How to Reduce Hair Breakage

Very seldom will you hear a woman with short or medium length hair complain about hair breakage.  Hair breakage is most common in women with long hair because the hair is not cut on a regular basis and gets abused in all sorts of ways.

All you need to do to reduce hair breakage is change the way you treat her hair and within no time at all you will see an improvement.

Organic Hair Products

Start with saying goodbye to commercial shampoos and conditioners.  No matter what they advertise, they are little more than fancy detergents with no nutrients at all.  Switch to an organic shampoo and conditioner and you will see and feel the difference right away.

Stop using mousses, gels and serums on your hair.  All of them are alcohol based and alcohol dries out hair.  If you need something to help comb out your hair, tame the frizz or simply add some shine, use one or two drops of olive oil. 


Never use a brush on wet or damp hair.  Your hair is at its most vulnerable when it’s wet, so treat it gently.  Use a wide toothed comb to detangle your freshly washed hair and to reduce hair breakage resist frequent combing during the day. 

Styling Tools

Styling tools such as hair dryers, hot rollers, curling irons and flat irons are the death of your hair.  If you are serious about reducing hair breakage, let your hair air dry.  If this is not an option and you have to blow dry, use the coolest setting on your blow dryer.


Let your hair lose as much as possible.  If you have to tie it back, use a hair friendly method such as a soft crunchy or scarf.  Elastic bands and tight fitting clips are to be avoided at all cost.  If you put your hair in a bun, don’t make the bun too tight and avoid twisting your hair.  Plaits are also to be avoided.


Chemicals to perm, straighten or color your hair are devastating to the condition of your hair.  If you have to do any of these procedures, visit a hair salon and let a professional advice you.  Home products can cause severe damage.


The health of your hair is closely related to what you eat.  To help your hair grow long and strong you need to give it the nutrients it needs.  Foods you should include in your diet are:



Dairy Products


Green vegetables





Whole grains

All of them contain either vitamins, minerals or fatty acids that your hair needs.


A regular trim to snip off dead ends is also a good idea.  Not only will your hair be less likely to split or break, but your hair will look better when well maintained.  If you are trying to grow your hair, inform your stylist so he doesn’t take off too much.