conditioner duo to deliver the much-needed nourishment to your fine, sensitive tresses. We prefer the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Retention Shampoo and Conditioner as they are sulfate-free and provide maximum nourishment to your delicate manes.
Furthermore, you must also include a deep conditioning treatment (such as the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask) in your regime to not only hydrate your hair strands but at the same time also moisturize your scalp so that they are healthy and manageable from within.
2. Protect Your Tresses From Heat Styling
It is no secret that heat styling your delicate fine hair locks frequently can make them weaker and more prone to breakage- the heat from the styling tool strips off moisture and natural oils from the strands and make them dry and sensitive which, over time, leads to severe hair breakage.
If your tresses are already on the verge of breaking, we would suggest you avoid heated styling tools altogether.
On the other hand, even when you have healthy and perfect hair locks, you must apply a good quality heat protectant (like the HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil Heat Protector) on your tresses every time you wish to style them with a hot tool to protect them against the damaging effect of heat styling. Hair experts also suggest turning down the heat of the tool in order to make sure that your manes are not burned down from the high heat of the straightener or the curler.
3. Don’t Ever Blow-dry Your Dripping-wet Hair
Blow drying your manes is an important step in your hair care routine as it makes sure that your hair strands don’t fall off due to wet, weaker roots. But keep in mind that your fine tresses will be in much better condition if you don’t dry them when they are dripping wet; the reason behind this is that dripping wet tresses require more heat and more time to get dried completely- this is not at all a wise choice for sensitive fine manes as the more heat you apply to them, the more vulnerable and weak they become.
What you can do is, after washing your hairs, blot the excess water from them using a towel and roughly dry them before using a hair dryer. Also opt for an ionic hair dryer (we prefer the Remington D3190 Damage Protection Ionic Hair Dryer) as it causes less damage and at the same time produces silky, smooth and shiny tresses. We suggest using low-speed settings of a hair dryer for fine hair to avoid this problem.
4. Switch your Cotton Towels with a Microfiber One
Never, we repeat, never use a cotton towel to dry your precious fine tresses; cotton towels are rough, harsh and have all the potential to cause frizz and statics in your hair strands, which over time leads to hair breakage and damage.
According to celebrated hair experts, the best option for your delicate manes is a microfiber hair towel- a microfiber towel not only absorbs 90% of the excess water from your hair and scalp in a matter of minutes but at the same time is also very soft and smooth and doesn’t make your hair frizzy and weak.
You should try this DuraComfort Essentials Super Absorbent Anti-Frizz Microfiber Hair Towel as it is super absorbent and come with a very affordable price tag.
5. Consume Enough Carb and Water for Healthy Hair
If you have a very unhealthy eating routine and don’t take your carbs and water regularly, there is a high possibility that you would end up having weak and damaged hair. This is because your hair follicles don’t have the essential nutrients they need to maintain their health and as a result become vulnerable and super prone to breakage.
To get healthy, lust-worthy fine tresses, never ever cut off any protein, vitamin, minerals or even carbs entirely from your diet plan.
6. Avoid Chemical Treatments as Much as Possible
Chemical treatments like perms, relaxers, permanent straightening, and even hair colors can cause unrepairable damages to your delicate fine manes. Even though your hair looks healthier and more beautiful in the initial days, you would start seeing the damaging results pretty soon; due to chemical exposure, the hair cuticles break down which in return causes the strands to suffer from severe breakage and damage.
As fine hair locks are overly sensitive and delicate, hair experts suggest avoiding chemical treatment altogether. But if you are adamant and like to try different styles every now and then, it’s better to go for one treatment every year to protect your manes from any possible damages.
7. Trade Your Cotton Pillowcase With a Silk One
You might not be aware of this, but sleeping on a cotton pillowcase is very damaging to your fine hair. The cotton soaks up natural oils and moisture from your tresses and scalp making them dry and brittle which, as a result, makes your hair strands to break off easily.
To avoid this silly trouble, we would recommend you to invest in a satin or silk pillowcase (such as the ALASKA BEAR Natural Silk Pillowcase), which cuts down friction and protects your hair from any mishaps.
- Lucy Partington, 5 tips to prevent fine hair from breaking, Jul 30, 2014