How can I stop my hair from breaking off at the root?

When hair breaks off at the roots, it can give the appearance that you are balding or losing hair.  The reality is that if you have tiny hairs standing up in the area that you are “losing hair,” it might be that your hair is simply breaking off at the root.  Take a close look and if your hair is breaking at the root, try the following things to fix this problem!

  1. Find the cause of the breakage and stop doing whatever is causing it.  It is most likely chemical relaxers, perms, dyes or other processing.
  2. Minimize usage of heat (e.g. flat irons, blow dryers) and if you must use them, apply a leave-in conditioner or light oil before.
  3. Use a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner with vitamins, minerals, keratin or biotin.
  4. Do not use 2-in-1 (shampoo + conditioner in one bottle).
  5. If you must use dandruff shampoo, which can be drying, pair it with a moisturizing conditioner containing keratin or biotin.
  6. Throw out bristly brushes and buy a gentler brush.  You can also try using your fingers to brush your hair.
  7. Get a thinning haircut.  The weight of your hair can cause breakage or tangling that causes breakage.
  8. Feel your hair after washing and conditioning – if it’s still dry, use leave-in conditioner or hair oil.
  9. Treat hair gently – don’t use cornrows, weaves, braids or ponytails.  Headbands are also a no-no if you’ve facing breakage at the root!
  10. Avoid hats, beanies, baseball caps or scull caps.

Good luck fixing your hair!  The wonderful news is that when hair breaks off at the root, you’re not really “going bald.”  Try these simple tips and you are guaranteed to reduce the amount of hair breaking off.  If these simple things don’t work, vitamins are your next step.

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