A lot of us go through lengths to grow out our hair and the last thing we want is to watch it shed to irreparable levels. There are certainly a number of things that you can do to protect your hair from breakage. This includes using natural products that give your scalp the protection it needs to boost root growth. Here is a roundup of some of the best natural products and hair care regimens to prevent hair breakage.
Homemade Hot Oil Treatments
Your hair needs to maintain a good level of moisture to prevent it from breaking. Treating you hair to hot oil treatments at least once a week helps to keep your hair moisturized and prevent breakage. Some of the natural hot oil treatments that you can use right at home include:
- Olive Oil Treatment
Olive oil could be one of the easiest choices to use for a homemade hot oil treatment. Simply microwave about 5 tablespoons, or enough to cover your hair, but make sure that it just gets warm and not hot. Massage the olive oil into your hair and scalp and let it set for about an hour. Shampoo your hair and after the wash apply a moisturizing conditioner.
- Condition with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Aside from the hot oil treatment, you can incorporate extra virgin olive oil to your conditioning routine. Add some extra virgin oil to your conditioner and after shampooing use it on your hair. This will also prevent breakage.
- Mayonnaise Conditioner
A mayonnaise conditioner can also help to protect your hair from breakage. Simply apply the mayonnaise on your hair and let it set for about an hour. Mayonnaise is known to have oils and fats that are beneficial to the hair offering protection from breakage. Use the mayonnaise conditioner on your hair on a weekly basis for good results.
- Coconut Oil Massage
Treat your scalp to a coconut massage to help with blood circulation and stimulate your hair roots. To make the oil more effective break some vitamin E capsules into it and apply to your hair.
Health Hair Regimens That Help to Prevent Breakage
Keeping your hair healthy is equally important to prevent breakage. Your hair care regimens play an important role in determining how healthy your hair is at any given time. There are some important hair care regimes that you should incorporate to your hair care routine to help prevent breakage.
- Trim Split Ends
A number of women don’t take it lightly when it comes to trimming, which to them is literally cutting off their hair. Trimming split ends goes a long way in stimulating growth and reducing chances of breakage. Split ends often cause the hair to become brittle and dry, which cause breakage. Split ends let to grow soon travel to the hair shaft and breakage occurs.
- Minimize on Heat Styling
High heat styling agents such as curling irons and blow dryers are convenient, yet harmful to your hair in the long run. When used too frequently and incorrectly they tend to weaken the hair over time causing breakage. Alternatives would be to use other styling methods including wet setting or wet wrap to achieve curls or a sleek look.
- Dry Brush your Hair
A number of people tend to brush their hair when wet not knowing that it is more harmful than helpful. Hair tends to be fragile when wet and it is not ideal to comb it when in this state. It would be better to dry pat your hair and let it dry out before combing. The ‘100 strokes’ rule is also not a good practice, because in the long run it exposes the hair cuticle causing it to fray. Do not over comb your hair and simply use a wide toothcomb to detangle it.
- Limit Chemical Use on Your Hair
While some women prefer to have their hair relaxed because it is easier to manage, it is best to limit chemical use on your hair. Relaxers when used too frequently will in the long run cause breakage. Not everyone prefers to be a naturlista, but for those who prefer to relax their hair it is important to properly maintain it and limit chemical use.
- Let your Hair Breathe
Last but not least, let your hair breathe. After having on braids or a weave for a few weeks it is important to let your hair rest before braiding or weaving again.