Goodbye breakage, hello strong healthy hair!
We've all experienced hair breakage at some point or another. For some, it's a rare and sporadic occurrence, but for others it can happen on the regular-and that, quite frankly, is a big no-no. If the latter is you, you'll want to read on. We tapped L'Oreal Professionnel Artist Travis Parker for tips on how to prevent hair from breaking. The good news is that most of these preventative measures just require a bit more effort in the hair care department. Totally doable!
Tip #1: Shampoo and Condition...In the Right Areas
"Focus your shampoo towards your scalp rather than your ends," Parker says. "When it comes to conditioner, do the opposite. Condition your ends and work upwards to mid shaft."
Tip #2: Swap in a Silk Pillow
"Silk pillows are not just an old-school way to keep your style intact overnight," Parker says. "They can also help to reduce friction and static between the hair and the pillow when you're sleeping." How does this make a difference? Reduced friction keeps your ends from being pulled against your head and the pillowcase itself.
Tip #3: Be Gentle When Drying Your Hair
Are you one to aggressively rub a towel through your wet strands to dry them post-shower? Don't do it, Parker says. "Squeeze the water from your hair when drying it instead of mashing it dry with a towel. You may even want to think about a hair sham to remove the excess water."
Tip #4: Pick Your Elastic Wisely
Ponytails are a beloved way to sweep hair off the face, but tying them too tight isn't doing you any favors. The tighter it is, the more likely it will cause breakage. In addition to tying your ponytail looser, "use a soft fabric-coated elastic to hold the hair in a ponytail," Parker says.
Tip #5: Trim Your Ends
Trimming your ends proactively can help reduce the chances of dry, brittle ends that are prone to breakage. It may seem counterproductive to cut your ends when you're trying to grow your hair out, but doing so can keep split ends and breakage at bay. "If you keep your ends healthy, you will maintain and manage the utmost growth," Parker says. Aim for a trim every six to eight weeks.
Tip #6: Use Biotin-Infused Products
"Biotin is a key component of healthy hair and nails," Parker says. "When infused into your shampoo/conditioner, biotin strengthens and protects the hair from breakage."
For anti-breakage hair care products, look to L'Oreal Professionnel's Serie Expert Inforcer range. The collection-which includes a shampoo, conditioner, mask, spray, serum, and cream-is reinforced with Vitamin B6 and Biotin to strengthen and reduce hair breakage with continued use.
Tip #7: Brush from Ends to Scalp
Think about how you brush your hair. Do you brush from scalp to ends? Instead, be sure to always brush from ends to scalp. "Use a boar and nylon mix-bristle brush when your hair is dry," Parker says. "And use a cushion-based thin and flexible nylon bristle brush when your hair is wet." If you're dealing with knots, spritz L'Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Inforcer Brush Proof onto the brush and then brush through strands to help detangle knots and reduce breakage while brushing.