Thinning hair is a common problem that almost everyone struggles with at some point in their lives. Excessive hair loss causes a great deal of anxiety and often affects one’s perception of themselves. Finding all that hair tangled up in your brush can really affect your confidence. So how can you stop this unnecessary shedding?
It is common to lose approximately 100 strands of hair every day. However, any more could be a sign that you’re doing something wrong. Whatever the case, it’s time to switch around some habits and get your hair back in shape!
What is hair breakage?
It’s when your hair strands snap right in the middle, leading to problems such as frizz, split ends, and ragged strands. One of the easiest telltale signs of breakage is split ends, where the strand might look like two separate strands at the very bottom.
Hair can become breakage-prone for several reasons, but what are some common hair breakage causes? Let’s dive right into it.
Taking hot showers.
As good as hot water showers feel, they can damage hair and be one of the main reasons for hair loss. Hot water makes hair brittle and porous, allowing the strands to break off easily.
However, using hard water and hot water together can cause even more damage. The ion deposits in hard water penetrate the hair and cause build-up. This build-up makes hair appear dry, lifeless, and weak, eventually leading to excessive hair shedding. But this won’t be a problem with iluvia’s Hard Water Shampoo! It helps remove metal ion deposits from the hair and scalp and can undo hard water damage.
So the bottom line is lukewarm water and hard water shampoo can make a world of difference if you’re shedding hair.
Brushing wet hair.
Did you know? Your hair is the most fragile after a shower, and running your comb through it at the time will only worsen matters. If detangling is your goal, running your fingers through your hair while conditioning it is the best way to start. Try not to skip this step as it protects the hair shaft from breaking easily, smoothes down hair cuticles and makes hair styling easy.
iluvia's Squalene Restorative Conditioner improves elasticity and strengthens hair. It reduces friction and frizz, allowing your hair to feel light, nourished and as-soft-as-ever. Made with plant-derived squalene, it is free from all the nasties that usually tend to damage hair.
Not being gentle enough.
If you’re wondering what this means, we’re referring to using abrasive hair ties, twisting hair strands and tying up your hair while sleeping. These simple mistakes are often the culprits of too much hairfall. Establish a new rule of keeping your hands out of your hair and be more mindful of how you brush it.
Using too many heat styling tools.
Keep the heat-styling tools to a minimum. They strip away the natural oils from hair and make it dry and weak. But if you absolutely must use a blow dryer or a flat iron, make sure to use a heat protectant.
We recommend iluvia’s Intensive Hair Care Serum, which creates an insulative barrier between the heat and your hair. This lightweight formula is made with pure Moroccan oil and olive squalene oil to reduce tangles, frizz and damage.
Check out our previous blog on how to protect hair from heat damage.
Not maintaining coloured or chemically treated hair.
Hair dyes and chemical treatments are an enemy to hair health. They change the structure of the hair shaft and make it fragile, so it is necessary to follow a customized routine depending on the hair treatment you’ve just gotten. It's definitely in your best interest to look into gentle yet effective products for coloured and chemically treated hair.
All in all, your daily routine and hair care products can be the key to reversing hair breakage. Damaged hair can become healthy again as long as you are kind to it!