Recognizing and treating brittle hair: tips for healthier and stronger hair

Our founder and hairstylist, Andy, has seen many people with brittle hair during his years of salon experience. In this blog, we'll discuss what causes brittle hair, how to recognize it, and what steps you can take to treat and strengthen it. The term "brittle hair" is well-known, but what does it mean? Let's ask Andy: "Brittle hair is a common problem that many people experience, and it can have various causes, ranging from genetics to environmental factors and lifestyle choices. Brittle hair isn't ideal, especially when you want to style it effectively. It's better to start with healthy hair when styling. That's why it's helpful to provide an overview of the causes and solutions."

What Causes Brittle Hair?

Brittle hair can be caused by a combination of internal and external factors. Some common causes include:

Genetics: Sometimes, brittle hair is simply the result of genetic predisposition. If brittle hair runs in your family, you may be at a higher risk of experiencing it yourself.

Excessive Heat: Frequent use of heat tools such as hair dryers, straighteners, and curling irons can damage the protein structure of the hair, leading to brittleness.

Chemical Treatments: Regular coloring, bleaching, or chemical straightening of the hair can remove natural oils and proteins, making the hair brittle and vulnerable.

Improper Hair Care: Using harsh shampoos or styling products with high alcohol content that strip the hair of its natural oils can contribute to brittleness.

Environmental Factors: Exposure to sun, wind, cold air (air conditioning), and pollution can also contribute to brittle hair by drying it out and damaging the hair cuticles.

How to Recognize Brittle Hair?

Brittle hair often exhibits several clear signs that can help with recognition. Pay attention to the following points:

Split Ends: One of the most common signs of brittle hair is the occurrence of split ends, where the hair tips split and appear dry and damaged.

Fragility: Brittle hair is often fragile and breaks easily, especially when brushing, combing, or styling.

Dryness: The hair may look dull, dry, and lifeless, indicating a lack of hydration and nourishment.

Loss of Elasticity: Healthy hair has natural elasticity, while brittle hair feels stiffer and more fragile and is difficult to bend without breaking.

Tips for Treating and Strengthening Brittle Hair

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to treat and strengthen brittle hair, making it look healthier and more vibrant. Let's ask Andy to provide some insider expertise:

Andy: "Regularly trimming your hair to remove split ends can definitely help prevent further damage and make the hair look healthier. That's the first step I would take.

Then, use moisturizing shampoos, conditioners, and masks designed to hydrate and nourish dry and brittle hair. Also, a good oil (like our Go With The Glow Oil) helps preventively and protects the hair well.

Furthermore, I would reduce the frequency of using heat tools such as curling irons or even stop using them altogether. It's crucial to use products with a heat protectant. Check this carefully on the packaging, as it's essential and makes a big difference in the long run.

Also, try to reduce the use of aggressive chemical treatments such as bleaching and coloring and opt for more natural coloring alternatives if possible. Nowadays, vegan dyes are much gentler and milder on the hair.

In terms of styling, choose looks and styling techniques that don't put too much strain on the hair and preserve its natural texture. Pay attention, for example, to the hair ties you use. These should be made of soft fabric and not put too much tension on the hair.

As a final tip, I would suggest protecting your hair as much as possible from harmful environmental factors such as sun, wind, and pollution. For example, by wearing a hat or scarf.

I'm confident that if you apply these tips and pay close attention to the needs of your hair, you can treat and transform your brittle hair into healthier, stronger, and more radiant hair."

Andy Uffels, Founder van The Insiders
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