June 23, 2016
Hair Shedding VS Hair Breakage
Now that you’re on your MONAT journey to fabulous hair, are you paying closer attention to your mane? Are you noticing a few hairs on your pillowcase? What about in the shower? Are you worried you might be shedding too much hair? Are you certain it’s shedding and not actually breakage? No need to fret! We’re here to explain the difference between hair shedding and hair breakage.
The Skinny on Hair Shedding
In case you didn’t know, it’s normal to shed between 50 and 100 hairs a day. As stated on the American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) website, excessive hair shedding is common in people who have experienced one of the following stressors:
- Lost 20 pounds or more.
- Given birth.
- Lots of stress (Caring for a loved one who is sick, going through a divorce, losing a job).
- High fever.
- Undergone an operation.
- Recovering from an illness.
- Stopped taking birth-control pills
Most people notice the excessive hair shedding a few months after a stressful event. As your body readjusts, the excessive shedding stops. Within a few months, the hair should regain its normal fullness. And with the help of MONAT’s naturally based, hair treatment systems, you can rest assured knowing you’re doing everything you can to prevent hair loss.
Now About Hair Breakage
When you style your hair, do you notice a lot of short, broken hair strands in the sink or on the floor? If the answer is “yes,” you’re probably experiencing hair breakage. Hair breakage is a result of too much heat styling or chemical damage. Here are a few tips to treat hair breakage:
- Use Replenish Masque a few times per week (2-3 times is ideal).
- Stretch your blowout as long as you can, as the natural oils from your scalp are healthy for your hair. If you must wash your hair daily, be sure to treat it with Rejuveniqe® to keep the hair follicles coated with hydrating ingredients.
- When hair is wet, use a naturally based leave-in conditioner like Restore and comb hair gently to avoid breakage.
- Try to keep chemical salon services limited to one at a time. Multiple chemical services (like coloring and relaxing) is more likely to cause stress on the hair shaft.
- Over processed hair is brittle. So if you must color process your hair, make sure to add moisture with a regular deep-conditioning regimen.
- Avoid heat styling as much as possible.
- Eat a diet rich in protein. Protein can repair weak spots in the hair shaft, warding off breakage. But be forewarned: Too much protein can make the hair brittle, and too much moisture makes strands too flexible. It’s important to find the right balance of moisture and protein.
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