Caring for severely dry, damaged and brittle hair can be a struggle. Constant tangling, breakage and generally unruly hair are some common problems resulting from brittle hair. Add to this the problem of committing some hair care mistakes, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster.

But worry not, as we are here to help. We have listed down some simple yet highly effective ways in which you can care for brittle hair. These will help you nurse those damaged tresses back to health and give them a new lease of life…

 

01. Stop over-styling

01. Stop over-styling

When you have brittle hair, it means that your hair already lacks moisture and is in severe need of hydration. Adding heat in the form of your styling tools will only end up causing more hair breakage. Therefore, it is best to allow your hair to air-dry and remain as natural as possible for it to heal and regain elasticity.

 

02. Avoid tight hairstyles

02. Avoid tight hairstyles

If you are not using heat on your hair, the obvious thing most people do is tie their hair in a tight ponytail or bun. But this is a no-no especially for brittle hair as tight hairstyles pull at not just the roots, but also the strands, leading to breakage. Use cute hair accessories such as hats, headbands or even hair clips to style your hair instead of those sky-high ponytails and top knots.

 

03. Protect against sun damage

03. Protect against sun damage

Another thing that further damages brittle hair is unprotected sun exposure. Just like your heat styling tools, the heat of the sun can also suck the moisture from your strands, leaving them super coarse and brittle, which leads to breakage and hair loss. Avoid being out in the afternoon sun as far as possible, but if you absolutely need to, we suggest you use an oral sunscreen and cover your hair with a hat or scarf.

 

04. Handle with care

04. Handle with care

This is a really important tip for every hair type, but especially for people with brittle hair. Avoid brushing your hair when it is wet as it puts a lot of pressure on the already delicate strands. Always use a wide-toothed comb and gently brush out the tangles starting from the bottom and moving upwards.

 

05. Condition and deep condition regularly

05. Condition and deep condition regularly

Since brittle hair lacks moisture, it is important to supply it with enough hydration regularly. Simply conditioning your hair after each wash isn’t enough, although it’s extremely important. You will also need to include moisturising hair masks, leave-in conditioners and other hydrating serums to replenish moisture and minimise breakage.