The #1 question I get asked as a hairdresser is “how do I get my hair to grow?”. The majority of my clients throughout the years have been blondes, and being blonde is especially hard on your hair. All that lightener used to get blonde hair makes you more susceptible to broken and damaged hair. When your hair becomes dry and brittle due to overprocessing, excessive heat styling, and vigorous brushing, it simply breaks off, leaving you with hair that’s shorter than you may want. As a blonde myself, I’ve learned how to keep the breakage to a minimum, and keep your hair growing and looking fresh!
Ways to avoid hair Breakage:
1. Be KIND to your hair
It sounds simples, but this is more important than you would believe. I’m sure we’re all guilty of having a tangle in our hair but not wanting to take the time to properly brush it out. Sometimes at the end of the day I am so tired that I vigorously brush my hair and end up losing more than if I were to take the time and brush it out in smaller sections. Your hair is very fragile and it needs to be treated that way if you want it to grow healthy and long.
2. Use an anti-breakage shampoo & conditioner
Yes, they actually make shampoos and conditioners specifically designed to prevent breakage! I am loving the Kenra Platinum Revive Shampoo & Conditioner and notice a big difference in the way my hair feels. These products are formulated to repair and strengthen gaps and tears on the hair shaft. The Revive Shampoo strengthens he cuticle from within for up to 95% less breakage after first use! It also penetrates the cortex to repair and enhance elasticity. If you don’t know what that means, just know that if you want to avoid hair breakage and grow your hair long and strong, you need the Kenra Platinum Revive Shampoo & Conditioner! And p.s. it smells incredible! Check out more Kenra products HERE.
3. Deep condition once a week
A deep conditioner at least once a week is a must! There are lots of great deep conditioners out there, but in terms of preventing breakage, you are going to want to use a strengthening product. The Kenra Strengthening Masque is sooo good. The masque is basically a concentrated conditioner that targets damaged hair strands as it saturates the hair with moisture. Just leave it on for 5-15 minutes after shampooing, then rinse and your hair will feel amazing!
4. Use the WET Brush
Your hair is in it’s weakest state when it’s wet, which is why you need to be extra careful during that time. When you get out of the shower, I recommend towel drying your hair and using a leave-in spray (the Kenra Leave-In Fortifier is fabulous!), then using the WET brush to get out tangles. The WET brush has intelliflex bristles and is the only brush I’ve found that gently brushes out wet hair. You can also use it on dry hair too!
5. Extend hair washes
This is one of the most important things you can do when trying to avoid breakage. Extending washes reduces the time your hair is wet and in it’s most fragile condition. The longer you can go between washes, the better, but you’ll need a dry shampoo to help you keep your style looking fresh without washing it! The KMS Hair Play Makeover Spray is my favorite! Not only is it a dry shampoo, but it’s also a style refinisher. It’s great extending shampoos because it absorbs oil and adds texture all in one. Plus, it smells seriously amazing!!
6. Limit heat styling
After I had my baby, I was a mess (to say the least). I felt like I had just been hit by a train, and if anyone thought they were going to see me with a speck of make up on or my hair done, boy were they wrong! I would wash my hair, let it air dry, wear it in a bun on top of my head, and repeat. I hardly ever used a blow dryer or heat styling tools for the first few months postpartum and what did I discover?…My hair grew like a weed!! I had spent the previous 7 years trying so hard to get my hair to grow, but didn’t think seriously about limiting the heat used on my hair. I know it’s hard, but if you want longer and stronger hair, cut back on the heat styling tools and definitely break up with your flat iron for a bit (those are the hardest on your hair)!
I hope these tips help you avoid hair breakage like they helped me. Protecting your hair from breakage is so important whether you have long or short hair!
What are some ways that you keep your hair long and strong?
I received complimentary products for review. All thoughts are my own.