Have you been facing the hair breakage problem lately? Let’s find out what could be the cause of hair breakage and how you can prevent it. First let’s clarify that breakage is different than hair fall. If the hair snaps off from somewhere along the hair shaft then it is breakage but if the hair comes out of the root (you can see hair bulb at one end of the strand) then you have a hair fall problem.
There are two important factors that tell you about the health of your hair. Moisture and Protein content. Moisture provides the elasticity to hair which makes it flexible and allows it to stretch. Protein gives the hair its structure and strength. Protein in your hair helps to bind the moisture inside. These two work together to maintain the health of your hair. If either of it is deficient in your hair then this leads to breakage due to lack of elasticity and strength when it undergoes stress through day today activities of combing, washing etc. So, it becomes very important to maintain the moisture and protein balance in your hair.
How to make out which treatment hair needs
You can perform some tests on your hair strand to determine what your hair lacks. Hold some hair strands (wet) in your fingers, wrap them around your fingers and stretch it. For better analysis hold at least aroudn 10 strands.
If your hair:
- Stretches and returns to its original length without breaking, your hair is balanced.
- Experiences very little to no stretching, and simply breaks, you need to increase the moisture in your regimen.
- Stretches and then do not return back, you need more protein in your regimen.
- Stretches, stretches and breaks, add a bit more protein to your hair care regime.
- when hair is dry, it feels rough, tough, hard, dry, tangled, brittle, you need more moisture in your hair.
If you are still confused how to make sure your hair needs protein or moisture. Then look out for signs. If hair feels very soft and mushy when it’s wet then it needs moisture. Altohough it is still hard to figure out. Also, if your hair has stop curling well and you already tried the clarifying then protein treatment might help.
If your hair is very dry and brittle, then you need to moisturize it which is the most common scenario.
Too much of protein can lead to rigid hair which can cause breakage. So, follow the routine of deep moisturizing the hair every week if you are starting your journey or your hair is very dry and go for a heavier protein treatment (meant for damaged hair) once in a month or twice in a months depending upon your hair health. Chemically treated (colored, straightened etc) hair requires more regular protein treatment than virgin hair. Also, we loss a little protein every time we wash our hair so it is a good idea to replenish the hair with lost protein. You generally do not face problem of protein overload from day-today products meant for regular use that contain protein. Because many of them are not protein intensive and protein is there in less concentration. A product can be made balaced with moisture and a small amount of protein. You can include such products in your routine without worrying protein overload.
Use protein intensive treatment containing good concentration of protein at your discretion and avoid using too often.
Not all proteins are same. Low molecular weight proteins penetrate hair shaft and also provide moisture to hair. So, protein and moisture sometimes go hand in hand depending on the kind of protein. Try a product for yourself and see if it works for you or not.
Many deep conditioners are meant to moisturize your hair but some of them have added protein to provide the strength and moisture to your hair. They could be made as balanced or protein intensive. Talk to a supplier if you have any confusion regarding a product and their suitability. You can easily identify protein in your hair products, it is listed as protein of some type like hydrolyzed wheat protein, keratin protein, soy protein, silk protein etc.
Now you know how to keep a check on your moisture and protein balance.