Weak hair can be caused by a number of things; such as, a poor diet and a lack of nutrients, changes in hormone levels or by using harsh chemicals and heat products on your hair. Determine which one of these may be the case, then act accordingly.
Change your diet
One of the nutrients essential to the hair follicle is protein, so adding more to your diet will help produce thicker and overall stronger hair. To ensure you are consuming enough protein for healthy hair growth, try eating more lean meat, eggs, nuts and dairy products.
Next make sure you have enough iron in your diet – the mineral which gives your hair strength and resilience. Again, make sure you are consuming enough meat, however iron can also be taken as a supplement if you need it.
Certain vitamin deficiencies can also cause weak hair – mainly vitamins A, B and E – which, again, are available at health stores as a supplement. Vitamin B, in particular, is great for strong, healthy hair, as it contains folic acid which adds shine and moisture to the hair; this is essential to those with natural curls, to keep hair looking healthy rather than frizzy.
If you suffer from stress or are going through a stressful period of your life, this can even affect the condition of your hair. Stress causes hormone imbalances, which can leave hair and nails feeling brittle – and in the worst case scenario, hair can start to fall out.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep, and try to prioritise work to make time for relaxation – as if you are feeling bad on the inside, your body will reflect that too. A great relaxation technique that will also benefit your hair is a scalp massage; not only does it feel soothing, but the stimulation of the skin will also get blood flowing to the hair follicles, which encourages healthy growth.
Turn down the heat
It’s no secret that heat products can do some serious damage to your hair; whether its blow drying, straightening or curling, make sure you protect your hair before applying such products.
There are many hair protectants available – some of which claim to strengthen your hair at the same time. Try Keracare’s Strengthening Thermal Protector, which improves hair’s natural elasticity while protecting from applied heat, or for already damaged hair, Alterna’s Bamboo Smooth Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray is proven to reduced breakage to up to 87%, while smoothing and strengthening hair too.
But of course, not applying heat in the first place is the best way to ensure hair isn’t thermally damaged, so perhaps cut back on the amount you use heat products – if you straighten you hair everyday, perhaps alternate between the days you apply heat, and embrace your natural wave on days in between. Alternatively, you could allow your hair to dry naturally more often.
If you suffer from split ends – the answer is simple: keep your hair regularly trimmed from every 8 to 12 weeks. If you hair is particularly susceptible to breakage, a trim every 6 weeks may be needed to keep it in healthy condition overall.
There are products available that claim to aid split ends, leaving the hair healthier and less prone to breakage. Extreme Anti-Snap Treatment from Redken helps to fortify the hair with proteins and other strengthening ingredients, or for a less expensive alternative, try Tresemmé’s Split Remedy Intense Recovery Masque which is left on the hair for several minutes to repair dried out and damaged ends.
For an instant fix, however, Shine So Bright from Lush is a hair balm which may not repair damage, but will reduce the appearance of split ends, so they don’t ruin the overall look of your tresses.
Finally, bleach, colourants and other damaging chemicals applied to your hair will leave its condition dry, brittle and generally weak.
Remedies usually include leave in masques or deep conditioners – a great one for over-coloured hair would be Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Colour Deep Replenishment, available in individual 99p sachets, or as a 250ml bottle. Leave-in treatments are also available, such as Super Strong Liquid Treatment from Paul Mitchell, which reinforces and restores distressed hair, especially for weak and chemically treated hair. Lastly, MorrocanOil treatment is available in ‘Light’, suitable for finer and chemically treated hair; infused with nutrients such as protein, antioxidants and omega-3 oils, their treatment is one of the most effective in restoring hair with dramatic results.
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