It is normal to lose 100 to 150 hairs per day, but because the average person has about 100,000 hairs on their head, this loss is insignificant. When a hair falls out, another one grows in its place. This process lasts until middle age, when hair regrowth slows or stops.
Hair loss caused by breakage is not the same as normal loss. Natural hair loss occurs from the scalp, usually with the bulb attached. Breakage from weakness occurs when hair falls out below the scalp. While some breakage is normal, excessive breakage indicates that the hair is weakened. Split ends, which can travel up the hair shaft and break off, are common signs of weak hair.
What causes weak hair?
Hair that is limp, droopy, thin, or falling out is considered weak. Split ends, extreme dryness, and excessive oiliness are all signs of brittle hair.
It is often genetic, handed down from a parent, or it can be caused by:
- Hormonal factors like menopause or childbirth, as well as birth control pills
- Drugs, disease, or illness
- Dietary deficiencies
- A fungal infection of the scalp caused by stress
- Cancer therapies
- The effects of sun exposure, chlorine or salt water, air conditioning or heating, and pollution on the environment
Best hair tips to recover its strength
Turn down the heat
Blow dryers, straightening irons, hot curlers, and other heated styling tools can be damaging to your hair, particularly if it is fine, dry, or prone to breakage. Too much heat can weaken your hair, resulting in damaged or frizzy strands.
To limit damage from hair drying, researchers who conducted a 2011 study
recommend holding the blow dryer about 6 inches away from the surface of your hair, and to keep the dryer moving and not concentrated on one spot.
Limit your blow-drying and other heated styling sessions to two or three times per week to allow your hair to recover between sessions.
Reduce the risk of hair damage by using a lower heat setting on your dryer and other heated styling tools. You should also consider using a heat protectant product on your hair to prevent damage.
Your hair, like your skin and other body parts, requires specific vitamins and minerals to be healthy and strong.
Research has shown that nutritional deficiencies may be linked to hair loss and brittle hair.
The vitamins and minerals that may be most important for hair growth are:
- Vitamin A: found in sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, spinach, milk, eggs, and yogurt
- B vitamins, especially biotin: found in egg yolk, liver, salmon, avocados, nuts and seeds, and dairy products
- Vitamin C: good sources include citrus fruits, strawberries, and bell peppers
- Vitamin D: found in fatty fish, egg yolk, and fortified foods like milk and orange juice
- Vitamin E: good sources include sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, and avocados
- Iron: found in oysters, clams, eggs, red meat, lentils, and spinach
- Zinc: good sources include oysters, beef, pumpkin seeds, and lentils
Use less shampoo
It is critical to keep your hair clean. However, most shampoos contain ingredients that strip your hair of its natural oils in an attempt to reduce oiliness and remove dirt.
Unless your hair is extremely oily, you can probably reduce your shampoo usage to two to three times per week instead of daily. Washing your hair too frequently can cause it to dry out and weaken the hair shaft.
Also, don’t use too much shampoo. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you only need a quarter-sized amount of shampoo, applied mostly at your scalp, to clean your hair.
Massage your scalp
Close-up of a beautician massaging the head of a female client who is relaxing on a massage bed. Increasing blood flow to your hair follicles by increasing blood circulation in your scalp may help improve the health and condition of your scalp.
A small 2016 study found that a 4-minute daily scalp massage could increase hair thickness and strength over time. You can massage your own scalp for several minutes by applying pressure in circular motions with your fingertips. You can do this on dry hair or wet hair right before applying shampoo.
You can also buy a scalp massager. These handheld, brush-like devices work to stimulate your scalp.
Eat more protein
Getting enough protein in your diet is essential for hair growth because hair follicles are mostly made of protein. According to research, a lack of protein in the diet can cause hair thinning and loss. Protein-rich foods that may be beneficial to hair health include:
- fish, like mackerel and salmon
- nuts and seeds
- lean meats
- spinach and kale
- beans and legumes
Make an egg yolk mask
Egg yolk contains the same proteins that make up a strong hair follicle. And, according to a 2018 study, the peptides in egg yolk may help stimulate hair growth. Egg yolk also contains several essential nutrients associated with hair growth and health, such as vitamins A and D, biotin, and folate.
You can make your own egg yolk mask by following these steps:
- Use 3 egg yolks and 3–4 tbsp. of slightly warm coconut oil.
- Mix the two ingredients together well.
- Once the mixture is well-blended, apply to your scalp and roots.
- Put a shower cap over your head once the mixture has been applied.
- Let it sit on your head for 10–15 minutes.
- Rinse it out with cool water.
Use a cool rinse
Hot water in the shower can cause heat damage to your hair, both at the root and on the cuticle. Steam in the shower can cause your hair’s cuticles to open, resulting in dry, frizzy, and brittle hair.
Lather up with lukewarm water to protect your hair. Finish your shower with a cool water spray on your hair and scalp. This may help seal the cuticle of your hair, making it easier for it to retain moisture.
Aloe vera is rich in vitamins A, C, and E. These vitamins may help promote healthy cell growth, including the cells in your hair. In addition, aloe vera also contains vitamin B-12 and folic acid, both of which may be helpful in promoting healthy hair.
However, it is unknown whether these beneficial vitamins actually penetrate the scalp when aloe vera is applied topically.
You can apply the pure gel of the aloe plant to your hair and scalp, or look for hair products that contain aloe vera ingredients. You can also make your own aloe vera hair mask for extra conditioning.
Dry with a tee
According to hair care experts, rubbing your wet hair with a terry-cloth towel after washing can cause hair damage and breakage due to the friction that’s created between the towel and your hair.
You can use a microfiber towel, but a cotton T-shirt is a simpler and less expensive option. The smooth T-shirt fabric will cause less friction while drying, resulting in less damage and frizz. Follow these steps to apply a tee to your hair:
- After washing and rinsing, gently squeeze sections of your hair to remove as much water as possible.
- Bend your head forward and wrap the T-shirt around your head in a turban style.
- Leave your damp hair wrapped in the shirt for 5–10 minutes, then unwrap.
- Gently squeeze the T-shirt around any sections of hair that have excess moisture, then dry and style as usual.
Try an oil treatment
Hot oil treatments are a popular choice for helping to restore moisture to dry, frizzy, or damaged hair.
A treatment with coconut and avocado oil may be especially beneficial. A 2003 study found that coconut oil can reduce protein loss in both damaged and undamaged hair. Avocado oil, like coconut oil, contains essential fatty acids as well as vitamins A, B-5, and E.
To make your own hot oil treatment, follow these steps:
- 1–2 tbsp. room temperature virgin coconut oil and 1–2 tbsp. avocado oil Depending on how long your hair is, you can use more or less, but keep the ratio of both oils roughly equal.
- Put the oil mixture in a glass jar, and gently lower it into a pot of hot water.
- Allow the oil to melt and warm for about 2 minutes inside the jar. The oil should be slightly warm and well-mixed, not too hot.
- Test the temperature on the back of your wrist. It should be lukewarm, not hot. If the oil appears to be hot, don’t risk touching it. Wait until it’s cooled.
- Once the oil mixture is at a safe temperature, apply to your scalp, roots of your hair, and ends. Work the oil into the rest of your hair.
Use the Right Products to Avoid Further Damage to Weak Hair
If you have damaged hair, it is critical that you use the right products to prevent further damage. Look for products designed for weak hair and containing ingredients that will help strengthen your hair.
Avoid products that are overly drying or contain harsh chemicals. Additionally, use a gentle shampoo and conditioner, and avoid brushing your hair while it is wet.
Take Care of Weak Hair by Limiting Chemical Use
If you have weak or damaged hair, you may be tempted to try various chemical treatments to improve its condition. However, this can frequently cause more harm than good. Harsh chemicals can strip your hair of its natural oils, leaving it vulnerable to further damage.
Heat styling can also cause hair to weaken, resulting in split ends and frizz. Limit your use of chemicals and heat styling if you want to take care of your weak hair. Instead, concentrate on using gentle, natural products to nourish and revitalize your hair.
The Frizz Factor, and How To Prevent Frizz
Anyone who has frizzy hair knows how difficult it is to keep it under control. Frizz occurs when your hair is dry and the cuticle (the outermost layer of your hair shaft) raises. This causes your hair to appear puffy and rough.
There are a few things you can do to keep frizz at bay. To begin, ensure that you’re using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Use a leave-in conditioner or an anti-frizz serum as well. These products can aid in the smoothing of the cuticle and the addition of moisture to your hair.
Another tip is to avoid using heat on your hair as much as possible. If you must use heat, make sure to use a heat protectant spray.
Weak hair needs some TLC to get it back into shape. With the right products and tools, you can give your locks the nourishment they need to look and feel their best.
We hope this article has helped you better understand how to treat weak hair. Have you tried any of these tips? Let us know in the comments below!