How To Prevent Hair Breakage With 9 Amazing Products

by Lisa Fogarty

The health of our hair doesn't just tell us a great deal about the nutritional choices we make and our overall health, it can serve as a window into our daily beauty habits. If your hair constantly seems to be breaking, using products that prevent hair breakage can help your new growth start healthy and stay that way.

If you're wondering how to prevent hair breakage, it's important to get to the root of the problem. Some of the major causes of hair breakage include regular use of heated hair devices like irons, hair dryers, and curling irons — especially if you aren't in the habit of coating your strands with a quality heat-protectant spray before you style it. Other reasons your hair may be breaking: you're getting a little too chemical happy with fun hair dyes and bleach and are not allowing your hair and scalp time to adjust and take a metaphorical breath before changing colors. Tight hair accessories, excessive brushing, vitamin B and E deficiencies, weight loss, and certain medical conditions could also be contributing to dry, brittle hair that is more prone to breakage.

Dealing with hair breakage takes time, patience, careful consideration about what's causing the damage in the first place — and help from quality products like these nine highly rated tools, serums, sprays, and conditioners that are lauded for their ability to prevent hair breakage.


This Brush That Painlessly Eliminates Tangles

Tangle Teezer Salon Elite Detangle Hairbrush, $13, Amazon

Pulling hard on tangles, particularly when your hair is wet and in its most frail state, can cause major hair breakage. The Tangle Teezer is a crazy popular and highly rated brush that is gentle on both wet and dry hair, can massage the scalp as you brush, and adds shine to your hair. Best part: it detangles without pain.


A Telephone Cord Hair Band That Won't Pull Hair

Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring and Bracelet (3 Pack), $7, Amazon

Traditional rubber band elastic ties can pull hair too tight and create creases and breakage. The Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring offers a telephone cord design that create ponytails and other styles without leaving a dent in you hair and putting pressure on the scalp, which can damage strands. The band works super well at night if you want to get your hair out of your face — secure an Invisibobble around a loose top bun and remove it when you wake up: with zero bedhead, I might add. And, there are clear, black, brown, and blonde colors available that easily blend into anyone's mane.


A Spray That Speeds Up Blow Drying Time Up To 50 Percent

My Amazing Blow Dry Secret Quick Dry Shake'n Spray, $18, Amazon

It makes perfect sense: the less time your hair spends under a hot dryer, the less damage it will incur and the more protected it is against hair breakage. This blow dry spray helps detangle, moisturize, and protect strands from heated tools, but it takes things one step further by speeding up your blow dry time up to 50 percent. That means more time living life and less time drying your hair — I'll take it.


A Shampoo That Helps Prevent Hair Loss And Breakage

Pura d'or Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo, $30, Amazon

Is there anything scarier than shampooing your hair and watching clumps of it fall to the drain? Some daily hair loss is perfectly healthy and normal, but if you're experiencing this in conjunction with dryness, it's possible that the hair your seeing has broken off, not fallen out. If you are experiencing more than usual, this anti-breakage shampoo can help — its formula contains 15 Broad-Spectrum DHT Blockers that aim to prevent hair breakage as well as a blend of biotin, nettle, pumpkin seed, and black cumin seed oil to reduce shedding and strengthen strands. It's gentle enough for daily use and made with organic ingredients.


A Nourishing Mask That Repairs Damage

Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Mask and Deep Conditioner, $12, Amazon

Once excessive hair damage is done, the best way to repair it is to snip split ends and start over. But this argan oil deep repair mask can help mitigate some of that damage by rebuilding dry, brittle hair with a blend of oils. Apply it once a week to hair that has just been washed, let it penetrate for 20-30 minutes or more, and then wash it out. This product has stellar reviews, with many customers saying it saved their dry hair and brought it back to life.


An Oil Hair Primer With UVA/UVB Protection

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer, $29, Amazon

The sun can dry out our hair and cause breakage, especially during the summer months. This invisible oil primer, which contains a blend of six lightweight oils, is applied prior to styling to nourish, hydrate, and protect hair from heat and frizz. This alcohol-free product delivers amazing shine — and UVA/UVB protection.


A Heat Protectant Spray With Argan Oil

HSI Professional Thermal Protector, $14, Amazon

If you use blow dryers, flat irons, or curling wands, one of the most important steps in your haircare routine is to apply a heat protectant spray to wet or damp strands before you apply excessive heat. This highly rated thermal protector is infused with argan oil, vitamins A, C, and D, and it's sulfate free so you don't have to worry about it damaging colored hair. It's lightweight enough to work for fine hair, won't dry out hair the way some heat protectants can, and smells like coconut.


An Overnight Treatment For Stronger Strands

L'Oreal Paris EverStrong Sulfate-Free Overnight Repair Treatment, $40, Amazon

This sulfate-free, leave-in hair repair treatment is rich with Bio-Ceramide complex and natural botanicals designed to strengthen weak, dry, and damaged hair while you sleep. Reviewers say it absorbs quickly (a good thing for your pillow!), doesn't weigh your hair down or make it oily, and that you can see results in as little as one use, with many raving about how silky smooth their tresses felt the morning after.


A Dry Shampoo So You Can Wash Your Hair Less

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo, $26, Amazon

I'm not saying you should never shampoo again for the sake of your hair, but if you are applying heat to achieve the perfect blowout every three days, all of that wear and tear could eventually show. A quality dry shampoo spray can be added to the scalp to sap away excess oil, create more volume, and obviate the need to shampoo every single day. Moroccanoil comes in different shades for light or dark hair, smells great, and will leave your hair feeling smooth.

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