The Main Causes of Hair Breakage and How to Prevent It

Experiencing hair breakage can be stressful and worrying, especially if it feels like a common, daily occurrence.  While it may seem like a difficult problem to fix, there are ways that you can stop this damage in its tracks and prevent it from happening. Here are some common causes of hair breakage from diet to hair care, as well as the best ways to improve your hair health to prevent breakage. 

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  1. Stress

While it can seem like an uphill battle to combat stress, it can often be a culprit of dreaded hair breakage. There is even a particular type of medical condition called Telogen effluvium which is a type of alopecia linked to stress. High levels of stress can make your hair follicles dormant, causing the hair shaft to break.

How to prevent stress-related breakage:

A seemingly never-ending cycle of stress can be broken. Adding in some daily movement can reduce stress and boost circulation. Even thirty minutes of walking is enough. Moments of deep breathing and some time for daily recharge with hobbies can also greatly relieve some of the burdens of stress.

  1. Diet

The nutrients and minerals we put into our body directly affect not only our overall health but the health and strength of our hair. If we are not eating enough protein or an array of vitamins, this could lead to a lack of nourishment necessary for long and strong tresses.

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How to prevent diet-related breakage:

Avoid fad or restrictive diets. While they may seem like a quick fix, they can actually do more harm than good for our health. Ensuring we are eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, and protein helps cover all the vital antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals we need to build up our hair strength. Check your zinc, iron, and folic acid levels as well as consult your doctor about taking a daily vitamin or biotin supplement as well.

  1. Improper Hair Care Products

One of the biggest concerns for hair breakage is what hair care products are being used. Often we are using formulas that we think are helping the strength of our locks, but in reality, they are adding to the problem of breakage. These days popular hair care products that have taken the world by storm use a process of depositing harmful residues on top of the hair to give it the look and feel of strength. These bond builders overload the hair shaft over time until it eventually snaps and breaks. This leads to immense hair damage and breakage, even though the product may have seemed to work initially.


How to prevent improper hair care-related breakage:

Using a proper hair care routine that does not cause unnecessary build-up on the shaft is vital to avoiding and preventing this breakage. The miracle three-step process to stop breakage comes from Iles Formula: The Haute Performance Shampoo, Conditioner, and Scalp + Hair Rejuvenating Booster. This breakthrough booster is a powerful leave-in treatment that instantly boosts growth for longer and stronger locks. Using this booster in conjunction with the Iles Formula Shampoo and Conditioner saves the cuticle and hair shaft from any signs of damage, transforming broken, brittle stands into glowing, sumptuous tresses.

  1. Bleaching and Coloring Hair

It’s no secret that coloring hair with subsequent bleaching is not exactly healthy for hair. This processing and lifting of the color from the hair shaft leaves behind weak and broken down cuticles. Hair dye also irritates the scalp and cuticle, potentially leading to further damage.

How to prevent bleaching and coloring-related breakage:

Bleaching and coloring hair is a way to change up our looks and express ourselves in a different way. It is possible to look and feel our best with a new color, while also protecting our hair and preventing unwanted damage. It is vital to follow up hair coloring and processing with a gentle and nourishing hair mask.

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The Iles Formula Haute Performance Hair Mask is ideal for color-treated hair with its sumptuous blend of vitamins and nutrients. Made with rich ingredients like Tucuma Butter, nut oils, and Vitamins B5 and E, this formula revitalizes and strengthens processed hair to transform it instantly.

  1. Heat Damage

Heat damage due to using a flat iron, curling iron, UV rays, or hair dryer can really damage the cuticle with such extreme temperatures. While it may give you the style or look you desire, this damaged cuticle directly leads to the breakage of the hair shaft.

How to prevent heat damage-related breakage:

It is possible to get the hairstyle of your dreams without heat-related damage. Utilizing a protective and nourishing serum before you apply heat can actually relieve most of the potential harm due to the high temperatures of the heat tools.

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The Iles Formula Finishing Serum Haute Performance is the ultimate protector of the hair cuticle against heat, UV, and any other type of damage. Made with hand-picked, custom ingredients such as nut oils and ceramide, this formula ensures that broken, brittle hair will be transformed into spun silk waves.

  1. Hair Ties

Time to get down to business and that includes pulling our hair back away from our face into a ponytail. Such a simple action does not seem particularly harmful, but the problem that occurs is stress and pull on the hair cuticle and scalp. Also, the fabric of the elastic hair tie can cause unwanted friction to the shaft, leading to more damage.

How to prevent hair tie-related breakage:

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Leaving hair down or pulling it back into a looser ponytail is preferred. If it is necessary to pull your locks back, you should use a 100% silk hair tie like the Iles Formula Twilly Ties. This gentle fabric not only has the latest, stylish patterns, but it also reduces friction leaving lusciously smooth tresses. 

  1. Towel Drying

It’s natural to want to rub your hair dry with a towel after stepping out of the shower or bath. However, when your hair is wet, your strands are more susceptible to damage. It is of utmost importance not to use a regular cotton towel on your vulnerable locks.

How to prevent towel drying-related breakage:

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The best way to gently care for your damp hair is to use an anti-friction, microfibre towel like the Iles Formula Hair Turban. With no friction, there will be no aggravation to your tresses resulting in unwanted damage. For a quick, careful dry, wrapping your hair in a luxurious hair turban is a must.

No matter the cause of hair breakage and damage, Iles Formula has the cure to transform your locks. From improper hair care products to heat damage and processing, give your tresses new life and find the miracle you are searching for with the Iles Formula treatment.

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