Hearing a snap, crackle, or pop while brushing your hair is never a good sign. While loosing the customary 100 strands per day is considered normal, breakage is a problem that's easily avoidable. Whether it's due to a too-tight ponytail, bleach overkill, or even your diet, find out your personal culprit (and solution) for breakage when you read on.
1. You're a hair puller: Tugging on your hair can cause stress and eventually breakage. So if you have a tendency to twirl your fingers in your hair, it could have the same effect as yanking out your strands.
2. You style wet: Using a brush or comb on wet hair causes strands to snap. Stick to using your fingers to detangle while your hair is sopping wet to minimize breakage when hair is at its weakest.
3. You love a tight ponytail: Pulling hair back into a tight bun or ponytail is a great option for second-day hair. But be cautious about the effect it could be having on your coiffure. Too tight, and it could cause stress at the hairline. You can also cause breakage if you continually put hair in the same style. Switch it up to save your strands. You should also be cautious of hair accessories that tug and pinch.
4. You flat iron . . . daily: You probably already know that heat can damage your hair. But it could dry out your strands and exacerbate breakage, too. First, try turning down the temperature, always use a heat protectant, or skip the heat styling altogether.
5. You have a standing bleaching appointment: Overprocessed hair can turn brittle. Find natural ways to lighten your hair or go for on-trend with the ombré look. If you must color your hair, make sure to add moisture with a regular deep-conditioning regimen.
6. You skip regular haircuts: If you avoid cutting your split ends, eventually they might just break off. Make sure to keep regular haircuts in your calendar for healthier, break-resistant hair.
7. You're a wild sleeper: Noticing a bit of breakage at the back of your head? It could be caused by the friction between your hair and the cotton pillowcase. Switch to a hair-saving silk variety instead.
8. Your diet is lacking: Your hair needs protein to stay strong. Protein can repair weak spots in the hair shaft, warding off breakage. But be forewarned, too much protein can make the hair brittle. And too much moisture makes strands too flexible. It's important to find the right balance of moisture and protein.