You don’t have to be Einstein to know that running a 400-degree straightener through your hair isn’t exactly great for your luscious locks. But there are lesser-known evils that can cause your hair some serious trauma as well. While avoiding any hair damage altogether is impossible, there are many parts of your everyday routine that can cause your mane to break without you even realizing it. We’ll tell you what can trigger the breakage (and how to prevent it!)
Hair Breakage Culprit #1: Styling Hair Too Tightly (and Ripping It Out!): Oh, the feeling of a secure ponytail, braid or top knot! We love knowing our hair is perfectly in place and set to stay there. But styling your hair too tightly can result in broken strands, and undoing the hairstyle can be even more harmful! So when you’re debating whether or not to wrap that hair tie around your high pony just one more time, remember that the ponytail that goes up must also come down… and all too often, your hair comes out with it. Instead, try using a super hold hair spray like Aveda’s Control Force firm hairspray.
Hair Breakage Culprit #2: Using the Wrong Hair Ties: We’re not saying you should go out and buy a scrunchy, per se (actually, please don’t), but the accessories you use could make or break your hair health, pun intended. The worst hair-tie option? An actual rubber band. That sucker will wreak havoc on your hair. Almost as bad, but not quite, are the hair ties with metal clasps. Your hair is sure to get caught in between the metal and the elastic and rip when you pull the hair tie out.
Hair Breakage Culprit #3: Using Bad Brushes: You’ve probably heard that you’re not supposed to comb out tangled, wet hair because it causes damage. But did you know that if you’re not using the right brush, brushing your hair at all can cause major issues? It’s not necessary to run out and drop a ton of cash on a Professional Vidal Sassoon Hair Brush (though we do love their brushes!), but maybe just don’t buy a brush from the bargain store as they can cause snags and result in damaged strands. Similarly, using an old brush can break your hair, too. Make sure you’re using a good brush that glides through your hair smoothly and doesn’t have any rough or broken bristles. Adding a leave in conditioner, like the Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair, can help your brush slide through your hair more smoothly. Try our new wet brushes or the Aveda paddle brush that won’t damage your hair.
Hair Breakage Culprit #4: Towel-Drying: For as long as we can remember, the towel turban was the hair-drying method of choice. But towels have lots of little fibers that can be rough on your wet locks. Instead, try using a T-shirt to dry your hair. We promise you won’t regret it.
Hair Breakage Culprit #5: Skipping Protective Products: You know you should apply sunscreen to your skin before you head outdoors, but did you know the sun’s rays can damage your hair as well? It’s true, and especially so if you have color-treated hair. Before you leave the house for a day in the sun, apply a protecting product like Aveda’s Daily Color Protect. And before you run that 400-degree straightener through your strands, apply a heat-protectant product. Some of Aveda’s styling products do double duty, they contain a heat protector as well as other benefits. Our favorites include: Smooth Infusion style prep, Naturally Straight and Brilliant Damage Control.