Strength is a major attribute of healthy hair – the stronger, the better (and the more styling options!). But all that styling can diminish hair’s strength, and even worse, cause breakage. So to avoid the tell-tale signs of weakened hair: lack of shine, irregularity and split ends, here are our top tips for getting stronger, you can do anything with it, hair.
1. Start with a Strong Foundation
Using the right shampoo and conditioner is key to building a base of strong, healthy-looking hair. Look for shampoos that have damage-blocking technology designed to help hair maintain strength.
2. Be Gentle!
You don’t need to brush like a mad woman to get knot-free locks. Try brushing gently with a wide toothed comb when your hair is wet, from the bottom up. Slowly working out the knots from the bottom up will reduce pull on your hair, which means less damage and breakage. But don’t worry if you see a few stray strands in your brush, it’s completely normal and healthy to shed between 50 and 100 strands a day.
3. Go Easy with the Heat
In the ongoing love/hate relationship with heat, distance only makes the heart grow fonder. Heat styling causes micro-cracks that weaken hair's naturally strong structure. Take a break from heavy heat styling and try air-drying. And if you’d rather lose your right arm than give up your straighteners, try letting your hair air-dry until it’s 80% dry before reaching for the hairdryer, and only run straighteners quickly over your strands.
Righting a few bad habits and using the correct hair products will work wonders to help you get the strong, healthy-looking locks you’re after.
Love to Colour or Highlight Your Hair?
Shampoos specifically designed for colour-treated hair help fill in the protective lipid layer that’s lost when colouring. Reinforcing this protective layer minimizes the amount of water that penetrates hair, helping to keep the colour locked inside, so it can stay vibrant and beautiful. Using a system is important too; shampoo for colour-treated hair is extra moisturizing, so pair it with the same type of conditioner which is designed to provide just enough - but not too much - conditioning.
Once you’ve found your shampoo and conditioner soul mate, there's no need to switch it up. Excess build up from styling products, a change in the weather, or even a change of hairstyle can change the way your hair feels and behaves, which may make it seem like your shampoo and conditioner aren’t doing their jobs. Instead of changing your regimen completely, try using a clarifying shampooto alleviate styling build-up.
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