Weak hair can be defined as limp, droopy, thin or falling out. It is often genetic, handed down from a parent, or it can be caused by hormonal factors such as menopause or childbirth, birth control pills or other medications, disease or illness, poor diet, stress, a fungal infection of the scalp or cancer treatments. Environmental impact from sun exposure, chlorine or salt water, air conditioning or heating and pollution can weaken hair.
It is normal to lose 100 to 150 strands each day, but since most people have about 100,000 hairs on the head, this loss is not significant. When hair is lost, a new one grows back in its place.
Hair that is lost from breakage is not the same as normal loss. Hair that falls out naturally comes from the scalp, typically with the bulb attached. Breakage from weakness is when the hair breaks off below the scalp. While some breakage is normal, excessive breakage indicates weakened hair. Weak hair often shows itself as split ends, which can travel up the hair shaft and break off.
Use the Right Products to Avoid Further Damage to Weak Hair
A good stylist can help you detect and diagnose weak hair and recommend appropriate product usage. Using the best products for weak hair is essential to restoring troubled tresses. For weak, delicate hair, use a cleanser, conditioner and styling products that will reinforce the hair by infusing protein, amino acids and other strengthening properties.
Don’t use a shampoo that will dry out your hair, and when using a conditioner, work the conditioner through the lengths of your hair. You can enhance conditioning by wrapping a hot towel or shower cap over your head to allow it to penetrate deeply into the hair follicles and shafts. A mask or deep conditioning treatment can also be beneficial to locks that have lost their strength, especially if it is rich in ingredients like multi-vitamins and Ashwagandha that helps strengthen your hair.
Take Care of Weak Hair by strengthening your scalp
Maintaining good scalp health is crucial to keeping your hair strong. Having a well mositurized scalp means that your hair will naturally follow suit. To start off, you should apply a Scalp Tonic as needed and use an anti-hair fall oil in case you suffer from excessive hair loss. Lastly, hair that has been excessively thinned out due to hair fall can be revitalized using a hair density tonic.
Excessive heat from blow-dryers, hot curlers, curling irons and flat irons can cause weak hair and breakage. Using a too-hot blow-dryer on wet hair heats the water remaining under the hair’s cuticle and causes it to expand inside the hair, leaving spaces–or blisters –inside fibers, which weakens hair. These parched strands soak up moisture from the air, causing frizz.
Strengthen Weak Hair by Changing Your Style
Change how you wear your hair every day: Wearing your hair down day after day can result in tangles and split ends. But ponytails, tight braids and dreadlocks can also stress tresses and cause weakening. Switch styles every day to avoid strain on weak hair and give your look a pick-me-up. When wearing hair down, use a conditioner and styling products to protect weak hair.
The friction of over-brushing and wearing tight-fitting hats can also cause hair to weaken. Don’t get too zealous when brushing, and never brush wet hair. It’s best to use padded brushes and those with animal hair bristles on delicate locks. A good detangling spray will help defend weak hair while brushing. Spritz it on before combing through wet hair to ease strand stress.
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