How to say NO to brittle hair: Tips & tricks
If you are suffering from brittle hair then it’s important to look after it very carefully to prevent breakage and loss.
Brittle hair can be a combination of dry, dull, frizzy, broken hair, split ends, shedding and lackluster locks. It's similar to dry skin in that it has a spectrum of levels, from mildly dull to full-blown breakage. One characteristic of brittle hair is spongy hair – hair that looks spongy and tangles when wet.
Side effects of certain medications
Illness or disease, such as overactive or hypoactive thyroid gland
Excessive sun exposure
Chlorine from swimming pools or sun
Overuse of hair products or salon treatments
Tips for dealing with your brittle hair
- Food. Increase your protein levels to ensure that keratin levels are kept high as they are responsible for hair growth.
- Water. If you are dehydrated then this will result in dry hair and skin. Drink more water, as much as 8 glasses a day which will re-hydrate your scalp as well as ensure that your follicles receive vital nutrients.
- Massage. Give your scalp a quick massage as this will improve blood circulation in that area.
- Ask your doctor about certain meds you may be taking as brittle hair may be a side effect.
- Treat a possible medical condition that causes brittle hair
- Wear a swimming cap and rinse your hair out regularly in clean water.
- Limit usage of chemical treatments on your hair
- Be careful when washing your hair, as it is most fragile when wet.
- Wash it once a week and keeping rinsing off to a minimum.
- Use a mild shampoo specially formulated for dry/brittle hair.
- Use a conditioner but only one that can be left on the hair for a long period of time.
- Choose oils which contain banana or coconut as these are ideal for strengthening your hair.
- Make sure your hair is completely dried before brushing or combing out any tangles.
- Avoid using a hairdryer, curling tongs or straighteners
If none of this works or you want further advice then speak to a trichologist.