When hair gets brittle and straw-like, then it's time to take action and bring in first aid for damaged hair. What are the causes of split ends and how do we eliminate them? Trust our expert advice for curing hair breakage and make use of great shampoos and conditioners from the Gliss Split Hair Miracle range to deliver solutions that keep your hair healthy and looking great all year round.
We all want hair to look fantastic, but what’s also important is that it feels great too! Healthy looking hair is simple enough if you know the right tips and take the time to give your hair some proper TLC. Still, hair breakage can occur despite our best efforts, as the cold and even hot seasons take their toll on the health of our hair. That’s why we’ll provide some ingenious hair gloss tricks and you’ll learn how to avoid hair breakage with the right care and product ranges.
What exactly is hair breakage?
First of all, it’s time to clear up a common misconception. Many believe that hair breakage and split ends are one and the same. Not so: split ends mean that the tips of the hair are damaged and starting to crack. Hair breakage, on the other hand, is more of a pronounced structural damage to the overall hair strand. These fractures can occur not just at the ends but anywhere in the hair, giving it a brittle and straw-like appearance. In principle, hair breakage can happen to hair of any length and type. However, longer and thinner hair is most often affected since it is more susceptible (for instance, due to age) and has a larger surface area.
What are the causes of hair breakage?
Hair breakage usually develops due to external influences that dry out the hair, reduce its flexibility and attack the surface structure. In addition to environmental factors, these include styling damage and improper care. A brief overview of causes:
- Excessive or incorrect brushing, teasing, or rough combing of wet hair
- Strong pressure, for instance, from hair ties or hair clips
- Frequent coloring, since the hair cuticle is opened up in the process
- Chemical treatments such as a permanent wave
- Heat: direct sunlight, but also styling tools such as a hair dryer, curling iron, or straightening iron. This is why heat protection for hair is so important.
- Friction: knitted scarves and sweaters, in particular, can roughen the hair fibers.
What helps to prevent hair breakage?
The damage is very hard to repair once the hair has broken open, but initial, lightweight damage is easy to fix and you can prevent hair breakage with proper care. Here’s how you do it:
At the tips: Have the ends of your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks. This removes the tips that have broken off, making the hair look fresh and healthy again. Since the tips and lengths are actually the oldest part of our hair and have already been through a lot, they need extra care. Oils can be used to moisturize dry tips, supply important nutrients and repair the ends such as the Gliss Split Hair Miracle Sealing Serum. Hair fibers are instantly equalized for strong and healthy hair feel.
Keratin care: Ask your hairdresser about keratin treatment. This is a smoothing procedure from Brazil that enriches the hair with keratin. The elastic protein is the natural main component of our hair and rebuilds it from the inside. The result: strong hair that is smooth and supple. By the way, the keratin treatment is suitable for all hair types and works for up to four months! You can get shampoos and rinses that contain keratin and protect against hair breakage with regular application.
Put on a mask: Pamper your hair with extra care in the form of a hair mask now and then. This intensive cream contains active repair ingredients that make your hair healthy and supple again such as the Gliss Split Hair Miracle Sealing 2-in-1 Treatment Mask, which instantly repairs and equalizes damaged hair and split ends thanks to its ionic complex and grape seed oil.
Towel handling: You should always dab but never rub wet hair to dry it. Hair swollen with water can break more easily and should therefore be handled with care. Expert tip: instead of regular towels that can roughen the cuticle, hair professionals swear by using a simple cotton shirt. They are gentle and don’t remove moisture from your hair.
More than hot air: Use a hair dryer with ion technology. It does not strip as much moisture from your hair because the ions split the water molecules in the hair into smaller fragments. The outer cuticle of the hair is sealed in the process as well, which also lends added gloss.
Clever styling with ceramics: When you buy a straightening iron or curling iron, be sure to choose a device with a ceramic coating. This ensures that the heat is distributed more evenly, and the styling tool glides gently through the hair for less stress.
Good move: Pull the brush carefully through your hair and always begin at the tips. This avoids pulling already tangled strands even tighter and tearing small knots that have formed in your hair. The best choice for your hair: natural bristles (wild boar for instance).
Keep a cool head: Always apply heat protectant to your hair before blow-drying and styling. This is a must! High temperatures can damage the structure and cause hair breakage. If your styling tools have more than one heat setting, taking it down a notch is also a good idea. Try something like got2b Guardian Angel 220°C Heat Protection Spray to really safeguard your hair.
How the Gliss Split Hair Miracle range can help
The brand new Gliss Split Hair Miracle range from Schwarzkopf uses innovative technology to make a lasting and strong seal that helps fuse split hairs together again. Smooth out structural damage from roots to tips and make your hair feel and look healthier than ever before using complex ions and grape seed oil – with no artificial colorants.
There’s no need to keep trying different repairing products, as the Gliss Split Hair Miracle range is the best defense against damaged lengths and split ends. Coming in a variety of products to suit all needs, you can find Gliss Split Hair Miracle as a hair serum to manage frizzy hair, a daily shampoo and conditioner set, a deeper and intense leave-in conditioner for extra smooth hair, and as a useful 2-in-1 hair mask to provide additional nourishment to your hair.