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Hair Breakage: What’s Causing It & The Products That Can Help

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Whether its split ends, dryness, or just an overall dull tone, there’s no one issue that describes hair damage. But, there is one issue that easily wins the title of the biggest B (yes, that’s a capital B) and her name is breakage.

Hair breakage is an all-too-common hair concern, that, unfortunately, most everyone may experience at some point in their life. And, while it’s not 100 percent preventable, there are steps you can take to combat hair breakage and protect your strands in the process.

Step one? Figuring out what causes hair breakage in the first place.

What Causes Hair Breakage

Heat Styling Without Protection

We hate to break it to ya, but one of the most common culprits behind hair breakage is heat styling. Flat irons, curling wands, that super-speedy blow dryer, they’re all life-savers when it comes to styling your strands, but can wreak some serious damage, especially when used every day…and especially when used without the proper precautions.

If you have to or want to use heat, be sure to first reach for a heat protectant. These products help to form a barrier between your hair and your hot tools. When possible, take a break from heat styling and embrace your hair’s natural texture, wear it up in a chic top knot, or any other gorgeous and protective style.

Remember we’re going for flawless, not fried.

Over-Coloring And Over-Processing

When it comes to chemicals, there really can be too much of a good thing. Over-coloring and over-processing your hair are two other top causes of breakage and damage. If you don’t leave enough time between chemical sessions, your locks may become too porous, lacking moisture, oils and proteins and instead becoming weak and brittle. This goes for thin and thick manes alike, but thin hair may end up showing signs of damage earlier.

Be sure to talk to your stylist during the consultation phase of your visit to make sure you both have a plan for how to get you the healthy hair of your dreams. This may mean multiple visits to the salon over the course of a few months versus a one-and-done appointment.

Not Caring For Curls…The Right Way

One of the most at-risk hair types for breakage is naturally curly, textured hair. Céline Marquet-Gonzales, French hair expert and brand ambassador for Mizani explains that your curls can be “flat and shaped like a figure eight, which creates their kinks.” As a result, oils from the scalp can have more difficulty coating your strand from root to tip, leaving those ends dehydrated and vulnerable to brittle-ness and breakage.

Marquet-Gonzalez stresses the importance of curly girls choosing gentle shampoos and conditioners, such as the products found in Mizani’s True Textures range.

Intensive treatments are also a must. “A leave-in product is significantly more intensive than any of your normal hair care products, so it will reward you with richer benefits,” she says.

You can also opt for what’s known as a protective style, if you’re rocking natural hair. Simply put, these hairstyles safeguard your ends and help reduce tangling, breakage, and shedding. Protective hairstyles run the gamut from messy buns to box braids, but they all exist for the same purpose: to give your strands a break from the wind, pulling, tugging, and heat styling.

Whether you’re breakage is from a bit too much bleach, going too long between trims, or daily heat styling, once hair damage or split ends strike, you’ll need the right products to bring your mane back to life.

Wondering what products you need to add to your routine to keep breakage at bay and repair what you’re working with? Keep scrolling for all our favorites from the L'Oréal portfolio of products you need to stock up on.

Shampoos

Redken Extreme Strengthening Shampoo

If your hair has become almost straw-like due to breakage, you’ll need a shampoo formulated to bring your strands back to their former glory. Redken Extreme Strengthening Shampoo cleanses, strengthens, and fortifies weakened areas—all while protecting your mane’s natural shine.

Redken Extreme Strengthening Shampoo, $20.00 MSRP

Kérastase Resistance Bain Extentioniste Shampoo

If you have super long hair or you’re trying to add a few inches to your length, you don’t want hair breakage getting in the way of achieving (and maintaining) long, luscious locks. That’s why we recommend a length-strengthening shampoo like the Kérastase Resistance Bain Extentioniste Shampoo to keep your long hair healthy.

Kérastase Bain Extentioniste Shampoo, $33.00 MSRP

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Matrix Total Results So Long Damage Anti-Breakage Shampoo

Saying goodbye to damage for good is easy when you have the right products on hand. If you’re dealing with damaged hair, pick up Matrix Total Results So Long Damage Anti-Breakage Shampoo. The formula cleanses to boost strength to long hair and helps reduce breakage.

Matrix Total Results So Long Damage Anti-Breakage Shampoo, $12.50 MSRP

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L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Hydrating Shampoo

Dealing with weakened, damaged hair? The L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Hydrating Shampoo might be the perfect addition to your hair care routine. This shampoo strengthens the weakened parts of the hair fiber to leave your strands feeling nourished from the inside out.

L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Hydrating Shampoo, $30.00 MSRP

Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Strengthening Shampoo

Searching for a luxurious formula to help revive your broken strands? Add a restorative shampoo for damaged hair like the Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Strengthening Shampoo to your shopping cart.

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Silk Bloom Strengthening Shampoo, $48.00 MSRP

Conditioners

Kérastase Fondant Extentioniste Conditioner

Long hair needs an extra bit of TLC to stay breakage-free. If you’re opting for Kérastase Resistance Bain Extentioniste Shampoo, be sure to nourish your strands with the Fondant Extentioniste Conditioner afterward.

Kérastase Fondant Extentioniste Conditioner, $40.00 MSRP

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L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Hydrating Conditioner

If you’re already committed to the L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Hydrating Shampoo, don’t skip out on the matching Absolut Repair Lipidium Conditioner! The formula instantly nourishes and repairs damaged hair, leaving it visibly stronger, softer, and shinier.

L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Hydrating Conditioner, $30.00 MSRP

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Matrix Total Results So Long Damage Anti-Breakage Conditioner

Searching for a luxurious formula to help revive your broken strands? Add a restorative shampoo for damaged hair like the Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Strengthening Shampoo to your shopping cart.

Matrix Total Results So Long Damage Anti-Breakage Conditioner, $12.50 MSRP

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Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Silk Bloom Strengthening Conditioner

For the silkiest hair possible, be sure to follow Shu Uemura Art Of Hair’s Silk Bloom Shampoo with the Silk Bloom Strengthening Conditioner!

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Silk Bloom Strengthening Conditioner, $58.00 MSRP

Hair Masks

L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Resurfacing Golden Masque

Having a salon-quality shampoo and conditioner is a great start to nourishing your broken strands. Adding a hair mask to the mix, however, is like giving your hair a tall glass of water. The L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Resurfacing Golden Masque helps to strengthen, repair, replenish, and protect very damaged or weakened hair.

L'Oréal Professionnel Absolut Repair Resurfacing Golden Masque, $40.00 MSRP

Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Nourishing Strengthening Mask

Caring for damaged strands doesn’t need to be time-consuming. If you’re in a rush, opt for the Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Nourishing Strengthening Mask. This 60-second mask nourishes, revitalizes, and strengthens hair—not to mention, it works for every hair type!

Matrix Total Results Miracle Creator Nourishing Strengthening Mask, $5.00 MSRP

Kérastase Masque Therapiste Hair Mask

Dealing with thick hair that’s overprocessed from salon color or chemical treatments? The Kérastase Masque Therapiste Hair Mask will be your new Holy Grail! This lush hair mask deeply nourishes and repairs very damaged and overprocessed thick hair.

Kérastase Masque Thérapiste Hair Mask, $59.00 MSRP

Pureology Hydrate Superfood Treatment

It’s no secret that a bleach session or two can easily lead to hair breakage. Whether you asked your colorist for blonde highlights or went full-on platinum, you need the Pureology Hydrate Superfood Treatment in your life! The silicone-free vegan formula is made with avocado oil and coconut oil to nourish dry, color-treated hair.

Pureology Hydrate Superfood Treatment, $44.00 MSRP

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Ultimate Reset Restorative Hair Mask

Sometimes, all you need is a fresh start—and this hair mask is the reset your strands have been asking for. This extreme repair treatment does wonders for repairing very damaged hair.

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Ultimate Reset Restorative Hair Mask, $68.00 MSRP

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DevaCurl Deep Sea Repair Seaweed Strengthening Mask

If you’re a curly girl, you know how breakage-prone your ringlets can be. That’s why you’ll need hair mask that’s specially formulated to repair your strands like the DevaCurl Deep Sea Repair Seaweed Strengthening Mask. The ultra-reparative treatment helps to reverse the damaging effects of heat styling and chemical treatments while protecting the hair against environmental stress and breakage. 

DevaCurl Deep Sea Repair Seaweed Strengthening Mask, $36.00 MSRP

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Kristin Ess Strand Strengthening Reconstructive Moisture Mask

Not only does this lightweight hair mask leave your strands soft and shiny, but it helps detangle your mane to prevent any further breakage caused by brushing.

Kristin Ess Strand Strengthening Reconstructive Moisture Mask, $14.00 MSRP

Hair Serums & Heat Protectants

Kérastase Sérum Thérapiste Hair Serum

If you really want to take your mane to new lengths, complete your Kérastase Resistance system with this scalp and hair serum. The product strengthens and fortifies hair for reduced hair breakage.

Kérastase Sérum Thérapiste Hair Serum, $37.00 MSRP

Kérastase L’incroyable Blowdry Lotion

Everyone knows how important it is to use a heat protectant product every time you heat style your hair. Often, you only use heat protectant to style your hair and forget to re-apply the products before touch-ups. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a heat protectant that not only protects your hair when you style it but also continues to protect your hair when you restyle it? Kérastase’s L’incroyable Blowdry Lotion does just that.

The miracle reshapable heat lotion redefines heat-styling with long-wear hold and repositionable shape control. The formula reactivates with heat tools even at low temperatures, providing thermo-protection up to 230 degrees Celsius.

L’incroyable Blowdry Lotion controls the look of frizz for 96 hours in 80% humidity. Elegant curly, wavy, or straight styles are signed with the Kérastase touch.

Kérastase L’incroyable Blowdry Lotion, $40.00 MSRP

Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique

If you have parched locks, every hair product you use should help moisturize your hair—including your heat protectant. Kérastase’s Nutritive Nectar Thermique is a polishing, nourishing, anti-roughness, anti-dullness blow-dry milk for dry hair. Thermo-seal glazing: smooths the hair and adds shine, making hair easier to style. The formula also provides high heat protection.

Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique, $43.00 MSRP

Mizani 25 Miracle Milk

If you’re a curly girl who’s sworn off blowouts and flat irons, you may believe there’s no need to incorporate heat protectant products into your hair care routine. However, you should pick up a heat protectant if you’ve swapped your blowouts for a voluminous wash-and-go dried with a diffuser. A multipurpose product like Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk not only helps prevent heat damage but also boasts 24 additional benefits including reducing dryness, adding smoothness, and adding shine.

Mizani 25 Miracle Milk, $20.00 MSRP

Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier

After you color your hair, you need to swap out your regular shampoo and conditioner for a system formulated to protect your color. The same thing goes for your heat protectant. If you’ve recently colored your hair but can’t get enough of your flat iron, we recommend picking up Pureology’s Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier. The lightweight mist primes, protects, and perfects. The formula delivers 21 essential benefits for color-treated hair including protecting against heat damage, protects against color fade, and adds shine.

Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier, $26.00 MSRP

Shu Uemura Blow Dry Beautifier Thermo BB Cream

If you have thick hair, it can often feel as though lightweight serums and mists are no match for your plentiful locks. If you’re looking for a heat protectant product specifically formulated for thick hair, look no further than Shu Uemura’s Blow Dry Beautifier Thermo BB Cream. The multi-benefit BB cream for thick hair helps protect hair from blow dry heat. It also smoothes, tames frizz, and memorizes shape of look.

Shu Uemura Blow Dry Beautifier Thermo BB Cream, $39.00 MSRP

 

Redken Heat Design 09 Thermal Shaping Blow Dry Gelee

 

Heat protectant products are meant to do just that—guard your hair from damage—but we love it when our hair products do double duty. Redken’s Heat Design 09 Thermal Shaping Blow Dry Gelee not only protects hair from heat damage, but also provides medium styling control. The gelee is formulated with heat re-styling technology. Apply once, add heat to reshape new styles over and over again. The lightweight blow-dry gelee provides heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and controls frizz.

Redken Heat Design 09 Thermal Shaping Blow Dry Gelee, $19.00 MSRP

Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry Crème

When you have a very thick mane, heat styling your hair can end up being an all-day event that can wreak absolute havoc on your strands. Protect your thick and unruly hair from heat damage with Kérastase’s L’Incroyable Blowdry Créme. Formulated to help flat iron hair three times faster with long-wear control and repositionable shape definition. Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry Créme provides thermo-protection up to 230 degrees Celsius and controls the look of frizz for 96 hours in high humidity.

Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry Créme, $35.00 MSRP

Mizani Thermasmooth Style & Style Again

Much like sunscreen, you can’t just apply heat protectant once. You should use a heat protectant product every time you heat style your hair. If you just can’t seem to remember to reapply your heat protectant, Mizani Thermasmooth Style & Style Again is the perfect heat protectant for you.

Mizani’s Thermasmooth Style & Style Again has heat activated style memory, meaning you can apply the product once and reactivate it just by restyling your hair using heat. Formulated with beeswax and cranberry seed oil, the product provides heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mizani Thermasmooth Style & Style Again, $20.00 MSRP

 

Biolage R.A.W. Heat Styling Primer

 

If your locks are continuously parched, you need a heat protectant that will not only protect your hair from heat damage but also make it feel soft. The Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Heat Styling Primer is formulated with coconut milk and meadowfoam to provide an easy blow dry with touchable, soft, shapely results. Heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Biolage R.A.W. Heat Styling Primer, $19.50 MSRP

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