Damaged hair tends to split and break, leaving you with dull, frizzy looking hair. There are lots of reasons why hair becomes damaged, including haircolor and chemical straightening services, heat styling, over-washing, and environmental factors. Usually when hair starts snapping off, it’s because the elasticity is off.
Hair elasticity refers to your hair’s ability to stretch and return to its original length without breaking. When your hair is wet, it should be able to stretch up to 50% of its length and return to normal. Test elasticity by taking a single wet hair from 4 different areas of your head and simply pulling on either end. If it stretches easily and bounces back, your porosity is normal. If it stretches and does not return to normal or if it snaps easily, you have low porosity and your hair is more prone to break.
Now, here’s the tricky part. Hair that stretches and does not return to its normal size is too weak. Think of an old pair of elastic-waist pajamas that won’t stay up anymore. This hair needs to be strengthened with products containing protein. Conversely, hair that breaks easily and feels brittle needs more moisture. If you put too much protein on hair that needs moisture or vice versa, you are going to make the problem worse.
If you have trouble determining what your hair needs, check with your stylist. But if it seems clear after a strand test, check the slideshow below for 6 hair treatments with strengthening protein and 6 deeply moisturizing treatments to soften brittle hair. Healthier hair with less breakage awaits!
12 Hair Treatments for Preventing Breakage 1 of 13
6 products with strengthening protein and 6 with intense moisture for brittle hair
Protein: Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Dramatic Repair 2 of 13
This great product with "KerActive" protein is designed specifically for the needs of those with bleached hair or highlights.
Visit the salon locator to find an authorized retailer $22
Protein: Redken Extreme Anti-Snap 3 of 13
This awesome treatment delivers an intense dose of protein to strengthen weakened locks.
Visit the salon locator to find an authorized retailer $22.95
Protein: Giovannin Nutrafix Hair Reconstructor 4 of 13
This protein-fortified treatment is organic and budget-friendly.
Pick it up at Walgreens $7.99
Protein: L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Fiberceutic Masque 5 of 13
This miracle worker can bring hair back from the dead. However, remember that too much protein is also problematic, so only use this product if you hair is severely damaged.
Get it from L'Oreal Paris on Amazon $25.80
Protein: Phyto Phytokeratine Mask 6 of 13
This conditioning mask contains botanical keratin (the same protein hair is composed of) to reinforce damaged locks.
Available at Sephora $39
Protein: It’s a10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin 7 of 13
This spray in treatment is fortified with keratin protein to keep hair strong and bouncy.
Found at Drugstore.
Moisture: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask 8 of 13
This intense moisturizing treatment is formulated with olive, meadowfoam seed, and sweet almond extracts.
Found at Drugstore $5.99
Moisture: Drybar 100 Proof Treatment Oil 9 of 13
Soften and smooth dry, damaged hair with this moisturizing oil treatment.
Pick it up at Sephora $35
Moisture: Ojon Dry Recovery Intensive Hydrating 2-minute Hair Mask 10 of 13
This deeply hydrating mask contains Ojon's signature oil dubbed "nature's golden elixir" along with nut butter for softer hair in just 2 minutes.
Available at Beauty.com $29.50
Moisture: Moroccan Oil 11 of 13
This popular hair moisturizer uses argan oil to nourish and smooth dry, brittle hair.
Found at Nordstrom $43
Moisture: Bumble and Bumble Quenching Mask 12 of 13
Use this mask weekly to rejuvenate dry, thirsty hair.
Get it at Bumble and Bumble $37
Oribe Signature Moisture Masque 13 of 13
This deeply hydrating mask is and indulgent treat for rough, dry hair and the scent is divine.
Available at Oribe $59