Shampoos that contain sulfates are very harsh on your hair and scalp and they will also prematurely fade the hair color you paid a small fortune to have done at the salon. Also, sulfate containing products cause your scalp to overproduce oil to counteract the stripping process caused by the harshness of the sulfate to begin with – which leads to having to wash your hair more often and more oiliness on your scalp while your ends are dry. It is a vicious cycle. Instead switch to a sulfate free system like Pureology Hydrate Shampoo 8.5oz and Hydrate Conditioner 8.5 oz duo or try co-washing most days and then shampooing only every 3 or 4th wash. I absolutely love WEN Fragrance Free Rice Based Cleansing Conditioner, 16 fl.oz.
2. Stop using elastic bands in your hair that have metal
Try using all fabric brands and don’t wear your hair in too tight styles as this can also cause breakage. A very inexpensive option is Scunci Braided 3 Strands No Damage Elastics
3. Don’t wash your hair every day
Over washing strips hair of it’s natural oils and can lead to breakage and color fading. Use dry shampoos, our favorites are Batiste Dry Shampoo – Original Fragrance, 6.73 Oz or Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – 3.2 Oz.
4. Lay off the heat styling as much as you can
Try air drying your hair by using a leave in Beach wave spray for that gorgeous and natural beachy bombshell look. I love Redken Beach Envy Volume Wave Aid Spray, 4.2 Ounces
5. Do not brush your hair when wet
Use a very wide tooth comb to remove tangles and knots, or better yet use the Tangle Teezer Original Professional Detangling Brush /Black (my latest hair obsession) after you’ve spritzed a great treatment in your hair like Its A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product – 120ml/4oz.
6. Do not over-process your hair
If you are going to perm and bleach your hair do not do both treatments at the same time, space them at least two weeks apart. That also goes for relaxing your hair and regular coloring.
7. Pat your hair dry
One of the most common mistakes I’ve seen women make is to towel dry their hair by vigorously rubbing the towel on their head and then wrapping their hair in the towel and mounting it to the top of their head turban style. Talk about roughing up your cuticle, stressing your fragile wet strands and breaking your hair from the weight of the towel. Instead gently squeeze off excess water in the shower then wrap a towel over your shoulders. Blot your hair with the corner of the towel gently, or use a separate towel if your hair is extra-long or thick. I absolutely adore Devacurl Devatowel Anti Frizz Microfiber Towel – NEW. It is marketed for curly girls – but I think this is sensational for all hair types.
8. Sleep on a silk or satin pillowcase
Nothing, and I mean nothing will help your hair more at night than this. Regular cotton pillowcases absorb the oil from our hair and also roughen the cuticle as we toss and turn in our sleep. In turn this causes tangles and breakage. The satin and the silk allow your hair to glide right over the fabric and it is not absorbent and will not soak up all the natural oils from your hair. Betty Dain Satin Pillowcase, White, (Pack of 2)
Added Bonus: Satin and Silk pillowcases also cause less facial wrinkling then using a cotton pillowcase. As far as I’m concerned this is a win-win for me. And, if you are too lazy to do all other items on the list – do this one and I promise you will see improvement.
9. Detangle your hair from the bottom up
You should brush your hair thoroughly once to twice a day. This helps remove all tangles and will loosen allergens, dust, etc. that have made their way into our hair throughout the day. Many women start their brush at the top of their heads and rip their way through the knots – stop this immediately and try this instead. Grab a section of your hair and hold it at the mid length while you brush out the ends, once that section is detangled move up the shaft of your hair and repeat until you make it to the roots. Repeat for each section. You will experience much less breakage this way and will prevent hair from being pulled from the root.
10. Get your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks
Split ends are inevitable, however, they can be controlled by getting regular trims. Once a hair end splits the split will continue to travel up the shaft of the hair and can reach all the way to the root. This will cause your hair to seem thinner, dull and lifeless. Not to mention that as the hair splits it becomes week and will likely break off long before the split ever reaches the root. It isn’t a flattering look. Regular trims will keep your end polished and will keep the overall health of your hair in better shape.