What causes hair breakage?
Hair breakage has many causes, but some are more common than others. Here are some reasons why your hair might be crying out for help right now.
Certain hair types: Some hair types are more prone to hair breakage, like hair that’s coarser and curlier, or ageing and grey hair.
Diet: Certain nutrients (and vitamins) can kickstart hair growth – namely zinc, iron and folic acid. You can help prevent hair breakage by ensuring adequate protein and antioxidants are a part of your diet. This would depend on personal needs and professional advice.
Stress: Stress has been shown to affect many areas of the body – including the head on our hair. Managing stress levels will help to improve the quality of your hair.
Hair accessories, treatments and styling tools: Using elastic hair ties, brushing wet hair or styling hair into tight hairstyles can affect your strands. The same goes for hair treatments (like perms or hair dye) and heat styling tools which can cause heat damage when used too frequently.
Now that you’re across the main causes of hair breakage, let’s discuss the signs to watch out for.
What does hair breakage look like?
Hair breakage can look different for everyone, and it’s important to know what signs to look for before attempting to treat the issue. Some of the most common signs to watch include:
• Shredded, short hairs.
• Strands that feel (and look) more brittle than usual.
• Split ends.
• Extreme dryness.
• Tangles or knots after washing the hair.
Ready to learn how to avoid hair breakage? Once you’ve figured out the cause of your hair damage or dryness, it’s time to support your hair with the help of some (very nifty) hair products.
How to treat damaged hair
So, how to help prevent hair breakage? Start by introducing the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Bond Repair range into your hair washing routine. Each product is formulated to rescue hair from the depths of the Dry Hair Desert. If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide on how to prevent hair breakage, stop the search! Revamping your routine is easy. Here’s how to nail it:
Step 1: Use a pre-shampoo treatment
Pre-shampoo treatments are essential for those dealing with dry, weak and damaged hair. Luckily, the Elvive Bond Repair Pre-Shampoo Rescue Treatment was born to strengthen your hair fibres from the inside, out. Formulated with our highest concentration of bond repair technology and citric acid (known to help stimulate the hair follicles), this rescue treatment allows hair to feel reborn, stronger and visibly healthier. Triple-threat stuff, really.
Step 2: Strengthen the hair with shampoo
Yep, our perfect hair strengthening shampoo does exist … and it’s ready to be slotted into your hair washing routine. For a salon-level formulation that excels at supporting bleached, dry and damaged hair, look to the Elvive Bond Repair Shampoo. Simply massage product on hair, then rinse. Next up? Time to put your trusty new conditioner to work.
Step 3: Seal the hair cuticle with conditioner
While shampoo cleanses, conditioner works to strengthen the hair with a protective coating and is a key factor in preventing hair breakage. After rinsing your shampoo, follow up with the Elvive Bond Repair Conditioner. This formulation delivers a boost of hydration and helps to reduce frizz while cleansing and reinforcing hair bonds. Plus, it seals the cuticle to maximise softness and shine. Once that’s done, it’s time to get serum happy.
Step 4: Leave-in serum
Best applied to freshly washed hair, leave-in serums are helpful when the hair shows visible signs of damage. Powered by citric acid, the Elvive Bond Repair Leave-In Serum has been formulated to stimulate hair follicles and improve hair appearance, leaving you with stronger, shinier and healthier tresses worth flaunting. Simply rub two drops between the palm of your hands and apply the serum evenly through the lengths and ends of wet or dry hair.
Step 5: Finish with a hair oil treatment
Just a few drops of the Elvive Extraordinary Hair Oil Treatment is all you need to top off your hair washing routine. Depending on the look you’re after, this versatile treatment can be applied in varying amounts. Simply apply 1-2 pumps to the lengths of your hair. (Alternatively, use it as Step 1 of your hair washing routine – before applying your shampoo!) This truly is a multi-tasking maven that will help stop hair breakage from ruining your vibe, any day of the week.
Now that you know how to help prevent hair breakage, discover our Hair Bond Repair Routine for Damaged Hair.