Follow These 5 Steps If You’re Having a Hair Breakage Emergency

Hair breakage is no bueno — it’s gut-wrenching to watch your strands fall out. However, if they do, you have to determine the cause, and whether what’s happening is the result of shedding or breakage. Breakage is caused by surface level hair damage (frying you hair with hot tools or pulling it up into that snatched high pony are just two culprit examples), while shedding is an internal issue. If your hair is shedding from the scalp, there will be a white bulb present at the top of the strand — if it’s breaking that won’t be present. Luckily, if you’re in the breakage camp, there are just a few steps between you and your path to healthy hair. We checked in with Ticia Cruz, Stylist and Educator for Carol’s Daughter, L’Oréal Multi-Culture Division Stylist and the Owner of Turning Head Hair Salon to find out exactly how to prevent and stop breakage, for every hair type.

Eat Right

“There are many ways to prevent hair breakage,” explains Ticia, making us feel instantly better. She reminds us that ultimately, healthy hair starts from the inside out, meaning “you should have a well-balanced diet and hydrate as much as possible.”

 

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Shampoo and Condition Smarter

The first step in your haircare regimen is also your first opportunity to combat breakage. “When it comes to washing your hair, you want to start with a sulfate-free and silicone-free shampoo and conditioner.” Ticia recommends Carol’s Daughter Green Supreme Sulfate-free Shampoo: $10, Green Supreme Vitalizing Conditioner: $12, Coco Crème Sulfate-free Shampoo: $10 and Coco Crème Creamy Conditioner: $12. If you find yourself shampoo and conditioning more frequently during the week, she recommends a lighter product, like from the Carol’s Daughter Monoi Ora Collection.

Step Up Your Product Knowledge Game

Even though it feels like there’s a new breakthrough in haircare every month, you want to stay on top of what’s out there. “Product knowledge is very important to maintain healthy hair,” says Ticia, adding that some shampoos are harsh and strip the natural moisture that your hair needs, causing hair to become dry and brittle. “Invest in a good moisturizing conditioner that you can use often without any heavy build up,” she adds. Ticia recommends Carol’s Daughter Monoi Ora Lightweight Conditioner: $22, or Coco Crème Curl Quenching Shampoo: $8.99 if your hair is dry and needs moisture, stat.

Trim or Twist

If you have a hair breakage sitch going on, your best bet may be to cut off dead hair. “Getting your ends trimmed regularly is another good way to prevent hair breakage,” says Ticia, noting that you don’t need to cut off a lot to reap the benefits. “A trim can be as little as a quarter of an inch 1/4″, as this also gets rid of any unwanted split ends. If you are trying to grow your hair longer or you have an active lifestyle, Ticia suggests a protective style, like twists, braids and even extensions. “If your hair is naturally curly, avoid brushing it while it’s dry, and try using a wide-tooth comb or a Denman brush after conditioning.”

 

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Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Whatever your look, hydration is key. “You want your hair to stay hydrated while it’s in a protective style, so before braiding or twisting your hair try using a cream-based moisturizer like Carol’s Daughter Coco Crème Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter: $10, which is also great for those ‘Wash and Go” styles,’” she adds.

Breakage by Hair Type

Breakage affects each hair type differently, and although there are some general rules of thumb that apply across the board, it’s best to know your texture and tailor your haircare around your personal needs. Here’s Ticia’s guide to preventing and treating breakage, according to your hair type.

 

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Fine Hair

Shampoo with a mild shampoo preferably free of sulfates, parabens, alcohol and color. Also, start a regimen of biotin and or vitamin C, vitamin D3. Vitamins help strengthen your hair starting at your scalp and root. These three vitamins contain collagen and Keratin and the biotin promotes growth/thickness. Clip ends regularly, try not to use heat. If you do need to use heat try to set your blow dryer and flat iron on low.

Medium Level/Textured Waves

For hair that is a little thicker and has natural waves you want to start doing treatments at least once a week. These are some popular treatments: Almond oil, Coconut oil, Castor oil, Aloe Vera, Egg mask. Home remedies can be just as helpful as the expensive store bought products. Mix a tablespoon of your oil of choose with water, spray your hair from root to end and then cover with a shampoo cap. Let that sit for an hour or two then lightly shampoo and condition. Carol’s Daughter Rhassoul Clay Softening Hair Mask: $15.50 is one of my favorite treatments to restore hair that has been damaged.

 

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Natural Hair

For natural hair that has been damaged it’s best to determine what has damaged your hair. If you are suffering from heat damage then you need to clip away the part that is heat damaged. If it is a substantial amount of hair that has been heat damaged you might just want to go into a protective style until the heat damage has grown out but getting that area clipped as often as possible. If your hair has been chemically damaged I recommend Olaplex treatments. Olaplex has a fabulous line that has a bond to rebuilder. Using this product for 4 to 6 weeks you should see a big difference with your hair texture. Natural hair needs more moisture so make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. Also, use a curling product that is free of glycol, paraben, alcohol, sulfates- all those harsh things that can change your hair texture. Treatments like Rice is water are great at strengthening the hair from inside out.

 

If you hair is actually shedding, don’t stress! HERE’s what to do.

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