Let’s talk about hair breakage and how to repair damaged hair. How annoying is it when you start to notice that your jumper is hosting more broken hairs than usual? The realization that as you run your fingers down your hair, that smooth, glossy sensation has been replaced with a rough, frazzled feeling of split and snapped ends?
What causes damaged hair?
Hair breakage is seriously common hair complaint. Strong, healthy hair is stretchy – able to expand up to 30% of its length if you pull it when wet. But when hair becomes dry and damaged, it loses the ability to stretch and snaps off instead. It’s caused by a range of factors, including over processing (perming/ colouring – especially bleach), over styling (we’re looking at you, tongs and straighteners), too much sun exposure – as well as less obvious styling choices like screwing hair up into a tight bun, super taut braids or even something seemingly innocuous like sleeping on wet hair (hair is much more fragile when wet).
So, what can you do to stop your hair breaking off? It’s time to put your hair into recovery mode.
First of all – cut back on further damage where you can. Maybe step away from the colour for a few months – perhaps you can switch bleach for high lift or use a temporary colour instead to protect the condition. Same goes for heat styling - try to give your hair ‘days off’, where you let it dry naturally. When hair is already weakened to the point where it’s breaking off, using dye and heat will only dry it out further. And more dryness = more breakage.
Next up, lavish your hair with extra TLC. Conditioners are the name of the game here. Lee Stafford Hair Apology 10-in-1 Leave-In Treatment Spray is the best product for damaged hair, aGrade A multitasking Leave-In Conditioner that will hydrate and rehabilitate hair from the very first use – it (deep breath) hydrates, moisturises, detangles, reduces split ends, protects against breakage, protects from heat, smooths, reduces flyaways, adds shine. Was that ten??
Be extra physically gentle with your hair. Use a detangling brush to gently separate, starting at the ends. Avoid tight hair bands and pulling the hair into rigid styles.
Switch to a specialist hydrating shampoo and conditioner. Lee Stafford Scalp Love Surge of Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner are a sulphate free, super moisturising indulgence for your hair. Packed with natural hydrators, a complex of Avocado and Coconut Milk and pure Aloe Vera, hair is given a boost of moisture that will help protect against further breakage. It’s also the best product for a dry scalp and seriously helps reduce any flakiness or itchiness.
And finally - take those broken ends for a trim. We all want to know how to get rid of split ends. They make hair appear thin and unhealthy, while a fresh trim will help the condition give the appearance of thicker, fuller hair.
Sound hopeful? Give our hair recovery plan a go, and in no time at all your hair will be back on is A game.
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