Would you believe that it’s normal to lose 100 to 150 strands of hair each day? To put that number into perspective, most of us have 100,000 hairs on our head, so this loss isn’t significant overall. When a hair is lost, a new one grows back in its place. That is, until middle age, when hair regrowth slows down or stops.
In addition to everyday hair loss, many of us struggle with weak hair. Weak hair can take on many forms, like split ends, extreme dryness, or excessive oiliness. Broken and brittle ends indicate that your hair has been damaged from heat, friction, or the wrong hair products. While some breakage is normal, excessive breakage indicates weakened hair.
Strive for stronger, healthier hair by following these simple tips.
- Be sure to use the right hair care products to avoid further damage to weakened hair.
- Strictly limit the number of chemicals (coloring, bleaching, straightening) used on weak hair.
- Avoid blow-dryers, hot curlers, curling irons, and flat irons on weak and broken hair.
- Less washing is better for weak hair. Hair should be washed no more than two times per week, especially if it’s chemically relaxed.
- Too much friction is a bad thing. Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel after washing, cotton pillowcases, and hats, which can further weaken hair due to rubbing and moisture loss.