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How To Make Your Hair Feel Stronger: 12 Easy Tips

16 March 2018
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor,

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

When it comes to attainable hair goals, none is more coveted than having a strong mane. Although fairy tale princesses used their enviable hair to hoist gentleman callers up towers, most of us are just regular ladies hoping to protect our strands from needless breakage.

The golden rule of maintaining strong strands is remembering that your hair is very fragile. Protecting it from heat, chemical treatments, and undue stress will help it feel stronger and grow longer with less breakage. Wondering exactly how to strengthen your hair? We’ve got you covered with 12 easy tips.

Shampoo regularly.

This may seem like common sense, but hair that’s regularly styled needs to be washed on a regular basis. Product formulas can create build up, which can ultimately lead to an itchy head and potential flakes. Keep your hair feeling good by really scrubbing with your fingertips every time you wash.

Choose one hair system.

We always recommend having a hair goal in mind. While switching them up every few months is no problem, focusing on one attainable goal at a time will help you see the difference in your hair. Whether you’re angling to minimize breakage or boost shine, pick a hair care system (usually shampoo, conditioner, and weekly treatment) specially formulated for that cause. If you’re not sure what’s included in the system, be sure to check the back of the package.

Sleep with your hair up.

One of the keys to healthy-looking hair is protection—and not just from the blow dryer, either. Before heading to bed, consider trading your old cotton pillowcase for a soft satin version. If you’re not looking to spend any cash, use a no-tangle elastic to tie your hair into a loose knot or braid. You’ll see fewer snarls and feel good about the strength of your mane.

Brush from ends to roots.

One of the most common mistakes we see happens during brushing. Pulling a tool from roots to ends can place unnecessary stress on your hair, resulting in tugging and potential breakage. Instead, place your hand midshaft and begin by brushing just the ends. Work backward up the strand an inch at a time, so you’ll be completely detangled by the time you reach the root.

Never style wet or damp hair.

As a rule, we try to avoid touching our hair unless it’s totally dry. Wet and damp strands can be more fragile than their dry equivalents, breaking easily. To avoid most water-induced damage, always rough dry your hair about 70 percent of the way before starting in with a brush.

Rely on heat protectant.

This may seem like a basic tip, but you’d be surprised how many women use heat protectant on a casual basis. Hot temperatures can wreak havoc on your strands, so make sure to protect your mane every single time you style.

Style with the lowest heat possible.

A further note on that heat styling point: You probably don’t need to use the highest setting on your curling iron for your hair to look good. In fact, many professionals recommend beginning as low as possible. Gradually raise the temperature until you begin to see results.

Keep your body healthy.

In our opinion, there’s no substitute for a healthy lifestyle as the foundation for strong, beautiful hair. Eating a balanced diet, managing stress, and getting plenty of exercise will lead to a healthier body.

Schedule regular haircuts.

When you go too long between cuts, your hair can start to look shapeless and fall flat. If you’re working with fine strands, those overgrown ends can make you feel like you have even less hair. Besides keeping your hair looking beautiful, a regular cut will help get rid of any damage or split ends.

Remember that color takes time.

Beware any colorist who recommends going from black to blonde hair in a single session. Pros are constantly reminding us that color changes are a lengthy process, sometimes requiring two or three sessions. To protect the integrity of your hair, be sure you’re taking your time.

Let salon experts deal with damage.

If you tried a home treatment that went awry or just can’t seem to keep heat styling from taking a toll, turn to the professionals. Talk your stylist through your daily routine, detailing any products you use and how you apply them. A trusted expert should be able to identify the problematic parts of your routine.

Your stylist knows best.

There’s a reason salon professionals know what they’re talking about. After many hours of training and years in the salon, they’ve seen most problems. Don’t be afraid to give them a ring if you wish your hair felt stronger.

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