What are some ways to stop hair breakage?


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A person can stop hair breakage by not using towels when drying the hair, using boar-bristle brushes, not using rubber-based accessories on the hair, and blow drying without using the heat setting. Satin or silk pillowcases absorb less of the hair's natural oils while easing stress on the hair.

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When drying the hair, using a softer item, such as an old shirt, instead of a towel to minimize hair breakage. Towels are too harsh on the hair, and shirts are effective at absorbing moisture.

Boar-bristle brushes are softer than the plastic variety. Plastic bristles cause the hair to snag, leading to snapping and breakage, while boar-bristle brushes evenly spread natural oils throughout the hair. Rubber bands and other hair accessories that tightly constrict the hair damage the hair cuticles over time. Extensions and braids can also cause breakage and baldness.

Those who are dealing with breakage should avoid brushing the hair too vigorously. If the hair is tangled, use a wide-toothed comb, and detangle from the bottom of each hair strand to manage hair without damaging it.

Wait until the hair has mostly dried naturally before blow drying to minimize stress on the hair, and keep the dryer at least 6 inches from the head. Keep the dryer moving constantly, and always use the coolest setting with no form of heat.

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